December 09, 2009
Rock act KISS to visit Tulsa school for 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

By By Craig Day, The News On 6

Legendary rock band, KISS, will spend Wednesday at Tulsa's Wilson Middle School to shoot a segment of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

"I can't believe what all they have planned," said Wilson principal Caleb Starr in a release. "This is going to be an amazing experience for the kids and the adults."

Starr said producers from Extreme Makeover approached him with an offer of free musical instruments from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation as part of an upcoming edition of the show.

"They're rebuilding the home of a music teacher and his wife," Starr said, "and the teacher wanted to give musical instruments to a school in need. They asked if we would be interested and we jumped on the opportunity."

Starr and his students were thrilled to learn KISS would be at the school to formally present the 40 new musical instruments to Wilson students, including violins, trumpets, saxophones and flutes.

The release states Wilson Middle School has 515 students, 93 percent of whom qualify under federal poverty guidelines for free or reduced-price meals.

KISS will be at the school to formally present 40 brand new musical instruments to Wilson students.

"It's like when you were a kid and Mickey Mouse would visit," Starr said. "I'm sure when it's all over I still won't believe it's happened!"

In addition, KISS member Paul Stanley will go from classroom to classroom gathering students to become face-painted members of a KISS mini army.

Music students helped unpack the new instruments to prepare for the arrival of ABC "Extreme Home Makeover" crews and KISS.

"I'm really excited and really nervous," said seventh-grader Kira Palmer. "My dad, whenever I was really young like 8, we watched five hours back-to-back KISS concerts together. It was really cool."

Awnaway Morris, 12, helped unpack the ten trumpets, ten flutes, ten violins, and ten alto saxophones on Wednesday morning. Buzz about a surprise at Wilson began circulating among students a week ago, but no one knew legendary rock 'n' rollers were involved until Wednesday, she said.

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