By Carrie Nye
This has been a very exciting year for Daniel Hand High School’s Show Choir, VIBE. The Show Choir consists of students with the confidence to combine singing, dancing or playing musical instruments in a group setting. Dedicated music teacher, Ron Soja, has been instrumental in shaping VIBE’s group of singers and musicians into this years’ winning team.
DHHS’s Show Choir, VIBE, took its second Grand Championship on Saturday, March 10 at the New England Showchoir Festival in Somerset, Mass. VIBE also earned the distinction of Best Choral Sound, Best Band and Best Instrumentalist (Matt Horanzy).
On March 17th, VIBE attended the FAME New York competition which was held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Frederick P. Rose Theater. Placing as finalists, the Show Choir won second runner up with the Show Choir band winning first place. Finalists from this competition go on to perform at the National Finals Round in Chicago.
The Show Choir National Championship will take place in the amazing Arie Crowne Theater in Chicago. On Saturday, April 21nd, Show Choirs that have placed as finalists nationwide will perform as part of the National Finals Round to determine the 2012 National Show Choir Champion and the recipient of the Show Choir Cup.
With the support of DHHS administration, dedicated teachers and parents, VIBE will have the opportunity to compete at this national championship. Approximately 50 students will depart for Chicago over Spring Break. Parents and local businesses have been showing their support to help fundraise for this event. VIBE completely supports its activities through fundraising efforts. The trip to Chicago already has several events in place to help.
- April 11, 7:30 - VIBE Benefit Show at DHHS: - If you haven’t seen VIBE perform, there will be having a benefit show. Be sure to get tickets when they are available as past shows have been sell-outs. Raffle prizes and donations are being accepted.
- April 12, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Ciao Bella – Keeping its doors open later for an evening shopping event to benefit VIBE.
- April 14 – Pancake Breakfast at Eli’s in Hamden
- April 15 - Car Wash at the Sunoco on Boston Post Road
Look for future information on these events and others to follow. VIBE appreciates the support of so many members of the community. This is yet another example of Tiger Pride!
Good luck, VIBE!