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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2018 > Los Alamitos Xtravaganza 2018


Event Info


March 15th-17th, 2018

Venue Info

Los Alamitos High School
3591 Cerritos Ave.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Phone: (562) 799-4780

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  32 Mixed Groups
  13 Womens Groups
  3 Mens Groups
  7 Middle School Groups

Hosts:

  Los Alamitos "Sound FX"
  Los Alamitos "Soundtrax"
  Los Alamitos "Xtreme"
  Los Alamitos "Connexion"
  Los Alamitos "Xquisite"
  Los Alamitos "Axcent"

Judges:

  Tony Atienza
  John Burlace
  Allen Chapman
  Alex Hall
  Heather Hoppus
  Linda McEachran Southard
  Kye Brackett

Ticket Prices:

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Los Alamitos Xtravaganza 2018




 Mixed Division - Tier I
 

Groups

 Attaché
 Clinton High School
First Place 
Musicianship 
Showmanship 
Best Show Design 
Best Costumes 

 Ambassadors
 Carmel High School
Second Place 

 Singers
 Oak Mountain High School
Third Place 
Best Male Soloist (Brandon Stephens) 
Best Female Soloist (Caroline Stewart) 



 Mixed Division - Tier II
 

Groups

 The Music Machine
 Bonita Vista High School
First Place 
Musicianship 
Best Costumes 
Best Female Soloist (Shae-Lin Carr) 

 Sound Vibrations
 Hart High School
Second Place 
Showmanship 
Best Show Design 

 Monarch Mirage
 Mt. Eden High School
Third Place 

 G-Notes
 Granada Hills Charter High School
4th Place 

 Sound Express
 Carlsbad High School
5th Place 

 Main Attraction
 Chula Vista High School
6th Place 
Best Male Soloist (Trio) 



 Mixed Division - Tier III
 

Groups

 Main Street
 La Cueva High School
First Place 
Musicianship 
Showmanship 

 Encore
 Pacifica High School
Second Place 

 Showtime
 Mayfair High School
Third Place 

 Hart 'n Soul
 Hart High School
4th Place 

 Chanteurs
 Arcadia High School
5th Place 



 Mixed Division - Tier III
 

Groups

 Production Choir
 Los Altos High School
First Place 
Musicianship 
Showmanship 

 Rhapsody in Gold
 Golden Valley High School
Second Place 

 Showcats
 Vista High School
Third Place 

 Hesperia Production X
 Encore High School
4th Place 



 Mixed Division - Tier IV
 

Groups

 New Generation
 Norco High School
First Place 
Showmanship 

 Ignition
 Valley Vista High School
Second Place 

 UPScale
 East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet
Third Place 

 Stellar FX
 Shadow Ridge High School
4th Place 
Musicianship 

 Riverside Production X
 Encore High School
5th Place 



 Mixed Division - Tier IV
 

Groups

 Sound Waves
 Oceanside High School
First Place 
Showmanship 

 Ike Singers
 Eisenhower High School
Second Place 
Musicianship 

 Vocal Thunder
 Valley Vista High School
Third Place 

 Aztec Singers
 Mark Keppel High School
4th Place 



 Mixed Division - Tier IV
 

Groups

 Cantabilé
 Duarte High School
First Place 
Musicianship 
Showmanship 

 Sonic Boom
 Gladstone High School
Second Place 

 Blue Heat
 Saugus High School
Third Place 

 Surround Sound
 Los Amigos High School
4th Place 



 Womens Division - Tier I
 

Groups

 Accents
 Carmel High School
First Place 
Musicianship 
Showmanship 
Best Soloist (Anna Fagian) 

 The Muses
 Oak Mountain High School
Second Place 
Best Show Design 
Best Costumes 



 Womens Division - Tier II
 

Groups

 Encore
 Carlsbad High School
First Place 
Musicianship 

 Hartbreakers
 Hart High School
Second Place 

 Sound Unlimited
 Bonita Vista High School
Third Place 

 Here Comes Treble
 Granada Hills Charter High School
4th Place 
Showmanship 

 Mariners
 Mayfair High School
5th Place 

 Avalon
 Valley Vista High School
6th Place 



 Womens Division - Tier III
 

Groups

 Ascension
 Valley Vista High School
First Place 
Musicianship (TIE) 
Showmanship 

 Sweetharts
 Hart High School
Second Place 
Musicianship (TIE) 

 Ikettes
 Eisenhower High School
Third Place 

 LA Rhythm
 Los Altos High School
4th Place 

 Hi-Tones
 Montebello High School
5th Place 



 Mens Division
 

Groups

 Unleashed
 Hart High School
First Place 
Showmanship 
Best Show Design 

 Who's Yo Daddy?
 Mt. Eden High School
Second Place 
Musicianship 

 Excalibur
 Valley Vista High School
Third Place 
Best Soloist (Sam Brown) 



 Middle School Mixed Division
 

Groups

 Cadence
 St. Isaac Jogues Parish Catholic School
First Place 
Showmanship 

 Starlight
 Luther Burbank Middle School
Second Place 
Musicianship 

 Harmon Knights
 St. Anne School
Third Place 

 Production X
 Encore High School
4th Place 



 Middle School Girls Division
 

Groups

 Spotlight
 Luther Burbank Middle School
First Place 
Musicianship 
Showmanship 

 Showstoppers
 Oak Middle School
Second Place 



 Middle School Boys Division
 

Groups

 Showmen Elite
 Oak Middle School
First Place 
Musicianship 
Showmanship 

 Soul Men
 McAuliffe Middle School
Second Place 


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Jeff. on Mar 22, 2018, 10:59 PM
Post #52
 
If anyone want a good laugh, here's the link to the annual Xtravaganza video they show before Tier I awards:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXAdp47QnKg





Alex. on Mar 23, 2018, 1:11 AM
Post #53
 
The "Burroughs kids" killed me. This is a hoot




Rian on Mar 23, 2018, 2:08 AM
Post #54
 
RIP Elton John lol

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DJNYORK on Mar 20, 2018, 9:01 AM (Edited by DJNYORK)
Post #50
+5
JUDGES. OAK MT. CARMEL. CLINTON.

MUSICIANSHIP
SOUTHARD. 105.5. 113.5. 114.5
HOPPUS. 108. 113. 129.5
HALL. 107.5. 119. 116.5
CHAPMAN. 105. 104.5. 110
ATIENZA. 116.5. 116. 129.5

TOTALS. 542.5. 566. 600

SHOWMANSHIP
SOUTHARD. 112.5. 115.5. 121.5
HOPPUS. 112.5. 111.5. 129.5
HALL. 110. 116.5. 118
CHAPMAN. 106. 108.5. 118
ATIENZA 123. 122.5. 130

TOTALS. 564. 574.5. 617

OVERALL
SOUTHARD. 218. 229. 236
HOPPUS. 220.5. 224.5. 259
HALL. 217.5. 235.5. 234.5
CHAPMAN. 211. 213. 228
ATIENZA. 239.5. 238.5. 259.5

OVERALL TOTALS. 1106.5. 1140.5. 1217



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travisjkramer on Mar 20, 2018, 9:59 PM
Post #51
+1
do you know the scores for tier 2 advanced mixed?

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tscott on Mar 17, 2018, 6:31 PM (Edited by tscott)
Post #22
+8
Wish someone from Los Al would explain all these different divisions. Seven in mixed alone??
What are they, Super Duper Advanced? Advanced? Semi-Advanced? Intermediate? Prep? Novice? We-just-wanted-a-trip-to-CA???





juliofrommississippi on Mar 17, 2018, 7:29 PM
Post #23
+6
Apparently, in this case, “We-just-wanted-a-trip-to-CA” is also “Super Duper Advanced”, so you better work on some more names


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bobaloo9664 on Mar 17, 2018, 8:05 PM
Post #24
 
I'll be honest, I'm getting a little sick of hearing about this issue. I'm literally no one on here, but our show choir is legitimately an Intermediate group, and would be happy to just compete against other intermediates, tier or no tier. We can't "compete" against the budgets of the large schools in our class, so we just put on the best show we can, where we can in any competition we can fit into our schedules. Quite honestly, our "show choir" is only a show choir for HALF the year. The other half is spent in a "concert choir" capacity. Bottom line is, we could care less about the tier we are in, or how the groups in our class are split up. We just put our show together, and go out there and compete. The chips fall where they may. Why don't we just enjoy all of these wonderful choirs and the talent therein, and stop talking about the competition brackets. The well-funded choirs are going to win, and the others just compete for bragging rights against their rival schools. We intend to keep doing that....Thank you Los Alamitos for a wonderful time last night. It was AWESOME to see all of the JOY in that room for those few wonderful hours. We'll be back next year!!




Häakon on Mar 17, 2018, 8:54 PM
Post #25
+1
Hi Bob,

I'm a little confused. In your post, you said "We can't compete against the budgets of the large schools [and] we would be happy to compete against other intermediates," but also "we could(n't) care less about the tier we are in."

I agree that there should be two levels, but not seven. If the attitude truly is "just put your show together and let the chips fall where they may," then it seems you would be fine even with just one giant division (per class). It's not a bad idea, but based on the first half of your post, I don't think you truly want that.



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bobaloo9664 on Mar 17, 2018, 9:29 PM
Post #26
+1
That did sound a little confusing, didn't it? The attitude of our group, and what we teach our choir kids, is go out each time, do your best, and accept the results. Me personally...I do care about the placement, as I love to compete and win. ;) To the issue, which I would love to just put to bed, it should be one Intermediate level, no tiers, and we go out and do what we do. I just want to make clear that I love Show Choir, and the family feel of the entire experience.




Häakon on Mar 17, 2018, 9:52 PM
Post #27
+3
First of all, thanks for being a part of the discussion. That's exactly what this website is here for - and to respond to something you said in your first post, you are not a "no one on here." This website celebrates community; everyone is equal, and I think it is exactly these kinds of conversations that help bring about positive change to show choir. I wish even more adults, teachers, and students alike would join in.

With that said, I think there is still a little to unpack here. You have basically said there are two sides to the coin - "divisions don't matter, just do your best and have a great time" and "loving to compete and potentially win." I think that's exactly the point. There are two sides to show choir and to pretend that one doesn't exist just because it's uncomfortable or we want to "put it to bed," doesn't make it go away.

The other interesting thing is that the "intermediate level" is actually a tier in itself. Back in the old days in California, there used to be three divisions per class: novice, intermediate, and advanced - and that was it. But one could also just call those "Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III." At some point along the line, some of the groups in the advanced division felt like they would never be able to best some of the top-placing choirs (I won't even say "biggest schools," because many of the advanced mixed groups all had 2,000+ students, nor will I say "most funded," because to my knowledge all of these schools are public schools and some have just found ways to turn their fundraising into aggressive machines that basically make happen what they need to make happen), and thus a split in the advanced mixed division was born. Originally this was called "AA" and "AAA," but that was confusing as it didn't really mean anything and at the end of the day all it was really doing was creating a new "tier" in between intermediate and advanced. This website has just referred to different divisions as tiers for a long time because we try to create some consistency in understanding of divisions between different regions (again, someone from the midwest would have no idea what "AA" means, just as someone from California wouldn't know what "Class 4A" means so the tier system helps to normalize that). At any rate, California has been operating now on a four-tier system for quite awhile (until this weekend's Los Al event, apparently).

So where does one draw the line? Seven tiers? Four tiers? Two tiers? One big division? This is a genuine question with no correct answer. Still, though, I feel like you're sending mixed signals. We tell the students to go out, do their best, and just accept the results. That would lend itself more to a one-division solution where everyone has a shot and the cream rises to the top. On the other hand, you've said you care about placement and want to compete to win. I believe that's the mentality that those so-called "AA" groups also had; "it doesn't look like we're going to beat this group or that group, so let's make a new division where each week we have a legitimate shot at winning a first place trophy." Doesn't that feel a little bit like an "everyone gets a trophy!" mentality?

I do think there should be a separate division for intermediate-level groups at schools which have more than one choir. These are generally made up of younger, less-experienced students (and they're actually called "prep" choirs in other regions of the country). But I must say, I've really started to come around to Scott's way of thinking in that if you have just one show choir then you should put your name in the hat like any other group and as you say, do your best and accept the results. Making seven different divisions for mixed groups just so that everyone can get a ribbon feels overly excessive to me and I think it's something that should be discussed, not just swept under the rug and put to bed.



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tscott on Mar 17, 2018, 10:05 PM (Edited by tscott)
Post #28
+3
I just want to know what the divisions mean. Los Altos Production Choir won Mixed Division Tier III, but apparently so did La Cueva Main Street. Why the separation in the groups instead of one division of 9 choirs? What's the difference in the two as far as you understand, Bob, and who decided which groups would be in which division? Surely you can understand the confusion.


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bobaloo9664 on Mar 18, 2018, 12:59 AM
Post #29
+1
I think the "separation" must be done by the competition organizers. We, Production Choir, are also competing at the Burroughs competition. There is 1 Int Mixed Division made up of 10 choirs. We know going in, the best we will do here is probably 4th....we accept that for what it is. I suppose if you wanted to know who "won" the Intermediate Mixed group that night, you would have to look at aggregate scores across both groups competing. I've only known about Show Choir since 2009, and I still don't fully understand it all. I do of course understand the confusion.




LEVIMagnu on Mar 18, 2018, 1:13 AM
Post #30
+1
tscott kind of already said this, but I don't think that the number of tiers really matters. I think that it should be more obvious what each division means though.


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Mr. Jennings on Mar 18, 2018, 2:16 AM
Post #31
+5
It’s easy to explain...there are now so many Intermediate level groups that it overloads people’s venues. Burroughs is a big theater and has 10 with a waiting list. Los Al has to split it otherwise the parents don’t even get to watch. We don’t want to start kicking the kids out and sending them to a video room either...not educational!




Häakon on Mar 18, 2018, 2:37 AM
Post #32
+4
To be fair, arguably the biggest show choir competition in the country (in terms of sheer number of groups) probably shouldn't be held in the smallest venue in the country.




LEVIMagnu on Mar 18, 2018, 3:15 AM
Post #33
 
I'm not necessarily talking about the number of groups in attendance, I was talking about the number of different tiers and what they mean.




Häakon on Mar 18, 2018, 3:24 AM
Post #34
+4
What I am understanding Mr. Jennings to say is that say there are 14 "intermediate mixed" groups, but the theater can only really hold 7 of them (plus parents, observers, etc.) at a time. By splitting them into two separate divisions of 7 groups each, all of the students and atendees can see all of the groups, and then they can flush it out for the next division (or some people will only show up for their group/division). The two "intermediate" tiers are then essentially the same skill level, just separated to accommodate more people in the venue (I wasn't kidding, the Los Al theater is tiny).




Häakon on Mar 18, 2018, 3:25 AM
Post #35
+4
Also, to respond to that, you know how the Midwest solves this problem? Finals.




LEVIMagnu on Mar 18, 2018, 3:32 AM
Post #36
 
That makes sense. I would also expect that that would be why results for each division are being posted right after it happens. To clear people out of the theatre?


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marie77 on Mar 18, 2018, 6:07 AM (Edited by marie77)
Post #40
 
As an alum of a AA group, I think that there is definitely a difference in terms of the talent pool groups have between AAA, AA, and intermediate. AAA often (though of course this is is a generality) has more very talented or experienced performers in their group, AA has great talent but slightly less advanced individuals. Intermediate is a step below that in terms of talent and experience in its performers. I am not saying that all of these divisions do not have incredible performers across the board. I realize that I am making generalities, but that is something I seemed to notice in my time in and watching show choir. Also, another thing that separated AA and AAA besides money (although I firmly believe that is a factor that should not be discounted) was size. I know that has changed in the past few years but a lot of AAA groups still tend to be a bit bigger than AA ones. I think there is a lot of validity in the division between AA and AAA, and though the lines can get murky sometimes as to who "should" be in each one, that doesn't mean the whole system is poor. Some of the schools in LA have a lot of individuals who have performed their whole lives, more kids in their groups (and of course more money), which means that they often have robust programs that place them at the top/in AAA. Some AA groups just simply do not have that. It really bugged me when there was talk of combining it all because I don't think it is just a bid for a participation award and that there are some very good reasons to divide up the advanced division.




KEVDOUG on Mar 18, 2018, 1:45 PM
Post #47
+1
I respect Mr. Jennings, but not having enough room for people to watch is sort of a lame excuse. I get the point, but that is the case at many competitions outside of CA too. At the end of the you are still limiting the students from seeing groups to a particular division and the parents as well. And sort of like Haakon said, you should host a competition at a site that is too small for the needs of the competition.


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Mr. Jennings on Mar 18, 2018, 2:37 PM (Edited by Mr. Jennings)
Post #48
 
I agree about trying to get larger venues, but these are fundraisers for the program hosting. Renting a venue pretty much takes that away unless you charge a ton to the choirs. And before you tell us to use our gyms...depending on the athletic programs at some schools, it just isn’t possible to get the gym.

I don’t really see how finals would solve any of that. That just takes more time for the top groups to perform twice. Less room in the day for lower divisions.

The philosophy difference is...we would rather have two separate competitions than lump them together and sell seats that don’t exist to see the competitions.

Every competition can solve their problems as they see best...I’m just saying that I don’t see a problem in hosting two competitions of the same level to fit your space. Those groups can match up at other competitions on other weekends.



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Purplerain on Mar 18, 2018, 8:10 PM
Post #49
 
Thank you for your wisdom Mr. Jennings!


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