Music Showcase Gets Ready To Present by Kathy L. Collins

November 27th, 2013

Music Showcase will present its Annual Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. There will be over 60 vendors on hand selling their unique and one-of-a-kind homemade jewelry, make up, clothing, food and more. This is a perfect opportunity to pick up some holiday gifts for that someone special.

The Annual Christmas Festival features live music inside the auditorium. The music is performed by Music Showcase students. On the patio outside, there will be performances by a number of groups from local schools and the community. Some of the groups that will perform include students from Seffner Christian Academy and Dowdell High School. Students from groups such as Leonard’s Dance Academy will perform as well.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be a kids’ zone full of activities such as a bounce house, crafts, face painting and much more. Deborah Evans, Director of Promotions and Marketing for Music Showcase and FAOPA said, “This is our eighth year of putting on the festival. It’s a great community event because it is an opportunity for our students to celebrate the season and perform on stage. It is also a wonderful opportunity for local crafters to showcase their artwork and wares. It is also an excellent time for the public to enjoy a good time with music, food, Santa, shopping and other activities. Parking and the entertainment is free.”

Vendors can contact Debbie Evans at for information on availability and prices for 10X10 booths at the festival.

Music Showcase has been serving the community since 1996. It offers quality instruments, printed music and more. A variety of highly talented music teachers offer quality instruction. Through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA), they offer musical theatre, show choir and more. To become a vendor, or for more information on this event and other events at Music Showcase, please visit or call 685-5998.

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Tampa Children’s Expo

March 27th, 2013

Music Showcase and FAOPA street team was a vendor at the Tampa Children’s Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds on March 23.

Early Music Education May Enhance Life-Long Brain Development

February 18th, 2013

If you played the recorder in first grade, you should thank your parents and music teacher now. A study conducted by researchers at Concordia University in Canada, the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and McGill University in Canada found that musical training during early childhood helps create brain changes that can last for a person’s whole life.
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Students Performance Around Town

February 18th, 2013

The Hunt Acoustic Project. On guitar and vocals is Seve Measter, cello is Tegan Galadriel, violin is Erika Chinander, and Brit Martin on cello. Robert Hunt is the instructor.
Performing at a dinner for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on 2-1-13. Left to right is Seve Meastes (guitar/vocals), Tegan Galadriel Pennington (cello), Erika Chinander (violin), Brit Martin (cello) and Robert Hunt (teacher at Music Showcase)

Performing at a dinner for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on 2-1-13

Performing at a dinner for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on 2-1-13

Performing at New Years Eve Show

Performing at Kids Fair at the State Fairgrounds

Star Student – Music Showcase Student To Sing on Stage Across US and Canada

February 10th, 2013

Julian SilvaJulian SilvaBravo to Julian Silva! The Music Showcase student is preparing to tour with a musical theatre company that will perform across the country and in Canada. 9-year-old Julian Silva of Plant City will be playing the role of Gavroche in the musical “Les Miserables” with NETworks Presentations. Silva will leave February 9 to rehearse with the group and then will take to the stage for the first time at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on March 5-10th. The tour will also be performing in Canada in the summer.

Silva stared singing opera at the age of 5 and then started taking singing lessons at Music Showcase in Brandon in 2009. The following year, he played Aladdin in the production of “Aladdin KIDS” with the Florida Academy of the Performing Arts at Music Showcase. He then took on the roles of Mushu in “Mulan,” White rabbit in “Alice In Wonderland,” and sang with the Academy’s GLEE showchoir. Theatre Director Joy Rogers says she knew from the beginning that Silva was talented. “His singing voice was outstanding and he had a fabulous stage presence.” He also represented the Academy several times when singing the National Anthem before sports games at USF. Silva won Novemberfest Idol at Nativity Catholic Church in 2010 and was an acting finalist and overall child singer winner this month at the Actors, Model, and Talent for Christ Sine Winter Contest.

You can check out some of Silva’s performances on Youtube like singing Amazing Grace at the National Day of Prayer at Yankee Stadium in Tampa last May and playing a modern day drummer boy in a Christmas production at the Crossing Church in Tampa.

Star Student

Showcase Players, Director Remember Zachary Douglas McCarthy

February 3rd, 2013

Showcase Players, Director Remember Zachary Douglas McCarthy
Wristbands and a program tribute are ways the Showcase Players from Music Showcase in Brandon are remembering Zachary Douglas McCarthy, the 16-year-old voice student from Bloomingdale who died in a car accident Jan. 2.

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Showcase Players Director Helps Students Shine On Stage and Off

February 3rd, 2013

Showcase Players Director Helps Students Shine On Stage and Off
Miguel Oquendo talked about his role as a music educator and musical theater director after the Jan. 26 performance of “Parade,” staged by the Showcase Players from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, in residence at Music Showcase in Brandon.

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Showcase Players On Stage With ‘Parade’ at the James McCabe Theater

February 3rd, 2013

Showcase Players On Stage With ‘Parade’ at the James McCabe Theater
In residence at Music Showcase in Brandon, the Showcase Players, through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, is on stage this month and next with “Parade” at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.

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Christmas Festival 2012 Photos

December 12th, 2012

Thank you for making the
Christmas Festival such a blast!

See the photo gallery.

Thank you to our Breast Cancer Sponsors.

November 16th, 2012

Thank you to all our 2012 Breast Cancer Sponsors.

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