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Bunker Hill, IN - In preparation for their upcoming British Invasion choir concert, members of Maconaquah High School’s Counterpoints Choir sought out individuals who witnessed the phenomenon first-hand.

Earlier this month, the choir sang a few songs from their upcoming concert at Vernon Manor in Wabash, Camelot Care in Logansport, and Aperion Estates in Peru. And at Aperion Estates, the students also interviewed residents to hear how the surge in popularity of British music changed American culture in the 1960s.

“The residents were so helpful and very excited to share a little of their lives,” said choir director Michelle Bailey. “The students loved hearing stories about the times, and it gave them a greater appreciation for the people and the way music spread.”

Bailey said some students commented on how the residents could remember exactly how many times they saw the Beatles on TV, which led to a discussion about how the nature of watching TV has changed.

“Times were just different, and our students got to step back in time for a day,” Bailey said. “The older generation was remembered and valued that day, and I know it meant a lot to them.”

The interviews with residents were recorded, and they will be featured as part of the choir concert.

Bailey said Tonya Ulerick, the activities director for Aperion Estates, was very helpful in coordinating the choir’s visit, and she is even organizing a field trip for the residents to attend the concert at 3 p.m. on May 19 at Maconaquah High School.