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Wake County leaders will sing at Apex-Friendship High School concert

Jim Merrill, center, shakes hands with Dr. Marvin Connelly, assistant superintendent for student support services, after Merrill was announced as the new Wake County Schools superintendent during a board meeting Tuesday, June, 18, 2013, at the Wake County Public School System Central Services Building in Cary.
Jim Merrill, center, shakes hands with Dr. Marvin Connelly, assistant superintendent for student support services, after Merrill was announced as the new Wake County Schools superintendent during a board meeting Tuesday, June, 18, 2013, at the Wake County Public School System Central Services Building in Cary. tlong@newsobserver.com

Several Wake County school leaders will sing on stage at Wednesday’s Apex-Friendship High School Choral and Band Concert.

Superintendent Jim Merrill, Chief of Staff Marvin Connelly and school board members Bill Fletcher and Jim Martin will perform “When You Wish Upon A Star” with Apex-Friendship’s women’s choir. They’ll also be accompanied by three fathers of chorus students.

Fletcher will sing lead with Martin as a tenor, Connelly as a baritone and Merrill as a bass.

Fletcher has performed over the years with barbershop quartets so he’s no stranger to public singing. Fletcher sang “Down Our Way” with the Never Home 4 barbershop quartet at the school board’s February retreat.

Merrill said he hasn’t sung in public in years. But Merrill said he agreed to perform after being asked by Fletcher.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Apex-Friendship High’s Performing Arts Center, 7801 Humie Olive Road in Apex. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 919-694-0500.

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