Vail Christian’s Jessica Marchbanks wants her singing to touch more than your ears
“In July, I plan to tour with the Continental Singers for about five weeks throughout the Southeastern U.S. and to South Africa,” says Jessica Marchbanks. The Vail Christian High School senior’s plans after that are to attend college at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina, and sing on their touring praise team. “I hope to major in music therapy, where I can touch people with special needs through music.”
With her family’s encouragement, Marchbanks started singing at 3 years old and began performing just two years later.
“My first huge performance was at my church talent show where I sang “‘I’m Gonna Be a Mighty King’ from The Lion King. From then on, I loved being on stage and singing,” says Marchbanks. Neither of her parents sing, but both play the piano and often accompany when she belts out a tune.
Marchbanks cherishes some of the memories that come from performances. When she sang with the Continental Singers last summer, she fondly remembers 100 excited orphans in Romania. “That’s something I’ll never forget,” she says.
Marchbanks is also involved in Praise Team, Choir and Musical Theater at the school. She was also the student director of the school’s spring musical Les Mis. Her choir teacher, Rick Ragan, says that Marchbanks has received a superior rating at the state’s Solo Festival 4 years in a row. “Her addition to our program has been tremendous!”, says Ragan.
She chose Vail Christian because of the Christian environment and small classes. She says she will miss the one-on-one attention from teachers and her peers. Her greatest hero is Jesus Christ and says other heroes include her parents, friends and the children at the orphanage in Romania. “Those children taught me so much about having hope in the face of tremendous trials,” says Marchbanks.