Bands Battle For Bucks<br>“Concert” Funds Aide Winslow Family
“Famous” bands flooded the stage of Winslow High School’s Auditorium at Monday’s Battle of the Bands, which was hosted by Thomas Jefferson Elementary.
First to take the stage were The Askerrs. The performance spotlights the dancing of Jarvis and Earlene Kerr.
The next performance was by the teen favorite “boy” band N’Stync. The band, featuring Betsy Pollard, Andrea Willingham, Heather Fallaha, Carol Gilliam and Debra Lopez, performed their chart topping Pop, complete with their famous dance steps.
H2O, the pop performers, performed their single I’m a Barbie Girl. The performance included life-sized Barbie (Chris Langemo) and Ken (Teri Bumgarner). Also included in the performance were two “young” girls, Kim Gonzales and Gail Tsosie, playing dolls.
Next to take the stage was The Jefferson 5, Kari Lopez, Sharon Vasquez, Tisha Langston, Desiree Bengson, and Felicia Gomez, who performed their hit ABC-123.
The Ponies took the stage next and performed Sugar, Honey, Honey. The group consists of Theresa Pacheco, Faye Dorame, Michelle Gomez, Pam Brinkley, Jane Lopez, Loretta Chischilly, and Linda Coin.
The Arizona Satellites, who were made up by Abstinence Only Instructors Stacy and Alicia Brankel, performed the hit Keep You Hands To Yourself.
The Buzzards, made up of Jarvis and Earlene Kerr, Karen Smith and Monika Bratt, got the audience involved by using hand motions to songs like Takin’ It Easy and Coming To America.
Taking a break from their Las Vegas show, Sunny and Share made a stop in Winslow. The pair, with William Newman playing Share and Pam Brinkley taking the part of Sunny, were in perfect form with their usual jabs and jokes at each other’s expense.
The Star Dusters performed the hit Sugar Pie, Honey Bun. The group is made up Linda McKinney, Dodie Sickler, Desiree Bengson, and Jane Lopez.
The Taco Supremes performed their hit Stop, In The Name of Love. Lead signer Felicia Gilbert fronted her usual back-up singers, Kathy Rostedt, Brenda Mitchell, and Kristie Corum.
The Mustang Posse, which was made up of front-man Troy McReynolds and his dancers, Danielle Alvarado, Katie Howsden, Haley Brooks, Sasha Gheiler and Brianda Vargas, showed off a variety of the dance moves to hits like The Hustle, Ice, Ice Baby, and Can’t Touch This.
The last pair to take the stage were Danny and Sandy from the movie Grease, played by Sharon Vasquez and Tisha Langston (respectively). They performed their famous song You’re The One That I Want.
The last performance of the evening had all of those involved with the show leading the audience in the Funky Chicken dance.
Anita Henling served as MC of the event. All of the performers were either Thomas Jefferson Elementary teachers or students.
The proceeds from the “concert” went to help defray medical expenses for the family of Angela Guzman, a Winslow resident. The Battle of the Bands took in $900 for the family.
Teachers and students have done other fundraisers for the family. An inside yard sale was held and Thomas Jefferson T-shirts and license plates were sold to raise money.
The efforts of the school, including the concert, have raised a total of $3,000 since the school year began.