When I was interviewed for Burbank High’s Centennial book by one of its current students, she mentioned its outstanding choir program. At the time of that conversation, I didn’t know that Burbank High’s choral program had become a show choir. In fact, if you go to the Wikipedia article about Burbank High, you’ll find that the program was nationally ranked as number one in the country for 2009 and 2010.
Let’s back up a little. Some of you may not know what the term “show choir” is, but if you have ever watched the television program, “Glee,” then you’ve seen a show choir in action. A show choir combines singing with dance movements. And some think Burbank High’s Glee Club served as inspiration for the hit television show.
Burbank High has several show choirs: In Sync (advanced mixed) , Impressions (advanced women’s), Sound Dogs (advanced men), Out of the Blue (intermediate mixed) and Sapphire (intermediate women’s).
Here’s a promo for a program which brought together Burbank and Burroughs High Schools’ show choirs in concert at the Starlight Bowl, last June 11th, 2011.
You may also be interested in this article titled “Burbank High Glee Club at Risk of Budget Cuts,” from KTLA News which has a video clip about the show choir program and budget shortfall.