Coast's newest show choir gains momentum

Coast's newest show choir gains momentum
Show choir includes a combination of many elements that have to come together cohesively. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Show choir includes a combination of many elements that have to come together cohesively. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Scrimpshire and her students are hoping to bring home a title from the upcoming West Jones Show Choir Invitational. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Scrimpshire and her students are hoping to bring home a title from the upcoming West Jones Show Choir Invitational. (Photo source: WLOX News)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - When Jennifer Scrimpshire jump started the Biloxi High School Sound Surge, she had a mission - create a competitive group that would provide incredible experiences for her students.

Three years later, the coast's only competition show choir is vying for its fifth consecutive win.

"They had no idea what they were getting themselves into. They just knew that they liked to perform, and this was another outlet for them to be able to do that," said Scrimpshire.

In their first year the group placed last at every competition. Now, the students are hoping for their fifth consecutive division title.

According to Scrimpshire, show choir is not just about singing or dancing. It's a combination of many elements that have to come together cohesively.

"Having to do all of that - and do it well - with kids that are only three years in, that have only been around it for a little while, is a huge thing," said Scrimpshire, "I couldn't be prouder of my students than I am. They work very hard. They love what they do, they love each other."

Several of the students have been performing with the group for all three years.

"Stuff that I would have never done on my own, I'm learning to do now and I'm so grateful," said junior, Corey Brown.

Brown says the Surge is beginning to gain notoriety around the school among his friends and teachers.

"They congratulate me on a daily basis, like 'Oh good job, y'all did good this weekend.' And I'm like, 'Oh thanks, that's a surprise. That means a lot,'" said Brown.

Now that the word is spreading, the show choir is gaining members such as first year performers, Gabby Shaw and Avery Norwood.

"Being on stage is the best feeling ever," said Shaw. Norwood agreed, adding, "You just get to be yourself."

Students can also choose to be someone else entirely, like in Kierstin Miller's case.

"When I'm on stage, I'm Beyonce," Miller said.

Performing with the Surge since it started has broken Miller out of her shell. In just three years, she's grown from a shy teenager to an award winning soloist at the group's most recent competition in Purvis.

"It shows me that I can do a lot in the future," added Miller.
    
The future includes performing in three more competitions in 2016, bringing the total to seven. For both Scrimpshire and her show choir, the work is exhausting, but worth it.

The Biloxi Sound Surge has come first in its division at every competition in 2016. Scrimpshire and her students are hoping to bring home a title from the upcoming West Jones Show Choir Invitational.

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