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Performances will feature students and their mentors

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Professional musicians and Reynoldsburg Encore Academy students will share the stage May 10 for #REYBASH, a two-hour concert of rap, hip-hop, soul and rock music.

The concert begins 6 p.m. Saturday at the Reynoldsburg High School Summit campus, 8579 Summit Road. Tickets cost $5 in advance at the high school or $7 at the door.

Featured professional performers include Dominique LaRue, 8 Bit Genetic Code, Weezy, Co-City, Hafrican, DJ Bombay and Krate Digga.

Reynoldsburg High School students performing include Terrell Carson, with Hyroh; Cameron Carle, drummer for Vice For Victory; Abbey Dye, with Daizy; Mercy and Tyler Parker and DJ Tytanium.

Grant Gatsby, owner of Everybody Else's Entertainment, has been working with music teacher Betsy Fox during the school year, bringing professional musicians to the school to talk to students. He said the concert will showcase students in the district's music technology pathway and local musicians working with them.

"The funds from the concert will go to providing professionals to perform and teach the students about the pathway of musical entrepreneurism in the next school year and, hopefully, beyond," he said. "It will also provide starting funds for technology and equipment for students."

The school hopes to purchase recording, mixing, mastering and engineering music computer programs, Gatsby said.

"For next year and beyond, this pathway will rely on grants from outside contributors that the school will seek out," he said. "We came up with this concert concept to prove to the school board, community and any eventual contributors that this pathway of music technology deserves to be around for years to come."

Fox said she wanted the new course to be more than students sitting at their desks.

"I'm thrilled to have professional musicians eager to share their knowledge of music and different career paths of a billion-dollar industry with our students," she said.

She said the concert offers students "a wonderful opportunity" to shine.

"This is real-life skills and chances for my students to take the classroom one step closer to reality," Fox said. "We have students not only performing on stage but also working backstage and working security.

"I'm proud of my students and I hope this is the beginning of many combined concerts in the future," she said.

Gatsby said a few of the topics covered in music technology are songwriting, instrumentation, singing, emceeing, vocal coaching, music journalism, blogging, social media promotion and marketing, event coordination, stage performance, stage management, artist development, production, engineering and product design, among others.

"The reason I got involved was to finally take my company, artist friends and skills to the high school level and start teaching students the pathway of becoming successful in music," he said.

Gatsby said the respect shown between the artists and the students has been impressive.

"The students have been very kind and understanding of each professional and the background and history they come from musically," he said. "The professionals have been in tune to the students' musical choices and very intrigued to know what each student enjoys and what catches their ears."

He said the music technology pathway was created to help students know there are many legitimate routes to life and career success, either as entrepreneurs or working in various positions in the music business.

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