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Port Coquitlam drummer goes out with a bang

Jack Thomas finishes his Grade 12 year with a Rock the Fox show.
Jack Thomas at the January Rock the Fox show.

For those about to rock, Terry Fox secondary salutes you.

The Port Coquitlam high school’s popular Rock the Fox concert takes place at Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate) next Wednesday and Thursday, featuring 30 student bands performing original and cover tunes.

Started 16 years ago by contemporary music teacher Steve Sainas, the Rock School program has seen thousands of students learn about performing and the recording arts.

And among this year’s batch is Jack Thomas, a Grade 12 student whose arm was severed in a workplace accident last summer. “He’s taking on some big challenges and he’s absolutely killing it,” Sainas said, adding, “Jack’s accident really brought out the best in everybody and inspired us all to strive for excellence. This really will be a huge celebration of not just our passion to perform music but of our success as a supportive community.”

Below, the lineup for this season’s shows:

May 18: Arcade Fire, Weezer, Misfits, The Weeknd, New Pornographers, Green Day, Lorde, Lauren Hill, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Courage My Love, Post Modern Juke Box, Judas Priest and Death Grips;

May 19: Taylor Swift, Feist, Porcupine Tree, Foster the People, Asa, Neck Deep, 21 Pilots, B-52s, Foxing, Killers, Genesis and Tool.

• Tickets at $5 are available from Rock School students, the music office or at the doors on the night of the performance, starting at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds support the Terry Fox Rock School and Recording Arts programs.