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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2020 Season > Johnston Showzam 2020

Event Info

January 24th-25th, 2020

Venue Info

Johnston High School
6500 NW 100th St
Johnston, IA 50131

Phone: (515) 278-0449

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  17 Mixed Groups
  4 Womens Groups
  7 Middle School Groups


  Johnston "Innovation"
  Johnston "Synergy"
  Johnston "Bella Voce"
  Johnston "Sound Advice"
  Johnston "Impact"
  Summit "Fusion"


  Anne Chapman

  Laura Grimm

  Gerald Kreitzer

  Tom Gerking

  Pete Eklund

  Steve Woodin

  David Fog

  Dina Else

Ticket Prices:

$10.00 – Friday Night
$10.00 – Saturday Daytime or Saturday Finals Only
$15.00 – Saturday All-day Pass


Johnston Showzam 2020

Event Site
Live Stream



 Ankeny Centennial High School
Grand Champion 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 

 Waukee High School
First Runner Up 
Best Female Soloist (Grace Officer) 

 Tiger Rhythm
 Broken Arrow High School
Second Runner Up 
Best Band 
Best Male Soloist (Gabe Sawyer) 

 Urbandale High School
3rd Runner Up 
Best Crew 

 Wheaton North High School
4th Runner Up 

 Millard North High School
5th Runner Up 

Mixed Division (Prelims)
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Womens Division


 Millard North High School
First Place 

 Tiger Mystique
 Broken Arrow High School
Second Place 
Best Band 
Best Soloist (Autumn Blanchard) 

 Rhythmic Momentum
 Ankeny Centennial High School
Third Place 

Prep Division


 Urbandale High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Female Soloist (Elise McDowell) 

 Eternal Rush
 Ankeny Centennial High School
Second Place 
Best Choreography 

 Waukee High School
Third Place 

 Millard North High School
4th Place 

 Tiger Momentum
 Broken Arrow Freshman Academy
5th Place 
Best Band 

 Sound Adrenaline

 Norwalk High School
No Placement 

 Project X

 Ankeny Centennial High School
No Placement 

 Flip Side
 Indianola High School
No Placement 
Best Male Soloist (Jackson Overton) 


 Ankeny Centennial High School
No Placement 

Middle School Division - Tier I


 Urbandale Middle School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 

 Waukee Prairieview School
Second Place 

 Ignition Black
 Northview Middle School
Third Place 

 Ignition Silver

 Northview Middle School
No Placement 

 Rebel Rams

 Southeast Polk Junior High School
No Placement 

 Sudden Impulse

 Southeast Polk Junior High School
No Placement 

Middle School Division - Tier II

 Waukee Middle School

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itsbreyer on Jan 26, 2020, 10:56 PM
Post #78
I know it’s still super early in the season but I think Spectrum might have my favorite ballad of the year.

svazzano on Jan 27, 2020, 5:23 PM
Post #83
The ballad transition into the closer too... A++

svazzano on Jan 20, 2020, 5:56 PM
Post #21
I could see Broken Arrow snagging a spot in the top 3 here if they keep trending up like they have over the past few years.

svazzano on Jan 26, 2020, 7:07 AM
Post #68
I can see the future

juliofrommississippi on Jan 26, 2020, 6:58 PM
Post #77
They sang really well, and this was a great space and judging panel for that! Also, great commitment to the show! Well deserved placement!

emma.dummermuth on Jan 27, 2020, 5:17 PM
Post #82
I have come to the conclusion that if you don’t like Broken Arrow’s show band, I don’t like you.


rickymcgarry on Jan 27, 2020, 12:06 AM
Post #80
Does anyone know if the livestream is still accessible?


Agustin_colon on Jan 27, 2020, 1:35 AM
Post #81
They took it off the page about 2 hours after the livestream ended I only got to watch Millard North, Wheaton North, and Urbandale. I’m still really looking forward to watch both Ankeny Centennial and Waukee tjo since I heard they were both neck and neck

itsevankonig on Jan 27, 2020, 12:00 AM
Post #79
It’s nice to see Ankeny Centennial snag the GC here! Congratulations

cortezclark on Jan 26, 2020, 8:16 AM
Post #70
If they had a people’s choice award who would it be?

The Ethan Price on Jan 26, 2020, 6:29 PM
Post #76
6 way tie

ryaude on Jan 26, 2020, 3:17 AM
Post #46
I'm curious if anyone has mentioned to the Johnston Innovation team that singing "Chicago is on fire, the city is on fire, and we're gonna let it burn" might be considered bad taste? Much like when Carmel Ambassadors sang the exact same song while doing a show about the terrorist attacks on 9/11. I
am a huge Inno fan but I bring this up because I remember how wildly uncomfortable I was as I sat in the crowd and Carmel sang about the twin towers burning to the ground. Everyone was. I wonder how Johnston's audience feels hearing this unrelated tragedy portrayed by the same song and in the same way... Just food for thought.

SwingsNathan on Jan 26, 2020, 6:31 AM (Edited)
Post #66
I think the fact that the Great Chicago Fire occurred in 1871, as opposed to 9/11 in 2001, makes the use of the song more appropriate. No one living today has any memory of the fire, so it probably won't be offensive to anyone. I personally didn't find an issue with it, but that's just my opinion and I'm sure others may disagree.
Edit: Also, Carmel's show in 2017 was solely based around the 9/11 attacks, while Johnston's show this year is just Chicago themed, with the Fire simply referenced in a song. It's a defining part of Chicago's history, so it would make sense to acknowledge it.

lowbass on Jan 26, 2020, 2:04 PM (Edited)
Post #72
Everything he said. Plus, the songs immediately following are all about rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire (Patrick Stump and Fall Out Boy - Chicago natives, further hitting the theme home), so it kind of mitigates those lyrics to an extent. Honestly, I've heard more grumblings from Sox fans about them singing Go Cubs Go! But I'll say this much about Innovation's show this year - if you don't like a certain song, number, costume, choreography, style, movie reference, (or sports team haha) - you don't have to wait very long til you get something completely different. I have no idea how they crammed so much stuff into 20 minutes. My rough estimate notes there must be close to 300 different costume pieces. That's insane! (talk about giving your tech crew a workout...)


dgshow on Jan 26, 2020, 3:06 PM (Edited)
Post #73
First, beautifully performed and the kids earned the awards, but my uncomfortable moment came with Spectrum's choice of subect. The climax of the show is a double suicide.! Wonder if romanticizing suicide in a school seting is an appropriate chocie.. Anyone else had that thought?


Johncooper167 on Jan 26, 2020, 5:15 PM
Post #74
I wonder what the Wheaton kids had to say about this Chicago show!!

svazzano on Jan 26, 2020, 5:31 PM (Edited)
Post #75
@dgshow, Spectrum has constantly pushed the boundaries with their themes, and this year is no different. Honestly, I'm not sure if it's a Spectrum show if somebody *doesn't* die, and that's part of what I love about them. I'd say about 95% of show choir shows are all super happy and cheerful, which is great, but it doesn't reflect the often dark and tragic parts of life that we all can relate to and deal with. Given that the source material is Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, I think a school setting is completely appropriate as it introduces the ballet to audiences in a more accessible way. I don't think the show would be as powerful if it didn't end the way it did. Not everything has a happy ending, and I love that Spectrum shares that idea in nearly all of their shows.

Aiden on Jan 26, 2020, 2:00 PM (Edited)
Post #71
Best female soloist: Broken Arrow “Tiger Mystique” Autumn Blanchard. Mystique also received best band.

svazzano on Jan 26, 2020, 7:15 AM
Post #69
I am half asleep and delirious from such a long, great day of show choir, but I have to talk about both Ankeny Centennial Spectrum and Waukee Millennium, because, well, WOW.

Two entirely different ways to present a show choir show, and both have cemented a spot in my top 10 shows of all time list. The power, grace, and precision exhibited by these two groups was nothing short of amazing, and they both did show choir in such different yet equally effective ways. Waukee perfected the traditional show design, and Centennial this year is in my opinion the most beautiful story show there has ever been. It was so cool to see them back to back, and that even though they were completely different shows, they left me with the same feeling of awe that I haven’t felt since seeing Los Alamitos 2016 in the Grand Ole Opry. Well done to you two, and to ALL of the groups tonight. Such an amazing show of talent.


Johnathon on Jan 26, 2020, 6:34 AM
Post #67
What a showing!! Really, a fantastic finals to watch. The results make sense to me, but I have no intelligent comments about why I feel that way. I do think Spectrum was the clear winner here.

I said this earlier today. But Ankeny Centennial, I am so glad that each season, you aim for nothing less than a masterpiece.
Some years are more successful than others. But if you stopped aiming so high, then we would never get shows like the one you have this year. I am in awe!

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