DHS Choir to Sing at Band State Finals

posted Oct 28, 2013, 7:00 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 7:01 AM ]

WATERLOO — DeKalb High School’s Classic Connection show choir will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during all four segments of the marching band state finals Nov. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The 54-member choir will perform before the presentation of awards for each size class. The first performance is scheduled for 12:10 p.m., with the final appearance at 9:40 p.m.

It’s going to be quite the long day,” choir director Shelley Johnson said, but she added the honor was too good to pass up.

In order to accept the invitation, Johnson changed the dates for DeKalb’s fall musical, which involves many of the choir members. “Beguiled Again,” featuring 52 songs by Broadway composers Rodgers and Hart, now will be presented Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.

Classic Connection is the defending state champion in Class B mixed show choir and has won the state title in four of the past five years, finishing second the only time it did not win.

Johnson said between performances at the band finals, the choir will be able to watch the competition from a luxury suite at the stadium, which is home to the Indianapolis Colts.

Classic Connection also has been invited to perform at Indiana Music Educators Association conference in January at Fort Wayne. The choir will present its competition show along with classical choral arrangements “to show directors you can do it all,” Johnson said.

This weekend, Classic Connection is participating in the Heartland Young Singer Choral Festival at Fort Wayne sponsored by the Heartland Chamber Chorale.

The DeKalb singers will join students from nine other choirs for a concert Sunday at 4 p.m. at North Side High School.

Article from The Star on Saturday, October 26, 2013