Finalists compete to perform at Boca Raton Bowl


The top eight finalists for the Boca Raton Bowl’s National Anthem contest will compete live on Tuesday at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery on Tuesday.

A part of the Great Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Festival Days, the $10 entry will benefit Spirit of Giving, Boca Raton Bowl’s charity partner.

The competition to be Boca Idol begins at 6 p.m. Singers will perform a song of choice and the audience will be able to vote on-site through the Boca Raton Bowl app.

Along with input from a panel of judges, will determine the top-three who will perform again, singing the National Anthem, and the same panel of judges will determine the winner.

The winner will perform the National Anthem at the 2017 Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at FAU Stadium.

The finalists are:

Nick Aquilino is a 19-year-old resident of Boca Raton. His style of Pop, Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop fusion has caught national attention for the young singer. Performing at prestigious venues such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Aquilino most recently was given the honor of opening up for Grammy Award Winners, such as Phil Collins and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

Amanda Ferber resides in Lake Worth, Fla. and is an incoming freshman at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Ferber has performed as part of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches since third grade and will be joining their elite and highly selective high school women’s choir. This will not be the first time Ferber performs in front of a stadium audience as she has performed the anthem at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. and at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Lauren Gadol will represent Florida Atlantic University as the young talent enters her junior year. Originally from Philadelphia, Gadol is thrilled to be an out-of-towner turned resident, representing FAU, the home of the Boca Raton Bowl. Gadol has performed the anthem for FAU’s football, baseball and basketball home games.

Generation Gap is the name of the only group that made it to the top-eight round, but that is not the only thing that will set them apart from the competition. Generation Gap is comprised of five singers, Randy Lundi, Jeff Kidwell, Stacy Coffee-Thorne, Vinny De Tomasso and Dr. Michael Chimes. The five reside all over Palm Beach County and represent different backgrounds and genres that combine into a unique blend for a five-part harmony a cappella rendition of the National Anthem.

Aryan Ranjan joins the top-eight after tallying the most votes in the online voting round. Ranjan is originally from Boca Raton and was a three-year member of the drama program at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School. While at Don Estridge, Ranjan performed the National Anthem at the school’s basketball championship game, played the lead role in Peter Pan, Jr. and was elected class president. Ranjan hopes to sing in honor of his drama teacher Ms. Susan Cohen, who recently passed away.

Kara Sangree is a Boca Raton native and a recent college graduate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Sangree performed at the collegiate level in both a choral setting and stadium setting. She performed the National Anthem for her university’s basketball and baseball games. Sangree was also a collegiate cheerleader proving that she can pump up a crowd!

Rodrigo Torrejón is a senior at Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, but resides in Delray Beach. He has been taking voice lessons for three years, as well as other intensive training in musical theater. Torrejón placed second in the High School Vocal category at the Boca Raton Rotary Club’s Future Stars competition and won the Founder’s Council Award for Excellence in Voice at Pine Crest School.

Rounding out the top-eight is Anne Marie Van Casteren, originally from Long Island New York. Van Casteren has lived in Wellington for about fifteen years now, following a move with her family after the September 11th attacks, her father worked for the NYPD ATF division and was part of the rescue and recovery team. Van Casteren attended Lynn University for both her undergraduate degree and her MBA. She recently decided to further explore her passion for singing after being the lead performer at Lynn University’s Celebration of the Arts.

Admission to the live finalists round is a $10 donation to Spirit of Giving. Proceeds will go to their Back to School Bash. To purchase tickets, please visit or call 561-385-0144.