BRAWLEY – The Imperial Valley Master Chorale revved up a packed crowd for Cattle Call with their fun romp through beloved western songs and cowboy antics, Sunday afternoon at the new Barbara Worth Junior High gym.
Husband and wife singing duo, Mike and Jody Cox, set the stage early by crooning â€œHappy Trails.â€ Their warmth and talent welcomed all to an afternoon-delight of Valley talent and treasure.
Between Master Chorale sets, individual acts of the Blue Grass Rangers (Luke Hamby, Danny Walker, John and Betsy Lane), Debbie and Joan Thornburg, and the Mariachi Jarabe Mexicano (Tanya Gutierrez and Mario Eguia) entertained with their diverse talent that included Gospels, and an incredibly talented Tanya Gutierrez singing, â€œBeso Mi Mucho.â€
Stealing the show was the cousin duet of Trina Hamby and Mark Hamby in the comedic rendition of â€œYouâ€™re the Reason Our Kids are Uglyâ€ tickling the funny bone of the amused crowd.
Not to be outdone by the adults, the Walker Family Singers, composed of father Danny Walker on guitar, singing daughters, Clara, 9, also on violin, and Emma, 9, and Grace, 7, singing â€œIn the Highwaysâ€ and â€œAmazing Graceâ€. Emma Walker recently won a national singing contest to perform the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo at Las Vegas this December.
A non-musical number featured a loose, escaped bull (Carson Brandt) chased by a herd of bullfighting clowns, Jake and Levi Leavitt, Rane, Jacey and Kade Reeves, Amaris Rothfleisch and cowgirl Brooklyn Blackstone, all knee-high to the towering black angus. The bull was finally subdued when the â€œfamousâ€ bull-rider, Trenton Blackstone, hopped atop the bovine for the full eight seconds of rodeo excitement.
The western musical affair ended as it had started with Happy Trails to You, but as the rodeo ends every year, so did the last song, with all of the actors, riders, singers, musicians, and audience partaking in the western blessing of happy riding.
Luke Hamby accompanied many songs playing the fiddle, piano accompanist, Donna Marlin, kept the toe-tappinâ€™ beat moving, and director Denny Lang masterminded the overall performance.