By Ed Balint
Published 5:16 a.m ET feb 3, 2022| Updated 9:20 a.m. ET feb 3, 2022
CANTON — Rachel Crozier remembers stepping onto the stage of the historic Canton Palace Theatre as a teenager before performing in a Battle of the Bands event.
Gazing out into the audience, she thwarted nerves with encouragement from friends and family cheering on her band, The Scenic Route.
Crozier sang richly and passionately, her voice carrying throughout the venue.
Reflecting on the moment nearly a decade later, Crozier said it marked the beginning of the band's evolution, including recording an album.
"I was ecstatic," she said. "It was very exciting."
More appearances in the high school band showcase followed before The Scenic Route won. She laughed over a memory of riding to Steak 'n Shake following the triumph, singing along at the top of her lungs to Queen's "We Are the Champions."
"It was definitely a big moment for us back then," Crozier said. "When I was younger, I had done hundreds of singing competitions, and I actually didn't win them very frequently ... so it was a big deal winning (The Repository's Battle of the Bands) ... with our original bandmates at the time."
And while the band's lineup has changed, Crozier's dynamic voice still anchors The Scenic Route.
The 25-year-old now balances music with her classes in the medical assisting program at Aultman College.
"It's a very interesting time in the band right now," she said recently, noting her medical assisting clinicals were approaching.
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