I didn't get to see any of the preliminary performances but all the final performances were fantastic! The only placements that I would have switched were Piqua and Marysville. I was sitting up in the balcony which gave a perfect seat to see all the pictures that the groups were created. I definitely think the judges should have sat up there. I took some notes on what I thought of the shows
Olentangy: You guys had a great start to the show. The choreo was very clean and the band sounded great. Whenever you guys sang at or above mf your sound was great and the words were very understandable. However, whenever you sang below that I lost a lot of words. The piano moments were almost too soft and I couldn't hear any of the notes. This happened all the way till the end of the show. those moments do need more diction but you still need to sing notes. Overall I thought you guys sounded great. The choreography was fairly sharp with a few exceptions in the guys number and the closer. The band also sounded phenomenal. Whoever that trumpet player was, they were killing those high notes! Great job guys!
Beavercreek: You guys sounded much better than your performance at Marysville. The choreo was cleaned up a bit and overall it was a much improved show. There were a few times in the opener, the comedy number, and the closer where the choir was rushing so be sure to listen to the band and don't force a faster tempo. The choreography was clean throughout most of the show however, there were still a few moments where the choreo could have been cleaner, like at the start of uprising. I'm pretty sure you guys went to a square blocking in the middle of the risers for part of Uprising and the arms for it were a little sloppy. I really enjoyed the comedy number. It's very entertaining and you guys love performing it. This was your strongest number too. The singing was great and the choreography was great. The closer I thought could have used a lot of diction. The t's and s's are easy and came through very clear however there were many inner consonants that I did not get and a few end consonants like the f in bulletproof. Overall the show was very entertaining it just needs a little more fine tuning.
Marysville: You guys had a great show last night and should be very proud of the hard work you have done this year. I love the way you start out. Very in your face. I think you may lose some energy in the first number and you lose a bit of diction. Diction was probably the biggest problem for me during this performance. I love the choreography this year! Be sure that the moves are sharp and that everyone is going that extra mile so that all the arms are hitting the right spots at the exact time. The ballad sounded great! The ff moment was just right, not forced loud but loud and beautiful. The second half of the show was where it kinda died. I could tell you were getting pretty tired as the second half progressed. The girls could have been a little louder in Upside Down and be sure that you are conscious of where the mics are so that individual voices don’t stick out. The closer was awesome! The choreography is creative and it’s obvious you all are having fun with it. I really like how you handle the higher notes where the guys are in falsetto. Just hitting those notes perfectly was so good. You need lots of diction in this song. The band sounded freaking sweet during the dance break! Perform all the way to the end of the show! Good work guys
Twinsburg: You had an awesome performance. While I’m not a fan of this show I recognize that it is still a very good show. I wasn’t a big fan of the costumes however I liked what you were going for with the pictures. Being up in the balcony I was able to see all the blockings and pictures that you were making with the different colored dresses. I feel like the vocals were not very strong. The volume was always around a mp/mf with one moment in the ballad I think were you hit forte. I love when you guys actually sing out because you guys sing with a very straight tone. Without the vibrato you really here the tall tone of your voices, whereas other groups usually go over the top with vibrato and you lose what pitches the different parts are supposed to be singing. The dubstep dance break was sick. Did not like that there was dubstep in show choir but the clean and sharp choreography was just amazing.
Piqua: I was underwhelmed with your show. I feel like Piqua has had a carbon copy of the same show for the past three years. The opener was entertaining I just did not understand the song selection. To me the three songs did mash together just the context of the songs made no sense to me. The jazz number was good and the ballad was awesome! The one thing I thought could have been better was the blocking in all the songs. There were usually 5-10 people who just weren’t in the right spots and threw off the blocking which didn’t really help the pictures that you guys were trying to create. The closer was good I just don’t like how the show just abruptly ends.
Findlay: Mass improvements from the Marysville showcase. The vocals were solid from start to finish and you definitely deserved to take that caption. I moved down to the front to watch you guys but I wish I could have been back up in the balcony to watch this show again. The band was probably one of the best sounding bands for Findlay in years! The guys’ number continues to be entertaining. You guys perform the heck out of that song and it really increases the entertainment aspect of your show. The girls’ number could have used more diction, which with that particular song is very hard, but a lot of people don’t know the words to the song so you should really work on spitting out those words. Closer was spectacular and you guys performed all the way to the end! Congrats on the Grand Champion here
Congrats to all the groups who competed at Medina!
Congrats to everyone, especially FFE on the win. There were sooooo many great groups here. There wasn't a single show in finals that I wasn't super impressed by. We've got a lot of talent here in the good ol' buckeye state. I feel like Grand Champion was up for grabs and almost anyone in finals could have taken it. Congrats again to FFE!
I know that in daytime Findlay and Piqua were tied for first and twinsburg was third only 5 points behind and we (Marysville) were .5 points behind twinsburg. And in finals Findlay was ahead of us by 23 or something like that and Twinsburg was ahead of us by 16 and Piqua 10. Findlay had 2 firsts, Piqua had 1 first, and Twinsburg had 1 first. We had 2 thirds and 2 fourths. Congrats to everyone and I know we had an amazing performance we're very proud of!
Congrats Findlay!! Awesome job. For the most part the placements of groups seemed appropriate to me. The only thing I would have changed would have been Marysville and Piqua. I felt like Marysville's vocals should have shot them above Piqua. Both groups brought it though.