Note: This post submitted by Keeyen Martin, Site Assistant for AMPlify.
On last Friday, Feb. 20th, I had the esteemed privilege to share in a life changing experience for the Boys of Amplify. We took our Young Male Artists to participate in performance with the renowned Morehouse College Glee Club. This experience was extra special, me being an Alumna of Morehouse and member of the Glee Club.
The anticipation of this performance grew quickly stemming from productive rehearsals, learning “Git On Board,” and our students meeting Dr. Morrow. Such an epic moment with my Former Director, Dr. David Morrow (present Director of the Glee Club), coming to rehearse with the AMPlify boys. As you can imagine this was completely nostalgic as I relived my experiences with the Glee Club watching this rehearsal. Our students quickly responded in a state of “Awe” at how sharp and engaged Dr. Morrow appeared. The classic Glee Club piece “Git On Board” was brought to life in such a special way with Dr. Morrow’s vivid imagery and storytelling and our young gentlemen giving their best in song.
As we arrived at Morehouse College (day of show), the energy and anticipation from parents and students was electric. I had so much excitement from simply conversing with the AMPlify boys as they asked every question imaginable of the history of Morehouse and the Glee Club. We walked into King Chapel with excellent decorum and every eye was captivated as the Glee Club took the stage during our joint rehearsal. That rehearsal only pumped us up even more for the upcoming performance. After we rehearsed, the anticipation grew as we watched AMPlify parents, family members and staff file into the auditorium to hear us perform. They all wished the young men good luck. At 8PM it was show time!
Finally, just before intermission, the AMPlify boys were called onstage! They joined the Glee Club and executed exceptionally well. I was and still am so very PROUD!!!!! Great applause and a standing ovation complimented the young gentlemen as they exited the stage. This moment was certainly one of the greatest highlights of my time working with AMPLIFY!
Watch the AMPlify Young Men’s Ensemble perform with the Morehouse Glee Club: