Club Spotlight: Fusion

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Ben Horton

Fusion performing at Marcus Idol, this past September.

Alex Helm, Writer

These wings were made to fly….”

The last note resonates throughout the auditorium. On the stage, the 16 Fusion singers stand smiling after just finishing another performance.

Fusion is the girls a cappella group led by choir director Wesley Davis. He arranges all the music into four or five parts and the girls sing without any piano or music tracks to support them, just each others’ voices. The girls usually sing contemporary pop songs, like their most recent rendition of “Wings” by Little Mix.

“It’s a very different style of music,” junior Haley Sutherland said. “It’s not like choral music at all.”

The group is a lot smaller than the larger choirs, and singers have to audition to be able to be a part of the group. It also requires singers to learn a cappella singing and vocal percussion skills, as well as to be more in tune and confident with their abilities since a cappellas are so small

“You still have to hear each other and listen to each other, but it’s more soloistic,” junior Caroline Piper said.

The girls perform at community events and at school events like Mr. Marcus and the Marquette show. But on March 1 they travelled to College Station to perform in the International Competition for High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Southwest Semi-final contest.

“It’s basically like what they do in Pitch Perfect, except at high school level,” Piper said. “It was a super fun experience because we got to see what other schools’ show choirs are like and the different variations they do on certain songs.”

It was the group’s first contest to perform in, and they earned third place.
“That was really cool since it was our first time to compete,” Sutherland said.

Fusion will be having their first concert this year on May 16. They will perform several songs and sets that they’ve been practicing over since the fall.

“It’s really cool getting to be a part of something like this because it’s so different from all the other things we do in choir,” Sutherland said. “It’s just a really good learning experience.”