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DETROIT - Plugged in and amped up.
For the first time ever at the North American International Auto Show employee preview event a live band accompanied the show.
And one of the band members shares a deep connection with the company, spanning four generations.
As Thomas Mehall, 21, musician, strung his guitar during the event he joined his father, grandfather and great-grandfather as a part of the Ford family.
“I was excited to play for an event this big,” Thomas said. “I’ve worked with Michael King (band director) before, so when he invited me to join him I said yes.”
At the event cheering their son on was Mark Mehall, Research and Advanced Engineering, and his wife Joanna.
“You did a great job,” said Mark. “We’ve had a long history at Ford and we’re proud of our son playing today. My father worked at Ford in the ignition area, my grandfather worked at Ford and wired the Rouge.”
Building on Sunday’s big event, Thomas joined the band on Tuesday for the Ford press conference in front of hundreds of journalist from all across the world.
“I’d like to get involved in more big productions like this,” said Thomas. “I had a great time.”
Thomas currently plays in several local Indie Rock, R&B and church bands, including Michael King Music Inc., the band supporting the Lincoln and Ford press events.
In addition to enjoying his son supporting the Ford events, Mark also had a great time at the event.
“It was fun to see our new product line. It’s very impressive what the company is doing with this commercial vehicle rollout. We’ve been really impressed.”