Founding member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra works with Oshkosh students

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - He's worked with Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Kanye West and was a founding member of the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

This week, electric violinist Mark Wood will work with more than 450 Oshkosh orchestra students.

It's a part of his efforts to promote music education for students.

"Big spotlight on the magnificent arts contribution to their learning and their school," said Wood.

The world-renowned performer is adding new flavor to the students' music repertoire.

"You think of everyone sitting down playing classical music, we are rocking it out, we're doing Michael Jackson, doing Led Zeppelin, doing a Beatles," said Wood.

This is the second time wood has visited Oshkosh.

A student we spoke says the experience changed her outlook about music.

"Showed us, as well as Oshkosh that string instruments can rock and we do rock and we have a lot of fun doing it," said Oshkosh West Senior Natalie Jackson.

"The tools that they learn through music allows them to navigate the future," said Wood.

It’s all in preparation for Friday night's concert at Menominee Nation Arena which starts at 7:00 p.m.

"Just rock out, have fun, you know, really enjoy their instruments in way that you don't see when we're all dressed in black sitting in straight rows," said Jackson.

"It's going to be something you've never seen before," said Wood.

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