SHOWCASE OF EXCELLENCE
Each year in March excitement builds as The Quincy High School Show Choir and Jazz Band prepare for the arrival of dozens of show choirs and jazz bands from across the tri-states. This year these musicians will participate in the 25th Annual Showcase of Excellence.
This musical tradition will light up the center stage of Quincy High School, 3322 Maine on Saturday, March 11th from 8:30 a.m. until Midnight.
A single admission ticket may be purchased at the QHS auditorium entrance or the gymnasium entrance the day of the event and is priced at $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are good for all performances. Using a one day pass, visitors can come and go as they please throughout the day, choosing the astounding sounds of the jazz bands in the QHS gym, or the razzle dazzle of show choirs in the QHS Theatre. The judges offer targeted instruction on their performances as well as an overall competition score. Awards are presented at the conclusion of the day’s events with the Grand Champion Trophy presented at the high-spirited finale in the QHS Theatre.
Other activities of the day include the popular show choir fashion show and the karaoke-style solo competition, where stars of tomorrow are showcased, and fun is had by all. There will be jam sessions, improvisation clinics and other workshops offered throughout the day. Audience members are able to cast their vote for the Peoples Choice Award Winners in both jazz and show choir categories. Food and beverages are available in the QHS cafeteria.
Once again, this event is made possible through the hard work of many volunteers, and the Friends of the Performing Arts. Proceeds help support music programs at all grade levels throughout the Quincy Public School system.
“We appreciate and are grateful for the support we continue to receive in promoting this event,” said Kathi Dooley, director of music for the Quincy Public Schools. “We are honored that Showcase of Excellence has become a major event for so many school music programs. Smaller schools had no place to go to get the kind of experience they receive through Showcase. The judges, clinicians and choreographers are renowned music professors and experts in their fields from throughout the country. During the day they present workshops and clinics for the groups. That kind of exposure for the students is invaluable and leaves them with pride and confidence.”
As hosts for the day, the QHS Show Choir and Jazz Band perform in exhibition at the end of the event, after working behind the scenes to make the day a success.
Volunteer parents and friends provide a variety of foods for sale in the cafeteria including baked potatoes and sandwiches, baked goods and a variety of beverages. The public is encouraged to take part in this important fundraising event to benefit music education in the Quincy Public Schools.
More information is available by calling 217-224-3774.