Lawrence Central Results

Sound Sensation was 1st Runner Up with Best Visuals in Tier II Women’s.  Franklin Community was GC, DeKalb, Pendleton Heights 3rd.

Classic Connection was 6th in Tier I Mixed.  North Central was GC, Carroll 2nd, Franklin Community 3rd, Plainfield 4th, Huntington North 5th, DeKalb.


Dynamix to STATE

Jazz choir - jazz band


Congratulations to the 2018 ISSMA State Jazz Finalists!

Vocal Jazz Ensembles (Alphabetical Order)

Bluffton High School

Concordia Lutheran High School

DeKalb High School

Greenwood Community High School

Martinsville High School

NorthWood High School

Southport High School

Whiteland Community High School

 Instrumental Jazz Ensembles (Alphabetical Order)

Carroll High School

Castle High School

DeKalb High School

Homestead High School

LaPorte High School

North Side High School

Snider High School

Whiteland Community High School

Florida Trip Help Needed

I had some information wrong and need to clarify.  We are leaving on Wednesday March 21st arriving Thursday.  The contest is on Saturday with 2 rooms of competition, not 2 days of competition.  The finals are in one room with both the top women’s and mixed groups competing in the same room.

We have approximately 15 students who need partial to full help with their Florida Trip cost.  The trip costs each student $825.  Most of this is the fee to enter the Heart of America Show Choir Contest and for hotels.  Students leave Wednesday March 21st, arriving in Florida on Thursday March 22nd.  The contest and the championship are all on Saturday.  On Sunday, we’ll tour Disney World.  Sunday night we’ll load up and bring the kids home late Monday afternoon.

If you can give some financial assistance to these kids, that would be greatly appreciated.  Send an email to either Pam at or Shelley at telling them if you can help.  Follow up by mailing the checks to DeKalb High School Choral Department at 3424 CR 427 Waterloo IN 46793.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Hallway Decorating for State

Thursday March 8th – 7 pm  Decorating idea meeting, no actual decorating that night.

Thursday March 15th 7 pm – Come decorate the hallway for State send-off

Any questions- please direct to Jen Stuckey

Let’s make the hallway look great as we send our kids to STATE!!!

The Star 2-27

The Star 2-27-18

Huntington North Results

A big weekend for DeKalb Show Choirs at Huntington North Saturday.
Single-Gender: Grand Chanpion- DeKalb; 1RU- New Prarie; 2RU- Bishop Luers; Choreography: New Prarie; Vocals: DeKalb; Tech Crew: DeKalb.  Best performer in the show was Emma Beer.

Mixed: Grand Champion: DeKalb; 1RU: Bishop Luers; 2RU: New Prarie; 3RU: Wawasee; 4RU: Lakeland; Choreography, Vocals and Tech Crew: DeKalb.  Best performer in the show was Blair McKown.

Sound Sensation’s racing show is firing on all cylinders as we enter the 4th turn heading towards March Madness and the State Competition.  Everything came together on Saturday to produce the win.  With one more tune up on Saturday March 10th at Bishop Luers, Sound Sensation is prepared to make a run for the State Championship.
Classic Connection made a key adjustment to their show on Saturday, changing the song directly after the ballad.  This adjustment received great reactions from both the crowd and the judges.  Classic Connection will be spending the off week putting some additional fine tuning to the show.  Winning the coveted Best Vocals award along with Best Choreography is recognition that the show is reaching the level necessary to make a run for the State title.
Both groups go back into competition on march 10th at Bishop Luers.

Ben Davis Results

Sound Sensation was 5th out of all Unisex choirs.  Franklin Central 1st, North Central 2nd, Castle 3rd, Edgewood 4th, DeKalb 5th.

Classic Connection was 2nd with Best Choreography.  New Castle 1st, DeKalb, Pendleton 3rd, New Palistine 4th, Franklin Central Young 5th.  Matt Lamson and Austin Osterhout were co-Best Male Soloists in a show.

New week we are at Huntington North.

A note from the Administration

A note from our assistant Principal – Rief Gilg,
I had the chance this weekend to take in some truly incredible performances by a group of incredible people.
 Saturday I stopped by the DeKalb Invitational, the largest show choir invite in this part of the country.  I was flabbergasted by the sheer logistics of putting such an event on; organizing everything, getting competent people to fill roles, etc.  A huge note of appreciation to those who planned, and implemented, the day.
 And then there were the performances.  I can neither sing nor dance, so the fact that we have so many students who can do both simultaneously is so impressive!  The old coach in me was most impressed by how well our students do fundamental things, and build off those elements to take their routines to new heights.  It was so cool to watch, and such an honor to be a part of a school that has people with this level of dedication and talent!
 On Sunday, I got to go to downtown Ft. Wayne to watch some of our art students receive recognition for work they have done.  Like Saturday night, I was struck with a sense of awe being surrounded by people who possess such talent!  I was so proud of our students, and like with our show choir students, I was terrific to recognize I am a part of a school with people of such focus and ability.
 I have always found that those who practice the arts get short changed in the following way.  Many people see performances or pieces of artwork and feel as if the performer or artist is just blessed with incredible talent.  While these students without a doubt have tremendous abilities, seeing or watching the finished product doesn’t give credit to the tremendous work and dedication these people put into their discipline.  The hours of practice, the learning from mistakes, the climbing back up when you fall down. 
 So with that in mind, I want to thank these students and sponsors; thank you, certainly, for sharing your talents with us.  We are all better because you are gracious enough to do so!  But thank you also for your dedication, your focus; thank you for getting up before the sun and putting in 20+ hour days. Thank you for having the courage to put a creation of your mind on paper, or in clay, or in photography for others to see.  Thank you for your dedication to your crafts!
 It’s great to be a Baron!
 Have a terrific Tuesday!



A very BIG thank you to all of the parents, family and friends who volunteered to help make the 27th Annual DeKalb Show Choir Invitational a great success.  We were very fortunate to avoid the heavy snow they were calling for and Friday and Saturday were filled with great performances.  Every choir brought their A game and we saw some wonderful shows.

Shelley and I are very proud of our team that works very hard to make this day exciting and fun.  Chris & Terri Straw make it look easy, but it’s because all of the planning they do.