Acapella group wins annual Kiwanis Club of Rome Music Showcase
March 20, 2017--3:47 p.m.
The Kiwanis Club of Rome held its seventh annual Music Showcase on Saturday at Shorter University and awarded $1500 in scholarships to the top three winners.
“It is amazing the quality of musical talent displayed each year by the young people of this community,” commented Keith Mickler, president of the Kiwanis Club of Rome. “The awarding of these scholarships is the culmination of our member’s work with our annual peach sale, apple sale and other efforts to raise funding to provide scholarships to deserving youth in Rome and Floyd County.”
First place went to the acapella quartet Off Constantly.
The singing group included Max Rampley, a senior at Pepperell High School, son of James and Joyce Howell of Rome; Chris Morgan, a junior at Coosa High School, son of Frank and Michelle Morgan of Rome; Brice Green, a senior at Pepperell High School, son of Chris and Keri Green of Rome; and Zac Mitchell, a sophomore at Coosa High School, son of Roy and Suzette Mitchell of Centre, Alabama.
The Quartet sang Crazy Little Thing Called Love composed by Queen and arranged by Tom Gentry. The four students will represent Kiwanis of Rome in a state-level Music Showcase in April with the opportunity to earn an additional educational scholarship.
Second place went to soloist Max Rampley, a member of the Off Constantly quartet, who sang It’s Hard to Speak My Heart, composer Jason Robert Brown. Chris Morgan of the quartet accompanied Rampley on piano.
Third place went to pianist Phoebe Shane of Rome High School, daughter of Jeannie Blakely and Kelly Shane of Rome. Phoebe played Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847, composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Kiwanis Club of Rome extends thanks to the students who participated in the showcase along with Shorter University; Dr. Adam Hayes, Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Berry College; Carey Smith, Executive Director of the Rome Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Dottie Gregg, Showcase Chair, and The Rome Area Council for the Arts. Each played a big part in the success of the showcase.
Pictured (left to right) Max Rampley, Chris Morgan, Phoebe Shane, Brice Green and Zac Mitchell.