Amy Brinkman (Tenor), Dani Avalos Prigge (Lead), Bon Pressley (Baritone), Bonnie Fedyski (Bass)
They called their fans “pyromaniacs” and at the 1994 international convention in Reno, Nevada, Chicago Fire made pyromaniacs of all 10,000 in attendance.
The quartet competed internationally five times prior to winning in 1994. Chicago Fire was formed in 1989 by Dani, Bonnie and two other friends in harmony. They won their regional contest that year and competed internationally in Miami Beach, but did not make the semifinals.
In order to qualify for the 1990 international contest, Chicago Fire had to return to their regional competition. They did not win it, but qualified for international as one of five wild card contestants (who attain the highest scores among all nonwinning contestants in all the regional contests). By this time, Bon, and Bonnie’s sister Amy, had stepped in to replace the baritone and tenor respectively.
Chicago Fire’s climb to the top was slow but steady. They placed eleventh in 1990, missing a chance to perform in the finals by only five points. The following years they placed sixth, fourth, second, finally claiming gold medals in 1994.
The last two years of competition were neither easy nor inexpensive: Dani had moved to California and rehearsals were limited to one weekend a month at the home of a fellow chorus member in Chicago. All four women held full-time jobs, and two of the four had small children at home. With the help and support of family and friends, Chicago Fire conquered the challenges of a long-distance relationship to achieve the ultimate Sweet Adeline dream.