The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, the premier American showcase
for vocal harmony music, celebrates its 16th year in 2000. The annual national
competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with
regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival
is flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic
a cappella fans at the National Finals.
2001 Denver Champions
T Minus 5
T MINUS 5 is
the result of two different a cappella groups that hit the stage during the
90s. After these two groups went their separate ways, a couple of the
members from each group wanted to continue to perform. They collaborated with
each other and agreed they would combine efforts in establishing a new and improved
"vocal band". You couldnt ask for five better individuals in
a group. Each individual brings a specialty that is complemented by another
members talent, creating a show that is both dynamic and charismatic.
This quality is what gives T Minus 5 such a dynamic stage presence and overall
personality. Visit them at www.tminus5.net.
Members: Kent Hyer, Jason Salmond, Joe Cheney, Jeff Petersen, Jared Allen
T Minus 5
Best Original Song
"Secret of My Strength",
2001 Partcipating groups:
- RAGING HARMONIES is from Westminster
High School where they blend their unique personalities and styles to create
their own a capella arrangements. Theyıve performed at various metro locations
such as the Arvada Center, the Governorıs mansion, and the Soiled Dove. Theyıve
also opened for groups such as Toxic Aide and M-PACT. For the past two years,
Raging Harmonies has hosted the Colorado American Choral Directorıs Association
A Cappella Festival, and in 1999 they were honored to perform for the Colorado
Music Educators Clinic Conference. Their fine musicianship has helped them
become well known within the Westminster community and throughout Colorado.
They have just released their second CD, which has been nominated for the
- T MINUS 5 is the result of two different
a cappella groups that hit the stage during the 90s. After these two
groups went their separate ways, a couple of the members from each group wanted
to continue to perform. They collaborated with each other and agreed they
would combine efforts in establishing a new and improved "vocal band".
You couldnt ask for five better individuals in a group. Each individual
brings a specialty that is complemented by another members talent, creating
a show that is both dynamic and charismatic. This quality is what gives T
Minus 5 such a dynamic stage presence and overall personality.
- IN UNITY has been on fire for the Lord
since the formation of the group in September of 1991. Since then they have
performed at various schools, churches, and youth rallies. Audiences around
the world have been blessed by their music ministry. Having eight members
has brought diversity to the group that sets them apart from most a capella
groups. They have been able to incorporate different genres of music into
their songs, ranging from gospel, to jazz, to a modern pop style. With so
many people in the group, In Unity is able to reach out to people in a more
personal manner after concerts and during other group functions. In Unity
writes and/or arranges all of its music, giving the group a unique and original
- JAZZ KATZ will be performing at the
Denver Regional Harmony Sweepstakes for the third year. They hope to warm
your hearts with their silky vocals and smooth renditions of vocal jazz standards.
- `TANGENT is a contemporary vocal band
consisting of six members, ranging from 18 to 25. While their style varies
from doo-wop to pure vocal instrumentalism, one thing is constant: entertainment!
The group excels in giving energetic performances that are always specialized
for the audience. `Tangent emphasizes pure vocal blend and contrast in their
arrangements, and they combine these with powerful bass and driving vocal
percussion lics to achieve a strong, memorable sound that audiences cant
help but enjoy. If you want to hear a cappella that will make you laugh, cry
and dance, youll want to see `Tangent!
- INSIDEOUT A CAPPELLA As a vocal
band, InsideOuts performance teams with tight harmonies anchored
to a solid deep bass and committed to the pulse of phenomenal vocal percussion.
InsideOuts full sound realizes a variety of musical styles and a broad
repertoire ranging from golden oldies to hits of the 80s and 90s,
including original songs, clever parodies, and a cappella favorites. In addition
to the music, their show thrives on comedy and crowd interaction. Every listener
becomes involved in the performances and leaves uplifted and totally entertained.
The magic of InsideOuts music also continues on their three CDs,
"Innocence," "Experience," and "Reverence."
- LoDo AIR BAND This group calls
itself the "Air Band" because air is the only instrument they play
all a cappella, all the time. Since starting as a house band for Elitchs
Amusement Park in 1996, the LoDo Air Band has provided non-stop a cappella
service to Denver and the World, and has performed for more than a million
people. The group is currently promoting its second album, "Upright and
- COOL SHOOZ are former regional Harmony
Sweepstakes Denver champions (1998 and 1996). What they do is classic rock
n roll a cappella and they can be seen at such summer festivals as the
Northglenn Fourth of July celebration, Longmonts Rhythm on the River,
the Greeley Arts Festival, among many others. The group has been together
since 1990. Their unique sound is a blend of many years of experience in opera,
voacal, jazz, musical theater and rhythm and blues.
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