The band “Going Second” is bringing a full rock concert production to Estacada Middle and High schools. The rockers aim to connect with teens “on their level” in high-energy assemblies, designed to get students engaged and involved, while delivering positive messages that encourage musical pursuits, staying in school, attending college and living a drug-free lifestyle.
The events are organized by the nonprofit Music Makes Music whose mission is "motivating and empowering teens" to find solace in music that helps them make healthy choices. They chose the band “Going Second,” also known as G2, as their ambassadors since all the musicians are drug-free and embrace being positive role models.
G2’s drummer “Nik Ferrari” describes the innovative school assembly as "a rock and roll show, complete with electric guitars, lights and yes, even lasers. The kids absolute love it and that’s so inspiring, both for them and for us as well.”
Guitarist Mike Chowder adds that “everyone in the band is very conscious” of their responsibilities as role models and after the assembly the musicians “make themselves available in classrooms and on social media” to answer student questions and facilitate their messages being received.
On Twitter, students are definitely the most vocal @GoingSecond fans and many cited past concerts as "life changing." The band has found advocates in diverse age groups - earning accolades from parents and principles alike. A visit to Music Makes Music’s website (musicmakesmusic.org)
The band is in the Portland vicinity for four shows during this leg of the "Music is Sick" tour, but according to Ferrari they are "happy to book more." In the future, he hopes they can do both East and West Coast shows, since "kids today really need positive idols." Their funding has primarily come from merchandise sales, "but we're hoping our street teams can get good traction among donors and find new sponsors."
If you would like to request a tour stop for your child’s school, or if you would like to support the tour by donating so they can continue inspiring youth to live drug free lives through music, please visit musicmakesmusic.org or contact Nik Ferrari at 801-803-3386.