River City Reverb, a quartet of North Iowa natives have advanced to the finals of the Bill Riley Talent Search. The foursome, made up of Tyler VanDyke of Hampton, Jeff Arians from Clear Lake, Daniel Bodtke from Riceville, and Kevin Currier from Allison all met while students in the Vocal Music program at North Iowa Area Community College.
Kevin Currier, from Allison, describes how the foursome got together. “We all met at NIACC through the choral activities and also sing together in the River City Chorus,” Currier Said. “Choosing to pursue singing has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Singing with three other awesome guys in River City Reverb has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.”
NIACC Director of Choral Activities, Jayson Ryner, said, “These guys epitomize what the choral music program at NIACC and the River City Chorus are all about. Bringing together students who love to sing, helping them develop the skills for a lifetime enjoyment of singing and giving them an outlet to keep singing.”
“A cappella music is so huge right now with college students,” Ryner added. “We have a bunch of younger guys that have come through the college singing with the River City Chorus. It is a perfect fit, the area community college and a great community ensemble working together. I really hope that people of all ages who love to sing follow the lead of these four guys and join the ensembles at NIACC, or stop by the Music Man Square on a Monday night to sing with River City.”
Tenor, Jeff Arians added, “I’m so glad I met these guys in the NIACC Singers and River City Chorus! This ride has been amazing and we can’t wait to see where this experience will take us.”
The finals of the Bill Riley Talent Show will be presented live this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Fair. The competition finals will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television beginning at 8:00 p.m.