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									MENTOR HIGH SCHOOL TOP 25

The Top 25 is a select group of students from the Vocal Music Department at Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio. The singers
are chosen for their singing and performance ability. They present a program of show tunes, popular music, and contemporary
songs. The Top 25 presents its varied style of music with staging routines. The show is a continuous series of music
supplemented by synthesizer and drums.

Presently in its thirtieth year of performing, The Top 25 has become a popular entity in the northeastern section of Ohio. The
singers present programs for clubs, banquets, church organizations, conventions, and schools.

The Mentor Top 25 inaugurated its touring schedule in the spring of 1973 when the group was invited to Washington, D.C.,
where they performed at a party honoring Don Shula, for the National Press Club, on the steps of the Capitol, and at the
Soldiers and Sailors Home. In 1975, the group was selected as the performing group for the International Kiwanis Convention
held in Atlanta, Georgia. In the summer of 1980, Mentor's Top 25 participated in the International Hawaiian Festival. They
traveled to the East coast of the United States in 1982 presenting shows in Philadelphia, Washington, DC., Florida, and
Georgia. While touring California and Arizona during 1986, Top 25 sang for Navy personnel in San Diego, tourists at
Disneyland, Knottsberry Farm, The Queen Mary, Grand Canyon, and a final performance for over a thousand senior citizens in
Sun City, Arizona. The Colorado Rockies were the scene of the 1993 tour.

The Top 25 was a regular performing group for the Variety Club Telethon on Channel WUAB in Cleveland. In 1975, the Top 25
was awarded first place for their commercial arrangement of the Savings and Loan tune which was then broadcast allover
northern Ohio. The singers presented a learning session at the State Convention of the American Choral Director Association
in 1976. The Top 25 was selected to perform in1977 and1985 for the Ohio Music Educators' Convention. The group has also
presented shows in 1977 and.1979 for the late Fred Waring and the Waring Summer Workshops. The Mentor Top 25 was
honored in May, 1993 by the Mentor Chamber of Commerce as "The Organization of the Year".This season, the group has
performed at the State Theater in Cleveland with Barry Manilow and with the holiday performance, "Colors of Christmas",

In the summer of 1977, the group traveled to Mexico where they participated in an International Music Festival. While in Mexico,
the singers performed in Joiutla, Oaxtepec Theater, The National Cathedral, and The National Art Gallery. The final
performance was in Chapultepec Park, where the young singers entertained over 7,000 enthusiastic Mexican listeners. In 1984
and 1987, the Top 25 traveled to Canada performing in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec. Mentor Top 25 were featured
performers at British Columbia's
Music '91.

Continuing international tours, the Top 25 has traveled to Europe during the summers of 1978,1981,1990, and 1994 where
they have performed in England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Ger- many. The Scandinavian people of
Denmark, Sweden, and Norway honored the Top 25 on their 1983 tour with large, enthusiastic crowds. The group toured the
southern portion of England in 1985 and were honored to present a program for the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and his honored
guests. The singers also performed on the BBC radio shows originating from Bristol and presented a program in Royal Festival
Hall in London. Once again, Mentor's ambassadors traveled to Scandinavia during June, 1988 where they spent the major part
of their tour in Finland. A formal greeting by the Town Crier and Lord Mayor of LIandrindod Wells followed by a special program
with the Rhayader Welsh Choir and a local high school choir was a highlight of the Top 25 1989 tour to Wales and southern
England. In June of 1992, the group was invited to perform for Floriade, a world wide horticulture exhibit held every ten years in
a European city.

								
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