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BRHS singers top rival group

The Union StaffBear River High School's Starlite Express, directed by Cherry Hayes, topped a rival Enterprise High School's show pop choir in competition in Redding.
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The Starlite Express vs. Starship Enterprise.

It’s a rivalry as intense as the fiercest competition between high school football teams. Since 1989, it has pitted the show pop choir from Bear River High School against its rival from Enterprise High School at Redding.

And Bear River is celebrating after its Starlite Express won second place at RAVES, a major competition at Redding, while Enterprise High School finished third.



Bear River’s Jazz Unlimited won first-place honors at the competition, Magnolia School’s Starmakers won first place, and several individual students won honors as well.

“We’ve got rhythm, we’ve got music, we beat Starship, who could ask for anything more?” Bear River students sang as they boarded their bus for the trip home.




The show-pop group under the direction of Cherry Hayes featured a sports medley that mixed Bear River cheerleaders performing stunts, a walk-on by an 8-year-old sports fan and choreographed segments with sports equipment. The medley was choreographed by Bear River senior Haley Hanson with assistance from Cris Marston.

The Bear River Jazz Unlimited, created only four years ago, won top vocal honors under the direction of Hayes.

The group won praise from high school music director Craig Bond of St. Helena, whose groups routinely are praised as the best high school jazz choirs in the West.

He told Hayes that the group’s performance at RAVES was the best high school jazz choir performance he’d ever heard.

Magnolia’s Starmakers won first place even though the performance included music and choreography the seventh- and eighth-grade students had learned only two weeks before the RAVES show. The group is directed by Julie Jenness, with choreography assistance from Marston.

Other awards received by the Bear River and Magnolia groups included:

— Magnolia: Deportment Award (given to a choir in each division that helps inspire fun, frivolity and mutual respect) and $200.

— Alyssa Varty: Best instrumentalist of RAVES.

— Lance Travis: Second place, individual vocals.

— Lauren Baumgardner: Third place, individual vocals.

— Erin Brighting: Sound and lighting award for RAVES.


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