GRIFFIN, Ga. -- It's one class you just want to sit-in and enjoy all day. The melodic magical music comes from some Griffin High School teens.
The teens breathe life into Negro spirituals with ease and power and purpose from disciplined practice under the direction of James Lindsey
"He's just the epitome to me of what a great teacher is," said Dr. Tiffany Taylor, assistant principal at Griffin High.
"The kids just love him, even though he's tough and demanding," said Portia Lacey, the counselor who nominated Lindsey for Class Act.
Lindsey treats them like a college ensemble to become disciplined artists.
Statistics show that music students do quite well in all of the other subjects
Lindsey takes them on out-of-town trips each year to, in his words, "put them in situations where they can speak with other cultures and speak with other ethnicities and other folks on to rehearse and things like that."
This year, the students are going to London.
"When I found out that a lot of these kids had not even been to Atlanta, that was just amazing to me," Lindsey said.