Students Prepare to Share Their Talent

Solo and Ensemble provides a good source of feedback for musical students

Solo and Ensemble will be taking place on Friday, Feb. 25 for students to perform in front of judges who will critique their act. The deadline for the $31 to enter was Monday, Feb. 23.

“It’s a really good opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback from someone other than their teacher,” Assistant Choir Director and AP Music Theory Teacher Bonnie Smith said. “If they practice well and put forth effort, they will be successful.”

Students’ performances will be scored with a 1 being the highest and a 5 being the lowest grade. This event is only for students in band, orchestra, or choir.

“[I am] very excited,” junior Blaze Bauer said. “It [Solo and Ensemble] teaches you that a single voice sometimes is more powerful than a whole choir, when in that room as an orchestra kid, Solo and Ensemble is one of the scariest but most memorable things in the world.”

Solo and Ensemble will not extend past 5 p.m. Teachers urge students to try it.

“We are all on our own journey, so try something every day that scares you,” Smith said. “There are lots of professional singers who started out like you.” By Julia Lucas


Singing Into The Spotlight

Students prep for musical

Walking into the auditorium, the stress and excitement of the upcoming performances is apparent. The kids rushing across the stage and yelling across the room tells the story of the extremely excited theater students that are to debut their show “Anything Goes”.

The theater department is filled with this anticipation because they will be premiering their musical on Thursday, Feb. 2, Friday, Feb. 3, Saturday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, Feb. 5, and students have already started preparation.

“I’m most excited about being able to participate in my first musical,” sophomore Carter Cabral said. “Last year, I was able to watch “Music Man”, and I loved it and wanted to be in it, and now I’m excited to be able to participate in one.”

Along with the popping energy, students are slightly overwhelmed.

“The mood at rehearsal has gotten a bit more stressful, but everyone still seems to be having fun,” Cabral said.

Along with Cabral, there are lots of new performers participating in the show, but with the help of the theater veterans, they aren’t struggling.

“I try to help them [the new performers] stay calm and teach them about what it’s like to be in the show such as proper etiquette, show conditions, things like that,” senior Katy “Sky” Young said.

Even with so many newbies, the cast is working extremely hard to make the show great, all the while staying excited and energized.

“We have some rough spots, but I think they’ll smooth out by the show,” Sky said. “Everyone is working really hard and having a blast.” By Keira Kirk


Starting Off On The Right Foot

The first Drumline competition will be held at Canyon High School on Saturday, Feb. 4.

This competition will help the drumline improve their performance quality and technique in a competitive way.

“The competition is where each drumline has their own show and we would have to perform for judges who score us on how well we march and perform our show and compare our show to other groups in our class,” freshman drummer Chris King said. “Then they calculate the scores and announce a winner.”

This competition will help students prepare for future competitions as well as get ready for WGI regionals on Saturday, March 11 in Houston, Texas and WGI Championships starting Tuesday, April 18 in Dayton, Ohio.

“We’ll be ready for the first show; we’re two weeks away,” Director of Percussion David Giddens said. “We’ll have the first two tunes done by then out of three for the show. We won’t have our props, we won’t have our uniforms, but from a performance standpoint, this is a good opportunity.” By Hailee Davis


Choir is hosting a Pre-UIL concert in March

Students Choir concert in preparation for UIL

Choir will be having a Pre-UIL concert on Tuesday, March 28 in the Lanny Naegelin Theatre from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The choir will be hosting this concert to showcase their music. All choirs will be performing, such as the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman choirs.

“A choir concert is fun and hectic,”  varsity singer Kaylee Boggan said. “The audience rather quiet and respectful, but each concert can be different from the rest,”

This concert will showcase the same music the choir will be performing at the choir UIL competition in April. The choir will be performing a variety of songs, such as “Psalm 100” and “Ubi Cantas”.

“There will be a total of five groups; each group will be singing three songs each,” Assistant Choir Director Bonnie Smith said.

The choir will start after school practice for the concert the last week of February. They will practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday right after school to 5:30 p.m.

“We will start practice the last week of February in order to have as much time as possible to perfect our sound,” junior Barbara Perez said. By Bailey Zuniga