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  • WAVE over halfway there

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  • WELLSVILLE — For the next 19 days, the 25 students in the Wellsville A cappella Vocal Ensemble (WAVE) will rehearse every school day and even during winter break. They’ll also attempt to raise funds to get ready for an international competition.
    Along with practicing its singing and honing its dance moves, WAVE still has about $3,500 to raise to cover the cost of the competition, hotel accommodations and the school bus it is taking for the trip. Cody Hampton, choral director, said the cost covers breakfast at the hotel, but not food at the competition or during the seven-hour trip.
    To raise the funds needed for the trip, the students have been sponsoring fundraisers and taking donations. After last weekend’s door-to-door candy sale, they still have some candy left to sell. Call the school at 596-2188 to purchase candy.
    At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, WAVE will perform as part of a pop concert in the high school with other musical groups. Donations will be accepted.
    At 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center there will be a Night With WAVE. Tickets are $5 at the door and donations will be accepted.
    Under Hampton’s leadership, the group is taking a more active role toward competition and preparing for the semifinals of the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA)?in Centerville, Ohio, near Dayton.
    “I feel competition is what makes a group strive to be better,” said Hampton, who performed with an a cappella group in international competitions when he was in college. He said there was already a vocal ensemble in place when he came to the Wellsville Central School District, but he decided to make it into an a cappella group or a group which works with no musical accompaniment. Over the last two years, he has built WAVE.
    “Last September, when we held auditions for the group we had more than 60 students audition,” he said. Hampton said that is why he is not afraid that six members of the group will be graduating in June. Currently, there are three middle school students singing with the high school students in the group and a middle school “feeder” system is in place for the future of WAVE.
    “We’ll be losing some leadership, but I’m sure other members will step up,” he said.
    On March 1, WAVE will compete in the semifinals in the Ohio Valley Division of the ICHSA competition. It will perform three compositions containing parts of several different songs which Hampton has arranged. Not only will WAVE perform, the members will also have to dance to the music.
    Dance instructor Heidi Mangels has been helping group members with choreography and their movements.
    Hampton said the group’s choreography is just as important as its singing. “I’d say they rank about half-and-half when it comes to points in the competition,” he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The songs the group will be performing are different from the songs it video taped in October to gain entrance to the competition. The group will perform a combination of “Carry On Wayward Son,” “Small Dreams,” “Rolling In The Deep,” I’m Yours” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The second set includes, “Say Something” and the third set includes “Soul Man” and “Forget You.”
    There are 10 semifinal competitions across the country. Should WAVE win in the semifinals, in which it will compete against nine other schools, the group will travel to New York City in April for the finals.
    Hampton said the winners of the finals are featured on an album with the very best tracks from the winning groups.
    “Being selected to appear on this album has become a valuable mark of accomplishment in the a cappella community,” according to the ICHSA.
    The students performing in WAVE are: Sopranos — Kristen Brady, Kaitlyn Anderson, Jenilin Stanton, Bridget Christman, Emily Tomak, Amanda Llaneta and Bella Steadman; Altos — Bailey Morse, Shannon Migliore, Emily Willard, Sierra Stoll, Alyssa Smith, Brittany Childs and Caitlin Whitfield; Tenors — Neil Stanton, Jacob Cunningham, Jesse Beaton, Sinan Qadri, Drew Stonemetz, Brandon Masterson, Alex Clossan; and Drew Burt, Brandon Jones, Phillip Jones, and Jimmy Dixon sing bass.

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