High School Nation Tour Stops By Ocean Springs High

Ocean Springs High School was surprised with a special music festival just for them today. They were one of 50, and the only Mississippi stop, along the High School Nation Tour.
It was the party of a lifetime for over 1,000 screaming Ocean Springs High School students. Today, they had their very own musical festival. Sophomore Laurel Tynes said, “It’s so much fun. Everyone looks like they’re having a great time.”
There were drums, guitars, and DJs, a ‘whip and nae-nae’ contest, face paint and even live music from recording artist Drake Bell. “I was thinking it would be a really cool thing to do, go around and tour a bunch of high schools and kind of bring the show to them. Looking for opportunities to do that, I saw that High School Nation had already had something set up. So, I was like ‘oh, it would be really easy to plug right in with them,’” said Bell.
High School Nation didn’t choose Ocean Springs as one of their stops just to throw a party. They did it in support of fine arts programs like music, media, style and art. Founder of High School Nation Jimmy Cantillon said, “Maybe public school doesn’t touch on all these different fields but these are very real. You can make a great living being a sound man, being a DJ, being a drummer. Everybody that’s here, there’s 60 of us traveling, including our artists, and every single one of us is doing it professionally.”
And for Keith, a freshman drummer in the Ocean Springs band, drumming for a living is something he sees in his future. “I was actually thinking about getting in a band somehow, along with being an engineer.”
Laurel Tynes doesn’t want to play in a band but she does want to be a reporter. High School Nation let her practice by interviewing their band members. She believes this experience will give students more diverse career paths to choose from. “Some people that wouldn’t take art, music or band, they can actually do it. This might help them get their energy up to do it.”
Students won brand new guitars and DJ turntable sets. High School Nation also donated $10,000 worth of funds and equipment to the Ocean Springs High School fine arts program.

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