Band director Chris West hosted the first annual Talent Contest at St. Regis High School this past week, and it was a fabulous success. More than 100 people were in attendance for the event. The proceeds will help send the band to the Jazz Festival in Idaho early next year.
Nadine Worley and Kathy Koepke, both of St. Regis, were selected as judges. Jim Noonan of Karaoke Express was asked to provide sound equipment and a large variety of karaoke songs for potential contestants to choose from. Jim and Larry Kelley donated their time and equipment to support the local high school.
Katie Drobny was put in the spotlight first. She started off the evening with a solo flute performance. Many other acts were to follow, including a performance by Brandon Managhan, with backup from his dad Kevin, singing Long Black Train. Brandon placed second in the evening's events. Ben Jensen played the guitar and sang while his brother Jeff accompanied him on the drums. Ben and Jeff tied for third place with Leesa Owen. Leesa traveled from Norris, Montana for the contest and to visit with friends. Kevin Managhan was one of the last people to sit in the spotlight, singing Smoke Rings in the Dark. Kevin won the competition and graciously donated his winnings back to the band department.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the evening's events. Chris West, who also participated, was pleased with the turnout and hopes to host a spring event.