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2018

Business Casual

Business Casual is an a cappella band based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Combining elements of pop, jazz, and other genres, this young all-vocal group puts a fresh spin on vintage chart toppers and today's hits. Winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes a cappella competition in 2018, Business Casual has performed at weddings, corporate events, and live public shows throughout the Bay Area since 2012.

Members: Michael Wang, Jacob Chamoun, Roshun Alur, Cassie Greene, Leslie Baker

2017

AVE

AVE (Advanced Vocal Ensemble) is the highest level ensemble within the Central Coast Children's Choir. CCCC affords the youth of San Luis Obispo county the joyful experience of singing together in live choral performances while offering a high-quality music education. The after-school program provides weekly rehearsals, which include musicianship and vocal training. Repertoire is varied and includes songs from world music to established choral classics to contemporary, popular styles. CCCC singers were chosen to represent California in National and Western State honor choirs in Las Vegas, New York, Honolulu, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Dallas and Florida.

Members: Cathryn Newlon, Hannah Fowler, Lauren Tarica, Lily Campbell, Elise Scheifele, Olivia Edmonds, Susan Roodsari, Layly Roodsari

2016

Ms Cellaneous

Ms. Cellaneous Quartet - all share a common love of four legged creatures, road trips and Jack In The Box tacos at 3 am. Put it all together and you have four ladies who like to live, laugh and love life to the fullest via their barbershop harmony! Together since 2010 and all members of Sweet Adelines Region 21, we've placed as high as 2nd in this highly competitive region.

Members: Chris Robertson, Mary Slade-Branham, Sarah Slade-Branham, Susan Phinney

2015

The Bluesettes Quintet

All jazz musicians, The Bluesettes Quintet breathes new life into current popular tunes utilizing a modern jazz sound, featuring a vocal trio as well as a vocal rhythm section. The five members work together to create new, innovative arrangements with a retro feel, striving to preserve the classic jazz style of the 1930s and 1940s.

Members: Ian Brekke, tenor/vocal percussion, Katrina Kochevar, soprano, Miko Shudo, alto, Rachel St. Marseille, soprano II, Riley Wilson, bass

2014

The Velvet Frogs

Barbershop Quartet is the 2011 Senior Quartet Champion of the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.). In 2012, they were awarded 4th Place at the International Seniors Quartet Competition and took 3rd place at the 2014 competition. The quartet members represent barbershop quartet chapters from all over the Southern California area & have been singing together for four years. This popular, entertaining group of singers perform the “old songs” in the “old style” reminiscent of the early 1900’s.

Members: Les Dergan, David Livingston, CJ Sams, Bill Wilson

2013

Honey Whiskey Trio

Honey Whiskey Trio blends sounds and styles from folk, bluegrass and jazz. This trio found its roots in the vocal jazz department of CSU Long Beach where the members all studied with Christine Guter, though at different times. Years later, well into their own careers as musicians and educators, the need for a new outlet for musical exploration brought Courtney, Ann and Christina together and the Honey Whiskey Trio was formed.

Members: Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Thaiss , Christina Wilson

2012

Down 4 The Count

Down 4 The Count began in 2003, when six CSU Northridge students in the University's vocal jazz ensemble found they shared a common interest: wanting to sing ensemble vocal jazz without those pesky instrumentalists: in other words, A Cappella! Since that time, Down 4 The Count has won multiple awards (including three song-arrangement awards and 1st place at the 2009 San Diego A Cappella Competition) and they have performed at venues all over the greater Los Angeles and San Diego area, including the Jazz Bakery, The Coach House, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, San Diego IndieFest, and many more.

Members: Colleen Keene, Penny Watson, Christine Tavares, Jason Lingle, Vincent Johnson

2011

Evolution

EVOLUTION - is, astonishingly fun and creative… a clear winner for the Audience!” proclaims Amy Engelhard of The Bobs . “Good Singing (dawg)” says Randy Jackson of American Idol. And, The RAY Magazine described EVOLUTION as “Inspiring, funny, and super hip”. “With amazing, rock solid, monster vocals and mad sex appeal” (Karman Kruschke, Actress/Image Consultant), EVOLUTION has moved audiences from laughter to tears with their harmonies and performance antics. EVOLUTION takes traditional A Cappella to new amplitudes. EVOLUTION is always excited to share their music with the listeners of the world. They are thrilled to be back once again on the Harmony Sweepstakes stage. As always, they wish to leave you with a smile on your face, a skip in your step, and a tune in your heart.

Members: Michael Maury (Bari), Rono Smith (Lead), Seth Shapiro (Tenor), Adam Sears (Bass), Joshua Silverstein (Beats & Rhythm)

2010

Prime Note Ensemble

Prime Note Ensemble - was the 1st all male Filipino choral group based in Saudi Arabia, where it was founded in 2001. Originally 25-strong, the 17 members now call Southern California home since 2009. The group's first international competition was in Xiamen, China in 2006, and Graz, Austria in 2008 at the World Choir Games. Prime Note was awarded the bronze & silver medals respectively, in the male chamber choir category. In 2007, the group was among the 15 invited participating choirs at the 14th Festival International Chant de Choral in Nancy, France. Participated in last year’s LA Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, where they placed 3rd and was voted “audience favorite”.

Members: Novem Cabios, Jonar Sara,, Efren Cardoza, Leo Abalos, Joel Macapas, Yagi Brisenio, Eric Yabut, Hero Emolaga

2009

Evolution

Evolution is an all male Vocal Rock Band, based on the Westside in LA. Together, these gentlemen use lyrical, tight harmonies, and a powerful synergy that creates great music and an entertaining good time. EVOLUTION plans to "Heal the World Through Harmony" using original arrangements ranging from the 50's to today's pop hits, as well as creative, ground-breaking originals that help their audiences think outside the box. Ladies and gentlemen, "Let EVOLUTION sing"!

Members: Adam Croce, Ken White, Michael Maury, Jim Campbell, Rolland Lopez, Rono

2008

Renaissance

Renaissance - is an all a cappella quintet, dedicated to showcasing and preserving the critical art form of street corner style; doo-wop singing. The group is equally adaptable to film, TV & stage as they are beneath the street lamp. Not just another singing group, Renaissance intertwines social and cultural awareness themes in their music offering "food for the spirit" as well as the soul. Whether it's a soul stirring tribute to the legendary Sam Cooke, love songs for the ladies, Black History themed conscious music or a rousing Gospel celebration, their superb vocal skills shine through. These Cats can flat out sing and their infectious energy is quite entertaining as they transport their audience to another space and time.

Members: Maurice Kitchen, Torre Brannon, Kwame Alexander, Anthony Snead , Charles (Sonny) Banks

2007

Corner Pocket

Corner Pocket is an a cappella quartet based out of LA that performs doo-wop, barbershop and contemporary pop tunes. They have performed onboard 5-Star Cruise Ships, in Las Vegas and around Southern California.

Members: Michael Luginbill, Michael Landau, Joel Dalton, George Artope

2006

Hi-Fidelity

Hi-Fidelity is considered to be one of the top a cappella show quartets in the country with a locked sound, creative packages and an extremely unique sense of humor (perhaps twisted?). Hi-Fidelity is the current Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society's Far Western District. They have also taken top honors at another national "mixed" a cappella contest in 2002 when they were crowned the Buckeye Invitational Grand Quartet Champions. Their CD, "Almost Live" has been a big hit, and one cut (Blackbird Parody) was nominated for a CASA award in 2005. You may have seen them in some commercials too! Either as the Roto-Rooter plumbers or promoting the popular X-Box game "Tao Feng, Fist of the Lotus" (a very "painful" commercial - Check it out at www.hifidelityquartet.com). The guys are also members of the current International chorus champions, Masters of Harmony.

Members: Craig Ewing (tenor), Tom Moore (lead), Gregg Bernhard (baritone), Martin Fredstrom (bass)

2004

Alpha

Back in the early 90s, Alpha brought imagination, determination, and integrity to their artistry when the model for groups of their kind was a safe commercial blend. Their superiority in every aspect of vocal arranging and performing began to get them known in Puerto Rico and Latin America. Their performances in major sporting events, as background vocalist with award winning vocalist and bands, and several appearances on entertainment TV programs has earned them their place as one of the most enduring and best-loved vocal groups in Puerto Rico. Truly inspired by groups like Boyzz to Men, Glad, and Take 6, Alpha fashioned their own a cappella style: „a Latin Jazz Gospel vocal band where ALL the instruments are sung instead of played¾. Get ready to have the most fun you can legally have while listening a cappella. Que sabor!

Members: Edgar Rios, Abel Martinez, Abi Hernandez, Ludwig Henderson, Sonlys Andino, Shalom Rodriguez, Johnny Davis Figueroa

2000

South Street Jones

South Street Jones' recipe for high octane harmony: lay a funky beat down on the grill, pepper with a touch of jalapeno giddy-up bass. Deep fat fry that funk up until golden brown. Serve hot. Enjoy.

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1999

Inner Voices

Inner Voicesare Los Angeles-based session singers led by vocal arranger Morgan Ames. They have been performing together since the 80s. They have been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, have toured Japan, performed on KCET, KTLA Morning News, the Jim Belushi Show and many others. They have recorded albums for Rhino, Laurel, Song River and Japanese Victor. They have performed for the Juvenile Diabetes Association, the Betty Ford Center, the Society of Singers, the AME Church and twice for President Reagan. They have sung and/or recorded with Kenny Loggins, David Benoit, Dave Grusin, Johnny Mathis, Dori Caymmi, Smokey Robinson and others. Each Christmas season they perform their highly acclaimed, sold out a cappella show in Los Angeles.

Between them, they have performed, recorded and/or toured with almost every major artist in the business.

Members: Morgan Ames, Shelby Flint, Melissa Mackay, Michael Mishaw

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