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"Tim Janis with State High School Choirs (2010)" on MontanaPBS Mar. 7

March 1, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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MontanaPBS' Celebrate America Across Montana "Tim Janis with State High School Choirs (2010)" airs March 7 at 6:59 p.m.

High school choirs from throughout Montana perform with Tim Janis and his ensemble in this special program, created by Janis to spotlight our nation's youth, and to pull communities together in a celebration of music that uplifts and inspires.

The program was taped in November 2010, at the KUSM-MontanaPBS studio in Bozeman.

School buses rolled in from across the state from communities including Belgrade, Big Timber, Billings, Corvallis, Florence, Frenchtown, Gardiner, Hamilton, Laurel, Lewistown, Livingston and Stevensville, bringing together hundreds of students from Montana high school music programs. Arriving well-prepared and professional, each choir came into the studio to record their performance.

Tim Janis, familiar to public broadcasting audiences from programs such as An Enchanted Evening, Beautiful America, and Coastal America, is well known for his "Music with a Mission" philosophy and has worked on many philanthropic projects.

"I believe the fabric of our nation is the strength found in our local communities. We need to stay connected and committed with a spirit of serving one another to the best of our abilities," Janis said. "Not only does Celebrate America give our youth a life-changing opportunity, but it also helps teach children the importance of contributing to community through the arts."

The show repeats Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 at 1 a.m., Monday March 14 at 11 a.m. and Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

Quality television has the power to elevate our understanding of the world, encourage respect for one another, and influence our lives in a positive way. MontanaPBS shares diverse stories; connects our citizens; discovers common ground; and celebrates the independent spirit and beauty of Montana.

MontanaPBS serves over 150 communities and can reach across the state via over-the-air signals, cable, DISH Network, DirecTV and online. MontanaPBS is comprised of KUSM-TV Bozeman and KUFM-TV Missoula, each a non-commercial educational licensee of Montana State University - Bozeman and The University of Montana - Missoula, respectively.

Aaron Pruitt at 406-994-5021 or aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org