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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2014 Season > Prairie Premiere 2014


Event Info


January 11th, 2014

Venue Info

Prairie High School
401 76th Ave. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Phone: (319) 848-5340

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  18 Mixed Groups

Hosts:

  Prairie "The Ambassadors"
  Prairie "Focal Point"

Judges:

  Mark Myers (Vocal)

  Bob Schrank (Vocal)

  Terry Voss (Vocal)

  Connie Mulligan (Visual)

  John Stephens (Visual)

  Steve Shanley (Instrumental)

  Stephen Todd (Clinician)

  Ben Schrank (Clinician)

  Randy Sage (Clinician)


Ticket Prices: Unknown

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Prairie Premiere 2014









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Mixed Division - Tier I
 

Groups

 Millennium
 Waukee High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Ballad 

 Expressions
 Buffalo Grove High School
Second Place 
Best Choreography 
Best Band 
Best Male Soloist (Brian McCallister) 
Best Show Design 
Best Costumes 

 Innovation
 Johnston High School
Third Place 

 4th Avenue Jazz Company
 Iowa City High School
4th Place 

 Xhilaration
 Xavier High School
5th Place 
Best Female Soloist (Angelica Elkema) 

 West Side Delegation
 Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School
6th Place 

 Sound Revolution
 Norwalk High School
7th Place 


Mixed Division - Tier II
 

Groups

 WD Forté
 West Delaware High School
First Place 

 Celebration Co.
 Benton Community High School
Second Place 
Best Crew 

 New Creation
 Marion High School
Third Place 

 5th Avenue
 Western Dubuque High School
4th Place 
Best Instrumentalist 


Prep Division
 

Groups

 Ovation
 Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School
First Place 

 Spirit
 Waukee High School
Second Place 
Best Vocals 

 Protégé
 Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School
Third Place 
Best Choreography 
Best Female Soloist 

 City Lights
 Iowa City High School
4th Place 
Best Band 


9th Grade Division
 

Groups

 Chanteurs
 Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School
First Place 
Best Male Soloist 

 Jubilation, Inc.
 Benton Community High School
Second Place 

 Revelation
 Marion High School
Third Place 


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hasangmin on Dec 29, 2013, 10:26 PM
Post #23
+1


QUOTE (Jeff. @ Dec 19 2013, 08:22 PM) *

Out of curiosity, and as someone that knows very little about Waukee and Iowa show choir in general, why hasn't Waukee competed at the national level in recent years? Assuming the SCC database is accurate, Waukee has had a remarkable past couple seasons including winning GC at 7 of their last 8 competitions with the only non-GC in that span being a narrow 1RU to national champion Wheaton. Waukee is clearly a powerhouse in Iowa.

It seems like FAME Branson and Chicago, along with SCN in Nashville, and even Grand River in WI (if that actually counts) would all be within a reasonable distance. Not that Waukee doesn't face quality competition already with local and regional competitions, because they do, rather I don't think Waukee is known very well outside the Iowa region whereas Kennedy, Jefferson, Ankeny, Urbandale, and maybe some others are more established. I just think that if Waukee is as good as they seem to be- and they seem phenomenal- it would be wonderful if they could showcase that to the nation.


Being a member of Waukee SC for the past few years, I have wondered this too. I believe (not 100% certain) that it has to do with our school district higher ups not having a great amount of support behind these championships and we are allotted a certain amount of competitions per year due to budget. However it would be pretty cool. But again, this is a student opinion and I don't know everything.




yankee96 on Dec 19, 2013, 9:15 PM
Post #22
 
After watching Waukee live for the past two years at Westwood and seeing them have a caption sweep and blow away that gym, my director and I have wondered the exact same thing several times. As hard as it is and understanding how much effort and time and pain that a district can put a choir through to travel significant distances, I can understand their lack of travel outside of Iowa if that be the case. I've found myself wondering how they would fare at competitions outside of Iowa with high caliber groups and I have thought that they would place very high at Wheaton or at FAME Branson or FAME Chicago. I think it would be very cool to see Waukee travel out of state to see how they'd fare against larger groups outside of Iowa, like jdL. said.



Jeff. on Dec 19, 2013, 8:22 PM
Post #21
+1
Out of curiosity, and as someone that knows very little about Waukee and Iowa show choir in general, why hasn't Waukee competed at the national level in recent years? Assuming the SCC database is accurate, Waukee has had a remarkable past couple seasons including winning GC at 7 of their last 8 competitions with the only non-GC in that span being a narrow 1RU to national champion Wheaton. Waukee is clearly a powerhouse in Iowa.

It seems like FAME Branson and Chicago, along with SCN in Nashville, and even Grand River in WI (if that actually counts) would all be within a reasonable distance. Not that Waukee doesn't face quality competition already with local and regional competitions, because they do, rather I don't think Waukee is known very well outside the Iowa region whereas Kennedy, Jefferson, Ankeny, Urbandale, and maybe some others are more established. I just think that if Waukee is as good as they seem to be- and they seem phenomenal- it would be wonderful if they could showcase that to the nation.




Stolba on Dec 19, 2013, 3:33 PM (Edited)
Post #20
 
ooooooh for shoots and giggles (and being totally wrong...) -

GC: Waukee (BV)
1st RU: Buffalo Grove
2nd RU: Iowa City High (BC, BB)
3rd RU: Johnston
4th RU: Jefferson
5th RU: Xavier




A.Feldmann on Dec 19, 2013, 10:19 AM
Post #19
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I'm going to go ahead and take a whack at this. I've been out of the show choir scene for 8 months now, but I think Buffalo Grove will take this. With them being known for shows, you have to account for that category, you can't count out there vocals as well. They did Sleep last year as a ballad, and from what I remember 2 years ago at FAME Chicago, they can really perform. As for Waukee, they literally blow you away with their vocals, and Mike Weaver is an excellent choreographer. From what I remember, Buffalo Grove has a really great band. Since it is also a one time performance, you have to take in mind who can preform the crap out of their show every time, and since they both do it it's hard to call. As for the other groups, they are all groups that never seem to disappoint, it's really hard to call, but I'm going to call it as follows:

GC: Buffalo Grove (BC/BB)
1RU: Waukee (BV)
2RU: Jefferson
3RU: Iowa City High
4RU: Xavier
5RU: Johnston


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JarebearAMB on Dec 18, 2013, 5:03 PM
Post #18
 
My predictions

GC: Waukee (BV)
1RU: Buffalo Grove (BB) (BC)
2RU: Johnston/ Xavier
3RU: Xavier/ Johnston
4RU: Jefferson
5RU: IC High

I went to Jeffersons Debut and I'm aware the show will get better but I feel their show is good vocally but choreographically a bit boring and the theme aspect of their show this year isn't well executed. Xavier is coming off of a good year last year and they usually have a very good program.

This is all my opinion and I may be biased but my opinions are mine and these predictions are just my views.




alexgib05 on Dec 18, 2013, 3:50 AM
Post #17
+1


QUOTE (lmlion17 @ Dec 17 2013, 09:56 PM) *

Similar to Alexgib 05 only one change I'll make on my prediction though:

GC: Waukee (BV)
1RU: Buffalo Grove (BB/BC)
2RU: CR Jefferson
3RU: Johnston
4RU: IC High
5RU: Xavier

Buffalo Grove will take BB and BC but only by a short margin.
Waukee will dominate with vocals however and that is how they will take GC



I definitely agree with your predictions as well. I was teetering back on forth on who should get the BC. I already knew the BV and BB because of Waukee's killer vocals and Buffalo Grove's usually stellar band but that BC was puzzling me. Waukee is an all around great group though and has a little "best" of everything. For that reason, that's why I agree that they will take home this competition.




FindYourStage on Dec 17, 2013, 9:56 PM
Post #16
 
Similar to Alexgib 05 only one change I'll make on my prediction though:

GC: Waukee (BV)
1RU: Buffalo Grove (BB/BC)
2RU: CR Jefferson
3RU: Johnston
4RU: IC High
5RU: Xavier

Buffalo Grove will take BB and BC but only by a short margin.
Waukee will dominate with vocals however and that is how they will take GC


J

JarebearAMB on Dec 17, 2013, 7:30 PM
Post #15
 
Looks to be a pretty great prep field too. All are pretty top notch prep groups this year!



alexgib05 on Dec 16, 2013, 7:15 PM
Post #14
 
I'm so excited to host this competition again and it's only 25 days away! I guess I'll take stab at predictions that will probably be wrong like most of mine are

GC: Waukee (BV/BC)
1RU: Buffalo Grove (BB)
2RU: Jefferson
3RU: Johnston
4RU: IC High
5RU: Xavier




Jeff. on Dec 13, 2013, 7:12 PM
Post #13
 
Awesome, thanks for the clarification! Everything has been posted above. Looks like a really great kick off to the show choir season for some of these groups!

J

jsands on Dec 13, 2013, 6:18 PM
Post #12
+6
Hi Everyone!
We are looking forward to a great day of show choir on January 11th! Just to offer some clarity… The first three groups of the day will be competing in the 9th grade division (at least 50% 9th graders). Everyone else before lunch is prep. The first four groups after lunch are 3A and everyone else is 4A/Open Class. Yes, Norwalk is 4A this year!

I hope you can join us at Premiere! We look forward to hosting everyone!

Justin Sands
Director of Choirs




alexgib05 on Dec 13, 2013, 5:02 PM
Post #11
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QUOTE (juliofrommississippi @ Dec 12 2013, 08:13 PM) *


Thanks for the update! Is that new this year?



I believe so because last year Norwalk competed in the 3A division at our competition.




juliofrommississippi on Dec 12, 2013, 8:13 PM
Post #10
 


QUOTE (write4voices @ Dec 12 2013, 06:42 PM) *

Norwalk is 4A this year.



Thanks for the update! Is that new this year?


W

write4voices on Dec 12, 2013, 6:42 PM
Post #9
+1
Norwalk is 4A this year.



juliofrommississippi on Dec 12, 2013, 10:27 AM
Post #8
+1


QUOTE (jdL. @ Dec 12 2013, 06:15 AM) *

Thanks Adam for providing all this information, as always, you rock.

Two quick questions:
1. Is the instrumental judge Steve "Stanley" or "Shanley"? The personnel database on here has a "Steve Shanley," but I know you posted "Steve Stanley" and they seem too similar so I figure one might be a typo?

2. Any idea about divisions? It looks like the division could be prep before the lunch break and advanced mixed after the lunch break, but I know Iowa likes to have 4A, 3A, etc. and that Prairie had divisions last year. I'll just need clarification on that to enter it correctly.



1. It should be Shanley.

2. Regarding divisions: Everyone before lunch looks to be a prep group. Western Dubuque through Norwalk should be the 3A division.

I really hope I can come to this competition! Lots of great groups!!!! Cedar Rapids competitions are looking great so far this year!




Jeff. on Dec 12, 2013, 6:15 AM
Post #7
 
Thanks Adam for providing all this information, as always, you rock.

Two quick questions:
1. Is the instrumental judge Steve "Stanley" or "Shanley"? The personnel database on here has a "Steve Shanley," but I know you posted "Steve Stanley" and they seem too similar so I figure one might be a typo?

2. Any idea about divisions? It looks like the division could be prep before the lunch break and advanced mixed after the lunch break, but I know Iowa likes to have 4A, 3A, etc. and that Prairie had divisions last year. I'll just need clarification on that to enter it correctly.

And those questions can be for anyone, not just Adam.




Jorge on Dec 10, 2013, 7:11 PM
Post #6
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8:00- Marion "Revelation"
8:30- Benton "Jubilation"
9:00- Kennedy "Chanteurs"
9:30- Waukee "Spirit"
10:00- Iowa City High "Lights"
10:30- Jefferson "Ovation"
11:00- Kennedy "Protege"
11:30- Prairie "Focal Point" (Exhibition)

1:00- Western Dubuque "5th Avenue"
1:30- Marion "New Creation"
2:00- Benton "Celebration Co."
2:30- West Delaware "WD Forte"
3:00- Norwalk "Sound Revolution"
3:30- Johnston "Innovation"
4:00- Xavier "Xhilaration"
4:30- Buffalo Grove "The Expressions"

6:00- Waukee "Millenium"
6:30- Jefferson "Westside Delegation"
7:00- Iowa City High "4th Avenue Jazz Co."
7:30- Prairie "The Ambassadors" (Exhibition)


Clinicians-
Stephen Todd
Ben Schrank
Randy Sage

Vocal Judges-
Mark Myers
Bob Schrank
Terry Voss

Visual Judges-
Connie Mulligan
John Stephens

Band Judge-
Steve Stanley


J

jacoblaeson on Dec 10, 2013, 5:10 PM
Post #5
 


QUOTE (yankee96 @ Dec 10 2013, 04:41 PM) *


Not to be picky but they lost to WWS at Great River . Anyways, I love these predictions!



Sorry you're right it was Great River




alexgib05 on Dec 10, 2013, 5:04 PM
Post #4
 
I also know that CR Kennedy will be taking their two prep groups "Chanteurs" and "Protégé" but not their varsity group "Happiness Inc."


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