Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 3, 2013

Town Talk


— Judy Wakefield

Collins Center hosts music video shoot

While the high school was empty over winter break this past week, a group organized by an Andover native took over the Collins Center for the Performing Arts to record a music video honoring those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting this month.

A total of 20 children and six adults took the stage as cranes with video cameras recorded them moving to the tune of “26 Angels” by Berklee College student Justin Cohen on Wednesday, Dec. 26. The adults represented each adult lost to the shooting, while the 20 children each held cards with the names of the school’s young victims.

Becki Dennis, owner and founder of and an Andover resident for 25 years before graduating from college and leaving town three years ago, secured the facility for the video shoot and helped run it.

“In the video, they’re holding these signs that they made while they’re singing,” Dennis said. “There’s a moment where each of them holds the signs up one at a time.”

For many, the video was a day-long endeavor. Coffee and breakfast was donated by Perfecto’s Coffee on North Main Street, and dinner was donated by the 99 Restaurant on Lowell Street.

Dennis said the goal of the video is “to go viral. We already have a Facebook page for the song. A lot of parents took pictures, and they’re posting them on that page too.”

Photos of the video shoot and a link to the video can be found at or the tribute’s Facebook page at

— Dustin Luca

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