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Comps of the Week: 3/11/23

With the Midwest circuit beginning to close and the national circuit heating up, there are oodles of talent to go around this weekend!

Brownsburg Bulldog Spectacular

The Lineup (all groups from Indiana unless noted)

Large Mixed: Carmel “Ambassadors”, Fishers “Electrum”, Franklin Central “F.C. Singers”, Lafayette Jefferson “First Edition”, Zionsville “Royalaires”

Small Mixed: Cathedral “Adrenaline Rush”, Carmel “New Edition”, Decatur Central “Goldenaires”, Franklin Central “Encores”, Franklin Community “Heritage Singers”, Mooresville “Spotlighters”, Musselman “Kaleidoscope” (WV), Nitro “Showcats” (WV), Pike “Encores”, Poca “Visual Volume” (WV), Shelbyville “Synergy”, Winfield “General Admission” (WV)

Large Womens: Carmel “Accents”, Decatur Central “Expressions”, Fishers “Sound”, Franklin Central “High Voltage”, Franklin Community “Sensations”, Pike “Mystiques”, Zionsville “Choralaires”

Small Womens: Carmel “Allegro”, Cathedral “Irish Adrenaline”, Decatur Central “New Direction”, Lafayette Jefferson “Expressions”, Mooresville “Finesse”, Winfield “Emerald Elegance” (WV)

Middle School: Carmel “Class Act”, Paul Hadley “Fusion”, Paul Hadley “Reaction”

Want to know why choirs in Indiana rarely go undefeated? It is because of competitions like this. While Center Grove is down in Nashville this weekend (more on that later), this remains one of the most competitive Indianapolis-area competitions this year. Carmel comes in as the undefeated favorite and will look to round out the regular season before ISSMA Finals next weekend. F.C. has lost to one group all year – it’s Carmel, in a tight vocals/choreo split at Pike last month. Zionsville also has a win so far this year and will look to factor in as well in what should be an incredibly tight top three. Brownsburg will take five large mixed finalists, six small mixed finalists, five large womens choirs and two small womens choirs to finals. The West Virginia battalion in small mixed is surely looking at that, with Winfield and Musselman taking overall wins earlier this year and Nitro taking a small mixed finals win at Poca.

Hart Encore

The Lineup (all groups from California unless noted)

Advanced Mixed – Large: John Burroughs “Powerhouse”, Los Alamitos “Sound FX”

Advanced Mixed – Small: Chaparral “Platinum FX”, Diamond Bar “Marquis”, Glendora “Royal Stewarts”, La Cueva “Underground” (NM)

Intermediate Mixed – Session I: Cypress “High Voltage”, Golden Valley “Melodies of Gold”, Norco “New Generation”, Oceanside “Soundwaves”

Intermediate Mixed – Session II: Carlsbad “Sound Express”, Granada Hills “G-Notes”, John Burroughs “Sound Waves”, Los Alamitos “Connexion”, Valley Vista “Vocal Thunder”

Novice Mixed – Session I: Carlsbad “Purple Reign”, Esperanza “Reverberation”, Martin Luther King “Legacy”, Saugus “Blue Heat”

Novice Mixed – Session II: Apple Valley “SunSations”, Diamond Bar “Diamondtones”, Eisenhower “Ike Singers”, Shadow Ridge “Stellar FX” (AZ), Valenica “Show Choir”, Willow Canyon “Evolution” (AZ)

Advanced Womens: John Burroughs “Sound Sensations”, Los Alamitos “Soundtrax”

Intermediate Womens: Bonita Vista “Sound Unlimited”, Diamond Bar “Solitare”, Glendora “Silhouettes”, John Burroughs “Decibelles”, Los Alamitos “Xquisite”

Novice Womens: Cypress “Pink Thunder”, Eisenhower “Ikettes”, Los Alamitos “Axcent”

Mens: Cypress “Voltage Unlimited”, Diamond Bar “Radiant”, John Burroughs “Men@Work”, Los Alamitos “Xtreme”

Middle School Mixed: Dolores Huerta “Madrigals”, Luther Burbank “Starlight”, Placerita “Major Minors”, Walter Reed “UpBeat!”

Middle School Girls: Ethel Dwyer “Ripple Effect”, Luther Burbank “Spotlight”

It’s about time that California got featured on Comps of the Week. While Burbank last week had a deeper advanced mixed division, Hart has a little bit deeper of a lineup all the way down. At the top, Los Al will look to repeat over John Burroughs and plant themselves as the early-season favorite among the Big Three. In Advanced Small, Diamond Bar picked up the division win last week and La Cueva comes to Hart this year after winning this same division at North County last season. Other divisions that stand out include Intermediate Mixed Session 1 as a clash between top groups from smaller programs and B groups from big programs, the Arizona invasion in Novice Mixed Session 2, and the mere fact that there are four (four!!!) choirs in the mens division, which is a rare feat nowadays.

Heart of America Nashville

The Lineup

Mixed: Brandon “Brio” (MS), Center Grove “Sound System” (IN), Grosse Pointe South “Pointe Singers” (MI), Mitchell “Friend de Coup” (SD), Ross “Legacy” (OH), Waltham “Music Unlimited” (MA), Westside “Amazing Technicolor Show Choir” (NE)

Womens: Brandon “Bellas” (MS), Center Grove “Debtones” (IN), Tupelo “Synergy” (MS), Westside “Simply Irresistible” (NE)

Middle School: Brandon “Blitz” (MS), Brandon “Boom” (MS), Mill Creek “Momentum” (TN), Ross “Next Generation” (OH), Tupelo “Splash” (MS)

Forget Comps of the Week, this one is right up there for Comps of the Year. All seven groups on the lineup have won at least one grand championship this season. The kicker? HOA Nashville will only take four mixed finalists. While nobody comes in undefeated, a number of groups come in with nearly spotless records. Mitchell has only lost to Johnston. Brandon has only lost to Clinton. Waltham has only lost to Daniel Hand. The only head-to-head matchup that any of these groups had earlier this season was Mitchell vs. Westside at Omaha South, where Friend de Coup came out the victor with Best Choreography and Westside took Best Vocals. Ross has also emerged as one of Ohio’s hottest groups this year. In the womens division, Tupelo has a pair of overall second-place finishes this year, while Debtones has only lost to Carmel all season and Bellas has a pair of finals appearances this year.

Wheaton Warrenville South Choral Classic

The Lineup (all groups from Illinois unless noted)

Mixed: Keller Central “Voices of Central” (TX), Mt. Zion “Swingsations”, Naperville North “Entourage”, Neosho “Choraleers” (MO), Troy Buchanan “Express” (MO), Troy Buchanan “Soundwave” (MO), Waubonsie Valley “Sound Check”, Wheaton North “Flight”

Single-Gender: Mother MacAuley “Mac Melody”, Mt. Zion “Les Femmes”, Mt. Zion “You’ve Got Male”, Naperville North “High Heeled Harmony”, Neosho “Phenomenon” (MO), Neosho “Sugar & Spice” (MO), Waubonsie Valley “Resonance”

Middle School: Hubble “Expressions”, Manteno “Grand Paws”, Mt. Zion “Sound System”, Road Show “Starlights & Dynamites”, Sullivan “Singers, Jr.”, St. Michael “Shine!”

The Choral Classic continues a tradition of commanding strong lineups year after year. This year’s lineup features Troy Buchanan and Wheaton North, who have both knocked off Wheaton Warrenville South, Mt. Zion, who has a pair of grand championships so far this year, and Naperville North, who hasn’t been off the podium this year. And that’s just the local talent! Neosho, fresh off their third win of the year, makes the eight-hour drive from western Missouri and Keller Central, who is two-for-two this year in Texas, also makes a trip up. Waubonsie Valley and Troy Buchanan’s prep group round out a stacked mixed lineup. Don’t be surprised if any of the three of Mt. Zion, Troy Buchanan or Wheaton North come out on top of this monster of a field!

Cure your show choir hangover by checking back here at the end of the weekend to see how it all shook out!

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