Once a semester a call for the student body to come to the gym for an announcement isn’t unusual at Cordova High School. Students enter and sit quietly on the bleachers awaiting further instructions. However, Oct. 2 at CHS was a little different.
CORDOVA - Once a semester a call for the student body to come to the gym for an announcement isn’t unusual at Cordova High School. Students enter and sit quietly on the bleachers awaiting further instructions. However, Oct. 2 at the school was a little different.
A stage with bright, colorful lights awaited the students. As they approached that stage, the orange gym lights dimmed and the bright, colorful lights showcased the Velcro Pygmies as the band took the stage and electrified the audience.
“Once their spotlights shined on the first band member and he began to play, I felt so much excitement,” junior Hannah Hiott said, smiling. “Then each band member began to play one by one joining in the song and the crowd went wild.”
Cordova High Principal Alisa Brown had been thinking about doing something different for homecoming. This year she decided to host the concert at the school as a fundraiser to encourage more student participation.
“The Velcro Pygmies have the Reach and Teach program and I wanted our students to help be a part of that,” she said. “Through their program the kids can feel a sense of ownership and we can raise money for more Chromebooks for the students. You could tell students were in it all the way — they were involved in every aspect.”
Family and consumer science teacher Ashlyn Blevins added that the band did a great job of expressing that everyone has a purpose and you can be whatever you put your mind to.
“The band formed personal relationships with the students and I’ve heard some have contacted them since,” Blevins stated. “One CHS student told us that a student that was helping wanted to be in a band. It was an eye opener for students who feel like they’re worth nothing.”
Most students were very happy about the concert being during school and seemed to have a good time. “I definitely had a great time with all my buddies and they played a lot of great songs,” senior Anna Key said.
After the concert, students like junior Ashlee Roberts said there were many aspects of the concert that made every part amazing. “My favorite part of the concert was the excitement that was brought by the band and the glitter,” Roberts said.
“My favorite part was being with all my friends rocking with the band and getting to have a neat experience at school,” chimed in junior Mary Garner Jones.
Librarian Grace Williams also enjoyed the concert and knows the students will benefit from the homecoming fundraiser. “I’ve enjoyed the Velcro Pygmies sinces the ‘90s,” she said. “And Ms. Brown and Mrs. Blevins worked so hard to plan a great school event.”
After the concert, the band stayed for a “Meet and Greet” with the students. “Getting to talk to the band after was my favorite part of the event,” ninth grader Faith Wyers said. “I got a picture with them, I got to talk to them, and the whole concert was the most fun I have ever had.”
According to Blevins, the Velcro Pygmies are very dear to the Cordova community and “By playing here, they are celebrating life,” Blevins said.“Mrs. Lydia, our former bookkeeper, had a son who played for them and ever since his death we’ve had a special relationship with the band.”
Brown added that former band members Jacob Sanders attended CHS. “I feel like the concerts are a great way to honor him and Mrs. Lydia,” Brown said. “It was a huge success and Cam, the lead singer, was very impressed with our students’ work ethic and behavior.”
CHS journalism students Kodey Cannon, Anna Jones and Makaila Prescott contributed this report.