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Music Magic 4.0 – The Final Chapter

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Music Magic 4.0 – The Final Chapter

The year 2000.  It’s said that if you’re going to go out, go out with a bang.  That sums up what Music Magic did.  Rob began developing the most ambitious idea yet: A Century Of Song.  Tireless hours of research to select, then arrange and produce memorable songs from 1901 to 2000, culminating a 2-hour extravaganza that was a smashing success.  To pull this off, the group needed to expand the lineup considerably.  Adding the vocal powerhouses of Amy Altemus, Jennifer Montgomery Vega, Brandi Rose and Vincent Todman, along with the return of Bill Culpepper and his wife Gloria, there was no doubt that this production would be the biggest ever.  Audience acclaim was clear, and Music Magic solidly nailed the performances.  Unfortunately, this would be the...

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Music Magic 3.0

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Music Magic 3.0

Again nearing the end of another decade, 1999 saw some members bow out and new members come on the scene.  Lori Schifani, with whom Rob had worked in Upstagers’ theater productions in the mid-80s while she was in high school, was back in the area and ready to hit the stage in musical variety.  Her natural exuberance was perfect for the group and her experience in dance made choreography easy.  Wesley Wilson also joined the group, having  already begun to make a name for himself in the music scene and in more recent Upstagers’ productions.  Music Magic pushed the choreographic envelope since the Tops in Blue experience of Terra and Rob was now coupled with younger performers ready to take on the challenge.  Costumes became a bit more unified in theme,...

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Music Magic 2.0 (cont’d)

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Music Magic 2.0 (cont’d)

Successful events followed, one after another, and the music was now arranged and produced in-house.  Rob and Terra and established Ceti Fox Productions complete with home studio.  This enabled Rob to produce custom arrangements of music the group performed as well as custom music for musical theater productions by The Upstagers.  Unique medleys and arrangements drove a versatility in style and range that the group had never been able to take advantage of before.  However, in spite of the success and advances, personal conflicts, challenges and setbacks would force another alteration in the lineup.

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Music Magic 2.0

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Music Magic 2.0

Two of the core members of Music Magic, Terra Winkel and Rob Wade, got married in 1989 and then moved to Maryland when Rob was transferred to the Pentagon in the Air Force.  That year saw a number of “endings”, including their participation in theater, the demise of popular Top 40 cover band Caught In The Act and, of course, Music Magic.  Fast forward six years, and we see that Rob & Terra are no longer part of the Air Force and have gradually worked their way back to Del Rio via a couple of years in San Antonio and Uvalde, Texas.  Seeing that nothing had come along to fill the niche that Music Magic filled, they started rebuilding the team.  Reconnecting with Bill Culpepper was a start.  Kathryn McWilliams burst on the scene, having a fantastic...

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Music Magic 1.9

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Music Magic 1.9

As the decade came to a close, Mitch and Debbie Goodyear moved to the east coast and Music Magic recruited new members.  Annie Van Goethem, Sylvia Gavrilov and John Ash stepped up to the challenge.  It was easy enough to add their solid vocal ability to the already proven appeal of the group, but they also had to add choreography to their tool set.  While still based almost exclusively on backing tracks, this version of the group was more thematic than previous efforts and also benefitted from some upscale costuming.  Annie, still a teenager at the time, was the youngest to ever be in the group, but showed considerable ability–which served her well as she went on to become a member of The Upstagers.  Her lead was later followed by her sisters.  This version...

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Music Magic 1.5

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Music Magic 1.5

A couple of adjustments were made to the line up in 1987 due to availability of some of the original members, with Moisanne Calderon and Jan Pressgrove stepping in.  The group began to include some “homemade” tracks, but still relied heavily on commercially available backing tracks.  Because Music Magic has flexibility–and mobility–they got calls to perform at other venues in the area.

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