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JBHS Choir Presents “Burroughs on Broadway”

On Friday, October 13th, John Burroughs High School will open their doors to present their 12th annual three-night show “Burroughs on Broadway,” showcasing the talent of award-winning choir groups, Powerhouse, Sound Sensations, Sound Waves, and Decibelles.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Each show choir will perform a mini-musical based on popular Broadway hits, including selections from Bye Bye Birdie, Rock of Ages, Wonderland, and The Secret Garden.

“What excites me most about this year’s show is watching the breakthrough performances that are happening even in rehearsal,” said Choir Director Brendan Jennings. “The students are really pushing themselves to connect with the music and subsequently the audience.”

“B.O.B.” also acts as a fundraiser for the school’s Vocal Music Association, reducing the costs of local and national competitions in which they participate throughout the year.

For the first time in the 12 years, Burroughs has hosted B.O.B., “premium reserved cabaret seats” will be offered, allowing the audience to experience Broadway-themed performances by students and other groups not associated with choir throughout the show. Reserved seating also provides attendance to a reception buffet prior to the show, with desserts and drinks during intermission.

“This year’s VIP experience is new and improved with our pre-show reception out on the plaza AND we are doing a special raffle for two orchestra seats to Hamilton,” said Jennings.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

An inspiration for the hit Fox series Glee, the advanced mixed choir, Powerhouse has been well-revered over the years as one of the country’s best competitive show choirs. Powerhouse has been featured multiple times on TV, including appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing With The Stars, and The Voice.

“Burroughs on Broadway” will have shows on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the JBHS Auditorium on 1920 West Clark Avenue. Tickets are currently available online. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Burroughs High School Vocal Music Association Crowned National Grand Champions


At the Show Choir National Finals in Chicago, both Powerhouse and Sound Sensations from John Burroughs High School were named National Grand Champions following incredible performances before an audience of 4,800 at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago. It is the first time one school has swept both divisions in the National Championship Series.

30 of the top choirs in the nation performed, all of whom qualified by finishing in the top of their divisions at 6 regional qualifying events. Awards won by John Burroughs included:

Best Tech Crew (congratulations to Jon King and his fantastic tech students!)

Best Male Soloist – Joe Leone (for his performance of “Nice Work If You Can Get It”)

Best Diction, Best Costumes, Best Female Sound (Powerhouse)

Best Vocals (Sound Sensations)

Best Choreography (Powerhouse)

Capping off an undefeated season, Sound Sensations will bring home the inaugural Women’s Show Choir Cup to JBHS. Although this is the first time the cup has been awarded, Sound Sensations has been the dominant force in women’s show choir for the past five years. Now they are the official #1 women’s group in the nation!

P1100246For Powerhouse, this is the third time they have won the National Show Choir Cup (having previously won it in 2001 and 2008). JBHS is the first school to bring home this honor three times. Powerhouse defeated last year’s champions (Wheaton Warrenville HS, from Illinois) at a competition earlier this season. The students of Powerhouse are proud to represent the City of Burbank and the State of California as National Champions.

If you haven’t seen this award winning shows yet, your last chance is at the JBHS Spring Concert on Thursday, May 16th at 6pm in the John Burroughs High School Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at: www.jbhsvma.com

Burbank High School’s Choirs Brings Cheer to All

Burbank High School's Award Winning In Sync Choir entertains again tonight at 7 p.m. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

If last week’s lighting of the Burbank City Hall Christmas tree was exciting and put you into the Holiday Spirit, wait until tonight!  Trek on over to The Burbank High School  and watch the Award Winning Choirs perform in their Winter Concert.  They will fill the evening with cheer and really get you into the holiday mood. . The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Woofson Auditorium.   Tickets are $10-$20.

The conert is under the direction of award winning Choir Director Brett Carroll, assisted by Donna Dandino.

To order tickets on-line, go to the Burbank High VMA web site.


Capacity Crowd Enjoys “Burroughs on Broadway”

Photso By Ross A. Benson


 Members of the John Burroughs High School’s Powerhouse, Sound Sensations, Sound Waves and Decibels, preformed “Burroughs On Broadway” Friday and Saturday evenings to capacity crowds.  Members preformed to numbers from Mary Poppins, Chicago,  Hairspray and In The Heights where students wowed the crowd and preformed to a technically stuffed show. The final performance will be on Sunday at 2:00pm and there are still tickets available. This event is one of the  Burroughs Vocal Music Association’s major fundraisers for the year.

Burroughs Choir Takes Second Place In Over-All Competition At Burbank High’s Blast

Members from John Burroughs High School's Powerhouse are awarded Second Place from Burbank High's VMA Co-Presidents Mackey Smith & Kaylee Mackey. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

This past Saturday The Burbank High School’s VMA put on ‘The Burbank Blast Show Choir Competition’, with high schools from Arcadia, Carlsbad, Diamond Bar, Gladstone, Glendora, Hart, John Burroughs, Los Alamitos, and Serrano all taking part. The events for every choir started early Saturday morning, and the final competition took place well into the wee hours of midnight.

These show choirs are the best in the country, and everyone came away with awards in several categories. The Burroughs Powerhouse walked away with 2nd Place overall, with the top Choir  from Los Alamitos. The host choir Burbank High’s InSync preformed their set but do to fairness did not compete.

Next week Burroughs puts on their  Pop Show 32 ‘I Want It All’ Feb. 24 – 27, it’s well worth anybodies money to see these fine Burbank youth perform.

Burroughs Choir performs (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

JBHS Band Makes An Appearance On Ellen Show

Showing great team spirit and a lot of hustle, the JBHS Marching Band had only one answer when the producers of the nationally syndicated Ellen Show (Ellen DeGeneres) called the JBHS Instrumental Music Association and asked if there was any way the band could perform on the show. “Yes!” was the re-sounding answer, the only catch was the question came on Wednesday afternoon and the shoot was scheduled for Thursday. With e-mail, texting, Facebook, and a few phone calls, the 100 piece marching band, the IMA Board of Directors, and some fabulous parents rallied.

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