Local Winners Announced at Music Express Announces 2nd Annual Talent Showcase!
Canada's Premier Show Band, Music Express held their 2nd annual talent showcase competition on the evening of June 10 at the Villanova Festival Theatre in LaSalle. The event saw a fantastic turn out of participants who performed to a very energetic audience. This talent show was targeted at grade school and secondary school students and provided a great opportunity for them to share their musical and/or dance talents and compete for fantastic cash prizes.
"Our mission remains clear - to bring the art of music and entertainment to our community" says Group Director Nino Palazzolo. He adds, "not only will we do this through our energetic performances, but we will also accomplish this through an aggressive community outreach program targeted at young children". "Last years Music Express Talent Showcase was our first and it was a huge success - we had an even better response this year!"
The competition was tough but the judges were able to narrow their selection down to the top 3 winners:
First Place: Cornell Dance Group who performed an Irish dance to the music of Gael Force. These talented dancers range in age from 6-16 and attend St. Joseph Elementary School, Harrow Public School, Harrow High School and Mon Seignior Caron School. Attached Photo: From Music Express: Linda Daly, Nino Palazzolo and Patti Hopper. From Cornell Dance Group: Amy McGibney, Liam Johnson-Bujold, Kieran Johnson-Bujold, Aidan Johnson-Bujold, Hannah Harris, Leah Harris, Emily Harris, Sarah Harris. Prize - $500 Cash donated by Ives Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Second Place: Jazz Quartet
Musicians in attached photo: Vanessa Harwood (Percussion), Max Marshall (Bass), Mike Karloff (keyboards), Stefan Seslija (Trumpet). Prize: $200 cash
Third Place: Meg Wilson a talented vocalist from Villanova High School Prize - $100 cash
A special thanks to the event sponsors: Ives Insurance Brokers Ltd., Belle Air Music and the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board.
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