Norwin World Colorguard announces show, includes former “American Idol” contestant |

Norwin World Colorguard announces show, includes former “American Idol” contestant

Megan Tomasic
Brady Sanders | Tribune-Review
Norwin Colorguard is debuting their new program 'Out of my Mind' on Saturday featuring Norwin senior and former American Idol contestant Aubrey Burchell.

The Norwin World Colorguard is making their 2019 show a little more unique with the help of a former “American Idol” contestant.

The show, titled “Out of My Mind,” features Aubrey Burchell, a Norwin senior who competed in “American Idol” in March , making it to top 70 out of 300,000 contestants.

This year, the performance will tell the story of a girl sitting in a room alone, focusing on things she can’t get out of her head. Burchell, the girl, will sing her own version of Jessie J’s “Little White Room,” with members of the colorguard around her, representing the thoughts.

Members of the guard use flags, rifles and sabres, as well as dance, to represent different concepts in performances.

And for Director Heather Shrump, something to this level has never been done.

“She’s not just singing a soundtrack,” Shrump said, adding that Burchell has had the freedom to tweak the song to make it more her own.

“Aubrey has added a new level of excitement to the program,” Shrump said. “The kids are excited. It’s just a very neat experience and they say the energy on the floor is amazing.”

The guard, which travels across the country, now has to travel with a floor — a tarp that is painted or screen printed — props, a soundboard, speakers and two wireless microphones.

During performances, Burchell will sing over a guitar track her dad will record, Shrump said. On Wednesday, the trio will head to the recording studio where Burchell will record two different tracks — one that is just her dad playing the guitar and one of her singing with the guitar, which can be used if she gets sick or can’t make a performance.

This year, the 20 kids are set to travel to local Three Rivers Winter Ensemble shows as well as to Indianapolis, Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio and Dayton, Ohio to perform in Winter Guard International competitions.

And for Burchell, performing in the show is especially meaningful for her because she’ll be performing alongside her sister, Brenna.

“I get to expand my horizons as a performer, as this has definitely been been one of the most rewarding yet challenging things I’ve done in my music career thus far,” Burchell said over a Facebook message. “I really get to make my last year of high school count in the most creative, and fun way possible! I’m so thankful and grateful to be able to be apart of this!!”

Norwin will debut their show tomorrow at Jeannette High School along with other area schools. The show starts at 4 p.m. and Norwin is set to perform at 7:20 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door.

Throughout the week, Norwin announced the concepts for their other three guards. The Nowin Regional A guard will perform “Cry,” the Norwin Middle School will perform “Slumber Party” and the Nowin Little Knights will perform “Car Wash.”

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter @MeganTomasic.