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They got rhythm, they got music

MARIANAS High School’s Glee Club Rhythm ‘n Harmony hopes to bring out the performer in you.

Rhythm ‘n Harmony is a club whose main purpose is to advocate the meaning of music and to open doors to discovering new talent.

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According to Darren Cajipo, the club’s president, the club was started in October 2010 from the interest of the MHS Chorale. The students wanted to broaden their musical choices to include more Broadway and secular and more modern songs.

The club has performed in various competitions on and off island. The group competed in the Tumon Bay Music Festival in Guam and brought home the prestigious Sweepstakes Trophy two years in a row. They have also performed in the 2011 Thespian Festival at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska and placed second among 26 competing musical groups. They have also performed in the CNMI’s Got Talent sponsored by Bridge Capital.

They have also performed in mini thespian competitions held on Saipan and regional competition in Nebraska. They have gone to Nebraska 3 times already.

The 12 members of Rhythm N’ Harmony who joined the competition were Mary Grace Barro, Nikki Canape, Kelly Demapan, Mariel Ferrer, Gemmilie Anne Eugenio, Rosemarie Ann Liangco Jennela Nelmida, Darren Cajipo, Mark Chester Gonzales, Matthew Lopez, Patrick Duffie Llaban, and Rolando Sangalang.

According to one member of the group, “The experience was fulfilling. It was a stepping stone for music careers. On the campus, there were 5,000 competitors and there was many educational learning and workshops and self-learning.”

The club recruits new members by setting up auditions and posting fliers on social media and around the school. The club also goes around finding new talent through jam sessions which are open to anyone who is interested.

The club holds concerts to fundraise for their trip and anything in general. Members also perform free at public events like the Taste of the Marianas and the Flame Tree Arts Festival. They also go to the police station and sing to the officers. They also put on plays that are open to the public and are free.

According to Cajipo, the club is now working on getting involved in the adopt a beach project, which promotes clean beaches.