Grammy Winning Artist Pharrell Williams Crashes Middle School Assembly for Surprise Performance with Amp Up NYC Students
Williams joins students to celebrate the impact of music education program Amp Up NYC and the release of the new film Hidden Figures
Amp Up NYC®, a joint effort from Berklee College of Music, Little Kids Rock, and the NYC DOE, partnered with the New York Daily News to bring GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer Pharrell Williams to surprise the students of The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School at their school concert.
Student musicians spent weeks rehearsing “I See A Victory” and “Runnin,” two songs Williams produced for the film Hidden Figures, set for release on December 25, 2016. Their hard work paid off as he joined them on stage to an eruption of applause from the amazed assembly-goers. The Amp Up NYC student performers shed a few happy tears as they took in the moment, then like true artists, continued their set under the approving gaze of the song’s composer. Williams was speechless hearing the kids perform the new songs live for the first time and praised their incredible talent.
Williams’ visit brings praise to the Amp Up NYC collaboration’s success in bringing modern band music education to more than 67,000 students from nearly 600 NYC area public schools, like TEP, annually since 2014. As the three-year initiative (the largest private investment in a public school district’s music program in US history) nears it’s conclusion, we are proud to have celebrated its success with Pharrell, several Little Kids Rock and Amp Up NYC supporters, and most importantly, with the children receiving the lifelong transformational gift of music education!