Northwestern AD sings about snow days
Schools are making snow day announcements a little more interesting these days.
Northwestern Lehigh’s director of athletics and student activities Jason T. Zimmerman recently accepted his boss’s challenge to create a snow day announcement parody to any song he wanted after they saw another parody by Missouri Valley Community School District.
“(We) saw other schools in our country doing their own versions,” Zimmerman said Monday night. “In particular the one guy who did Backstreet Boys and the two guys that did ‘Hallelujah.’ My Superintendent Jen Holman, Business Manager Leslie Frisbie, Business Manager Administrative Assistant and my former assistant Christy Spanitz and Principal Aileen Yadush tagged me on a FB post and challenged me to do it.”
Their challenge gave Zimmerman a blank slate to work with and come up with a parody to any song.
“I love my school — also graduated from there — love our students, and love my community and I’m not one to back down from a challenge,” he said.
Zimmerman got to work on the assignment, choosing Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” to use as his inspiration for his parody.
“We love our country at Northwestern Lehigh, so I knew it had to be a country song. My family and I love Luke Bryan, so one night this song came on and the beat worked, the words could be easily adjusted, so I just started writing the words down to fit our community.
“My wife, Nicole, (counselor at our school) and my sons, Eli (sixth grade) and Brady (fourth grade) helped me tweak it.”
Parodying music actually was easy for Zimmerman, who said he and friend Jay Scheffler, Germansville fire chief, used to make their own versions of country songs all the time when driving around in their younger days.
After the new song was finished, the new music video was recorded.
“It took about three takes until we got it down, and the rest is history,” Zimmerman said.
To see the video, visit tnonline.com.