By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Fresh off a major victory, the Tupelo High School Jazz Singers are coming home for a performance.
Last week, the Jazz Singers took home the top prize in the Vocal Jazz category at OrlandoFest, a competition for choirs and bands.
The THS Madrigals won, too, said director Suzy White Williams.
Now the group is ready to perform hit songs that span the decades in its new show, “Spectrum.”
“It’s got some old and it’s got some very modern,” Williams said. “We’ve got ‘Autumn Leaves,’ ‘Seven Bridges Road’ and ‘Wagon Wheel,’ and then we’ve got ‘Royals’ and ‘Gone Gone Gone.’ We’re really bridging the gap. It exposes them to all kinds of jazz.”
There are plenty of surprises, said Brett-Ashleigh Brooks, a senior Jazz Singer.
“We have a wide variety of music. There’s a little dancing and a little bit of beat-boxing,” she said.
The Jazz Singers will perform with a full band, but many of the songs are a cappella.
“That’s different, and it’s a lot more difficult,” Williams said.
Last year the singers performed for only one night, but this year the group is performing for two nights due to demand.
“It’ll be a lot different than any other show THS has ever put on,” said Warner King, a junior Jazz Singer. “It’ll be awesome, and everyone should come.”
• What: Tupelo High School Jazz Singers present “Spectrum”
• When: 7 p.m. April 25-26
• Where: Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center
• Cost: $3
• Info: (662) 841-8970