9 local students chosen as finalists in the Gamble Rogers Music Festival youth competition

April 26, 2016

Showcase set for April 30 at the Colonial Quarter  

St. Augustine, FL — Nine local students will be a part of the Youth Music Competition and showcase on April 30 during The Gamble Rogers Music Festival at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., downtown St. Augustine.

The finalists include members of the band Good Puppy: Kalysta Kee, Dominic Wagonner, Brennan Powell, and Evan Elfersy. Individual finalists are Shayla Nelson, Jesse Cisco, Davis Loose, Aubri Soliel, and Liam Jones. View the entertainment schedule below, and learn where the students go to school and their talents.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of professional musicians who reviewed videos submitted by the students. Local musician Jim Springfield organized the youth competition. Springfield is a retired Assistant Superintendent of Schools in St. Johns County and former principal of Gamble Rogers Middle School. He is one of the original producers of the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival.

The winner will receive $100 and a one-hour consultation session with Lucio Rubino, a local music producer and owner of the Fish Tank Recording Studio here in St. Augustine. Rubino is best known as the lead singer of StorySide B. He also has performed with local and national bands throughout his career.

The 21st annual Gamble Rogers Musical Festival is April 29-May 1 at the Colonial Quarter, featuring four stages of music, workshops and storytelling. Go to www.gamblerogersfest.org

YOUTH COMPETITION SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, April 30

 1:00 - 1:18  Good Puppy :   A band formed from several Middle Schools

                            Kalysta Kee - Murray Middle School

                           Dominic Wagonner - Gamble Rogers Middle School

                           Brennan Powell - The Academy 

                           Evan Elfersy - Home-schooled                               

1:20 - 1:38  Shayla Nelson :  Vocalist from Murray M.S.

1:40 - 1:58  Jesse Cisco :     A guitarist from Creekside

2:00 - 2:18  Davis Loose : A country guitarist and vocalist from Sebastian

2:20 - 2:38  Aubri Soliel :   A guitar player and vocalist from Pacetti Bay Middle

2:40 - 2:58  Liam Jones :  A banjo player and singer/ Home Schooled