DeKalb High School - DeKalb Show Choir Invitational 2016
DeKalb High School
3424 County Road 427
Waterloo, IN 46793
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Competition Follow-Up Notes:
DeKalb was the furthest trip we had planned in the 2016 Competition Season. We had never visited this competition before and didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be a great day, especially for Diamond Sensations. As always, thank you for the great on-site fan support. It you were able to make the trip, thank you so much for coming and cheering on both of our groups. For those who were not able to stay for Final Awards, here are the results, as well as the results from the Night Show in both the Varsity and Championship Divisions:
1. New Palestine High School, Diamond Sensations - GRAND CHAMPION (Best Choreography & Best Soloist-Sarah Black)
2. Twinsburg High School, Mood Swingers (Best Vocals)
3. Avon High School, Attraction
4. Bishop Dwenger Catholic High School, Elegance (Best Crew)
5. Northridge High School, Starlights (Best Instrumental)
1. Churbusco Jr/Sr High School, New Era - Grand Champion (Best Vocals & Best Choreography)
2. Columbia City High School, City Heat - (Best Band)
3. Bishop Dwenger Catholic High School, Summit Sound - (Best Male Soloist)
4. Bedford-North Lawrence High School, Star Struck - (Best Female Soloist)
5. Sheridan High School, Northern Stars
6. Crestview High School, Knight Vision
7. New Palestine High School, Crimson Heat (did not qualify for the Night Show)
1. Twinsburg High School, Great Expectations - Grand Champion (Best Vocals & Best Choreography)
2. Avon High School, Accents
3. Northrop High School, Charisma - (Best Crew)
4. Northridge High School, Northern Lights - (Best Band)
5. Kokomo High School, Karisma Singers
6. East Noble High School, A New Vision
There were no additional awards for the day (DeKalb didn't award a "Best Performer" for each choir).
Both choirs did a fantastic job with their shows. The Grand Champion finish for Diamond Sensations was significant for a couple of reasons. First, Diamond Sensations has never been awarded Grand Champion in the past. Secondly, they finished at the top in a division that contained 11 total choirs, meaning, they outscored 10 other schools, including very large schools (twice the student enrollment of New Palestine) like Avon, Northrop and a school from out of state - Twinsburg (Ohio). Diamond Sensations also finished ahead of several small schools that tend to go to ISSMA State Finals, such as Northridge, East Noble, Columbia City and Bishop Dwenger. It was so fantastic to hear their name announced at the top of the list and all members of the choir were awarded medals as well as a good sized trophy.
While Crimson Heat did not qualify for the Night School in the Varsity (Small Mixed) Division, they did finish in 7th place and one position outside of the Evening Finals. Also, the schools in 5th, 6th and 7th (Crimson) were separated by only a few points, so they were definitely "in the hunt" and easily could have finished 5th or 6th. Crimson Heat also finished ahead of other small schools that sometimes qualify for ISSMA State Finals, like Twin Lakes and Garrett.
Our four soloists, Melissa Anness, Tayler Bass, Sarah Black and Kaylee Wheatley gave some wonderful performances in the soloist competition.
We were proud of the efforts of both groups and all of our students involved in the day. There were no major issues with either show and it was a successful day all-around. It was a long trip but a memorable one for several reasons.
The itinerary to the left was distributed by Mr. Beebe to the students in class on
February 8, 2016. There is additional information below for your reference. Please note the information below if you intend to visit the Fishers Silver Spotlight Show Choir Invitational as some of this information cannot be found in the document.
Clicking the PDF document will give you the full schedule for the entire day at DeKalb.
If you are planning to attend this competition, here are a few additional points for your awareness:
- DeKalb Show Choir Invitational is one of the largest competitions NPHS has ever attended. There are 12 Women's groups, 22 Mixed choirs (16 are "Small School" and 6 are "Large School"), plus 6 Middle School choirs competing. This is a total of 40 choirs in one day. NPHS has never visited DeKalb previously.
- DeKalb will be similar to Twin Lakes where we will mostly compete against schools our size or smaller. There are a few exceptions like Avon and Twinsburg.
- DeKalb has two separate performance venues due to the large number of participants. The "Women's Division" will perform in the Gymnasium and the "Varsity Mixed Division" will perform in the Auditorium. Please keep this in-mind if you are attending this event. Crimson = Auditorium, Diamonds = Gym. Also, please note that DeKalb has a small auditorium (like Twin Lakes) which is why the larger schools are competing in the Gymnasium. Due to the larger capacity, all awards ceremonies will occur in the Gymnasium and not in the Auditorium.
- Note that we will have 4 ladies performing in the "Solo Competition" that will be running in the DeKalb Band Room. Performance Times are 3:24 pm, 3:32 pm, 3:48 pm and 3:56 pm. There's a short break for about 10 minutes in the middle. Our four soloists will be: Melissa Anness, Tayler Bass, Sarah Black and Kaylee Wheatley. Note that if one of these ladies is awarded "Grand Champion", they will perform their song again at the start of Night Finals at approximately 7:50 pm.
- We have confirmed that there is NO EVENING FINALS for the WOMEN'S DIVISION. All 12 Women's groups will perform and awards for the top finishers will be presented at 6:15 pm in the Main Gym. There are two separate Night Finals that will occur - the large schools (Championship Division) will compete in the Gym and the small schools (Varsity Division) will compete in the Auditorium. The top six mixed groups from each division will advance to night finals. Evening Finals performance order is drawn randomly and won't be known until the end of the awards session at 6:15 pm. If Crimson Heat qualifies for "Evening Finals", both groups will remain onsite through the end of the day. Evening Finals runs from approximately 8:00 pm through 11:30 pm. Note that if neither group qualifies for night finals, then we will pack up and begin the return to NPHS around 7 pm. Diamond Sensations parents - when choosing this location, we did not know that there would not be a "Night Show" option for the Women's Division. Upon further investigation and discussion with DeKalb earlier this week, we learned that this was the case. We originally believed that the top 6 overall scores from the Main Gym would advance to the Evening Finals, but that is not the case. We did not purposely choose a venue where only one of our two choirs had a chance to perform again, but note that many of the Mixed Schools will also have a Women's choir who is not performing again - New Palestine is not alone in this. We now know that DeKalb has historically not had a "Women's Finals". We will take this into consideration at the end of the 2016 season to determine future options where we attend.
- The spectator entrance is on the North side of the building (not the main entrance to the school). Spectator Parking is in the lot outside the spectator entrance. Signage posted at DeKalb high school should guide you to the correct location.
- An admission ticket for $10 will allow you access to both all of the "Day Performances". This includes all performances in either the Main Gym or Auditorium, through Daytime Awards. If you select a "Day Performance" ticket/wristband and Crimson makes the Night Show (and you choose to stay), you will be charged another $10. An "all day ticket" to allow access to all performances for the entire day is $15. DeKalb does not list any "student ticket" pricing or any age restrictions for admission, so please be aware that this is likely $10/$15 per seat per person, regardless of age. Diamond Sensations parents - if you are only coming to see your daughter and you don't plan to stay if Crimson Heat qualifies for Night Finals, then you know you need the $10 ticket. Crimson Heat parents - there is no way to predict if we will advance to the Night Show. Crimson must receive scores that are higher than 10 of the other 16 Small Schools that are competing and they've finished ahead of a few of these choirs already this year (and others they have finished ahead of, historically). We feel that Crimson Heat has a fair shot at making Night Finals and our plans are tentatively anticipating this. When you purchase tickets, please be aware of the different ticket options as the greeters will prompt you.
- Once the door closes for a performance, it remains closed until the performance has concluded. We recommend you arrive in time to see the group before either Diamond Sensations (MAIN GYM) or Crimson Heat (AUDITORIUM) to ensure you are in a seat for the performance.
- Videos of the performances will be available for sale in the commons area. DeKalb will allow non-professional photography, but they strictly emphasize "no flash photography allowed". We request that you follow the rules and not use a flash if you take pictures. The flash is extremely distracting for the performers on-stage and we need them to not have any additional distractions and to stay focused on their performance. DeKalb does not allow video recording or pictures from any device using a tripod, but understands some parents will record video on a phone.
- We don't know if both groups will go to a video review after their performance. We will find that out on Saturday morning, after our arrival. Following a possible video review, they will change, organize and hang-up their costumes, then return to the performance venues to watch other choirs. Please be aware that they will not be available to see you until at least the conclusion of the next show choir following their performance. For both groups, the students will be encouraged to watch other performances. This will be the only opportunity to see other choirs from Northern Indiana that we only see at State Finals at the conclusion of the season. Diamonds and Crimson should take advantage and see these choirs in order to see how the competition looks for a possible State Finals trip in March. Crimson Heat is the last "Varsity Mixed Choir" performing before the lunch break, but the next several Varsity choirs immediately after lunch should be good to watch. For Diamond Sensations, the groups just before and just after their performance have traditionally been very strong and both groups usually go to state and finish higher than Diamonds. Twinsburg (Ohio) is typically a top finisher at this event - either Grand Champion or First Runner-Up in both the Championship Division or Women's Division and also would be a good choir to see.
- Food. The school cafeteria will be open from 7 am through 9 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as concessions. No outside food may be brought into the school.
- The Dekalb Show Choir Invitational is an ISSMA qualifier (the third of the season). The scores received by either Diamond Sensations or Crimson Heat can be used for submission at ISSMA finals. Remember that the best possible score received by either show choir is always the primary objective of any competition and not making the Night Show.
Click the PDF to see a listing of the Cafeteria Menu for Dekalb, featuring vendors such as Dairy Queen, Tom's Donuts and Arbys.
Competition History and Notes:
- 2016 is the 25th year Dekalb has held this competition.
- This is the first time NPHS Choirs has visited this event.