If you’ve never attended Shalerpalooza then you’ve really been missing out. This year’s Shalerpalooza will feature the largest variety of acts the show has ever seen. Come out to Mr. Small’s Fun House in Millvale on February 20th for a night filled with music. The show starts at 7 pm and tickets are only $8 from the activities office or performers and $10 at the door.
“Shalerpalooza’s a great experience for students who don’t normally get out to see the talent that their classmates have on stage,” Shaler Alumni Jake Stretch said. Stretch performed in Shalerpalooza for three years.
In 2009, custodian Dale Mangold began Shalerpalooza which was originally intended to raise money for a scholarship dedicated to a senior who was killed in a car accident that year. From then on, the show has blossomed into a fundraising event for class funds.
“Raising money for the class funds helps reduce the costs for various student activities. Whatever I can do to help save the students money is important to me. It’s a way to give back to the community” Mangold said.
Mangold’s dedication to the show and students at the high school is what has kept Shalerpalooza alive. Last year, the show raised over $4,000 that was distributed back to each grade. Mangold has also worked hard to gain sponsors like Hardee’s, Shop n Save and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9199.
The sponsors help Shalerpalooza to be a show filled with memories that will last a lifetime.
“This year’s Shalerpalooza is going to be a little different for me. This year I’m coming out with my own band and I have a feeling that we’re going to be the heaviest band there. Last year was my first time performing on stage ever. I got a lot of compliments that made me feel motivated and inspired to continue writing music. Coming back this year makes me very happy. I’m still a bit nervous but I’m gonna let all my fears out and vibe with the music,” senior Tommy Truong said.
Alongside Truong and his band, this year’s show will feature performances by many DJ’s, bands, Shaler Area Drum Line and many solo performers.
Also in store for Shalerpalooza 2016 is Act 80’s Band which features Shaler Area High School’s very own Mr. McDermott, Mr. Haberman, Mr. Krenn and Mr. Stivason.
“I’ve been going to the venue for many years and it’s one of my favorite venues to ever be at as a paying customer. I’m excited to be on stage to see what it looks like from that vantage point,” Krenn said.
Krenn won’t be a paying customer this time around, however it would be great to come out and support him along with all of the other performers. The chance to watch your faculty and fellow peers may never come again!
“I’d like to see more crossovers of students in attendance as well as more staff. But most of all, I’d like to continue to promote and feature our talented student body and give them some experience in the entertainment industry. This will hopefully let them live and experience some of their dreams,” Mangold said.