More than 2,000 Silverado High School students were treated to an afternoon of music and interactive entertainment on Wednesday as the High School Nation Tour came to the school.
Actor/musician Drake Bell, best known for his roles on the hit Nickelodeon shows “Drake & Josh” and “The Amanda Show,” headlined the festival-style event held on the Victorville campus, sharing the stage with up-and-coming artists Far Young, Palaye Royale and Izzy Malik.
Nearly the entire student body attended, with some watching the performers while others played keyboards, guitars, turntables, drums and other musical equipment provided by Guitar Center and other sponsors.
The High School Nation tour visits public high schools across the country, giving students hands-on experience with music and other fields of the arts. High School Nation also has a foundation that contributes money to school art and drama programs, and Associated Student Body Director Jessica Swift said Silverado will receive a donation.
“The main thing they want to do is increase interest in arts and music in high schools,” Swift said. “Everything is 100 percent free, and it’s such an awesome experience for the students.”
The spring tour stops at only 25 high schools, and hundreds of schools go through an application process to be chosen for the tour. Silverado has been chosen as a tour stop in three of the last four years, Swift said.
Students won prizes such as a guitar, a DJ system and a skateboard. The students also received free refreshments from Takis and Sparkling Ice.
Naomi Jensen, Silverado’s senior class president, won a dance contest that will enter her into a drawing along with 25 other students — one from each tour stop. The winner of the drawing will receive free airfare to a concert, including a concert ticket and a $500 gift card.
Photos by Kris Reilly — Drake Bell performs with his band at Wednesday's High School Nation event at Silverado High.