MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The drum corps of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood marching band got to be rock stars on Saturday evening when they performed with Unforgettable Fire at the historic Wellmont Theater in Montclair in front of an SRO crowd that included many SPF residents who came to support the rock band and the high school musicians.
Unforgettable Fire's bassist, Fanwood resident Craig Kiell, invited the students to take the stage and perform a set before drumming the intro to "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" and turning the stage over to the U2 tribute band. Kiell invited the band, which includes his son, Adam. The band obtained approval from SPFHS band leaders Durand Thomas and John Gillick, as well as the SPFK12 Board of Education, to make the trip.
The drum line arrived in the afternoon, experienced a sound check and light check, and then practiced with band. They later enjoyed a catered meal in their own dressing room before the performance. The high school musicians were instructed by John Gillick and Charlie Jackson at the concert.
Kiell says that "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" was the perfect song to showcase the high school musicians' talent because of the heavy drum beat in the beginning. Playing underneath the school logo on a giant screen, the drummers drummed, and then exited the stage, ceding the stage to Kiell and his band mates.
"They had everybody’s attention. It was great," Kiell told TAPintoSPF after the concert.
The opening act was Fix You, a tribute to Coldplay.
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