Marysville choral music program shines
The Marysville Exempted Village School District's music program is experiencing a string of successes.
The Marysville High School Swingers Unlimited show choir is in Charleston, W.Va., this weekend competing in the Poca Music Fest.
The singers hosted the annual Marysville Show Choir Showcase Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Marysville High School auditorium.
Twinsburg Great Expectations, won the competition after nearly 16 hours of competition. Other winners, in order, included the Fairfield Choraliers, Findlay First Edition, Beavercreek Friends, and Fairfield Pure Elegance.
The Marysville Showcase Invitational is the major fundraiser for the Marysville Choral general fund each year. The money raised during this event is used to cover most of the costs of the program, in addition to the fees paid for by each member of the group.
The Mini Swingers Show Choir of Bunsold Middle School performed at the invitational fresh from winning the Grand Champion award at its first competition of the season at Central Crossing High School on Jan. 12. The group competed against 10 other schools from the Midwest. A seventh-grade BMS student, Mike Dibble, earned the Best Individual Performer award. The Mini Swingers earned second runner-up at the Beavercreek Invitational on Jan. 18. Ethan Pugh earned Best Male Soloist and Luke Couchman earned Best Individual Performer, both are eighth-graders.
The talent doesn't stop there at BMS. The BMS Eighth-Grade Choir won Sunny 95's Christmas Idol contest with its performance of Jingle Bells. The group won $1,000 for its music program which Sunny 95 presented at Bunsold MS on Jan. 29.
The MHS show choir has been performing for more than 30 years. In the past 10 years, Swingers Unlimited has earned 20 Overall Grand Championships.
Like many programs of MEVSD, the show choir is adjusting to the idea of losing one member of the music staff, popular show choir director Jeremy Alfera, due to budget cuts. The failed November levy forced the district to cut $2 million resulting in the loss of several teaching positions. Past and present show choir members showed up at the December school board meeting to protest the decision to cut Alfera.
Swingers Unlimited will compete in Twinsburg in February, Fairfield on March 2, and Lebanon, March 16. It will end the season at Show Choir Nationals in Nashville, Tenn., in early April.