Walker Encore show choir wins top prize at Albertville competition

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/10/17

The Walker High School Encore show choir brought home a win last weekend.

Encore placed first in the small mixed division at the Albertville Diamond Classic, defeating groups from seven other schools to be named Grand Champion.

“This is the …

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Walker Encore show choir wins top prize at Albertville competition

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The Walker High School Encore show choir brought home a win last weekend.

Encore placed first in the small mixed division at the Albertville Diamond Classic, defeating groups from seven other schools to be named Grand Champion.

“This is the first time they’ve gotten first, and actually it’s the first time they’ve ever placed at all. It’s a big deal,” Encore director Garrett Lindsey said.

To prepare for the competition, Lindsey said the group started practicing in August.

“We learn our vocals first, and we have about six songs that we have to learn,” he said.

Students then practice choreography, and Lindsey later assembles a small band to perform with Encore. Lindsey said Encore also practices cardio by dancing and singing throughout the school.

Lindsey added, “We spend the rest of the season just really preparing it and perfecting everything.”

Walker’s Diamonds show choir group also competed at the Albertville Diamond Classic in the womens division. Lindsey said they were close to placing in the competition and received many accolades from the audience.

Diamonds did place third last year at a competition at Belmont University, Lindsey said.

A total of 23 show choirs from 18 Alabama schools competed last Saturday.

Encore will also compete Saturday at the Opelika Southern Showcase, the Petal Invitational in Mississippi on Feb. 25 and the Tift County Peach State Invitational in Georgia on March 11.

“We’ll just try to keep this success going,” Lindsey said.