West Harrison High Choir to Perform with Legendary Rock Band Foreigner

West Harrison High Choir Performs with Legendary Rock Band Foreigner



The West Harrison High School Choir is only three months old, yet, members have already shared the stage with a popular rock band that has sold millions of albums around the world! The Sun Herald recently selected the West Harrison High Choir to perform with Foreigner before a sold-out crowd on November 17.


The concert was held at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi.  The WHHS Choir had the honor of singing with Foreigner on the last stop of their 40th anniversary tour.  They performed the chorus of the band’s hit song “I Want to Know What Love Is”.  

The excitement reached a fever pitch when WHHS Sophomore Nykeria Harper was invited by bass player, Jeff Pilson, to play the bass!

"Singing with Foreigner was not only very intense, but also the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in my lifetime. When the time came for the song to end, I was hesitant to the fact that I was chosen to play Jeff Pilson’s guitar. I took a chance and went for it. The one thing I regret were my fingers getting sore afterwards," said Nykeria.


This is the first year the choir program has been offered at West Harrison High and there are only seven members. Thanks to this experience, the choir has garnered a lot of attention and several students have expressed an interest in joining the choir next semester.

“I am very proud of the choir members’ hard work and dedication. I believe the choir will be able to build and learn from this experience,” said West Harrison Choir Director Curtis Staples. “They had a blast singing with the band! The lead singer of Foreigner, Kelly Hansen, hopped on stage with the choir to sing along with them, and one choir member was invited by band member Jeff Pilson to play the bass. It will be a night our choir will never forget!”

Along with providing this once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students, Foreigner will also donate $500.00 to the school’s music program.

“This is a dream come true,” said Staples. “I love Foreigner and many of my students know their music. This is a great way to gain exposure and grow our program.”

"It was such an amazing experience and I am so thankful that we got to perform with such an amazing rock band! Being on stage with Foreigner left me in awe.  It was so exciting to be there and I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world!" said WHHS Senior Cathy Necaise.

Our thanks to the Sun Herald for offering this amazing opportunity for our students!