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HIGH LIFE : Mater Dei Choirs Perform at World Expo in Brisbane

July 30, 1988

Mater Dei High School's Show Choir and Hand Bell Choir recently returned from performing at the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane, Australia.

The Hand Bell Choir's 13 members and the Show Choir's 84 singers and dancers, directed by Thomas Hodgeman and Gail Milby, all performed. Mater Dei sent a videocassette and audio resume to the World Projects Tour Co. 2 1/2 years ago. The school was selected as one of 16 schools from the United States and Canada to perform. The Mater Dei choirs sang at the Expo in Brisbane as well as at St. Joseph's College, a private boys' high school.

The Show Choir's program consisted of 30-minute shows highlighting such U.S. musical genres as vaudeville, the Roaring '20s, big band, Broadway and the silver screen. The Hand Bell Choir performed songs from Japan, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Australia and the United States.


Songs that made guitar feedback famous, according to "The Book of Rock Lists" by Dave Marsh and Kevin Stein, include:

"Juke" by Little Walter, 1952.

"Train Kept a-Rollin' " by Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio, 1958.

"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" by The Who, 1965.

"I Feel Fine" by The Beatles, 1965.

"My Generation" by The Who, 1965.

"Train Kept a-Rollin' " by The Yardbirds, 1966.

"Purple Haze" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1967.

"Weasels Ripped My Flesh" by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, 1970.

High Life, which has appeared on Saturdays, will move to Fridays beginning with the Aug. 5 issue.

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