St. Pius X High School was the place to be last Friday night! A talent show hosted by the St. Pius X High School Panther Band, Orchestra and Color Guard was chock full of talent and the house was rockin’!
Competing in this year’s talent show were enormously talented students who gave it their all and the judges reported they had quite a struggle as they deliberated.
The SPX Jazz Combo performed “Beaulah Witch” by Don Menza and arranged by Peter Blair; Mathilde Adams performed a French vocal solo “Derniere Danse” by Indila; Joseph Cunningham, on guitar and vocals, performed “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd; Louis Eagleton performed a vibraphone solo “In The Stillness of Twilight” by David Steinquest; Yasmin Falahat and Andrew Requena performed a vocal duet of “Seventeen” from Heathers; Gia Cabacungan performed a harp solo of “Spanish Blues” by Gail Barber; Christian Vazquez performed a Spanish vocal solo “Paloma Negro” by Jemmy Rivera; Kate Mytchak performed an original Color Guard solo to “I Feel Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor; Yramsi Barcena sang a vocal solo of “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion; and Blake Deery, on guitar and vocals, performed a solo of “Banana Pancake” by Jack Johnson.
Students Jaren Lacey and Joseph Cunningham shared master of ceremony duties with Cunningham stepping in for a little rhythm guitar with the Gray Falls band during the judges’ deliberation.
The much-anticipated feature performance by Gray Falls not only entertained the audience, but they brought down the house! Gray Falls (formally called Zegovia) is led by former SPX students Seth and Matt Mireles. The Mireles brothers and band members Cole Statx and Jaylon Lexing performed a mix of inspired original music and cover songs. This young and oh-so-talented band has been called “lightning in a bottle” — you should definitely keep an eye on these area youngsters. Check out their website (grayfalls.com) and listen to them on Spotify! (Just sayin’ … remember the sisters who grew up in Houston, Beyonce and Solange Knowles, who sang and were managed by their parents? Look out America! Gray Falls is coming!)
Winner of the 2020 St. Pius X High School Talent Show was Gia Cabacungan and her beautiful harp solo. Second place was Kate Mytchak and her original color huard solo. There was a tie for third place between Blake Deery with his guitar and vocal rendition of “Banana Pancake” and Joseph Cunningham with his guitar and vocal performance of “Wish You Were Here.”
Robert Carlin, band director at SPX, auditions for the talent show in November each year and announces the 10 winning acts in December before everyone leaves for winter break. Once back at school in January, Carlin and John Magalhaes, who also handles sound and lighting for the show, rehearse the acts and prepare for the show.
The talent show raises much-needed funds for repairs and accessory items for the Panther Band, orchestra and color guard. Additionally, the group donates 10 percent of its proceeds each year to a charity. This year, 10 percent of the proceeds of this show will be donated to WIRES: Wildlife Rescue-New South Wales.
SPX would like to thank the judges for the evening – Laura Branch Mireles (former producer of KHOU’s Great Day Houston and mother of Matt and Seth Mireles of Gray Falls), Adam Clay (SPX alumnus and founder and director of Houston New Arts Movement) and Sherrie Dunn (former speech/drama teacher in Cy-Fair ISD and producer of numerous talent shows, plays and other productions).
The students and Mr. Carlin would also like to send a warm thank you to band mom Margaret Sheffield for her support.