Bring Your Game
was the first annual inter-school talent show, held on April 17, 2012! Branksome Hall, York School and Greenwood College School battled it out on stage in a fight to be crowned the first winner of "BYG."
Each of the schools submitted their top three acts to perform in front of a live audience and a panel of esteemed judges
. We had a packed-out audience and all the ticket proceeds went to Camp Oochigeas
, a camp for kids with cancer. By the end of the evening, everyone had enjoyed a great time
and we raised a lot of money.
Here are our three acts!Scotty Sussman '15 and Jordyn Browne '15
A beautiful smile, gorgeous red hair and a voice like no other - Jordyn Browne '15 is Greenwood's very own Florence Welch (who needs the machine anyway?!). Jordyn is no stranger when it comes to performing. A musical theatre lover since age seven, Jordyn never gives up an opportunity to serenade an eager audience. Not only does she sing, but also plays the piano and the guitar.
Girl Power is yet again on the rise as Jordyn's all-girl band is still going strong after four years of jamming together. Alongside Jordyn was none other than Scotty Sussman '15. Originally a musical theatre fanatic, Scotty has starred most recently in productions of Annie, The Wizard Of Oz, Annie Get Your Gun,
and You Can't Take it With You
... (the list goes on!).
Ever since Scotty was young, he's had a passion for performing. He currently attends the theatre camp Stage Door Manor. Witty and quick on his feet, Scotty is part of Greenwood's very own improv club. They were the very first act to perform at Bring Your Game and opened with a Lady Gaga classic.Jesse Perez '13
You get up, you turn on the radio, get ready for school, and before you know it you're belting into your toothbrush as if you're James Brown (dance moves included of course). Perhaps this is an unusual scene for some, but not for Jesse Perez '13 who is actively involved in the music community at school.
He arrived in Grade 9 and has been singing sweetly and playing the piano ever since. Rooms are very rarely silenced at a vibrant school like Greenwood, but when Jesse sings, nobody talks. He's a great guy, with a big heart and big voice - oh, and his favourite food is pizza and he's a world class diver. Not much this kid can't do!
Jesse blew audiences away with his own rendition of Vienna
by Billy Joel. He was welcomed to the stage with tumultuous applause, and left with even more!Nate Daviau '15, Cole Abugov '13, Alexander Griff '13 and Jesse Perez '13
Nate Daviau '15 was Greenwood's youngest performer of the night. He often gets crowds going wild at Greenwood's Coffee House
. He most recently rocked Neil Young's Heart Of Gold
on guitar, harmonica and vocals. He's self-taught, self-motivated and super talented: watch this space!
A band is not a band without its bass player, and as far as upright bass players go, there are few and far between at high school - but not at Greenwood. This was Alexander Griff's '13 debut as a bassist at Bring Your Game.
And don't be fooled by his cool and calm manner; Greenwood's token drummer - Cole Abugov '13 - rocked out on the drums. Rumour has it John Bonham stopped him on Yonge Street and asked for his autograph!
Last but not least, Jesse Perez '13 once again tinkled the ivories that evening. With a warm, encapsulating sound and a great blend, this ensemble really has something special, and the judges thought so too.
Bring Your Game was a huge success! Hopefully each year to come it will be bigger and better than the year before!