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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2016 Season > North Iowa Area Community College Border Bash 2016

Event Info

February 27th, 2016

Venue Info

North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Dr.
Mason City, IA 50401

Phone: (641)422-4354

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  13 Mixed Groups
  1 Womens Groups


  NIACC "Singers"


  Steve Woodin

  Allen Chapman

  David Fog

  Trent Buglewicz

  Jason Heitland

Ticket Prices:

$8 Prelims
$8 Finals
$12 All Day Pass

$10 Prelims
$10 Finals
$15 All Day Pass


North Iowa Area Community College Border Bash 2016

Event Site
Live Stream


Groups in order of placement

 Urbandale High School
Grand Champion 
Best Vocals 
Best Band 

 Power Company
 Waconia High School
First Runner Up 
Best Choreography 
Best Crew 
Best Costumes 

 Dowling Catholic High School
Second Runner Up 
Best Male Soloist 

 Side One
 Indianola High School
3rd Runner Up 

 Jefferson Connection
 Jefferson Senior High School
4th Runner Up 

 High Voltage
 Emmetsburg High School
5th Runner Up 
Best Female Soloist (Emily Schmidt) 

Mixed Division - Tier I (Prelims)
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Mixed Division - Tier II

 Atlantic High School

Mixed Division - Tier III


 High Voltage
 Emmetsburg High School
First Place 

 Black and Gold
 Emmetsburg High School
Second Place 

 New Group
 Belmond-Klemme Jr/Sr High School
Third Place 

Prep Division


 Urbandale High School
First Place 

 Flip Side
 Indianola High School
Second Place 
Most Original Show 

 The Current
 Waconia High School
Third Place 

 Jefferson Senior High School
4th Place 

 Indianola High School
5th Place 

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goinggray on Feb 28, 2016, 3:10 PM
Post #25
URBANDALE!!! Steve Buscemi is somewhere being SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!! You guys rocked it once again and brought home your goal......couldn't be happier for my Studio posse!! You are a blessing to work with on every possible level. Love you guys! God bless, Damon

spgl on Feb 28, 2016, 4:31 AM (Edited)
Post #24
5th RU: Emmetsburg
4th RU: Bloomington
3rd RU: Indianola
2nd RU: Dowling
1st RU: Waconia (BC)
GC: Urbandale (BV BB)

greg_t98 on Feb 27, 2016, 11:58 PM
Post #23
Daytime results:

Best Crew-Power Company
Best Band-Studio
Best Male Soloist-Dowling Dimensions
Best Female Soloist-Emmetsburg High Voltage (Emily Schmidt)
Best Costumes-Power Company
Most Original Show-Indianola FlipSide

1st Emmetsburg High Voltage
2nd Emmetsburg Black and Gold
3rd New Group


1st Vitality
2nd FlipSide
3rd The Current
4th Jive
5th SideWayz

1st Studio
2nd Power Company
3rd Dimensions
4th Jefferson Connection
5th Indianola SideOne

Finalists (No Order)
Emmetsburg High Voltage
Dowling Dimensions
Indianola SideOne
Waconia Power Company
Jefferson Connection
Urbandale Studio

These awards were announced really fast so if I messed up on any I'm sorry!


Bestvocals4 on Feb 27, 2016, 6:09 PM
Post #22
GC: Urbandale (sweep)
1RU: Waconia
2RU: Dowling
3RU: Jefferson
4RU: Emmetsburg
5RU: Indianola

dominick. on Feb 26, 2016, 1:42 PM
Post #21
GC: Waconia (BC)
1RU: Urbandale (BV)
2RU: Dowling Catholic
3RU: Indianola
4RU: Jefferson


SWill17 on Feb 24, 2016, 5:28 AM
Post #20

GC- Urbandale (sweep)
2nd- Dowling
3rd- Bloomington
4th- Waconia
5th- Indianola
6th- Emmetsburg

Judges will matter

BblueJean23 on Feb 24, 2016, 5:22 AM
Post #19
GC: Urbandale (BV)
1RU: Waconia (BC, BB)
2RU: Dowling Catholic
3RU: Jefferson Senior
4RU: Emmetsburg
5RU: Indianola

alexgib05 on Feb 24, 2016, 2:46 AM
Post #18

QUOTE (Jorge @ Feb 23 2016, 11:38 PM) *


Steve Woodin
Allen Chapman
Dave Fog
Jason Heitland
Trent Buglewicz



LowdenD on Feb 23, 2016, 11:56 PM
Post #17
Well Maybe this weekend Waconia groups can win over Mr. Chapman!! Good Luck to all!

Jorge on Feb 23, 2016, 11:38 PM
Post #16

Steve Woodin
Allen Chapman
Dave Fog
Jason Heitland
Trent Buglewicz


j_smallfield on Feb 23, 2016, 4:26 PM
Post #15
GC Power company (BB,BC)
1RU Urbandale (BV)
2RU Connection
3RU Emmetsburg
4RU Dowling
5RU The Current

watchaa on Feb 22, 2016, 11:55 PM
Post #14

GC: Urbandale (BV, BC)
1RU: Waconia (BB)
2RU: Bloomington Jefferson
3RU: Dowling
4RU: Indianola
5RU: Emmetsburg

Häakon on Feb 20, 2016, 4:17 AM
Post #13

QUOTE (The Ethan Price @ Feb 20 2016, 04:00 AM) *

You know, like Jay mentioned, growing up in Iowa has allowed us to become familiar with how Iowa classifies show choirs. We just know how it is because we grow up with it in athletics.

Although Iowa has the most choirs in a single state, Indiana, California, and Ohio are not far behind at all (and when you compare Iowa to the number of show choirs nationwide, it's a small percentage like any other state). 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A are not confusing if you know that "4" is the top (in Ohio, it's reversed, for example), and that the breakdown is by school size (the worst way to do it), but that isn't explicit just from reading the division titles and not every competition uses every division. As was pointed out, there is no "1A" here - so without a legend, it's difficult to understand what "2A," "3A," and "4A" are supposed to mean on their own. Why is there an "A" anyway? If you're going to separate by school size, why not just use "Large," "Medium," and "Small Division" or something?

I agree that we should get things back on track, but I encourage you to voice your opinion here: since there's already a discussion going on this very subject!

The Ethan Price on Feb 20, 2016, 4:00 AM
Post #12
You know, like Jay mentioned, growing up in Iowa has allowed us to become familiar with how Iowa classifies show choirs. We just know how it is because we grow up with it in athletics. We know that there are Womens, Prep, 1A, 2A, 3A & 4A divisions and we know what they mean. Which I believe helps us in the long run because understanding Iowa's excessively tiered system allows us to figure out less-broken down systems from other states.

Really though Iowa's system is not that confusing when you think about it. 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A is just like one big open class broken down into tiers based on school size with 1A being smallest and 4A being largest, like Jay explained. I believe that at most, if not all, competitions in Iowa which classify the choirs like this that all choirs regardless of 1A, 2A, 3A, or 4A are *technically* on equal footing where finals are concerned (as if it were one open class). You just inherently know that 4A typically (not always, but typically) means higher level choir and the lower you go in class size, the lower level of choir you get. Iowa, as you all know, has more show choirs than any other state in the nation but a majority of them are from very small schools that cannot realistically put together a championship level show choir program. So this classification break down provides realistic goals of finding success by winning their class. To me it almost seems like Iowa divides the open class into 4 tiers to provide trophies for the smaller schools who they know won't make finals against schools 2, 3, to even 10 times their size but want to show their appreciation for their hard work since show choir is competitive, after all. And in order to keep a program going, you have to have some level of success otherwise the interest will eventually possibly fade. This is probably nowhere near why it is like this but it makes sense in my mind, kind of.

This topic has veered from the competition at hand, but man it is an interesting topic that has been a highlight of SCC lately! Very interesting.

Häakon on Feb 20, 2016, 3:37 AM
Post #11
Oh, I thought she meant on the way we had it listed on the website, not the actual event itself! My bad.

Although, it does just go to show how utterly and needlessly complicated these things are...

juliofrommississippi on Feb 20, 2016, 12:02 AM (Edited)
Post #10

QUOTE (lamarca13 @ Feb 19 2016, 02:21 PM) *

Can someone explain what the different tiers are?? In MN we just do class A and class AA

They just separate schools by enrollment size. Mostly used for sports, but they are used for other activities as well. They change depending on the sport (football and basketball have MANY teams, where tennis only has 1A and 2A because not as many schools participate)

In general (these are for football, but widely used):

4A- Enrollment 700 and larger, plus smaller schools from 4A conferences (starting in 2016-17, the largest 48 schools will be in Class 4A, regardless of enrollment)
3A- Next Largest 56
2A- Next Largest 56
1A- Next Largest 56
A- Remaining 11 player schools
8-player- Option for smaller schools- usually enrollment less than 115

Catholic schools like Xavier, Wahlert, Dowling, Sioux City Bishop Heelan sometimes compete in 3A for sports playoffs, but also sometimes compete in 4A, or at least for sure play against 4A schools in the regular season.

In Iowa, for show choir, 4A is also called "Open Division" which just means the top level of competition.

It's probably super confusing to people not from Iowa, but I've grown up on these divisions, so they are totally normal to me. Public schools from Des Moines/Cedar Rapids/Davenport/Iowa City/Sioux City all compete in 4A always. Smaller rural schools like Emmetsburg always compete in lower divisions. Typically teams use their football classes for show choir classification.

Häakon on Feb 19, 2016, 4:33 PM
Post #9

QUOTE (lamarca13 @ Feb 19 2016, 02:21 PM) *

Can someone explain what the different tiers are?? In MN we just do class A and class AA

According to the schedule, you do "2A," "3A," and "4A." Not sure what happened to 1A, or what the A stands for, or which order they go in just by looking at the names alone, but that's why we use tiers on the website.

They mean the same thing you're already used to, but allow us to have a sense of consistency from event to event. All you have to know is that Tier I is the top tier (using whatever method the competition uses to determine divisions: skill, school size, or choir size), and then it moves down from there. So Tier I is either the most advanced skill, or the biggest schools, or the biggest choirs. This is the case for every competition in our database, so when you go to look up a contest in a different state, you don't have to know what "4A," or "open divison," or "varsity" or "Class C" means - the tiers have already converted them for you.

A prep division is usually made up of more intermediate-level groups from a school that has another, more advanced choir. That's why we don't list them as another tier (Tier IV, in this particular case).

lamarca13 on Feb 19, 2016, 2:21 PM
Post #8
Can someone explain what the different tiers are?? In MN we just do class A and class AA


henryniv_ on Feb 16, 2016, 1:37 AM (Edited)
Post #7
GC: Urbandale (Sweep)
1RU: Waconia
2RU: Dowling
3RU: Bloomington Jefferson
4RU: Indianola
5RU: Emmetsburg "High Voltage"

greg_t98 on Feb 15, 2016, 5:36 PM (Edited)
Post #6

9:30 AM Indianola "SideWayz"
9:55 AM Jefferson "Jive"
10:20 AM Urbandale "Vitality"
10:45 AM Waconia "The Current"
11:10 AM Indianola "Flipside"

Lunch Break 11:35 AM

12:15 PM Dowling "Dimensions"
12:45 PM Jefferson "Connection"
1:15 PM Urbandale "Studio 2016"
1:45 PM Indianola "Side One"
2:15 PM Waconia "Power Company"

Lunch Break 2:45PM

3:05 PM Emmetsburg "Black and Gold"
3:25 PM Belmond "New Group"
4:15 PM Emmetsburg "High Voltage"

3:50 PM Atlantic "Premiere"

5:00 PM

Dinner break 5:15PM

6:30 PM

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