Watseka IL -Saturday, March 15th All times are Central Standard Time (one hour earlier than Indiana time)
Unity High School “Vocal Rush” Class A 9:00
Argo Community High “Ebullience” Class A 9:30
Hoopeston High School “New Direction” Class A 10:00
Austin High School “Dimensions” Class A 10:30
Oswego “Ambiance” Single-Gender 11:00
DeKalb High School “Sound Sensation” Single-Gender 11:30
El Paso Gridley “Hi Fidelity” Single-Gender 12:00
Alan B Shephard “Nova” Class AA 1:30
Oswego “Commotion” Class AA 2:00
Sullivan Schools “Sullivan Singers” Class AA 2:30
PBL “Unlimited” Class A 3:00
DeKalb High School “Classic Connection” Class AA 4:00
Dwight D Eisenhower “Eisenhower Express” Class AA 4:30
El Paso Gridley El Paso “Modulations” Class AA 5:00
Tuesday- Sound Sensation 6:30-9; Bub- 7:30-9:00; Legally Blonde 6:30- 7:30 Act I Scenes 4, 5, 6 (Leads)
Wednesday- Legally Blonde 6:30-9 Act I Scenes 7, 8, 9 (Leads and Greek Chorus)
Thursday- Legally Blonde Rehearsal 6:30-9 Music Full Cast – Block Act 2
Friday- Load Trailer 5:15
Saturday - Watseka IL contest. Sound Sensation performs at 11:30 CST (12:30 EST); Classic Connection performs 4:00 CST (5:00 EST) This is the last regular season contest before State. State draw will occur Sunday afternoon in the ISSMA office in Indy. We will know if we have made it and what are times are after the draw.
**NEW YORK MONEY DUE TUESDAY**
Sound Sensation was 2nd in the women’s division at the Bishop Luers 40th anniversary contest. Mundelien was 1st and Edgewood was 3rd. Best Performer was Julianne Boyd.
Classic Connection was 2nd in the championship division. Classic Connection was the winner of the Class B division and 2nd overall. Grand Champion was Findley Oh, 2nd DeKalb, 3rd Edgewood from Ellotsville IN, 4th Mundelien, 5th Fairfield IN, 6th Anderson. Best Performer was Chris Smock.
DeKalb show choirs go back into competition this Saturday at Watseka IL. This is the first trip back to Watseka in about 10 years. DeKalb used to go annually to this competition but got away from it when Indiana started the State competition. Watseka is our last regular season competition before State. The draw for State will be Sunday afternoon.
Sound Sensation continues to roll like a freight train capturing another Grand Championship with Best Vocals and Best Choreography at Fairfield OH. Megan Buss was selected as the Best Performer in the show.
Classic Connection is also having a great year. CC placed 3rd at Fairfield giving one of their best performances ever on Saturday night. Julianne Boyd was named Best Performer in the show.
And last weekend wouldn’t be complete unless we had another winter storm to drive into on our way home. This Saturday, DeKalb Show Choirs will be competing at Bishop Luers in Ft. Wayne. It is their 40th anniversary (this is where the whole crazy show choir thing got started). Classic Connection won the 25th Anniversary at Luers.
DeKalb Show Choirs had a strong showing at Franklin Central HS on Saturday. In the women’s division, Sound Sensation was 2nd. Zionsville was named Grand Champion and Shepherd Hill from Massachusettes was 3rd. Brittany Pogue was selected as the Best Performer in the show.
Classic Connection was 4th in the mixed division. Grand Champion was Zionsville, 2nd was Pike HS from Indy, Edgewood HS from Ellotsville IN was 3rd and Carroll HS from Ft Wayne was 5th. Audria Carter was named Best Performer in the show.
As a side note, we have not seen a judging panel like this in a long time. All were quite qualified and had judged many times, but no two judges could agree on anything we did. One visual judge would be critical of the way the kids stood during the ballad and the other visual judge would love the way they stood. One vocal judge would tell us that a certain part of a song was not in tune and the other judge would praise us for our intonation in that section of the song. One judge would tell us that our band was too loud and overpowering the singers and another judge would praise us for how well the balance was between the singers and the band. All that said, we were happy to have made the finals and in the end Classic Connection did improve their ranking from the day show. We did finish ahead of many good schools, including Warren Central, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Shepherd Hill Mass (who we will see again in Boston).
This Saturday, DeKalb Show Choirs will be at Fairfield HS in Ohio.
This year continues to be a great year for DeKalb Show Choirs. In the women’s division, Sound Sensation captured their third Grand Champion of the year and also claimed Best Visuals and Best Vocals. 2nd was Castle HS and 3rd was Danville Illinois.
In the mixed division, Classic Connection also was crowned Grand Champion for their second time this year with Best Visuals and Best Vocals. 2nd was Carroll, 3rd was Danville Illinois, 4th was Castle and 5th was Pleasant Hill Missouri.
In the separate solo competition, Megan Buss was awarded 2nd place.
Next week, DeKalb Show Choirs will compete at Franklin Central HS in Indianapolis.
The 2014 DeKalb Show Choir Invitational was a great success thanks to all of the great choirs, judges, spectators, custodians, teachers, staff and administration. Chris & Terri Straw are awesome Invitational Chairmen – with Co-Chairs Mary Jo & Rick Williams and Angie & Doug Lockwood and all of the chairs & co-chairs of the various aspects of the invitational. Most of all, a BIG thank you to the awesome volunteers – parents, grandparents, family, alumni, alumni family and friends of the program are what make the DeKalb Invitational such a great event.
I need to say Thank You to Rob Rider and everyone at Rider productions who provides the sound and lights in our gym.
The atmosphere was electric as we had to open the north balcony to allow everyone a chance to see the afternoon awards. Sound Sensation and Classic Connection’s performances made us all so very proud. While the weather wasn’t perfect, everyone did their best to adjust and I didn’t hear any complaining except for the fact that everyone is very tired of Old Man Winter.
When everything was packed away and it looked like a school again, I had the biggest smile on my face. This is our 29th year at DeKalb HS and our 31st in the DeKalb Central District. We are so proud of what we have accomplished at DHS. This is a wonderful community.
Kent & Shelley Johnson
A Big day for DeKalb Show Choirs. Classic Connection was Crowned Grand Champions with Best Vocals and Best Band. Brittany Pouge won the Best Female Soloist in a show. Bruce Bell was named Best Performer in the show.
Sound Sensation was crowned Grand Champion of the Unisex division with Best Choreography and Best Crew. Liz Bolinger was named Best Performer in the show. Sound Sensation’s scores were also high enough to get them into the overall finals.
Finals – Classic Connection, 2nd Churubusco w/Best Choreography, 3rd Bishop Luers Mixed, 4th Grove City OH, 5th Sound Sensation and 6th Bishop Luers Men.
In the separate solo division, Vince Rainelli placed 2nd.
Sound Sensation was named Grand Champions in the Women’s division capturing both Best Visuals and Best Vocals. 2nd was Columbia City and 3rd was Northrop. Megan Buss was named Best Performer in the show.
Classic Connection placed 2nd and captured Best Visuals (tied with Northrop). Grand Champions were Bishop Luers with Best Vocals, 3rd was Columbia City and 4th was Northrop (tied for Best Visuals). Brittany Pogue was named Best Performer in the show.
Brandon Park was 2nd in the separate Solo competition singing What Do I Need With Love from Thoroughly Modern Millie.