Cincinnati-Based Rock Band Releases Music Video Shot at Newport High School
Victor Spoils, a Cincinnati-based rock band, has filmed its latest music video with an anti-bullying theme in collaboration with Newport High School's drama program.
Newport High School's drama students performed in the video and created props that were used in various scenes throughout the song. The students also creatively worked with the video’s director and learned the many facets that go into a production like this.
Band members Aaron Ellis, Doug Lee, and Josh Neugebauer said the video will accompany their new single, “Bully,” which has messages of positivity, kindness, and being oneself. The students help demonstrate these messages through the utilization of masks in the video.
“I think the topic of bullying has personal importance for all of us,” said Neugebauer, who is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the band. “Due to social media bullying is different in the new digital age. Victor Spoils wants to be a positive voice that recognizes and addresses the bullying issue.”
The band had been researching local schools to host the video shoot when Brandon Voelker, Newport Independent Schools’ attorney and a friend of the band and production company, suggested NHS. After Newport Superintendent Kelly Middleton went and listened to the band, he agreed to the project.
“We saw that Newport cared about its students and felt like the school was perfect for the message we were trying to convey in our video,” said Lee, bassist and background vocalist for Victor Spoils. “It seemed like a great fit for what we were trying to accomplish and the students and administrators were great to work with throughout the process.”
Brittany Stacy, director of the high school’s drama program, said her students enjoyed acting, making creative suggestions, and developing the masks that were used as props in the video.
“The whole experience has been really incredible,” Stacy said. “It spreads a strong message of love over hate among my students, and it has been wonderful seeing something like this that has positive implications well beyond the classroom.”