Anand Shukla-Parekh, a Scout in Pleasanton's Troop 908, recently completed his Eagle Award Service Project -- a virtual Beatles concert for Pleasanton seniors.
Shukla-Parekh deconstructed seven Beatles classics, rearranged their instrumental parts, and led nine of his bandmates from school to record their parts separately. He then digitally reassembled the parts, mixing and editing them, then added visual elements to each song including scenes from downtown Pleasanton.
He chose this project to bring "Peace and Love" to patrons of the Pleasanton Senior Center, in response to the difficult times they faced during the pandemic. He expressed appreciation to his music teachers, Dennis Aquilina at Hart Middle School and Erik Nishimori and Efrain Hinojosa at Foothill High, saying they have been "instrumental" in his growth as a musician.
Shukla-Parekh, a sophomore at Foothill, hopes to complete his Eagle Rank this summer. He has been a Boy Scout for five years, and has served his troop as chaplain's aide, patrol leader and senior patrol leader, and led a camp-out at historic Fort Ross.
He became senior patrol leader as the pandemic began so helped transition troop meetings to a virtual, Zoom-based setting. He also organized a camp-in-your-backyard event for the troop because members could not camp together.
Shukla-Parekh is the son of Raj Parekh and Pratima Shukla of Pleasanton.
To view the 23-minute Beatles video, search for Beatles Concert for Pleasanton Senior Center on YouTube.