About 200 people filled the benches and sat on the lawn in front of the Carl Levin Park Amphitheater last Friday night for a free community concert hosted by the Knights of the Roundtable.
The organization is comprised of Harker Heights High School students who have been working with the Harker Heights City Council.
“We’ve been talking more and I came up with the idea of having the city and the high school come together,” said senior Julia Garcia, Knights of the Roundtable member. “So this is just a first-deal basis where we had local bands from our school looking for events to play.”
Among the music played was heavy metal by War at Home and rock music by Ivory Summit.
Junior Nathan Ybarra, a singer and guitar player for Ivory Summit, said he was glad his new band got the opportunity to showcase its music.
“I love performing and the guys I play music with,” he said. “It’s a really great feeling. Events like this ... allow kids that may not be on the football or baseball team to express themselves and their talents.”
Ybarra began writing lyrics about a year ago, he said. Over time, he has rounded up members to form the band.
“We just started playing the songs I wrote, and one of my favorites I did is called, ‘Whittier Alaska,’ which I wrote about a girl I really liked,” he said.
People of all ages attended the concert, and several high school organizations, such as the German club, S2S and the orchestra club, sold food and drinks.
“It’s offering an opportunity for families to come out and enjoy the park with music, and the idea is to look at art as an excellent alternative,” said Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights library director. “The idea was really all from the teens.”
Mayor Pro Tem Pat Christ said the teenagers did all the work planning the concert.
“We just gave them a venue and some guidance,” he said. “It’s something that provides a place where they can hang out and bands can try out a venue.”
Jessica Babb, Knights of the Roundtable member, said organizing the concert in a month’s time was challenging, but teamwork helped.
“We are hoping for a great series, as the turnout was a lot better than we expected” she said.
The next community concert will be sometime this summer.