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Weekend Results: Show Choir Nationals!





"Satin N Lace" from Rock Bridge High School in Missouri performs at SCN 2013.

By Robert Allen
Published: Apr 09, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — This weekend the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee played host to the 12th Annual "Show Choir Nationals" competition.  Choirs from Alabama, Florida, Virginia, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and South Dakota competed over a three-day span for the title of Grand Champion of the event.  
 
Even though SCN has awarded Grand Champion to some of the biggest names in show choir over the years, this contest shaped up to be one of their finest with Marysville, Hastings, Loveland, Totino-Grace, Findlay, Rock Bridge, Oak Mountain, Tarpon Springs, and Clover Hill all in attendance.  With the multi-day format at SCN, each group had plenty of time between prelims and finals to evaluate their performance, regroup, rest, and recharge for their second show.  As the results showed, each group brought their “A” game and truly left it all on the stage.  
 
The host group, Clinton Attache, performed 3 separate times. They reprised 2006’s “Who Are You” while announcing the field of participants.  At the conclusion of the Women’s Division, they performed a set consisting of Gloria Estefan’s “Don’t Stop,” Super Chick’s “One More,” “She’s a Bad Mamma Jamma,” and 2007’s “Who Loves You” from the hit musical Jersey Boys.  Then, at the conclusion of finals, they also performed their 2013 competition show.
 
With all the news Marysville generated this season regarding the future of their show choir program, the Swingers were playing to win.  They put together two incredible performances to cap off a great season, which was a testament to the strong will of the students, parents, and directors.  But Hastings wasn’t going to go quietly, either, and they concluded a fine season with two equally impressive performances. At the end of the day, however, it was Loveland from Ohio who came out on top of a tremendously talented field. In fact, the groups in attendance shared a total of 9 Grand Championships so far in the 2013 competitive season!

After prelims, a mere 11 points separated the entire field of finalists.  Clover Hill, Totino-Grace and Findlay, Ohio rounded out the Top 6.  Speaking of O-H-I-O, 3 out of the top 4 spots at SCN were groups from the Buckeye State.  Loveland almost swept the competition winning Outstanding Vocals and Choreography.  The Outstanding Combo award went to Clover Hill's “Big Cheeks," who have had a tremendous season. As a side note, EVERY school in competition this weekend was eligible for the Outstanding Combo Award! With so many schools using professionals in their bands, it’s refreshing to see so many programs with all-student bands.
 
In the Women’s Division, "Satin 'n Lace" from Rock Bridge, Missouri was victorious, taking Outstanding Vocals and Overall Effect.  Oak Mountain, AL was 2nd and took Outstanding Choreography.  Clover Hill’s “Iridescence” took Outstanding Combo and 3rd place, with Tarpon Springs, Florida in 4th place.

Marysville member Kyle Pratt summed up the entire experience with a recent post in the SCC Forums.  “…to sum up my thoughts… Maybe it has something to do with the competition setup. We went Thursday night, and awards were Friday…Then finals were Saturday morning. So maybe it had to do with having time to let it sink in and not focus entirely on show choir. Seems reasonable, right? It does, but I think it’s entirely on the venue. We are high school (kids) performing on THE Grand Ole Opry…Win or lose in the end, it was SO fun to be on that stage and pour my heart out in performing…Maybe it also goes to how great the other groups were…the obvious friendship and enjoyment…seeing my amazing friends from FFE who I hosted…the incredibly nice Loveland group…Basically, I wouldn’t trade the past weekend for anything. I couldn’t be happier… P.S. Seeing Attaches’ show live was AMAZING…such incredible hosts!”
 
Isn’t that what show choir is about? The friends, the memories, the enjoyment, the performance. It’s the heart and soul of every person on stage executing at the highest level they can.  Show choir is a team, not a soloist or small group of capable singers.  It’s about an ensemble of performers coming together for a single goal and living for the moments and experiences of their lives. Show Choir National’s motto says it all…Bringing the Stars Together. And this weekend, on the greatest stage available in show choir today, they did exactly that.
 
This week’s editorial is brought to you by our friends at Song in Motion: The Show Choir Magazine; The 1st magazine for students, directors, parents, and fans of the show choir world.  You can subscribe online at www.songinmotion.com/subscribe or Like/Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @songinmotion for results, news, and all things show choir.







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