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Solon choir to sing with Foreigner at Cedar Rapids show

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Students from a small Iowa high school will soon become "Juke Box Heroes," as they prepare to take the stage with legendary rock band, Foreigner.

The choir from Solon High School won a contest, hosted by KRNA radio, where they auditioned with a cover of the band's hit song, "I Want to Know What Love Is." Despite going up against much bigger schools and districts, like ones from the Cedar Rapids-area, they received nearly half of the total votes.

"[We] just thought, 'Hey, this would be a great idea to provide experience for kids that would be unique and fun.'  And so, one day in class, we learned the piece and recorded the next day and submitted, and Solon came through in a big way," Solon High School Director of Choral Activities, Joel Foreman, said.

Foreman said Solon has about 450 students and 120 them are in choir and will get to perform with the band. He said he hopes the students get more out of it than simply enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"Our hope is that students' eyes are continually opened to other opportunities in the world of music," he said.

The choir found out early in the morning that they had won the contest.

"It's going to be a really unique experience to be able to be on stage with the band itself while they perform. I think that's really cool," Jeannie Jedlicka, a junior at Solon, said.

Megan Tucker, a senior, added that she was excited to go backstage and see how the set-up process works.

And despite this being unlike any concert they've ever performed, senior Nate Tucker said they're not at all nervous.

"I think performing in front of such a big crowd is going to be so cool," senior Ellie Hawkins said.

The Solon choir will join Foreigner on stage during it's March 29th show at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

"This is something we're going to remember for the rest of our lives," Jedlicka said.

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