ETC Alumni Group “Vintage”
This edition of Alumni Spotlight will focus on the alumni group that performed at Spring Gala, “Vintage”. Vintage was a group of about 25 alumni that started practicing in April to perform at the alumni night the day before Spring Gala.
When the original idea was floated we had no idea what the reception for it would be. This was something that has been talked about multiple times over the years but never actually happened. Feelers were sent out and we got an overwhelming positive response to the inquiry. The group really started to look like a reality when we reached out to an alumnus from the earlier days, Susie Steinhauer. We really haven’t had much contact or communication with alumni pre-1995 but we wanted to get the word out. Susie posted a facebook message tagging all the alumni she knew, and it exploded from there.
The group had members spanning all the decades of ETC. The members went from 1979 all the way to alumni who graduated the last year in 2017. It really was awesome the first practice hearing the different years that everyone was in the group. You could also tell Bob Heid got a big kick out of it, as he got to see and talk to alumni from almost the entirety of ETC’s history all in one room. People came from far and wide, as one alumni came all the way from Findlay, Ohio to participate in the group.
It was decided early on that the group would perform old ETC favorites over the years. We took a poll on the facebook group and the songs we landed on were: “Varsity Drag” (from multiple years early on), “One Day More” (1997), “The Sun” (2005), and “Nothin’ But a Good Time” (2013). It was an ambitious set list but a fun one, as it spanned several decades and showcased songs from ETC’s past choreographers Andy Haines, Mike Weaver, and Tara Tober.
Thankfully the All Americans Director Bryan Detweilier, our choreographer Tara Tober, and Main Street C0-director Carolyn Bagley led the group in practices and teach the music and dance moves. Practices were hard but fun, and everyone enjoyed learning new songs and revisiting songs they had done in the past.
T-shirts were ordered for the group and the name Vintage (which seemed fitting for this group) was agreed upon.
The alumni show took place the day before Spring Gala and it really was something special. The energy of the night was so full of fun and excitement. We were able to have 8 alumni solo acts, the three ETC groups performed an extra song, and we even had a combined number of all the ETC groups and the alumni of “We Start Today”. It was then topped off by the performance by Vintage which the whole audience loved! It was an incredible night of fun and music, and everyone on the stage loved feeling that rush of performing again.
If you want to see the performance of Vintage (except the ballad), follow the link below!