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Story of Two States: A Feb. 24 Southern Show Choir Recap

            This last weekend featured one competition each in Mississippi and Alabama. While very different, they both held storylines and interesting pieces of information to analyze, and that’s exactly what we’ll do. Afterwards, we’ll also look at the next competitions and storylines going forward.




            Although the scent of a major upset loomed on the horizon, Clinton kept the doubts at bay after finals, ending the competition with another win and sweep. Grenada did shock some with their second overall placement over the likes of Brandon, who had placed above them in preliminary results. This swapping of the second and third placements in preliminary results and final results inversely mirrors the results from the Jackson Academy Show Choir Invitational this year. In the other divisions, the favored South Jones claimed their first top placement of the year, while West Marion upset Pisgah to win their own respective division (it’s also worth noting that Clinton Christian placed over Laurel at this competition to earn the third-place spot in the same division). Final results are below:


GC) Clinton “Attaché” (BV/BC/Show Design)

1RU) Grenada “Visions”

2RU) Brandon “Brio”

3RU) Enterprise “Encores”

4RU) West Jones “Imagination”

1st in Large Mixed) West Jones “Imagination”

1st in Single-Gender) Brandon “Bellas”

1st in Middle Mixed) South Jones “Company”

1st in Small Mixed) West Marion “New Era”




            Oak Mountain sweeping this competition (and both divisions their choirs were entered in) was not a shocking result by any means, nor was Oxford taking the top placement in small division. However, there was a bit of excitement. Oak Mountain placed both first and second overall, mirroring Brandon’s feat last year at the Enterprise Southland Classic and Tift County’s feat at this year’s Albertville Diamond Classic. In middle mixed, we also saw the favored Briarwood overtaken by both Albertville and Spain Park. While Albertville placed over Spain Park in the preliminary round, Spain Park took advantage of finals and placed over Albertville in the end. It’s also worth making a note that Opelika, a large mixed group, did not make finals at this competition. Final results are as below:


GC) Oak Mountain “Singers” (BV/BC/Show Design)

1RU) Oak Mountain “The Muses”

2RU) Tift County “8th Street Singing Company”

3RU) Spain Park “Rhapsody In Blue”

4RU) Albertville “CenterStage!”

1st in Womens Division) Oak Mountain “The Muses”

1st in Mens Division) Tift County “Tiftosterone”

1st in Middle Mixed) Albertville “CenterStage!”

1st in Small Mixed) Oxford “Sound”


Homewood The Network and Nexus traveled north to the Ross Legacy Championship in Ohio. It's worth mentioning that they handily took care of business with a sweep over Loveland, Fairfield and Carroll. Congratulations Homewood!


            Auburn signaled the end of show choir competitions in Alabama this year. Despite that, there are still groups going around to compete, with a few traveling up north to Tennessee. In the state of Mississippi; however, there are have two competitions this weekend, both with interesting storylines to follow. Over at the Oak Grove Magnolia Invitational, Biloxi is the overall favorite and looking to win their first ever grand championship, while West Marion looks to prove that their recent placement wasn’t fluke against the likes of Wayne County and Laurel. At the Madison Central Deep South Classic, there is a prominent matchup between Grenada and Tupelo (the latter also looking for their first ever overall win), with Jackson Academy looking to upset the two favorites. It’s also worth pointing out that Jackson Prep will be traveling all the way to California to compete at the Burbank Blast competition. While slightly calmer than the past slew of competitions, this weekend still holds plenty to look forward to. Good luck to all the competing groups, and happy show choir season y’all!


Next Week’s Events:

Oak Grove Magnolia Invitational (Hattiesburg, MS)

Madison Central Deep South Classic (Madison, MS)

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