When the hit group Foster The People came to town to play at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, they were in search of a group of talented brass players to help them perform one of their songs.
Milton High School’s marching band was contacted for the gig.
“We were really surprised when we got the call,” stated Chris Shumick, Milton High School’s director of bands. “But with only a few days to learn their parts, the kids got down to business and were ready by showtime. It was all very exciting.”
Foster The People, an indie pop band out of Los Angeles, has had several top hits including the song, “Pumped Up Kicks.”
Their latest hit “Houdini” was the song they asked the Milton High School musicians to perform with them.
After a mid-day sound check at the Verizon Amphitheatre, the 20 brass players, as well as some members of the Chattahoochee Marching Band, went backstage to their dressing room and to their surprise, got to meet Foster The People’s lead singer, Mark Foster, who wished everyone good luck.
When showtime came around, three of the Milton musicians went on stage to play alongside Foster The People, as the rest of the band marched into the amphitheater. After playing in front of the crowd of more than 10,000 fans, to their delight, they received a thunderous, standing ovation.
After the show, the members of Foster The People came back stage and congratulated the high school musicians on a job well done while posing for pictures and signing autographs.
“It certainly was something these kids will never forget,” stated Brandon Kunka, one of Milton band’s directors who chaperoned the event.