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Setting rivalry aside

Hall and Princeton unite in friendship for Cops 4 Cancer benefit concert

Hall High School choir director Brandon Czubachowski (left) and PHS choir director Brandon Crawford have used their visits to each other's schools to improve their performances. They'll soon be joining each other, as well as two other choral groups, to hold a benefit concert on April 22 at Hall High School for the Cops 4 Cancer charity.
Hall High School choir director Brandon Czubachowski (left) and PHS choir director Brandon Crawford have used their visits to each other's schools to improve their performances. They'll soon be joining each other, as well as two other choral groups, to hold a benefit concert on April 22 at Hall High School for the Cops 4 Cancer charity.

PRINCETON — Princeton and Hall are well known as local high school rivals, but two teachers have looked beyond this competitive spirit to the benefit of both their programs.

Choral directors Brandon Crawford from PHS and Brandon Czubachowski from Hall High School have used their friendship to invite each other to visit and critique their respective choral groups.

“It’s helped both our programs, and we’ve also begun to work together on various things,” Czubachowski said during a visit to PHS.

Back in December, the two directors decided to plan a performance together and have joined to perform at a Cops 4 Cancer benefit at 7:30 p.m. on April 22 at Hall High School.

Cops 4 Cancer is a non-profit organization of law enforcement officers, their families and friends from the Illinois Valley. They work to help the families of IV residents who are stricken with cancer and are suffering from the related financial problems.

“He (Crawford) mentioned it to his professor at VanderCook and was told they’d also like to be a part this. Then we got Aurora University as well, so between the four schools, we decided to put this together,” Czubachowski said.

He said at the concert finale all four groups will come together to sing as one. He added how special it was to be able to bring more than 200 students together to perform a major work.

Asked about the long running rivalry, Czubachowski laughed.

“That’s one of the big things about this; as I’ve been out in the community, people have been surprised Hall and Princeton are doing something together. They know Princeton and Hall as a sports rivalry, but we don’t have to be rivals in everything,” he said.

He added that of course each group is going to try and sing better than the other groups, and that one group always jumps ahead.

“We may sing better than one of the college groups, that happens. We’re going out to have fun and to sing our best, and when we all come together for the combined number, we’re going to do an amazing piece of music,” Czubachowski said.

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