Bettendorf’s show choirs wrapped up their first two home performances of the year. On Nov. 14, Surround Sound, the varsity show choir, and Audio Intensity, Bettendorf’s newly formed coed prep group, performed for friends and family in the fine arts room at the high school at the Potluck Preview. They performed the first number, second number, and the ballad with the band or tracks. On Dec. 3, the groups performed their full shows in the Performing Arts Center with costumes and band. The winter show was the first full performance with all aspects of the shows.
The Winter Show also featured students performing in Special Acts. Molly Seybert, Olivia Gasper, Katie Byrne, Collin Feaster, Sophia Pike, Becca Davis, Signey Bowling, Laurel Braaten, Taylor Gravert, Sydney Rosebrough, Alex Packard, and Ben Tinsman all performed different acts featuring their musical talents.
The Potluck Preview and Winter Show both helped the groups prepare for the upcoming competition season beginning on Jan. 28. Surround Sound and Audio Intensity will compete at Davenport North’s “Big Dance,” Keokuk’s “Power City Classic,” Davenport’s “Great River” Show Choir Invitational, and Western Dubuque’s “Main Event.”
The group has worked hard and practiced many mornings before school and after school to prepare for these competitions. Additionally, the groups has bonded more this year than in the past.
“Show Choir has been such a great experience for me because it introduced me to such amazing people that are all so talented. It gave me a second family,” junior Drake Sanchez said.
The Potluck Preview and Winter Show both helped the groups prepare for the upcoming chance of making finals at competitions. Senior Donato Callahan wants to make finals at Davenport’s Great River Show Choir Invitational because that is the hardest competition they attend. The group is made up of 17 seniors this season, so they are an experienced group.
“As a team, I hope we become one tightly knit unit that receives the recognition it deserves,” Callahan said.
Additionally, the groups are preparing to host its own competition here at Bettendorf High School on Feb. 4. This is the first year that Bettendorf’s show choirs will host their own competition.
“It’s been a huge goal of the program to be able to host our own competition, so it’s exciting that we finally get to. It’ll bring in money and exposure to our groups, which means the show choir program can just keep growing,” senior Molly Seybert said.
Information about Bettendorf’s show choirs can be found on bettmusicdepartment.com