The cafeteria of Finley Junior High School was filled with the screaming teenage girls and some guys as the up and coming boy band IM5 performed an acoustic set Tuesday afternoon.

 Founded by American Idol creator Simon Fuller, media icon Perez Hilton and tour producer Jamie King, IM5 brings together five 14- to 16-year-old male singers as the boy band for the new millennium.

The band’s performance at Finley was a preview to promote their upcoming show at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The cafeteria began filling up with teenagers waiting for the opportunity to hear the band. IM5 performed three songs for the audience, “Everything About U,” “Don’t Run Away” and Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe.”

After the performance, the band members took questions from the audience and talked about their journey together so far.

Cole Pendery talked about how this trip to Waxahachie has been more like a homecoming to him than anything.

“I grew up in Midlothian,” Pendery said. “So being here is like being at home.”

He added that being a part of the band has afforded him the opportunity to have four brothers.

“I have an older sister, whom I love,” he said. “But being with these guys has been like having a group of brothers. They are great.”

Dana Vaughns was touched by Pendery’s words, and added that Pennsylvania is home to him, but touring with the guys in the band has helped him not miss his friends so much. Vaughns also told the members in the audience that he didn’t begin singing until about three years ago. Until then, he mainly concentrated on dancing.

When it was Gabriel Morales’ turn to give a little bit of his background he said, “I’m Gabriel Morales. I’m 17 years old and I’m in a boy band called IM5.” He said that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

Will Jay told the audience that he got his start in music by participating in musical theater in California. He added, “Musical theater is the bomb and that’s kind of how I got my start in music.” Then he turned to the Dalton Pannatoni and said, “Hit it girl.”

Pannatoni is from Sunnyville, Texas and said he got his start in music by participating in choir.

“I was all like hey this is fun,” Pannatoni said. “But you know what would be even more fun. To join a boy band. So I did.”

Before the band performed, two members of the yearbook staff were able to get a private interview with the band members.

The first question posed by Megan Six concerned the one piece of advice the boys would give to young people. Vaughns replied, “The one piece of advice that I would give to young people is to get an education.”

He said he realizes that’s what everyone says, but it’s very true.

“Even if you sing or dance, you still have to have a good education,” Vaughns said. “We don’t know if we’ll continue to do this for the rest of our lives. We hope so, but if not, we need something to fall back on and you can’t do that without an education.”

Alexi Workman, another member of the yearbook staff asked the group what they enjoyed most about touring the U.S.

Pendery said he liked all of the funny moments they’ve been able to share and being in Waxahachie. Rappatoni said his favorite part about touring was performing a sound check during an interview, while strumming his guitar.

IM5 will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane. Advance tickets are $20 for front row and $10 general admission and can be purchased at any Citizens National Bank of Texas location, H-E-B in Waxahachie and Brookshire’s in Midlothian. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25 front row and $15 general admission. Only 300 tickets will be sold for front row stage access and general admission is limited.

The concert will benefit children’s services in Ellis County including Ellis County Child Protective Services, The Rainbow Room and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Check out the band online at, on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. For more information about the Waxahachie concert, visit the Waxahachie Daily Light’s Facebook page event at .

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The Waxahachie Daily Light is currently running a V.I.P. pass contest on its Facebook page at To enter, visit the Waxahachie Daily Light Facebook page, click on the IM5 contest link and tell us why you deserve to win the V.I.P. passes to see the hottest new boy band in America. Don’t forget to upload a photo with your registration.

Several have already registered for the contest and are receiving votes — but it’s not too late to put your name in the running for the passes.

The contest runs through noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The winner will be determined by the entry with the most votes by our Facebook followers – so don’t forget to vote!


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