In 2006, the Boardman orchestra program decided to expand its offerings by creating a new type of ensemble. Modeled after the Trans-Syberian Orchestra, the staff and students began working on Boardman's very own rock orchestra that the students named Project Mayhem.
At 7 p.m. March 22 this year's version of Project Mayhem will hit the stage at the Boardman Performing Arts Center. Unlike any other high school orchestra performance local residents are accustomed to, the Project Mayhem concert includes smoke machines, a laser show, and all the high-energy movement of a rock concert, complete with musicians moving about on stage.
Project Mayhem will be performing many classical rock favorites from the '70s, '80s, '90s and today. "We tie four decades of music into one night and it's totally going to rock," asserted Alyssa Vivacqua, electric violinist. This year's set list includes such well-know tunes as "Come Sail Away," by Styx, "Livin' on a Prayer," by Bon Jovi, and "Moves Like Jagger," by Maroon 5. They will also be bringing back some crowd favorites from previous years, such as "Carry On My Wayward Son," by Kansas.
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Boardman High School's rock orchestra, Project Mayhem, performs in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Boardman Performing Arts Center.
In addition to the usual instrumental selections, Project Mayhem will be featuring many vocalists this year. Liam Jones is singing Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight," and James Harker will be singing "Home" by Phillip Phillips and Muse's "Uprising."
Lightwave International from Pittsburgh, will be coming again to do a laser show throughout the concert.
Tickets are $5, available the night of the show and seating is general admission with ticket sales starting at 6 p.m. and doors opening at 6:30 p.m.