NBA Welcome Day Rising Star Competition 2019

The Newtown Rising Star Singing Competition will take place at Newtown’s Welcome Day at the south stage at Fred Beans Ford, 10 N. Sycamore Street in Newtown.

This "Newtown Idol" event is open to all area student and adult vocalists, grades 7 and above. Winners of the Rising Star Competition will be determined by a panel of judges on event day.  Interested vocalists should contact Eric Scott Gold at

Newtown Business Association is funding $150 for each of the first-prize winners in both the adult category and the 7th grade through 12th grade student bracket.

Emcee for the competition will be Eric Scott Gold.


Mick Petrucci - 
District Judge, former NBA President
Mick Petrucci has been a big part of the Newtown Community, as former NBA President, participation in Newtown Rotary and many other community organizations, and now as District Judge.  He has lent his voice and narration to the Newtown Holiday Parade, the NBA Antique & Classic Car Show and other NBA events.  We are happy to have him as a judge for this year's Rising Star Competition.


Paul Teufel 
-  Paul’s two decades of music experience began when he participated in the St. Bede the Venerable school’s choir in the first grade. He began playing the drums at the age of 9, which led to his involvement with the Holy Ghost Prep concert band, percussion ensemble, and jazz band. He played drums and guitar with the St. Bede Parish Young Adult Choir during his high school and college years. He is currently active playing drums and guitar with the Newtown School of Rock’s Adult Program.




Paul Venanzi - Paul is a multi instrumentalist playing sax, keyboards, drums. Paul is also a vocalist and producer, and the creator and founding member of “Cranbury Jazz”.
Paul has played with groups, including “Swamp Crawlers”, “Rose Parade” and ,” Blue Son”.