The last few weeks before 2018 rolled in were some of the busiest of the season. The holidays had everyone in a good mood. The studio was filled with new members, the clubhouse was full of cheer, and the fresh snow outside had everything beginning to look like Christmas.
While most of the youth at the club were excited about giving and receiving presents, a select group of Notes For Notes members were even more excited about giving amazing performances for the 2017 Winter Talent Show.
The showcase took place December 28th inside the West Side Boys & Girls Club. While a few of our contestants were unable to make it the day of the event, the 12 performers in the showcase all brought their A-game and put on an incredible show. Each performance was eligible for 1 of 3 audience-chosen grand prizes. Our audience members received voting ballots with each performance listed to easily make the choice for best performance.
The 3 winning performances at the 2017 Winter Talent Show were “Down To Earth,” by Justin Bieber performed by Lay Doh Moo (14), an up-tempo drum solo by King General Thompson (11), and “Flexin’,” an original hip hop song by William “Lil Swagger” Bailey (14).
The week before the showcase took place really brought out the best in our members. It’s hard to remember a stronger display of community in the studio than our final day of rehearsals for the showcase. Each studio member, while knowing they were in competition with each other, was encouraging, respectful, and quick to offer advice. It was clear to me that these kids really wanted the best for each other and for the show.
We had a great turnout the day of the show with many new faces in the audience. Friends, family, and Boys & Girls Club members all came together for an hour of musical performances that couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Teen studio member Eh Ku Du Say helped me MC and DJ the event, as well as capture some great videos of performers.
A wide range of talent took the stage. Contestants sang, performed dance routines, rapped, performed original songs, and rocked out on the drum set. There were even a few collaborations between our performers! Lay Doh (14) and Kevin ThaiThai (15) contributed backing vocals to the original rap song William (14) wrote and performed and General (11) accompanied Lay Doh (14) on the drums for his performance of “Down To Earth” by Justin Bieber.
Check out this short video recap of the winning performances!
Our winners certainly earned it, but truth be told, this entire showcase wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of all our performers, as well as the Boys & Girls Club Staff. Thank you to Rosario Ruiz, Jenatt Lah, Kayla Taylor, Camila Avino, Jadale Thompson, William Bailey, Marcquia Love, Marcquilla Love-Sheppard, Lay Doh Moo, Aniyah Gant, Malia Denson-Jones, General Thompson, Kevin ThaiThai, and Eh Ku Du Say. You guys rock and this wouldn’t have happened without you!