Thank you to all our performers, you were fabulous! Here’s the whole show if you missed it or want to watch it again.
Veritus Miller, Jazz – 1st place winner
Pianist and drummer Veritus Miller was born in Hollywood and raised in Inglewood and Redlands. He began playing piano in the classical style but has transitioned into a broader variety of music like Jazz and R&B. The drum set is his first instrument. He is a three-time NAACP ACT-SO national competitor and currently alternates between Piano and Drums for the Citrus Valley High School Jazz Band. Although he has mostly progressed without a private or regular teacher, he has received a full tuition scholarship to the distinguished Berklee College of Music in Boston and hopes to study jazz composition and hone his skills. Next year Veritus hopes to jump start his career and release original music.
Kaden Hornung, drummer – audience favorite
Kaden Hornung is 11 years old, lives in Beaumont, CA and is a 5th grader at Soar Academy Charter School. Kaden started playing drums at age of 2 and began with audience participation at the age of 4. His Dad Wes and uncle Charlie are both drummers so it must be genetic! He has studied for five years with instructor David Bown at Music Lessons Central and has participated in three previous talent contests. Other interests include swimming, biking, classic cars, movies, and gaming. More at www.kadendrums.com
Arianna Nelson, Musical theater
Arianna is 20 years old and has been performing since she was 8. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Dance at California State University, Chico where she just finished a run of Legally Blonde. Some of her favorite theatre credits include “Guys and Dolls” (Sarah Brown), “Seussical” (Mayzie), “Grease” (Sandy), and “Beauty and The Beast” (Belle). Arianna is thrilled to be back on stage performing and hopes you enjoy the show!
AK & Klutch, Hip hop dancers
AK & Klutch are an all styles crew from the Inland Empire. They have competed in a number of different battles, dance competitions, and exhibitions including San Manuel Stadium and the Ontario Improv. They started dancing together 5 years ago and have no plans to stop. They are a dynamic duo and love to showcase our talents to all audiences.
Tett, original music
Tett’s motto is “Music is not a Band-Aid, it’s a Cure”. LA born Edward Tett Jr. (E.T.) and Lisa Tett from Queens, N.Y. are both songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists. TETT original music is a mix of R&B, Jazz, Funk, Pop, Motown, Latin, Blues and Rock. TETT’S 2020 song “The New America” from their CD “Just Do It” was #1 on the Indie Top 50 at 969theoasis.com worldwide web radio. This uplifting song in remembrance of 911 has a timeless message of spreading Love, Peace and Harmony in the World.
Gabriel Dubron, burlesque
As a child in his Guatemala City hometown, Gabriel enjoyed singing and performing. As an adult Gabriel attended acting school and performed in front of the camera. But his love quickly become a love for live audiences. Gabriel works full time as a Testing Analyst. He has performed in the Inland Empire theater scene since 2014. Some of his favorite performances include Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Buzzy Burdett in Bone Chiller, Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard in the Wizard of Oz, and Lionel in Cinderella. Gabriel was featured in an episode of the hit series Killer Kids.
The Neverlys are three persons who were drawn together in the small but diverse and energetic pond that is the music scene in Redlands. The Neverlys’ Mission Statement, Our eclectic set lists are “All Killer and No Filler.” The group consists of Michael Taelour—Guitar and vocals; Charley Marquhart—Guitar and vocals; and Jessica Banzai—Harmonica and dance.
Tamra Harkley, Musical theater & opera
Tamra is a Dramatic Mezzo Soprano attending California State University Northridge (CSUN). Upon completion of her undergraduate studies in Vocal Performance, she will be certified as a trained Operatic and Musical Theater performer. Her experiences include CSUN’s “Suor Angelica,” the lead in “Silla,” a Handel opera in Chicago, and performing in a San Diego production of the “Sound of Music.” This autumn she will be working with the L.A. Opera production of Omar. As quoted in the musical Hamilton, Tamra says “I am not throwing away my shot!”
Layla Elefante, singer
Beginning in her hometown of Upland, California, Layla Baki Elefante has been performing since the age of 3. She just recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at California State University, Fullerton. She has a love and passion for singing and theatre that will continue to grow for the rest of her life.
Mario Bryant, singer
Beginning his musical career at age four in Cerritos, California, Mario is a rising popera star. With a classical and vocal training background, his unique style is a seamless mixture of gospel, popular music and opera. He has performed on TV’s “I Can See Your Voice,” with David Foster, won the Steve Harvey Show singing contest, and performed the national anthem at many events including the Angels, Ducks, NASCAR, Lakers, Legends Football and many private and corporate events.
Acts that have been part of Redlands Star Search in prior years:
Zac Swan (1st place)
Xplore Taekwondo Demonstration Team (2nd place)
AK & Klutch (3rd place)
Noa Gottesman (audience favorite)
Laura Bean & Dylan Olds
Grace Stewart & Raul Valdez
Karissa & Aurelie Juhas
Brian Chang and James Yang (1st place)
The District 909 (2nd place)
Plum Ne’lly (3rd place)
Fizzy Lifting Drinks
Highland Music Company (1st place)
Rachel Saiz (2nd place)
Sagarika Chidella (3rd place)
Danny & Alissa
Gina & Xochitl
Allison & Danny, ballroom dance (1st place)
Scottish Rejects (2nd place)
Peyton Topoleski, lyrical dance (3rd place)
American Acrobats Trio Girls
MagicIAN Ian Galloway
Maria Sweet Rock Band
Megan Griffiths, Opera
Ragini Iyer’s Bharatanatyam Group
St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico