A Little History
Hurricane High School, of Hurricane West Virginia, is nestled in Teays Valley along Interstate-64 midway between Huntington and Charleston West Virginia. With a student population of over 1000, Hurricane High is considered a West Virginia "Blue Ribbon" School of Excellence.
The Hurricane High School show choir, "Red Hot" began in 1992 under the direction of Kristin Ball. Comprised of thirty-six singer/dancers, eight musicians and two stage crew, "Red Hot" worked diligently toward recognition in the existing state and regional show choir community. Through growth, experience and determination, Hurricane "Red Hot" has shown that it can consistently compete and maintain high standards of excellence.
Under the direction of Kim Edwards, beginning in 1997, along with the choreography of Deana Boggs-McNeil, "Red Hot" first won the title of "State Show Choir Champions" in March, 1999 at the state sponsored West Virginia Music Educators Association, (WVMEA) Show Choir Festival in Martinsburg, WV.
Through the years, "Red Hot" has earned many prestigious awards at competitions in West Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana and New York. Accomplishments include 10 State Championships, numerous Grand Championships along with awards for Best Vocal Sound, Best Choreography, Best Instrumental Ensemble, Best Show Concept, Best Costumes, Best Male and Female Vocalists and Best Technical Stage Crew. "Red Hot" has also consistently received superior ratings at competitions throughout the region.
In 2008 we began the season under new leadership as Ilse Moss was named director of Red Hot along with Mitchell Finke as choreographer.
In 2010 we were pleased to welcome back a former "Red Hot" show choir member Casey Edwards as our new choreographer. And in 2011 we welcomed a new director to our "Red Hot" family by the name of Justin Wiget.
In 2012 we welcomed Kaitlin DeSpain to the Red Hot organization as our new director and Shane Gue as our choreographer. We are pleased to welcome them both to the "Red Hot" family.
In 2015 we welcomed Joseph Kincaid and his staff to the Red Hot Show Choir family. Within one year, the program has grown to a record breaking group size and grand championships. In 2016, the newly formed all girls show choir was formed, Heat Wave. Red Hot also had their most successful season ever sweeping 6 Competitions across three states (WV, OH, IN) while also wining the WV State Champoinship for the 10th time. Red Hot was ranked 6th in the nationa according to the National Show Choir Ranking System.