Alex Gallego takes center stage for the Singing Lions
Alex Gallego, a sophomore at Penn State, is a member of The Singing Lions, which is Penn State's premier singing and dancing ensemble. They are the only vocal group on campus that can say they also dance. They're also accompanied by a drummer and a piano. The Singing Lions have been performing at local venues for more than 25 years.
Gallego found the Singing Lions as a freshman and underwent tryouts, ultimately landing a spot with the exclusive group. He has been singing and doing musical theater since middle school, which is where his interest in the group came from.
Gallego and the other members of the Singing Lions practice every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, which accumulates up to six hours a week. The songs the Singing Lions choose to use in their performance range from "Over The Rainbow" to Penn State's alma mater. Their repertoire entails music such as pop, Broadway, rock, and jazz.
The Singing Lions perform many shows throughout the year, including a winter and spring concert. They also travel over spring break to put on a 'Spring Tour', which this year included performances in Florida as well as the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Gallego will continue to do what he is passionate about which includes singing, dancing and performing. As a junior next semester, he will be helping the newly introduced members of the Singing Lions prepare for the multiple performances throughout the year.
Singing Lions practicing before their final show
During their last practice before their big show, members of the Singing Lions practice their version of the classic "Mama Mia" song. Their renditions of each song they choose to perform are unique and have their own special touch.