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All First Firsts: A Southern Show Choir Recap (Feb. 17)

            This last weekend in the southern show choir circuit gave us plenty of competition and storylines for us to follow. With all winning groups this weekend claiming their first GC of the season, let’s take a dive into each individual competition and what all went down at the separate scenes.

 

TUPELO KING CITY CLASSIC

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            This week’s southern competition of the week was the inaugural King City Classic, hosted by Tupelo. It ended with a Grenada sweep, as they defended their territory in northern Mississippi and ended Auburn’s undefeated season. Jackson Academy and Madison Central rounded out the final top four while Oak Grove had their best performance of the year, coming in third for preliminary results and fifth in finals. This competition marks Grenada’s first grand championship of the season as they now turn their attention towards a heavily competitive Petal Show Choir Invitational next weekend, where they’ll face the likes of Brandon and Clinton. Final results are as below:

 

GC) Grenada “Visions” (BV/BC/Show Design)

1RU) Auburn “Varsity Singers”

2RU) Jackson Academy “Encore”

3RU) Madison Central “Reveille”

4RU) Oak Grove “Center Stage”

1st in Single Gender) Auburn “Elan”

 

HOMEWOOD SOUTH CENTRAL CLASSIC

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            Over at Homewood, Clinton had their debut performance and (in true Clinton fashion) came away with a full sweep over the threatening Oak Mountain. This marks Clinton’s 100th overall grand championship, a truly historical feat for the history of show choir throughout the art’s entirety. Few groups have reached the threshold before them. Northwest Rankin, Enterprise, and Oak Mountain’s single-gender group rounded out the final top five respectively. Northwest made a solid bounce-back after their last two weeks of less-than-desired placements. Albertville and Sylacauga won their respective divisions as well here, with both placements being sweeps and Albertville’s being their first top placement of the season. Oak Mountain’s girls group also won their division with a sweep. Final results are as below:

 

GC) Clinton “Attaché”

1RU) Oak Mountain “Singers”

2RU) Northwest Rankin “The Ambassadors”

3RU) Enterprise “Encores”

4RU) Oak Mountain “The Muses”

1st in Single-Gender) Oak Mountain “The Muses”

1st in Middle Mixed) Albertville “CenterStage!”

1st in Small Mixed) Sylacauga “Signature”

 

WEST JONES SHOW CHOIR INVITATIONAL

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            While Petal’s sweep here won them their first competition of the season, the real stories seem to lie in the middle and small divisions. Sumrall came out red hot, winning the middle division in the preliminary round and placing third overall at the competition (albeit with fellow middle division group Northeast Jones, who placed dead last in their division during prelims, coming back and placing over them for a second overall placement in finals). While Pisgah continued their trend as top small group in the state of Mississippi with a first-place finish for their division here, we saw Laurel place above Wayne County for the first time this season and garner a second-place finish. Petal’s single gender-group was the only choir in their division, but did qualify for finals. Final placements are as below:

 

GC) Petal “Soundsations” (BV/BC/Show Design)

1RU) Northeast Jones “Gold Horizons”

2RU) Sumrall “Legacy”

3RU) South Jones “Company”

4RU) Petal “Innovations”

1st in Single Gender) Petal “Innovations”

1st in Middle Division) Sumrall “Legacy”

1st in Small Mixed) Pisgah “Innergy”

 

            While it wasn’t a southern competition, it’s again worth noting Brandon’s performance up north at the Chesterton Trojan Classic. Brandon, taking the choreography caption, placed second overall behind the nationally-acclaimed Carmel and above other well-renowned groups such as Marysville and Wheaton North. Brandon’s single-gender group also placed second in their respective division, again behind Carmel.

 

LOOKING FORWARD

            While the number of competitions this next weekend is fewer than before, the level of competition is far better. Down at the Petal Show Choir Invitational, we have a thrilling bout between Clinton, Brandon, Grenada, with groups like Enterprise, West Jones, Biloxi, and Jackson Prep looking in from the outside. That’s not to mention a middle mixed fight featuring two groups with a division win each and two other groups looking to grab their first of the season. This competition will also feature another large pool of small division groups performing, along with our first matchup between Pisgah and West Marion this season. As for the Auburn Show Choir Showdown, Oak Mountain looks to be large favorites overall and Oxford for their division, whereas the middle division seems to be a bit more tense with only two of the five groups having yet to place first in their division this year. This next weekend looks to be a good one. Good luck to all groups performing, and happy show choir season y’all!

 

Next Week’s Events:

Petal Show Choir Invitational (Petal, MS)

Auburn Show Choir Showdown (Auburn, AL)

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