Be­ing on stage with Buddy Wa­sis­name and The Other Fellers an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence

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in­cluded ev­ery­thing from moose, fish and berry dishes to home­made bread, cream, jam and tou­tons.

How­ever the ex­cite­ment didn’t end there. Later that af­ter­noon Buddy Wa­sis­name (Kevin Black­more) and the other fellers (Ray John­son and Wayne Chaulk) made a sur­prise visit to the school.

The three had heard sev­eral stu­dents were lyp sync­ing one of their songs It’s the 24th of May and wanted to be part of it. Grade 5 stu­dents Bran­don Nor­man (aka Chaulk) Lu­cas Hig­don (Black­more) and Travis Rus­sell (John­son) were al­most to the end of the song when Black­more, Chaulk and John­son ran out on stage and joined them.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it,” said Lu­cas. “I didn’t have a clue what was go­ing on and when I looked up and saw Buddy, I thought I must be dream­ing or some­thing!”

“Yeah it was re­ally wicked,” added Bran­don.“What a big sur­prise! It was a dream come true!”

“We heard there were a cou­ple of stu­dents who were try­ing to mimic us and we came by to en­cour­age them,” said Buddy. “It’s en­cour­ag­ing to know some of you even want to do that. From what I’ve seen here to­day, you’re def­i­nitely go­ing to re­place us.”

The stu­dents’ per­for­mance and the schools in­ter­est in New­found­land mu­sic im­pressed the co­me­dian.

“I’m proud to see so many young peo­ple who en­joy singing New­found­land songs,” said Buddy.“We need more of th­ese type of events in our schools and among our chil­dren to en­sure we pre­serve our her­itage and keep this prov­ince as solid as a rock.”

The group sang part of the song Sarah and then headed off to Carbonear to per­form at the Princess Sheila NaGeira The­atre later that night.

“I re­ally wanted to go to their show in Carbonear and my mom and dad tried to get tick­ets, but they were all sold out,” said Lu­cas. “How­ever hav­ing the group here at the school was so much bet­ter.

Lu­cas, Bran­don and Travis say be­ing on stage with Buddy Wa­sis­name and The Other Fellers was an ex­pe­ri­ence they’ll never for­get.

“Every­one did such a good job in keep­ing it all a se­cret,” said Travis. “This was a fan­tas­tic day. We’re so grate­ful to Mrs. Brown for or­ga­niz­ing it, she’s great, but then again we thought she was great long be­fore this event!”

DE­BUT PER­FOR­MANCE - Han­nah Reid, Grade 5 stu­dent at Wood­land Ele­men­tary, Dildo, de­lighted the au­di­ence with her pi­ano début of dur­ing a June 10 Grand­par­ents Day cel­e­bra­tion.

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