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 Show Choir Community > Events > 2023 Season > Johnston Showzam! 2023

Event Info

January 20th-21st, 2023

Venue Info

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

Phone: (515) 278-0449

Event Details

No. of Attending Choirs:

  11 Mixed Groups
  1 Womens Groups
  10 Middle School Groups


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


  Chad Alexander

  Robyn Starks Holcomb

  Steve Woodin

  Heath Weber (HS scoring & MS critique)

  David Fog (HS scoring)

  Lukas Warren (HS critique/finals & MS critique)

  Dina Else (HS critique)

  Caroline Edgeton (HS critique)

  Wendy Haight (HS finals)

  Kaily Walsh (HS band)


Pre-order tickets here!

$12 Friday
$15 Saturday
$17 All Weekend (before 01/10/23)
$20 All Weekend (after 01/10/23)


Johnston Showzam! 2023

Event Site
Live Stream



 Waukee Northwest High School
Grand Champion 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 
Best Instrumentalist (Andrew Wittmer) 

 Urbandale High School
First Runner Up 
Best Band 

 Ankeny Centennial High School
Second Runner Up 
Best Soloist (Max Vernon) 
Best Soloist (Abby Fickbohm) 

 Happiness, Inc.
 Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School
3rd Runner Up 

 Waukee Northwest High School
4th Runner Up 
Best Soloist (Tilynne Cartmill) 
Best Instrumentalist (Marcus Truong) 

 Sound Revolution
 Norwalk High School
5th Runner Up 
Andy Long Best Crew Award 

Mixed Division (Prelims)
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Womens Division

 Ankeny Centennial High School

Prep Division


 Waukee Northwest High School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Choreography 
Best Band 
Best Soloist (Tilynne Cartmill) 
Best Instrumentalist (Marcus Truong) 

 Urbandale High School
Second Place 
Best Soloist (Devon Johnson) 

 Eternal Rush
 Ankeny Centennial High School
Third Place 

 Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School
4th Place 

 Sound Adrenaline

 Norwalk High School
No Placement 


 Waukee Prairieview School
No Placement 


 Ankeny Centennial High School
No Placement 

Middle School Division - Tier I


 Leaders of the Pack
 Russell Middle School
First Place 
Best Vocals 
Best Band 
Best Instrumentalist (Chloe Chase) 

 Westside Connection
 Westside Middle School
Second Place 
Best Choreography 
Best Soloist (Max) 

 En Fuego
 Waukee Timberline School
Third Place 
Best Soloist 

 Northview Middle School
4th Place 


 Benton Community Middle School
No Placement 


 Urbandale Middle School
No Placement 

Middle School Division - Tier II


 Russell Middle School
First Place 

 Urbandale Middle School
Second Place 

 Waukee South Middle School
Third Place 

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John Webb

Grace :)


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rickymcgarry on Jan 22, 2023, 4:00 AM
Post #23
I need to see Eos live, literally INSANE

SWINGS.EP on Jan 22, 2023, 3:51 AM
Post #22
Wow. Congrats Eos!!!

The Ethan Price on Jan 22, 2023, 3:42 AM
Post #19
Waukee Northwest’s vocals murdered me. I am dead. And that was just through the live stream. I can’t imagine being there in person especially at the end of the ballad. Some of the most mature and rich vocals maybe ever. I just CANNOT. That was stunning. WNW seems to be the choir in Iowa that will set the bar for new innovation each year. And they’re only a couple years old as a school. Just amazing.


joechoir on Jan 22, 2023, 3:50 AM
Post #21
They produce an absurd amount of sound and their intonation is super, super good. And their prep group is killing it!! I am absolutely here for another Iowa powerhouse.

thebetterbauer on Jan 22, 2023, 3:50 AM
Post #20
Final results are posted!

The Ethan Price on Jan 21, 2023, 10:22 PM
Post #9
Y’all. Centennial’s concept is Love Island. And being a super fan of this exact trash reality tv show, I could not have been more excited. They even have three couples that the “public” aka audience can vote for to declare a winner. They put a number up and you can literally text it and vote for which couple you want to win. I voted for couple #2 and they won (note: I watched via live stream so no I didn’t pull out my phone in the gym)! Now I’m not sure if they actually end their show based on actual votes from that specific time or if a certain couple always wins and its planned beforehand - but either way, it was AMAZING and I was LIVING for it.


joechoir on Jan 21, 2023, 10:25 PM
Post #10
Couple 3 won at the competition they hosted, so it changes at least a little. It's a very very fun show.

The Ethan Price on Jan 21, 2023, 10:31 PM
Post #11
Someone from Centennial needs to give some details. Does the live vote dictate who wins? Or is the winner picked before the performance so the couples know where they will end up blocked at the end? Either way I LOVED it.

Jeff. on Jan 21, 2023, 10:49 PM
Post #12
It's probably the last thing I expected Spectrum to do as a show theme, which is what makes it so refreshing.

Häakon on Jan 21, 2023, 10:51 PM
Post #13
That sounds incredible... I love original ideas like this, especially when they include/lampoon popular culture. Can't wait to see it!


Jnecker on Jan 21, 2023, 11:58 PM
Post #17
Vote is live. They pick the couple with the most votes. Pretty cool. Hopefully they really bring it in the finals.

Foghorn on Jan 22, 2023, 12:25 AM
Post #18
Can’t help but clock the White Lotus theme song at the beginning which is a cool Easter egg for the parents in the room since that show is likely not being watched by high schoolers.

The Ethan Price on Jan 21, 2023, 11:13 PM
Post #14
I also want to take a moment to talk about Urbandale Studio. Their show is allll Iowa. Well, Field of Dreams baseball (Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa) and Iowa . They have corn set pieces. The girls wear baseball uniforms ala A League of Their Own. There are a couple guys actually “having a catch” on stage with a baseball. The boys wear cowboy hats and sing the timeless classic “she thinks my tractors sexy”. The show is perfect and I loved it.

The Ethan Price on Jan 21, 2023, 11:28 PM
Post #15
(I didn’t see WNW Eos because I was watching basketball so I can’t report on them but I’m excited to see their show for finals!)

Jeff. on Jan 21, 2023, 11:44 PM
Post #16
I saw your tweets. So sorry to see the Hawkeyes are having a rough season. Usually hoops is the bright spot for y'all! Surely, I'll start paying more attention for March Madness.


paulie_pooh on Jan 15, 2023, 8:54 PM
Post #3
I have a strong feeling it will be very close call between Spectrum and EOS


Choirshow on Jan 15, 2023, 10:28 PM (Edited)
Post #4
I watched both of their shows on YouTube and I going to have to disagree. I think that Eos will sweep Spectum. That being said, it is early in the season and both shows are great. And Spectrum's story/theme is easier to understand than Eos' is. I just think Eos is a step above spectrum this year, which is huge considering they have only been around for 1 year prior to this year.


Show choir fan4000 on Jan 16, 2023, 1:19 AM
Post #5
I agree, I think that this will be a close call between Eos, Spectrum, and Studio. It’s interesting because they all have very different styles. Eos has a very Avant-Garde show, Urbandale’s show is very funny while Ankeny has more of a storyline. Iowa is so talented and competitive I don’t think it’s possible to predict a winner, but I would guess that Eos will take BV and Studio will take BC.


Gabrielcastaneda_ on Jan 18, 2023, 10:31 PM
Post #8
Eos, and spectrum are going to be so close. I could see a tie


joechoir on Jan 16, 2023, 1:49 AM
Post #6
I’ll drop a prediction here. I think this one is going to be close, Eos took best Vocals off of Linn-Mar and Ankeny Centennial won without the Visual caption this past weekend. Studio was second in the prelims in Waukee to Valley. Clearly Iowa is very competitive this year. With that in mind I’ll predict something weird.

GC: Ankeny Centennial Spectrum (Best Visuals)
1RU: Waukee NW Eos (Best Vocals)
2RU: CR Kennedy Happiness Inc
3RU: Urbandale Studio (Best Band)
4RU: Ankeny Centennial Eternal Rush
5RU: Norwalk Sound Revolution

I think Ankeny Cent Eternal Rush, Norwalk, or Waukee NW Aurora will nab the last 2 finals spots. Think it’s interesting that the conversation around this comp hasn’t included CR Kennedy as well - they placed very well at a stacked Ankeny Centennial competition. Unbelievably excited for this one this weekend and I think any of the top 4 I predicted here could win the competition.

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