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High schools organize winter music performance that looks toward the spring

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Josh Orth, left, Paul Corso, right and Andrea Nguyen, not pictured, practice prior to this Fridays Snowchella.The Lakeridge High School Associated Student Body (ASB) thought there was no better way to get the community excited about the annual spring performance, LOchella, than with a smaller show that celebrates the end of finals — and provides some excitement during the dreary winter months. This smaller show, known as Snowchella, consists of a five-person backing band from Lakeridge and singers from both high schools.

Paul Corso, senior and band member at LHS was approached by his school's ASB to help put together a band of musicians to play backup for the rotating cast of singers. PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Andrea Nguyen practices on the bass guitar before this weeks Snowchella.

He immediately enlisted the help of his friend, senior Josh Orth, to play in the band with him.

Orth plays the keyboard, electric guitar and bass guitar.

"Paul's got the drums on lock," Orth said.

Inspired by Coachella, a popular music festival in California, LOchella is an event where musicians and performers from both high schools come together to perform for the community.

"It's basically the same idea, but just in the wintertime," Orth said of Snowchella.

"Our goal with this is to also raise more hype about LOchella," Corso added.

Singers picked what songs they wanted to play and because so many of them were modern, Corso and Orth worked long and hard to make their production quality as close to the real deal as possible. PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Josh Orth, left, Paul Corso, right and Andrea Nguyen, not pictured, practice prior to this Fridays Snowchella.

"We spent a lot of time trying to match the sounds — the electronic sounds used in those songs — as best we could," Corso said. "For some of the songs with a ton of production, we had to create some backing tracks for those songs for us to play live along with."

" I'm kind of excited to see the audience reactions to some of the songs we're playing," Orth said. "We spent so much time putting these together and it sounds amazing."

Anyone attending can look forward to some throwback bops from the early aughts as well as covers of more current songs.

"This is a preview of things to come in LOchella," Corso said.

If you go:

Snowchella takes place at 7 pm Friday Jan. 24 at Lake Theater. Tickets are $4 at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. The show is 21 and under with 20 tickets reserved for parents. Doors open at 6:30.


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