'All About the Beat'

The lineup
Soundwave: Stephanie Belk, Meredith Beeman, Lyndie Bishop, Carlee Bryant, Megan Burns, Ginger Evans, Allison Ferris, Lindsay Goodson, Emily Haadsma, Leah Hand, Mary Henson, Marilyn Hill, Julie Hurst, Jennifer Ingram, Mary Jones, Tyler Kellum, Shannon Lawson, Meredith Lee, Kate Lezon, Rachael Lezon, Laura Loftin, Samantha Lust, Rachel Macklin, Molly Maynard, Kristen McClellan, Anne Elise McIntosh, Elena McPherson, Grace Miller, Sarah Beth Moore, Chelsea Mothershed, Lindy Nesmith, Laura Otis, Lauren Purnell, Susan Ashley Richburg, Brittany Rinehart, Hilary Rogers, Lane Russell, Andrea Stamps, Mary Ashton Taylor, Michelle Vance, Lauren Waldrip, Hart Wardlaw, Jessica Walker, Katherine Wiley, Rachel Williamson, Catherine Yarber
Soundwave director: Quint Harris
Structure Combo: Jesse Berryman, Genaris Carruthers, Spencer Gray, Natalie Hopper, George Parks, Nate Roof, Crofton Sloan, Neil Sulek, Adam Whipple, Pierce Whittington, John Wikle
Structure director: Debbie Bullock

BY M. SCOTT MORRIS

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tapping feet will be required during Tupelo High School Soundwave's spring show.

“It's called All About the Beat,'” said Quint Harris, Soundwave director, “and you can't stop the beat.”

With accompaniment from THS' Structure Combo, the 46-member show choir will dance and sing its way through fast-moving songs like “Turn the Beat Around,” “We've Got the Beat,” “Rhythm of the Night,” “Beat It,” “42nd Street” and many more.

It's about an hour and a half of action that incorporates all the songs Soundwave performed to win the grand champion title at Petal High School's show choir invitational in February.

“This is the award-winning, grand champion show choir you're talking about,” Harris said. “The show will be extremely high-energy. I don't think they have any slow pieces. It's going to be jumping.”

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The 2004 Soundwave members started putting the show together in December, and the beat was always emphasized, said Sarah Beth Moore, an 18-year-old senior.

“We sort of learned it backward,” she said. “We learned the complete dance routine first, then we had to go back and learn the music.”

Her favorite number is “Turn the Beat Around,” the disco tune first performed by Vicki Sue Robinson and later covered by Gloria Estefan.

“Turn the Beat Around' is exciting and fast-moving,” Moore said.

Lauren Purnell, an 18-year-old senior, singled out “Rhythm of the Night,” which was originally performed by Debarge.

“It's just upbeat and fun,” she said, “but, really, the whole show is great.”

Soundwave's “All About the Beat” will feature special lighting effects, set pieces and more, but the most entertaining aspect of the show will be watching the 2004 Soundwave team in action.

“We've come so far since the beginning,” Purnell said. “We've really come together as a team and become like a family. I think that shows.”