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Pro’s presence highlights talent contest at DES

Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

Decherd Elementary School has held a talent contest the past 15 years, and the most recent installment offered a special twist, making it stand out from past performances.

Entertainer and television personality Bryan Wood with Pauline Chadwick, DES talent show director.

Entertainer and television personality Bryan Wood with Pauline Chadwick, DES talent show director.

Professional entertainer Bryan Wood recently performed during the annual talent show at Decherd Elementary.

Pauline Chadwick has served as talent show director for the past 15 years at Decherd Elementary, and each year she brings a surprise entertainer to Decherd’s stage.

This year the curtain opened with a crowd-pleasing performance by an Elvis impersonator. Local talent Johnny Hand followed with a comical “Beverly Hillbillies” song and dance. After numerous talent routines performed by Decherd students, Wood ended the show performing the song, “Champions of Love” followed by “God Bless the USA.”

Wood grew up in North Carolina, but now resides in Brentwood. He has been performing professionally for more than 20 years and has several recordings. He has performed in Las Vegas, as well as in most of the Southeastern states.
He has been featured on television stations in South Carolina and in Nashville. He once performed with Grand Ole’ Opry star Doc Watson.

Wood is a special entertainer for Miss Tennessee Pageantry.

Chadwick is a certifi ed Miss Tennessee/Miss America Pageant judge and was seated on the judges’ panel the fi rst time she saw Wood perform. She approached him and invited him to perform at Decherd Elementary, and to her surprise, he agreed.

Chadwick has received several phone calls, text messages and emails thanking her for bringing Wood to Decherd’s stage.

“I could see the faces of the audience during the performance, and everyone was mesmerized,” Chadwick said. “Even the little kindergarten and first graders were not stirring after sitting for two hours.

“This was show number 15 for me, but I have strong doubts that I will ever be able to top this one.”