“This is a nice way to do something for the school for free and show the kids that you don’t have to leave Grand Haven to do something you love,” said Dan Wisniewski, whose son is a Griffin third-grader.
A part-owner of Rezidual Records in Grand Haven, which produced “A Dream Between,” Wisniewski asked Principal Debra Mann if the musicians could perform at the school.
“I said yes,” Mann said, “but I wanted them to show local talent promoting hard work and perseverance in reaching individual goals.”
If Mann’s own applause and cheers were any indication, then Pellegrom and Borns more than delivered.
Pellegrom, 29, opened with an extended percussion solo. He used his sticks and his hands to drum on the floor, the microphone and his own cheeks. He attacked his drum set with such energy that wide-eyed kids in the audience appeared ready to explode with excitement.
“You need to find what you love to do — whether it’s basketball, science or tap dance,” Pellegrom told the young students. “Whatever you love, push for it and don’t give up.”
When it was 20-year-old Borns’ turn, the young musician did a sort of call and response with the kids that had them waving hands and shouting out. A special moment came when Borns replaced lyrics of his song, “Time Flies,” with lines from poems written by some fifth-grade students.
After the first performance, fifth-graders Kaitlyn Sowles, 11; and her friends — Morgan Dreese, Jimmy Keur and Jenna Peterson, all 10 — stayed to ask for autographs. Their teacher, Joanna Richison, had passed along their poems to Born.
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