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Burroughs High Pop Show 41 Wows Audiences Yet Again

The John Burroughs High School annual Pop Show is always a must-see for the community at large and Pop Show 41 was no different. Showcasing the JBHS Vocal Music Association’s student show choirs, Pop Show 41: Eye to Eye also highlighted individuals, small groups and Dance Ensemble as well as student musicians and the Tech Crew program.

With four performances over three days – Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, the nearly 300 students in the VMA, supported by a cadre of parent, community and student volunteers, brought their best to the JBHS auditorium stage.

Decibelles perform at Pop Show 41. (Photo By Ross A Benson)

Directed by choir teacher Brendan Jennings, with Artistic Direction by Jen Oundjian, the show choirs were choreographed by Shannon Ary, Ashley Borgese, Emily Depauw, Jerel Dionisio, Laura Dobbin, Erik Hall, Corey Hidalgo, Dominic Matas, Oundjian, Amanda Richardson and Jen Stanley.

Sound design and technical direction were led by teacher Jon King. The live backing band, a mix of talented high school musicians and a few professionals, was led by Assistant Music Director and Accompanist Dan Scoville.

Decibelles show choir imagined what life would be like in a post-Hunger Games society.  With the bright lights of Hollywood as a backdrop, Sound Waves’ set followed the story of a young dreamer trying to make it in show business.

Sound Sensations shared their Bonnie & Clyde set at Pop Show 41. (Photo By Ross A Benson)

Advanced women’s choir Sound Sensations told the Bonnie & Clyde mythos from Bonnie’s perspective. Men At Work brought a comedic battle of the burger chains to the Burroughs High stage.

And Powerhouse, the advanced mixed choir, wove a tale of a dark and slightly demented circus and its denizens, highlighted through some very engaging characters.

A cappella groups Muses (young women from Sound Sensations) and Vocal Ensemble (mixed group from Powerhouse) also performed some fun arrangements of popular songs.

Men At Work took the battle of the burger chains to a new level at Pop Show 41. (Photo By Ross A Benson)

In between the show choir productions, individual students and small ensembles shared a mix of popular songs.

“I’m very proud of my students and all of the hard work they poured into this show,” commented Jennings. “On top of the award-winning work they’ve done on their show choir competition sets, they have been very successful arranging, choreographing and performing their own pieces in this magical show.”

“We are thankful to our community for coming out and showing our students so much support!

For more information on the Burroughs High choir program visit jbhsvms.com. The final concert of the 2019-20 school year will be the annual Spring Concert on Thursday, May 14.

Burbank, Burroughs High School Choirs And Bands Promote Music Is Instrumental Concert

Hundreds of instrumental and vocal music students from Burbank and John Burroughs High Schools filled the Burbank Town Center Mall on Wednesday afternoon, December 18, to promote their upcoming collaborative Music Is Instrumental concert to be held on January 11.

The Burbank Police Department also collected new, unwrapped toy donations for local needy children as the high school students played and sang carols and holiday songs.

Hundreds of instrumental and vocal music students at Burbank and John Burroughs High Schools held an impromptu concert at the Burbank Town Center Mall to promote their upcoming collaborative Music Is Instrumental concert on January 11. (Photo By Ross A Benson)

Although the students were in the midst of semester finals, they took some time to spread holiday cheer and pass out flyers with information about the upcoming fundraising concert that features performances by both high schools’ advanced bands and choirs, along with a collaborative performance with music mentors from the Musicians at Play Foundation.

High school brass players jazz up the patio at the Burbank Town Center Hall during the promotional performance for the upcoming Music Is Instrumental concert. (Photo By Ross A Benson)

The January 11 concert, A Far Off Place, is the third annual benefit concert put on with Musicians at Play. The concert will be held at Burroughs High and the Burbank Unified School District All Symphonic Band and Choir will be conducted by internationally-recognized Anthony Parnther.

A police vehicle was stuffed with toys collected by the Burbank Police Department at the Burbank Town Center Mall. (Photo By Ross A Benson)

All proceeds from the show will go to the instrumental and vocal music programs at Burbank and Burroughs High Schools.

Last year, the high schools also put on a flash mob and toy drive at the Town Center Mall to promote the annual fundraising concert.

More information on the January 11 Music Is Instrumental concert, A Far Off Place, can be found online here.


Burroughs’ Pop Show 40 Aims High With “Change The World”

For the past 40 years, the annual Pop Show presented by John Burroughs High School choir students has been one of the most popular performances for the students and the Burbank community. Pop Show 40: Change The World is no different, showcasing some of the school’s best talent from solo and small groups to big performances by the several show choirs.

A cappella groups and the choir’s Dance Ensemble also perform. Students in Tech Crew class manage the stage and run the lights and sound for the shows.

(Photo By Ross Benson)

The JBHS VMA presents four shows in total from Friday, February 22, through Sunday, February 24, in the school auditorium.

“It’s amazing that the Pop Show tradition has not only lasted, but grown and grown over the past 40 years,” commented Burroughs choir director Brendan Jennings.

“We are so grateful to all of the alumni, parents and community members that have built the legacy which my students now strive to build upon. The talent is jaw-dropping… I’m so excited for everyone to see the show!”

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Tickets prices vary: $30 for orchestra level assigned seating, and general admission for the balcony is $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

Tickets are available for the three remaining shows – Saturday, February 23, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. They can be purchased in advance here or at the box office ahead of the opening curtain.

(Photo By Ross Benson)

John Burroughs High School is located at 1920 W. Clark Avenue in Burbank. More information on the JBHS VMA can be found here.


JBHS VMA “Project Listen” Benefits Teen Line

John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association presents “Project Listen,” a concert to benefit Teen Line on Wednesday evening, May 23.

teen line

Image Courtesy John Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association.

Teen Line is a nonprofit community-based organization that helps teenagers address their problems.

“It is our mission to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and community outreach,” states the organization.

The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free, but the JBHS VMA will be accepting donations for Teen Line’s work in the community.

John Burroughs High School Auditorium is located at 1920 W. Clark Avenue in Burbank.

JBHS VMA Performs Pop Show Unplugged

John Burroughs High School choir members held their annual Pop Show Unplugged on Saturday, January 20, at The Colony Theatre.

The program of more than 20 songs ran for about 80 minutes. Students performed two sets that evening, featuring popular songs such as “Lemonade,” “Landslide,” “Misbehavin'” and “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.”

pop show unplugged

Photo By Ross A. Benson


“Pop Show Unplugged is one of my favorite shows of the year because it allows the students to experience a more intimate venue and casual vibe,” commented JBHS Vocal Music Director Brendan Jennings. “This type of acoustic setting is how many artists get started, so its good practice for these future professionals.”

Upcoming performances for the JBHS VMA are Pop Show #39 Can’t Stop The Feeling on March 1 -4 and the Spring Concert on May 18. More information on the Burroughs High School choir program can be found here.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Choir members will also perform alongside Drama, Play Production and Instrumental Music Program students for the annual all-school musical. This year, the production is Grease, which will run February 9-11 in the JBHS auditorium.