Thursday, December 10, 2009


KISS payed a visit to Tulsa's Wilson Middle School (while shooting a segment for ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover") to present the Mr Holland's Opus Program with brand new instruments. Paul Stanley is a huge supporter of this program.

Caleb Starr, principal at Wilson, said producers from "Extreme Makeover" approached him with an offer of free musical instruments from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation as part of an upcoming edition of the show.

"They're rebuilding the home of a music teacher and his wife," said Starr, "and the teacher wanted to give musical instruments to a school in need. They asked if we would be interested and we jumped on the opportunity."

A bus carrying the music teacher's family, KISS members and show producers arrived at Wilson, 1127 S. Columbia Ave., at 10 a.m. The group took a tour of the band room and surveyed the dilapidated musical instruments with Wilson music teacher Doug Scott. KISS frontman Paul Stanley, a passionate supporter of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, went from classroom to classroom gathering students to become face-painted members of a KISS mini army. The event-filled day culminated with a KISS/"Extreme Makeover"/Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation rally where KISS formally presented the instruments.

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