Judging by the eruption of screams, fist pumps and ecstatic flailing from Drake Bell’s 300-student audience at Pinecrest High School Tuesday afternoon, the fourth-period classes they were missing had long been forgotten.

Bell, a recording artist best known as the star of “Drake & Josh,” which originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2004-2007, is the headline act of the seven-week High School Nation concert tour making its way from Chicago to Texas.

The roadshow connects up-and-coming musical acts with an untapped teenage audience and leaves behind $30,000 worth of music and recording equipment to enhance arts programs at the schools.

“We heard about it during second period, and I was like, ‘oh man, I’ve got to go,’” said Pinecrest junior Shaqual Chambers. “It’s nice to get out of class, hang out with your friends, and discover new artists and connect with them. There was one girl playing some kind of crazy music.”

Photos by Pilot staff photographer Ted Fitzgerald

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