Gym Class Heroes, Switchfoot and Los Lonely Boys are some of the artists that have performed at Tyler Junior College. The Center of Student Life and Involvement wants to hear from the students on who they want to see come perform next. “Students can come to the Center of Student Life and Involvement (CSLI) office and give us their ideas on who they want to see perform on our next concert,” said Ishmael Benjamin assistant director and adviser of the Center for Student Life and Involvement.
Throughout the years the staff at the CSLI have worked to have some type of special event for all of the students attending TJC. CSLI bring bands that are successful and are known by most of the students.
The Center of Student Life and Involvement has a process of bringing an artist to TJC. The artist has to be in demand by the students, within TJC’s budget and depends on artist availability to come on the date of the concert. Sofia Herrera, a sophomore from Tyler, has attended most of the concerts over the past two years.
“It was amazing. I had so much fun and all I needed to get in the concert was my student ID,” Herrera said.
Jessika Garcia, sophomore from Tyler, attended the Gym Class Heroes concert and said, “I had the time of my life. I had a lot of fun and the place was full. Everyone was singing and jumping all over the place.”
Dianna Zavala, sophomore from Mineola, met Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travis McCoy before the concert. “The concert was out of this world. I was so happy I got to take a picture with Travis,” Zavala said.
The concerts are usually held at Wise Auditorium. The concerts are free and all a student needs is a student ID. Only current students can get in the concerts. The concerts are part of the Spring Fling, which has become part of TJC since 1995. The Spring Flings consist of different events that TJC offers to their students at the end of the year.
Andrea Reyes, staff technician, attended the Los Lonely Boys concert – a band of three brothers who are well known for their hit single “Heaven.”
“I had the chance to see Los Lonely Boys when they played at TJC,” Reyes said.
“I had a blast! It was pretty amazing to see them that close, to get to meet them in person and get to share this experience with all of my friends.”
She said it took the concert experience to another level.
“There was enough people to feel everybody’s vibes and get excited, but at the same time feel closer to the band and connect with them like if it was a private concert, just for you.”