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Troy winners "River City Rhythm" from Muscatine, Iowa pose with their grand champion trophy.

By Häakon
Published: Feb 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES, California — We're now two weekends into February and show choirs from all over the country are competing ever harder as the season roars on. They have a good reason, too: sets are more lavish, arrangements are more intricate, and the very format of show choir is more complex than it has ever been before. The number of truly great groups is also increasing, and with that comes an greater challenge for everyone involved. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices when it comes to competition; Saturday saw no fewer than fourteen different events take place from coast to coast.

Likely the highest profile competition this weekend was Urbandale, whose 30th annual invitational hosted some of the best talent in the country. Groups from Wheaton-Warrenville, Prairie, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Totino-Grace, Ankeny, Johnston and more all battled it out for top honors. While every group that made it to finals was top-notch, it was Wheaton-Warrenville who once again secured the Grand Champion title and managed to maintain their undefeated status since March of 2011. They've already established themselves as a force to be reckoned with; the question now is can they be topped this year? That remains to be seen, but for the time being they show no signs of slowing.

Not to be outdone, “Great Expectations” from Twinsburg, Ohio took home their second Grand Championship win of the year this weekend at the DeKalb Show Choir Invitational. They, too, are having a knockout year with an incredibly creative show and one of their best seasons ever. In fact, their only loss in 2013 so far was at Mt. Zion, where Wheaton themselves nabbed the top trophy. They'll have another chance to go head-to-head with the Illinois favorite in March at the brutally competitive Los Alamitos competition in California. Until then, they can enjoy the fruits of their labor as they prepare for their next showdown in Medina next week. Other fantastic groups at Dekalb included Buffalo Grove "Expressions," Decatur "Elite Energy," and Anderson "Vocal Infusion" which rounded out the top four.

Although Wheaton and Twinsburg have become frontrunners of the recent show choir era, perhaps no event was more headline-grabbing than the one which took place at Troy High School in Missouri. While most predictions had the win going to the show choir institution that is the Mt. Zion "Swingsations," it instead went to a group who last year didn't have a Grand Champion win at all: "River City Rhythm" from Muscatine, Iowa. This event marked a huge turning point for the bordertown choir; with success comes confidence and they've got a lot to be proud of. Like several of the most envelope-pushing groups in the country, they've embraced the power of story with an innovative take on "Romeo and Juliet." Their show infuses lots of contemporary, age-appropriate musical selections into their repertoire while just being an awful lot of fun to watch. It remains to be seen if they can keep up their newfound success for the rest of the season, but right now that hardly seems important. They hit a personal best and showed that hard work can pay off even if you aren't the biggest name in the room. In addition to Muscatine and Mt. Zion, Troy's competition also saw Sullivan and Parkway Central compete among others, and even had an interesting twist of events when the women's group from Rock Bridge placed higher in finals than their mixed show choir did.

Other highlights from around the country included Grand Champion trophies for still-undefeated Waubonsie Valley and Homewood at their respective events, as well as a season-best GC for Teays Valley at the Hurricane "Red Hot" Show Choir Invitational.

Next week competitions happen from California to West Virginia, with a lot to look forward to. Clinton, North Central, and Lafayette Jefferson all compete for the first time this year, while currently undefeated ETC goes head-to-head with Solon and Twinsburg for an all out battle at Medina in Ohio. Stay tuned for all the latest breaking results, and join in on the ever-entertaining discussion in our member forums!

Among the country's winners for the weekend of February 9th were:

Waukee High School “Millennium” – Grand Champions, Benton Touch of Class (IA)
ETC School of Music Arts “The All Americans” – Grand Champions, Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Classic (OH)
Twinsburg High School “Great Expectations” – Grand Champions, DeKalb Show Choir Invitational (IN)
Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School “Westside Delegation” – Grand Champions, Fort Atkinson Showcase Invitational (WI)
Teays Valley High School “Prominent Rendition” – Grand Champions, Hurricane Red Hot Show Choir Championship (WV)?Sioux Falls Washington High School “Classic Connection” – Grand Champions, Keokuk Power City Classic (IA)
La Crosse Central High School “Grand Central Station” – Grand Champions, La Crosse Logan Showcase (WI)
Edgewood High School “Music Warehouse” – Grand Champions, Loveland Showfest (OH)
Waubonsie Valley High School “Sound Check” – Grand Champions, Manteno Main Event
Carroll High School “Minstrel Magic” – Grand Champions, Northridge Show Choir Invitational (IN)
Homewood High School “The Network” – Grand Champions, Opelika Southern Showcase (AL)
Ben Davis High School "Premiers” – Grand Champions, Pike MusicFest (IN)
Muscatine High School “River City Rhythm” – Grand Champions, Troy Buchanan Show Choir Invitational (MO)
Wheaton Warrenville South High School “The Classics” – Grand Champions, Urbandale Show Choir Invitational (IA)


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