By: Megan Roche
Cedar Grove High School recently played backdrop for one classic 1980’s boyband’s new music video. New Kids on the Block dropped their newest single, Boys in the Band, in early March. When the music video debuted, many Cedar Grove students immediately recognized the classrooms and hallways as one of their own.
The music video pays homage to boy bands of all decades. Within the video are members of Boyz II Men, NSYNC, Bell Biv Devoe, and many more of the bands that women of all ages grew up drooling over. With the video set in a history class environment, the history teacher in the video begins giving a lesson to students on the history of boy bands. Cue the entrance to special guests Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, and Danny Wood. What a way to learn about the history of boy bands, with one of the most famous boy bands of all time.
The production was kept under massive wraps and very few school officials knew what was taking place. Principal of Cedar Grove High School Richard Mangili could hardly contain his excitement when the video premiered on March 1.
“We were so excited to have New Kids on the Block use our school to film their new video “The Boys in the Band.” Mangili said in an Instagram post.
New Kids on the Block approached district administrators as they were looking for a high school setting to shoot their video. A member of the Cedar Grove Board of Education is a member of a film organization and helped to link the two up.
According to Superintendent of Schools Michael Fetherman, once word spread about the video, Cedar Grove High School pride was overflowing.
“It was really cool to have this video happening in our building. It was kind of just a hit or miss thing and they came by and our building worked with the vision the film crew had. It’s gotten a lot of attention, but it was really cool.” Fetherman said.
To thank the school for playing backdrop for the video, New Kids on the Block donated new elevator wraps and Panther Paw decals for the entire building. Montclair State University also got in on the video, as the cheerleaders who dance with Debbie Gibson in the video were part of the MSU Cheerleading Squad.
“The band donated $3,000 that we used to put these new pawprints on the floor and update our elevators with decorations. Any monies that we collect through any of these opportunities, we give them right back to the building principals to decide what projects they want to do with them.” Fetherman said.
The video was shot in 18 hours in late January. New Kids on the Block, along with video cameo Debbie Gibson, and Tiffany will be back in the Garden State on July 2 when the boys in the band bring their Mixtape Tour to Prudential Center in Newark.