Back in 1982, a group of young British reggae musicians took the airwaves by storm with the catchy ‘Pass the Dutchie.’
Since 1997, Madison County Arts Council has put this area’s musical youth on display with the Young Artist Showcase.
The 21st installment of the program will take place on Sunday, Jan. 29, as MCAC presents an opportunity for the youth of the area to display their vocal and instrumental talents. The free event will take place beginning at 3 p.m. at West Jefferson High School.
Recommendations for acts were solicited from all of the high school music professionals in Madison County. The event is purposely scheduled for this time of year as several of the students competed last weekend in the state’s solo and ensemble competition. A number of the students performing Sunday earned superior ratings from the judges.
Among the instrumentalists are Julie Adkins (Euphonium), Nathan Adkins (Trombone) Emily Bennett (Clarinet), John Bollinger (French Horn), Andrew Brand (Saxophone), Rebecca Breen (Flute), Dean Harris (Piano) and Ben Treynor (Piano). Additionally, three groups will be playing — a Flute Trio (Nicole Evans, Julie Romanov, and Madison Whitt), a Saxophone Trio (Jonny Evans, Brianna Mullins and Ben Osborne), and a Clarinet Choir (Rachel Brown, Merrick Crawford, Jessica Foster, Cameron Glisson, Katelyn Hogsten, Viktoriyah Hoydash, Celina Jeffers, Taylor Keckley, Brianna Mullins, Kaylee Stickel and Katie White).
Patrick Krischak will be performing a song he wrote, while accompanying himself on guitar. Other students performing vocal solos or duets are Nathan Adkins, Nicole Evans, Aaron Gates, Luke Peart, Ruth Peart, Autumn Sammons, Loraine Stone and Hobbes Treynor.
A female vocal sextet of Meghan Baker, Savanah Garverick, Sarah George, Melanie Green, Maddie Martinez and Ruth Peart will also be singing.
Student Aaron Gates will be serving as the emcee for the afternoon.
The Young Artist Showcase was MCAC’s very first event in August 1997.