BAKERSFIELD, CA - You could say students at Frontier High School had some welcome substitute teachers Tuesday. High School Nation made a stop at the school. It's a national touring group that promotes arts and music to students. Frontier is one of only ten stops the tour is making in California. It gives students a chance to get creative and leaves behind donations to keep it going.
"It's actually pretty awesome. I can't imagine Frontier having anything like this," said Frontier seniors, Whitney Lusk and Ashley Chasteen.
Jimmy Cantillon started High School Nation ten years ago as a way to get his brother's band in schools.
"Bakersfield, historically, for us is one of the best cities in the country," said Cantillon.
Since it began a decade ago, it's grown, making stops at 5,000 schools nationwide. Last year, it stopped at Bakersfield High. This year, Frontier.
"It's all about arts and music in the schools and at a time they are being cut in our schools," said Lisa Bolton, Frontier High School's Activities Director. "They are helping promote the excitement of it and the reason why it should be in our schools still."
Ali Almani, in his tie-dyed van, is now traveling across the state with the tour, offering students a chance to tie-dye a shirt. He just happened to be there on April 30th, National Tie-dye Day.
"Because, normally creative people are happy people," said Almani.
National sponsors lent brand new instruments for students to try and tune.
"My drum set is horrible," said freshman, Blake Swanson. "I've played on other people's drum sets at shows and stuff like that. But, I love drum sets like that, just so simple and so perfect."
When the tour is gone, sponsors will leave Frontier a drum set, recording studio, and money to keep the music going.
"So, it's not just about us throwing money or sort of a blanket, hope this helps you out sort of thing. It's sort of about giving them things they can utilize specifically from their school. The teachers, the kids, that's what keeps us going," said Cantillon.
Cantillon says the tour doesn't cost the school anything. The next stop on the tour is Victorville.