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MHS Rhythm ‘N Harmony tops Tumon Bay Music Festival

MARIANAS High School’s Rhythm ‘N Harmony won the Overall Sweepstakes Award at the Tumon Bay Music Festival Final Concert on Saturday.

Rhythm ‘N Harmony student co-director Miguel Aninon said this is the group’s sixth year winning the trophy and the fourth consecutive year since 2015.

The group won the Sweepstakes Award in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and in 2013 and 2012.

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Rhythm ‘N Harmony wins Overall Sweepstakes Award at the recently-concluded Tumon Bay Music Festival. They received a gold plaque, the Sweepstakes plaque and the Sweepstakes trophy.  Contributed photoRhythm ‘N Harmony wins Overall Sweepstakes Award at the recently-concluded Tumon Bay Music Festival. They received a gold plaque, the Sweepstakes plaque and the Sweepstakes trophy. Contributed photo

The Sweepstakes Award is given to the music ensemble that receives the highest score throughout the entire festival.

“Rhythm ‘N Harmony received the highest score amongst all choirs, bands, and orchestras,” Aninon said in an interview.

He said MHS students received a total of 18 medals. Rhythm ‘N Harmony received a gold plaque, the Sweepstakes plaque, and the Sweepstakes trophy.

Aninon said they performed three songs that earned positive feedback from the judges.

He said the song in the set list included 715-Creeks by Bon Iver, which was transcribed by co-director Leonard Manuel. “Judges were moved by the emotional piece, calling it a ‘very compelling first selection’,” Aninon said.

Then, the group transitioned into “Prayer of St. Francis”, Aninon said. The song was arranged by Rhythm ‘N Harmony member Robert Delgado into a slow prayer.

“It was inspiring and very well interpreted,” Aninon quoted a judge as saying.

“For the final number, the group went all out with powerful choreography and big vocals on ‘This Is Me’ from “The Greatest Showman.” Judges criticized it for having ‘too much choreography’ but it was ‘very entertaining’ overall,” he added.

Rhythm ‘N Harmony competed with nine other choirs.

In preparation for the music festival, he said the members of Rhythm ‘N Harmony did daily three-hour long rehearsals for the entire month of February.

He said they wanted to continue the legacy made by previous director, Paul Dujua, at the Tumon Bay Music Festival. “Through the dedication and hard work of all the members, we were able to instill another powerful and inspirational performance. We are grateful for all of our achievements in TBMF and for the opportunity to continually showcase our passion for performing.”

The club is now directed by student co-directors Miguel Aninon and Leonard Manuel. Their advisor is Harold Easton.