A music video collaboration produced by Charlottesville High School and Metro Nashville Public Schools was featured among the long line-up of musical performers at the Dave Matthew’s Band Concert for Charlottesville in September .
“To see all of us up on the jumbotron at the Dave Matthews concert was truly a thrill,” said CHS Orchestra Teacher Laura Mulligan Thomas. “I get goose bumps every time I think about it. It was our students singing and playing and trying to promote a positive message.”
The music video features 50 CHS orchestra students and 30 members of the CHS choir, along with Nashville’s Fab 5, a group of student singers that attend different schools at MNPS.
“It was remarkable that in such a short amount of time, we were able to join with the folks from Nashville to create a new song of hope for the future,” said CHS Choir Teacher Will Cooke.
After the Charlottesville events of August 11-12, the Fab 5, on behalf of MNPS, sent a video recording of BeBe and CeCe Winans’ song, “Right Now (We Need One Another).” Touched by such a powerful gesture, Thomas and Cooke decided to invite the Fab 5 singers to come to Charlottesville to re-record the video in collaboration with CHS musicians.
The two groups reconnected in the spring, this time in Nashville at Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. The CHS and Fab 5 singers recorded a joint musical tribute in response to the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Read more about it and see the music video “Shine” here.
In January 2019, CHS was recognized for excellence in three categories (Commmunity Service Project, Community Engagement, and Community Events) by the 2019 Music for All Advocacy in Action awards for its “Right Now (We Need One Another)” collaboration with MNPS. Read more here.