Shows prove ‘Stafford’s Got Talent’
By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Fri., Mar. 4, 2011
The Stafford Rotary Club recently put on its second annual two-night fundraising event: “The Battle of the Bands” on Friday, Feb. 25, and “Stafford’s Got Talent” on Saturday, Feb. 26, both at Stafford High School.
The band competition drew nine entrants, while the talent show had no fewer than 20. A good crowd was on hand for both. Cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100 were awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in both contests.
The band Rude Blues, featuring Josh Scussel, Angela Piccoli, Kyle Warren, Scott Gleason and Alex Decicco, took the top prize in the band competition after performing “Had to Cry Today” by Blind Faith and “SWLABR” by Cream.
Blake Hatch and the Studio 85 Rhythm Section were the second choice of the judges for their renditions of “Further on up the Road” and “Europa.”
Riptide, featuring Phillip Turban, Mathew Proulx, Joshua Albert, Sam Usifer, Jake Kology and Ben Bugden won third place after performing “Victim” and “Live Forever.”
Fourteen-year-old Christine Goss was the first to perform in the “Stafford’s Got Talent” showcase, and her performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” was good enough to win first prize from the judges.
She was followed by 18-year-old Rachel Comarella, who played piano and sang “Dreamsong.” She took second prize, despite technical glitches which had her microphone cutting in and out.
Dominic DeFilipi was the third choice of the judges, singing “Stand by Me” while accompanying himself on the flute and tin whistle.
One of the evening’s more amusing episodes occurred during the performance of “Country Boy,” by Nick Dent and Eric Davis. The glitches this time came in the form of a cranky microphone stand that had to be abandoned. A stagehand holding a hand-held mic had to sit between the two musicians while they performed. Dent showed his poise afterward when emcee Bosco Fowler asked what he would do with the money if he won. He answered, “I’m going to Disney World!”