This past Saturday, February 7th, WHS’s very own Encore and Diamonds traveled to Albertville High School to compete in day two of the Albertville Diamond Classic, where they competed against schools from across Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and even Virginia. Although this was their first year competing, under the talented instruction of our new director, Mr. Garrett Lindsey, and through countless hours of rigorous training, both groups achieved excellence in their performances and represented Walker High School with pride. While neither groups placed, they both performed to the very best of their abilities, even causing one long-time choir consultant to say that Encore was the best first-year group he had ever seen.
As president of Encore I’m biased, but as far as sharpness of choreography and quality of tone is concerned, we performed as well as any of the long-running, well-funded groups from schools two or three times our size. With the on-stage props, theatrics and talent pools of some other choirs, what WHS did Saturday could be compared to a rookie boxer going two rounds with Muhammad Ali. The trip was less about the trophies and more about the experience, so that future generations of Encore and Diamonds will know what to expect out of the competition and out of themselves. If Walker’s choirs continue to improve at the rate they did this year, Mr. Lindsey will soon put WHS on the map. I look forward to visiting Jasper in the future and seeing what a spectacular program it has become.
By: Luke Johnson