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4 Girls Only

Who are they? They are specialists in bringing their unique blend of creativity, femininity, and sophistication to the a cappella arena. For 10 years, this Orlando-based group has written and produced specialty themed a cappella shows for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Florida. Using their vocal talent and theatre experience they have created shows covering various eras from the Wild, Wild West to 1940's Swing and 1950's Do-Wop, all the way to a modern James Bond type spoof of the Spice Girls. They also write and produce jingles for radio. Friends and soul-sisters, these ladies love to use their God-given gifts for song, and they devote their lives to sharing the enjoyment of a cappella harmonies. 4 Girls Only is a perfect example that a cappella isn't just a "boys club"!

Members: Stacy Mock, Melody Miller, Jenn Rafferty, Belinda Flores

Participated in: 2002

4 The Record

4 The Record - Formed in 2009, 4 The Record is a six member contemporary a cappella group that focuses on bringing to life radio hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. The group is influenced by the diverse performance and music education background of its members, as well as being based at a cross-roads of American music, from the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame on Lake Erie's northern shore to the country and bluegrass influences of the Ohio River valley in the south.

Members: Kiersten Bowmer, Kevin Child, Michael Frankart, John Garnes, Brittany Roszman, Wayne Rowe

Participated in: 2011

4:2:Five

4:2:Five is not your parents' a cappella. What used to be street-corner barbershop and doo-wop, has now evolved into a fresh new sound and 4:2:Five is right at the breakpoint. With driving vocal bass, slamming vocal percussion, and tight harmonies, these five young men create a sound that is all their own using nothing more than their highly trained mouths. 4:2:Five has performed at the 2000 Orlando International Fringe Festival, on several radio stations, and won Ed McMahons internet based talent search www.Nextbigstar.com. The guys have been seen at NBC's Today Show, every news station in the Orlando area, and you might even catch 4:2:Five on a television commercial or doing a jingle on the radio. 4:2:Five's unique sound is derived from the diverse backgrounds of its members, the individual talents possessed by each, and the belief that the music always has and always will come first.

Members: Earl Elkins Jr, James May, Layne Stein, Geoff Castellucci, Scott Porter

Participated in: 2001

4real

In 1987, a high school quartet named The Braxmen was formed at Indiana Senior High in Indiana, Pennsylvania. As students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Braxmen expanded their sound and extended their audience beyond the university¹s walls. Original members left and new members joined ­ a new name of Mixed Emotions was adopted. Despite their successes, the group ultimately parted ways. Two years passed before some members ran into each other at a local concert ­ and the magic was still there. That was three years ago. Today, 4real is an a cappella quintet that delivers your favorite songs from the Fifties, Sixties and Nineties with an unmistakable modern sound that can only be called 4real!

Members: Sean Moran, Chris Murphy, Mark Ferrari, Ben Tinker, Devon Lippmann

Participated in: 2001 2000

5-3 Woodland

Like most “doo wop” a cappella groups, 5-3 Woodland got started on the street corner. Not just any corner, the particular corner was 53rd & Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia. Actually, there were two groups – the ‘Old Heads’ and the ‘Young Boys’ – teaching each other and learning from one another. During the 70’s and 80’s, they saw each other at parties and would sing together to everyone’s enjoyment. In 1993, they got together at the urging of Gene Volpe, an original ‘Young Boy’, to sing on stage at the recently started Lansdowne Folk Club. The group has been together for 20 years and has performed in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area

Members: Joe O'Donnell, Al Loughead, Tom Tait, Frank Maiorano

Participated in: 1995

Acapelicans

The Acapelicans are a three part ensemble from Melbourne, Australia that formed out of a love and mutual respect between Carl Pannuzzo, Sarah Liversidge, and Simon Nugent. Their combined voice pays a unique homage to the wondrous mystery of music through the dynamic possibilities of harmony in a repertoire of songs that is both sensitive and challenging. The Harmony Sweepstakes Finals is the last stop n their North American debut tour where they have quickly developed a strong following with their reverent performances of poignant originals and uniquely arranged classics.

Members: Carl Pannuzzo, Sarah Liversidge,

Participated in: 1998

Almost Recess

Almost Recess is a five-man vocal band from the Washington, DC area whose mission is to bring kickin' a cappella music to every single person in the world. This is Almost Recess's second time around at the Mid-Atlantic and we are happy to have them back, and not just because they are going to videotape the performance!

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Participated in: 2005 2004

Annapolis Vocal Corps

Annapolis Vocal Corps, a mixed septet from Annapolis, Maryland, was named a Best Find by music critics at the Baltimore Sun. The group performs contemporary arrangements of songs from the 40s to the 80s; from classic jazz to classic rock. Recent AVC performance highlights include an appearance at the White House and a singing the national anthem at Camden Yards.

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Participated in: 1997

Avante Vocal Jazz

Avante Vocal Jazz is eight accomplished singers, based in Raleigh, NC with a truly unique contemporary style. A bold fusion of jazz and contemporary a cappella singing, Avante performs repertoire paying tribute to the great masters of vocal jazz, while adding a new twist to many familiar standards. Their repertoire ranges from contemporary choral works to cutting edge jazz with a modern flair. Routinely praised for its high standard of musicianship and unique arrangements, Avante tours the United States, appearing in concert, corporate venues and on college campuses. Avante’s educational outreach provides workshops to students of all ages and boasts two nationally regarded clinicians within its membership.

Members: Kevin Badanes, Brad Yoder, Lacey Burt, Bill Adams, Kimberly Slentz-Kesler,, Bob Slentz-Kesler, Rachel Fitzsimons, Jenn Myers

Participated in: 2013

Bay Rum Runners

Bay Rum Runners are a registered male quartet with the Alexandria chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBQSA). Their "ringing sounds from the lower latitudes leave nothing but good times in their wake.

Members: Ed Cazenas (tenor), Lynn Conaway (lead), Steve White (bass), Barry Galloway (bari)

Participated in: 1999

Bella Nova

Bella Nova is not your granddaddy's barbershop! With a diverse repertoire, a culture that celebrates the sisterhood of a cappella, and a goal to welcome women with varying musical experiences to its ranks, Bella Nova barreled onto the international barbershop scene with a 5th place finish at its first contest in 2015. This multi-generational group hails from throughout the greater Washington, D.C., region and weaves together traditional barbershop harmonies with contemporary charts to deliver the Bella Nova sound.

Members: Kristina Adams, Erin Cassidy-Whong, Tricia Pentz, Cat Lander, Allyn Powell, Morgan Lewellen, Kate Wright, Rachael Storey

Participated in: 2017

Bling

Bling! is an award winning south Florida-based quartet affiliated with Sweet Adelines. Formed in 2009, this talented and beautiful quartet won first regional competition in 2010, and most recently placed 2nd in the 2012 national Sweet Adelines competition. They sing a wide variety of music including barbershop, contemporary, and show tunes. Brought together by their love of harmony and singing , the natural blend of their voices and infectious enthusiasm, has lead audiences to say “Bling! Baby, Bling!

Members: Dayve Gabbard, Angie Love-Callahan, Deanna Kastler, Kim Elger-Griffin

Participated in: 2013

Blue Jupiter

Blue Jupiter is a powerful pop-jazz-funk a cappella quartet: Marty the beatboxer, Chris the screaming-high tenor, Jonathan the human orchestra, and Diana- (Blue Jupiter's secret weapon) a Broadway singer and voice-over artist. These four voices will set the audience ablaze with their infectious energy, seamless harmony and thunderous vocal percussion. You'll swear they have a back up band... but they don't.

Blue Jupiter is best known as the voices of Oreo Cookie, singing the national Oreo radio commercial since 2005. Over the past 6 years, Blue Jupiter has worked with famed producer and American Idol Judge Randy Jackson, sang with Livingston Taylor and performed on Oprah and VH1's Save the Music. They've headlined charity events for the American Cancer Society, The Red Cross, Braking the Cycle, Hartford Children's Hospital and many others. Blue Jupiter has been voted "Audience Favorite" multiple times at the Harmony Sweepstakes and has appeared at countless NACA (National Association of Campus Activities), showcases including the 2008 National Showcase in St. Louis.

Members: Marty Gasper, Chris Chatham, Toby Donnelly, Chris Thomas,

Participated in: 2004

BlueLine

BlueLine is an award-winning, mixed quintet that performs jazz, gospel and pop a cappella music from the DC Area. Started in the fall of 1999 by friends whose day jobs weren't providing enough time on stage, the group has achieved a tight blend and performed at competitions, music festivals and private events. Washington City Paper called BlueLine "exciting" and "exhilarating." BlueLine gets its name from the subway line and is a tribute to the great Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train" - the kind of bluesy jazz that the group loves to sing

Members: Jocelyn Ulrich, Ashley Mattison, Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Brian Lewis, Joel Schneider

Participated in: 2013 2003 2001 2000

Breath of Soul

Cutting-edge arrangements, tight vocal percussion and spirited harmonies are just some of the phrases used to describe Nashville based vocal group Breath of Soul. Since 2006, the group has brought their unique a cappella tunes to festival, concert, and church audiences throughout the United States and abroad.

Before their relocation from the midwest to Nashville, TN, Breath of Soul was formerly titled 5one - so named for the familiar music cadence, V-I. The group originated at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and three of the five founding members of 5one still perform with the group today.

Members: Tony Marx, Jeff Trenchard, Lou Shafer, Matthew Sciara

Participated in: 2013

Brock and The Rockets

Founded in 1985, B&R grew out of the Hexagon Club, directed by Brock Holmes. Their recently completed recording, Out To Launch, is available on cassette and CD, and features a range of tunes from Doo Wop to new wave to TV pop. They have been featured on the Diane Rehm show on WAMU in Washington and have appeared at the National Theater and the Kennedy Center.

Members: Brock Holmes, Carol Nicotera, Becky Carroll, Jane Harrelson, Greg McGruder, Doug Smith, David Whitman

Participated in: 1993

Brylcream

Brylcream got it1s start in 1992 with Tommy "Cool T" Welter, John "Wopp" Mina, Richard "Richie" Beattie, Gary "G Man" Groneman, and Roy "Wolfman" Conklin. Since thier beginnings, Brylcream has graced the stages across the Southeast with many ledgendary performers such as The Coasters, Joey D and The Startlighers, Davey Jones and The Monkees, Johnny Maestro and his Brooklyn Bridge, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many more. Today, Cool T, Wopp, and Richie join Jason "Jay Bird" Sullivan and Billy "Billy D" Louth, to form one of Southwest Florida's most requested Doo Wop Groups.

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Participated in: 2004

Cameron Station

A select male ensemble auditioned from the ranks of the world-renowned Alexandria Harmonizers, Cameron Station offers audiences a tight, seamless, vocal blend of rich harmonies in a multitude of musical genres, including jazz, blues, folk and Broadway. High-level vocal and visual performance skills are the hallmarks of this exciting a cappella ensemble.

Members: Eric Wallen, Steve White, Ken Ives, Troy Hillier, Tony Colosimo, Craig Kujawa, Carl Kauffmann, Dan O'Brien

Participated in: 2009

Cartoon Johnny

Cartoon Johnny is an energetic vocal band that pushes the limits of traditional a cappella. Drawing on influences from classic soul to modern alternative, they've crafted an exciting sound that is often mistaken for an instrumental band - but it's all vocal.

Based in the Washington DC area, Cartoon Johnny performs a variety of sure-fire audience favorites and their own original music, bringing audiences to their feet show after show. They are two-time National Harmony Sweepstakes finalsists, winning the title for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2005, and in New York in 2009.

Cartoon Johnny has shared the stage with some of the best in a cappella and beyond. Highlights include headlining ACappellaFest Detroit in 2010, and performing with Marvin Hamlisch in his Christmas special at the Kennedy Center in 2008. Hamlisch invited the group to join him for his July 4th concerts in San Diego in 2009.

Members: Kieran Daly, Kevin Dixon, Ben Feeney, Mike Henrickson, Darcy Romano, Malcolm Lee

Participated in: 2008 2005 2004 2003

Catatonic

Catatonic is a vibrant new group erupting onto the a cappella scene. With members hailing from from three different collegiate groups in the Atlanta area, this up-and-coming ensemble fuses youthful energy with musical virtuosity to create a unique electronic a cappella sound. The group's innovative arrangements showcase its members' vocal prowess while pushing the limits of the genre. Having already performed with the likes of Musae, Catatonic is sure to deliver audiences a thrilling concert experience as they share their love for a cappella. And kittens.

Members: Steve Ryan, John Robinson, Andrew Leonard, Tammy Parkinson, Tye Tavaras, Carrie Leonard

Participated in: 2014

Catch 22

Catch 22 is a vocal band that specializes in "your dad's favorite rock songs." The members met through their work in other vocal groups in the North Carolina area and began singing together in 2012. Catch 22 focuses on fun, entertaining songs - songs you would find yourself singing along to on the radio.

Members: Scott Feldmann, John Hanna, Ashley Trantham, Mike Masinick, Ken Purchase, Ken Matz

Participated in: 2016

The Chromatics

People often ask us how the Chromatics got started. It's a complicated story, but here's a brief summary:

Back in 1993, a group called the OK Chorale was formed at NASA'S Goddard Space Flight Center by Anne Raugh and Steve Leete. The OK Chorale was 12 members strong and sang mostly doo-wop tunes, standards, and classics from Sesame Street. None of the current Chromatics were in the group at its inception, but Padi Boyd and Karen Smale joined in 1993, followed by Alan Smale and Deb Nixon in 1994.

After numerous further changes in personnel, including the departure of co-founder Anne Raugh, the group decided to refocus and reinvent itself as The Chromatics. The Chromatics were incorporated in 1995, and have been performing continuously under that name ever since.

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Participated in: 2004 2002 1999

Company B

Company B hails from Maryland. They are a registered quartet with Sweet Adelines, International and are part of the international chamionship Elkridge Chorus. Company B has performed throughout the metro Washington area.

Members:

Participated in: 1997

Crossroads

Crossroads is the new "superquartet" on the Barbershop Block, formed of four singers who are former BHS International Gold medalists in their own right, tenor Fred Farrell, lead Mike Slamka, bass Jim Henry and baritone Brandon Guyton. Henry won Gold in 1993 as a founding member and arranger of the legendary Gas House Gang, and is currently musical and artistic director of the 160-voice Ambassadors of Harmony. Guyton pocketed Gold in 2002 with Four Voices, Slamka sang his way to Gold with 2003 champs Power Play, and Farrell wore Gold with 1989 Quartet champs Second Edition. With this much vocal and arranging talent and experience, it came as no great surprise that newly-formed Crossroads struck Gold again in Anaheim, CA in 2009!

Members: Linda Beaver, Anne Willis, Bob Schellhamer, Tom Felgen

Participated in: 2000

Cruisin’

Cruisin' is an a cappella quartet that features a unique blend of voices and a variety of styles, especially the close harmonies of the 50's and 60's. Their backgrounds include rock, R&B, folk, glee club, barbershop and classical. They are busy entertaining audiences at association events, business promotions , civic celebrations weddings and private parties. They have also recorded for radio and television commercials.

Members: Gene Woolwine, Larry Duggan, Chip Brosseau, Allan Engler

Participated in: 2003

Da Capo

Da Capo is an a cappella group hailing from the Washington, D.C. area composed of music professionals from all walks of life. We believe strongly in promoting a cappella music and educating youth about the Barbershop style. Ryan, Tony, Wayne, and Joe have officially been singing together since October of 2009, when our lead singer Tony assembled us to sing his marriage proposal to his wife-to-be. We have also been members of the Barbershop Harmony Society for a combined total of 54 years!

Members: Ryan Griffith, Tony Colosimo, Wayne Adams, Joe Sawyer

Participated in: 2011

Da Vinci’s Notebook

Da Vinci's Notebook, Washington, D.C.'s award-winning a cappella quartet, takes four part harmony and stands it on its ear. Described as "Bobby McFerrin and 'Weird Al' Yankovic colliding on stage," their tight vocal blend, infectious humor, and madcap antics have made them a favorite on stages and at festivals throughout the country. Since the group's founding in 1993, their eclectic blend of a cappella harmony - a fusion of doo-wop, jazz, bluegrass, calypso, opera, and rock - has evolved into a unique show that the Washington Post called "exuberance...crashing off the walls!"

The quartet has appeared at music clubs and fine arts series throughout the East Coast, including the Bitter End, the Birchmere, the Barns of Wolf Trap, and the Kennedy Center. Equally at home in front of large crowds, they have also performed at Birmingham's City Stages, the Taste of D.C., the Fairfax Fair, and dozens of other festivals. Internationally, they have toured France and the Caribbean. Winners of the 1997 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, Da Vinci's Notebook has been featured on NBC's Today Show, on Comedy Central, in the Washington Post and Washington City Paper, and are frequent guests on local radio stations.

Members: Paul Sabourin, Richard Hsu, Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo, Bernie Muller-Thym

Participated in: 1997 1995 1994

DC’s Finest

DC’s Finest consists entirely of current and former D.C. police officers. The group focuses on doo wop classics from the 50s and 60s, delivered with the authenticity of singers who grew up with the music. D.C.'s Finest has performed at the Kennedy Center, New York's Apollo Theater, and many other locations.

Members:

Participated in: 1997

Deviate

Only a little over a year old, Deviate's members have been together for a little longer. Each member, currently or previously, has a connection with UNCG's all female a cappella group The Sapphires. Forming in February of 2013, the girls have progressed as a professional group in the a cappella world - auditioning for X-Factor, working to produce their first album, and performing in gigs around North Carolina. Deviate brings a complicated and original ear to their top-40 (and some not-so-top-40) arrangements.These girls will stop at nothing to bring you awesome music, performances, and entertainment.

Members: Ashlie Acevedo, Jessie Burton, Shelbi Flanagan, Emily Greene, Kera Keene, Samantha MacReynolds, Alesa Moore

Participated in: 2014

Doo Wa Zoo

Doo Wa Zoo, a six-person mixed group from New York City, combines choreography with dynamic original arrangements of pop, rock, R&B, and classic jazz, and performs original compositions as well. The group performs throughout the New York area, including singing the national anthem for the New Jersey Nets, and entertaining commuters in the Music Under New York program.

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Participated in: 1997

DoubleShot!

Since 2006, the guys have blended traditional and contemporary all- vocal music with energy and humor to create six decades of hits live on stage at every show. Every sound - vocals, bass, effects, even the drums - is created using only the voice. They have performed all over their native Pittsburgh, and nationwide from Washington, D.C. to the San Francisco Bay, as well as features on local news, television, and radio. In the Harmony Sweepstakes, they were Mid-Atlantic Champions and Audience Favorite in 2007 and have received two awards for Best Arrangement.

Members: Luke Clavey, Steve Donnelly, Dre Johnson, Chris Rue, Mike Yanchak,

Participated in: 2011 2010 2009 2007

DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN was created out of the Harmony Brigade movement in the Barbershop Harmony Society. They sing a wide variety of uptunes and ballads ranging from classic barbershop, swing, and doo-wop, to show tunes and jazz numbers.

Members: Drew Fuller, Frank Fedarko, Kevin Flynn, Mike Stoll

Participated in: 2008

Epic

Epic formed when two barbershop a cappella harmony singers, a jazz singer and an opera singer found they discovered a common love of ringing chords, fun rehearsals and fantastic shoes. The foursome hails from Virginia and Maryland and is proudly affiliated with the Harmony, Inc., a premier international organization of women barbershop harmony singers. Epic is a vibrant quartet filled with an impressive blend musical and life experiences.

Members: Kristina Adams, Anne Albright, Shana Oshiro, Christina Lewellen

Participated in: 2014 2012

Euphonism

Euphonism - is a Washington, DC based vocal band with a diverse musical background. Members share a passion for the pure, electrifying blending of voice. Euphonism brings a mixture of angelic harmonies, driving beats and moving rhythms to audiences in the capital area and beyond.

Members: Amanda Aldag, John Baer, Theresa Bowman, Joe Kang, Laura McCann, Charlie Meininger, Rachel Tepper

Participated in: 2010 2008 2007

Fair Game

Fair Game is a five member co-ed a cappella group from the Washington, DC area, performing its own unique blend of pop, jazz, and swing. Recently heard on WHFS 99.1FM, the group amuses audiences with their sometimes zany, always "cheesy" a cappella.

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Participated in: 1999

Faithful Singers

We are Faithful, a group of singers meeting the challenge of working together in spite of living in two different parts of the country. We come from both Richmond, VA and the Washington, DC metropolitan areas. We are members of diverse churches and spiritual persuasions. In our number are several composers, arrangers, lyricists and instrumentalists, and we sing gospel music with a jazz influence, endeavoring to minister to the hearts and minds of all kinds of people. It is our desire to exhibit a level of excellence in leadership which will serve as an example to young aspiring singers in our churches and communities, and as a part of our legacy we hope to release a CD in the near future.

Members: Gri Wright, Gwendonlen Jenifer , Larry Fields, Andra lLong, Gwen Ward, Freddie Fields

Participated in: 2012

Feedback

New York City's Jazz R&B group, Feedback is a collection of professional musicians who have been seen and heard by millions around the world - both live and via broadcast. Turning artists like Usher and Beyonce on their head, the group pushes the boundaries of both jazz and R&B. With unique arrangements, tight harmonies, and world class vocals, Feedback has wowed audiences across the country. Feedback is thrilled to be returning to Harmony Sweeps!

Members: Mike Gullo, Doug Larsen, Garrett Philbin, Sam Nulton, Mark Martin

Participated in: 2017

Fleur de Lisa

Fleur de Lisa - is based in Durham, North Carolina. We write and perform original a cappella music, often based on poetry. Individually we bring many disciplines together, including jazz, rock, classical and country. Our diverse musical experiences blend into a versatile style of our own.

Members: Andie Piddington, Sarah Shunk, Sylvia Freeman

Participated in: 2010

Fourth Avenue

Take a pinch of soul, add a bit Motown, mix it all together with a little doo-wop and you have the makings of the a cappella sounds of 4th Avenue. Formed in 1993, this quintet features bass Jim Brown, baritones Scott Dawson, Ryan Holway and Chris Steward, tenor and vocal percussionist Maurice Harris. Together their diverse musical backgrounds and influences create a unique blend of music unlike any other group. 4th Avenue has performed before the Cincinnati Reds, opened for the Beach Boys, and are featured performers at Paramount's Kings Island. This group combines their voices and unique personalities to create a show of humor and harmony sure to bring audiences to their feet.

Members: Jim Brown, Scott Dawson, Ryan Holway, Chris Steward, Maurice Harris

Participated in: 1995

Glasshouse

Glasshouse (Atlanta sub-regional champions) is a seven member contemporary vocal group from Troy State University in Troy, AL. Glasshouse specializes in entertaining not only with an occasional cover tune, but by writing their own original music as well. While competing in a cappella music, Glasshouse has been awarded with titles such as "Best Musicality" and "Best Original Music." The members of Glasshouse range from as far south as Nassau, Bahamas to as far north as Wilmington, DE.

Members: Randy Boone (Baritone/VP), Kemuel Forbes (Bass), Rob McFarland (Baritone), Tommy Newman (Tenor), Calvin "Kirby" Scott (Tenor), Jeremy Thomas (Baritone), Courtney West (Alto)

Participated in: 2002

Glorious

Glorious has been together since 1997. During this time we have become a group of tight knit, polished and professional performers. Our unique A Cappella style leaves very little room for imperfections in our sound. Drawing from our individual spiritual backgrounds, and combining tried and true spirituals with an upbeat tempo. We create a unique listening experience. Worship, Punctuality and Professionalism are the cornerstones to our organization.

Members: Eugene Glato, Barry Fleming, John Elliott, Wilson Cleary, Michael Lemon

Participated in: 2012 2010 2009 2007 2006

GQ

This group began in the summer of 2011, bringing together different musical backgrounds: jazz, pop, barbershop and musical theater. Things seemed to click so easily, they all knew that they could do great things. GQ brings some new repertoire to the a cappella scene, featuring material by some of their favorite artists you may not have heard, and exploring other possibilities outside of the norm. But most of all they have become really good friends who have a passion and drive for singing and who try to create something special each time they perform.

Members: Katie Gillis, Katie Macdonald, Amanda McNutt, Ali Hauger

Participated in: 2012

HALO

HALO is a new barbershop quartet of Harmony, Inc! Jasmine (bass) and Nadira (lead) are currently studying classical voice as dramatic sopranos at Morgan State University and Shana (tenor) is an alumna of the same program. Niambi (baritone) and Shana are sisters, and have been singing together since they could talk. They currently sing Motown and rock in an oldies band based in Boston, The Regressions. HALO was featured in the pre-show at the National Tree Lighting 2014 and will compete in Area 3 with Harmony, Inc in May to hopefully be the first all African American quartet on the HI international stage!

Members: Nadira France, Jasmine Barnes, Shana Oshiro, Niambi Powell

Participated in: 2015

Harmonization Without Representation

Harmonization Without Representation is the premiere all-male a cappella group in the DC area whose twelve-syllable name is derived from a popular Revolutionary War era battle cry. We're six fun-loving guys whose ever-expanding repertoire ranges from Barbershop to Pop, Spirituals to Rock, and Soup to Nuts. Our mission is to rock people's faces off. Seriously. That goal is in our charter.

Members: Derek Smith, John Cipriani, Scott Hecker, Brian Netter, Dan Freeman, John Russell

Participated in: 2011

High Five

High Five is an award winning, mixed voice, 5-part, a cappella jazz quintet from the Baltimore-Washington area creating music and fun wherever music lovers can be found. With more than a century of combined musical experience, this full-chord sound and tight harmonies are indicative of their unique style. This, combined with an undisputable jazz influence & champion arranger, makes Janet, Christy, Lori, Joe and Mike the ensemble that is unmistakably High Five.

Members: Janet Montrie, Christy Brannock, Lori Dreyer, Joe Mannherz, Mike Kelly

Participated in: 2003 2002

Humbuckers

Formed in 1999, The Humbuckers, a vocal rock band from the Washington D.C. area, perform an eclectic mix of modern a cappella originals and covers. In addition to performing at the 2000 and 2001 Harmony Sweepstakes, the group has performed for events such as Congressional Night at the National Press Club, Vintage Virginia, Taste of Baltimore and the Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival. Following the tragic events of September 11, The Humbuckers donated all September proceeds from their debut CD, "Never Said Thanks," to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund, raising $800 for the organization. In January 2002, the Recorded A Cappella Review Board selected "Never Said Thanks" as one of its 11 "Picks of 2001."

Members: Chris Walsh, Bradley Terrill, Eric Olsen, David Lieber, Dave Trendler

Participated in: 2002 2001 2000

Idea of North

The Idea of North defies categorisation. As a quartet of musicians, their voices are their instruments: soprano, alto, tenor and bass, with a bit of vocal percussion thrown in. Their sound and style is distinct, yet they cross many musical genres: jazz, pop, folk, gospel, even comedy.

Their arrangements are extraordinary. They take songs you know and songs you don't and create songs you'll love. But it's not just about the music:

"A pitch-perfect ensemble negotiating complex modulations with ease, constant seamless transition between lead and accompaniment parts, and the whole thing strung together by low-key, humorous conversational patter..." The Courier-Mail

Members: Trish Delaney-Brown, Naomi Crellin, Nick Begbie, Andrew Piper

Participated in: 2003

InDEciSIon

InDEciSIon is a vocal quartet which performs a capella music in the grand style of American barbershop. Formed in 1999, the popular group has delighted large and small audiences with their close harmonies and unique brand of humor. InDEciSIon is comprised of men with accumulated experience of more than 100 years in vocal music. Not that they are OLD, mind you, but its important for you to know! InDEciSIon provides an unusual and thoroughly entertaining addition to your gathering or special occasion.

Members: Bob Yelton, Ed Avery, Bill Hickman, Shelby Robert

Participated in: 2001

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Members:

Participated in: 1998 1994

Justus

Justus - Newly established in 2011, the members of Justus have joined forces to create a sound that is unmistakably distinct. Bringing with them unique and diverse backgrounds that complement each other, the individuality connects with a dynamic synergy and brotherhood of musical unity. Their resonance, made up of individual voices, is in perfect harmony and stands for the common ambition to make great music, entertain audiences of all ages, and share a sound that is just them…or according to them…Justus!

Members: Chris Murphy, Mandell Loman, Nick Hamlin,, Jeff Knapp, Eric Manalo

Participated in: 2011

Key of She

Key Of She started in 2001 and a year later won the coveted "Audience Favorite" title and runner-up at the 11th Annual New York Harmony Sweepstakes. Since then, they've been on quite a ride. In May 2002, they opened for Ray Charles at the 1400-seat Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. In December 2004, they appeared on the nationally-syndicated Jane Pauley Show. In between, Key of She has performed at Philadelphia's Annual Paradigm Award Luncheon, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Women's Initiative, Philadelphia's Heart Ball Patrons Party, Phoenixville PA's A Cappella Jam, New Hope, PA's Bastille Day Celebration, Philadelphia's Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner, Montgomery Township's Cultural Arts Center. and annual fundraisers for Princeton Friends School and The Princeton Girlchoir. On New Year's Eves 2002, 2003 and 2004, Key of She took center stage at Newtown, PA's annual First Night.

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Participated in: 2003

Keystone

A brand new group of a cappella veterans, KeyStone strives to present innovative, original arrangements of pop and rock tunes both familiar and obscure. Based in southeastern Pennsylvania, the group is comprised of current and former members of The A Cappella Project – Philadelphia. KeyStone has recently begun recording their first album.

Members: Joe Gooch, Amy Howe, Tom West, Jennifer Steinberg, Josh Schrager, Jamie Howe

Participated in: 2012

King's Post

King's Post is a mixed vocal ensemble which performs pop and pop culture music. While many of their songs have a strong affinity towards geek culture, they can stray into jazz and rock classics as well. No matter what the song is, irreverence and fun are alpha and omega of the group's repertoire and style.

Members: Jordan Truesdell, Richard Sherman, Jennifer Nardine, Karl Speer, Eric Brown, Christine Gnieski

Participated in: 2015

Lake Effect

The Lake Effect is an award winning group of 5 men unified in one common goal; the promotion and performance of all-male a cappella music. The Lake Effect is the next step in the evolutionary process of a cappella music in the Western New York region. The group's focus is new, intricate a cappella songs of both original & popular tunes that can be appreciated by people of all ages.

Members: Ron Veiders, Jeff Trenchard, Lou Shafer, Matthew Sciara, Jamie Holden

Participated in: 2013

Live Wire

Live Wire is the newest vocal rock sensation out of Atlanta, GA. These six male and one female musicians put together complex arrangements, witty banter, and epic stage shows as they thrill Atlanta radio and live audiences with their jaw-dropping musicality, contagious high energy and a pinch or three of wackiness.

Members: Michelle Arrascue, Jennifer Bond, Carl Christie, Benjy Rose, Jordan Small, Rob Sylvester, Kris Walker

Participated in: 1999

The Lobby

Known throughout the DC a cappella scene Mallory Zuckerman, Olivia Brice, Anderson Wells, Warren Zentz, Ben Parker and Chris Abramson have been wow-ing audiences on their own and in various groups for most of their lives. In late 2013 an idea formed and they decided to join forces to see what they could accomplish! The Lobby prides themselves on their high powered solos, collaboration driven arrangements, and dynamic rhythm section, but most of all they love to perform and bring audiences their own brand of pop a cappella.

Members: Mallory Zuckerman, Olivia Brice, Anderson Wells, Warren Zentz, Benjamin Parker, Chris Abramson

Participated in: 2015

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Participated in: 1998

Loose Interpretations

Loose Interpretations is an all female contemporary a cappella group, who proudly call New York City home. The group was originally formed by several recent college grads who craved the fun and excitement of college a cappella, and Loose Interpretations was born. They pride ourselves on how they've grown over the years from performing in parks wherever they could find an audience, to selling out amazing venues like Arlene's Grocery, Cafe Wha?, Don't Tell Mama, Crash Mansion, and even performing at the Metropolitan Opera House. Loose Interpretations performs everything from 80's pop, to the Beatles, country, and rock, and have several members who keep their repertoire constantly growing with amazing original arrangements (winning best original arrangement last year at the Birchmere!). They keep it simple by recording their tracks live, keeping the focus on the voices, with no extras...just the way they like it.

Members: Jen Kipley, Erin Byram, Stacia Woodcock, Willa Cochran, Heather Glotzer, Reynetta Sampson, Laura Campbell, Jenn Wexler

Participated in: 2012 2011

Lustre

Lustre is thrilled to return to the Mid-Atlantic Regional to represent the Barbershop style. In 11 years together, they’ve sung everywhere! From street corners to penthouse suites, corporate events to Camden Yards, they’ve been there. But the Birchmere is always a favorite venue. In fact, this is their fourth appearance at the Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, and their first since placing second in the 2013 National Finals. Lustre is proud to be the Sweet Adelines International 2017 3rd Place International Quartet. If you see them out and about, ask for a song! Their motto is “Have pitch pipe, will travel!”

Members: Kate Morrical, Lori Crouter, Lori Dreyer, Jenny Harris

Participated in: 2017 2013 2010 2009

MAXX Factor

MAXX Factor, a Baltimore based quartet singing in the barbershop style, was formed in 2005. They are the 2011 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions. Other MAXX milestones include being named the 2009 Mid-Atlantic and 2009 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions as well as being selected as contestants on the very first season of NBC’s "The Sing-Off." Over the past ten years, MAXX Factor has been busy competing, performing and teaching barbershop style singing across the United States and internationally. They were invited to perform locally on the 2014 "The Sing-Off Live Tour." In 2015 they were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and at The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, in Baltimore, MD.

Members: Molly Plummer, Leslie Wodday, Valerie Hadfield-Rasnake, Kim Hudson

Participated in: 2009

Mayhem

Mayhem's explosive harmonies & vibrant look have created quite a whirlwind among the Barbershop Harmony Society. Their song stylings & vibrant presentation have won over audiences at chapter shows. Barbershop harmony forms their roots but their approach is to turn this art form and present a different interpretation to the classics. For their modern song selections they like to include some zaniness. They have multiple awards that bring them pride. Most recently winning the 2014 Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Championship and competing at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Convention.

Members: Neil "Pookie" Dingle, Mike Pinto, Dr. Matt Fellows, Ken White

Participated in: 2014

The Metronomes

The Metronomes is a Washington DC based a cappella singing group. Formed in 1991 by former collegiate a cappella singers, The Metronomes perform an array of popular music dating from the forties to the present. The group’s unique harmonies and vast repertoire appeal to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to entertaining people on the streets of Georgetown, The Metronomes have performed at the White House for President Clinton, The US Supreme Court, The House of representatives, The Senate and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Members: John Cattaneo, Richard Oren, Kevin Page, Brad Saffer, Garth Ross, Andreas Smith

Participated in: 1995

Midnight Voices

A male group of seven that started in 1996 when a bunch of guys got together to serenade their "female friends" the night before high school graduation in Bucks County, PA. They specialize in classical, pop-contemporary, doo-wop, and barbershop. What is amazing about this group right now is that they all attend different colleges.

Members: Michael Leach, Justin Guarini, Cole Simcox, Kevin Powell, Paul Griffin, Nick Cisik, Jay Herbert

Participated in: 2000

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage is a group that can only be described as inventive, insane and delightful! Picture the Marx Brothers, Forever Plaid and the Flying Karamozov Brothers rolled into one. Por example, one might witness a lecture on Spatula techniques that goes hilariously awry. Or a capricious, musical history lesson about the "'Histoire du le Burger." Or even a rap number with wildly eclectic choreography. They won a Bistro award for Outstanding Musical Comedy Act by BackStage Magazine and in 1999 they were chosen as the Mid Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes Champions and went on to win "Audience Favorite" in the National Finals. They can be seen pseudo- regularly on the Food Network's, Doorknock Dinners and other TV appearances include The Fox Network, Comedy Central, Good Day New York, The Veronica Network and America's Funniest People(Grand Prize Winners).

Members: Jeff Lagreca, Brad Barton, Charlie Lagreca, Sean Harris

Participated in: 1999

Mosaic

Mosaic is a six-man a cappella group with an off-the wall style, intricate harmony, and a "get up out yo' seat" beat. They cover a wide range of popular music in new and exciting ways. Mosaic is a collaboration of minds and talents that form a truly unique show you don't want to miss.

Members: Corwyn, Josh, Sean, John, Troy, Andrew

Participated in: 2004

Mutual Agreement

In the fall of 1993, six young men formed and a capella sextet called Mutual Agreement, which means "A Covenant with God." Their intention is to spread the Word of God through song, bringing hope, strength and encouragement to all who will listen.

Each member brings his own individual gifts, talents and creativity to the group. The group uses the human voice as the chief instrument of their performance. Each member mutually agrees that their music ministry will not be kept confined within the traditional walls of the church, their mission field consists of ministering to the sick and shut-in, incarcerated youth and adults, hospitals, evangelistic meetings and wherever there is a need to provide encouragement through song.

Members: Mark Allen, Gerald Best, Lester Black, James Davis, Donald Jackson, Davis Simons

Participated in: 2017 2001

New Release

Imagine a laser tenor, a perfect pitch lead, a solfege-singing bari, and a monster bass, from three different states... and you've got New Release! Formed in April 2005, this extreme-energy ensemble earned silver medals three months later at the International Collegiate Quartet Contest in Salt Lake City. Believing strongly in uplifting youth in harmony, New Release has toured 11 states from Florida to Oregon, leading master classes and coaching at college campuses, high school quartet adjudications, and a cappella festivals, including SoJam in North Carolina.

Members: Ryan Griffith, Shawn Thomas, Joe Eckert, Noah Morrison

Participated in: 2006

Not To Scale

Not To Scale is a collection of three male and three female a cappella jazz vocalists from vibrant Raleigh-Durham, NC. The group gets audiences cooing to their mellifluous tones at such events as the North Carolina Jazz Festival, the Wilmington Riverfest, and Raleigh's Artsplosure.

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Participated in: 1999 1998

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Participated in: 1995

One-Handed Catch

One-Handed Catch is an award-winning women¹s barbershop quartet. These four women registered the quartet in 1992 and have enjoyed singing and being together ever since. They have entertained audiences just about anywhere you might imagine, from the Greek Islands to the White House to hotel lobbies, churches, living rooms and at celebrations of all kinds.

Members: Sherry Stanton, Melissa Panagides Busch, Jinny Guy, Nancy Machado

Participated in: 2001

Orfeia Vocal Ensemble

Orfeia is an all-woman vocal ensemble dedicated to preserving and sharing traditional music from Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. Orfeia's repertoire spans the rich and varied vocal traditions of Eastern Europe, from traditional village songs to sacred chants, with origins from the Middle Ages to modern day. Founded in 2006 by artistic director Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia shares the unique harmonies, ornamentation, and rhythms of Balkan music through performances and workshops in the mid-Atlantic region and in Bulgaria.

Members: Rhonda Kranz, Elin Zurbrigg, Diane Weinroth, Sarah Allard, Michelle Morrison, Carlendra Frank, Louise Mundstuck, Tatiana Sarbinska

Participated in: 2015

Pelicans

The Pelicans are an octet drawn from a group of singers based in Laurel, MD, who enjoy performing various styles of music. They launched the group during Laurel Mill Playhouse's youth production of The Music Man in the summer of 2005. They had such a good time singing barbershop that they just kept on harmonizing. They have been pleased to perform at various church and community functions, including Laurel's Main Street Festival and Riverfest. They are also proud to have been invited twice to perform the National Anthem at RFK stadium in Washington, DC. The members of the group, aged teens to grandparents, have performed an amazing variety of genres, from lounge acts to opera, as wedding singers and country & western singers. In addition to barbershop, the group loves singing styles ranging from Broadway show tunes to big band and doo-wop.

Members: Kathryn Binney, Erika Cogliani, Kirby Forssell, Heather Heaps, Jocelyn Knazik, Stu Knazik, Martha O'Hehir, Barbara Strang

Participated in: 2007

PhilHarmonix

PhilHarmonix is an award winning mixed a cappella quartet that blends the rich harmonies and precision singing of the barbershop style with the classic tunes of yesterday and today. Based in the Philadelphia area, they have performed on local radio stations, as well as community concerts and events, including the Republican National Convention and Jersey Shore attractions. On the national scene, they are top competitors, having won gold medals in both the 1999 Mid-America Barbershop Quartet Expo in St. Louis, Missouri and the 2000 Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. In February 2001, they were named runners-up in the New York Regional Harmony Sweepstakes. Known as "Phil" to their friends, these singers can perform melody and harmony with ease, making every song they sing a showcase for their unique ability and versatility. They recently released their first CD, entitled "Lazy Day," which includes "This Little Piggy Went to Market," a 2002 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominee for Best Barbershop Song.

Members: Donna Perrone, Amy Carr, Tom Halley, Rick Serpico

Participated in: 2002

Pitches Be Crazy

In simple terms, we are a cover band rockin' some of the biggest hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. We bang around with our instruments (aka, our voices) and make music that will have you saying, "OH SNAP, That's my jam!" Edgy and raw in our arrangements and presentation, we add those juicy harmonies and bone rattling percussion and bass old school, making PBC Acappella very unique across the a cappella landscape.

Members: Zadoc-Lee Kekuewa, Leslie Kekuewa, James Parker, Aida Ruiz, Chris Macinkowicz

Participated in: 2015 2014

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Participated in: 1998

Rare Blend

Hailing from central Florida, Rare Blend fuses gospel, vocal jazz classical, swing and doo wop. Whether singing for thousands at a festival, hundreds at a convention, dozens in church or an intimate private party, Rare Blend is striking a heart-chord with Central Floridians. This will be Rare Blend's second appearance at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.

Members: Betsy Reid, Rebecca Roberson, Shannon Elswick, Greg Patterson

Participated in: 2006 2005

Regency

Regency is a five man a cappella vocal group from Baltimore Maryland. They are often called the Temptation of the twenty first century. Their musical magic has fascinated fans throughout the United States. They sing everything from 40's Swing, Elvis, Motown and Classics and Pop Tunes in their own special a cappella style that is not quite doo wop, not quite R&B, but altogether wonderful. They have won Entertainer of The Year on the college market many times, have done national commercials and have opened for many of today's leading musicians. They have NEVER performed without receiving a standing ovation. Their biggest fans are musicians who marvel at their vocal ability. Regency won the New York Regionals several years back and have not competed in several years.

Members: Dewayne McNeill, Milton Ames, Aubrey Brown Jr., John Tiller, Isaiah Simmons

Participated in: 2006 2005 2003

Return To Zero

Based out of Orlando, FL, Return To Zero has been in existence not quite two years, but has already sung for thousands. This a cappella group performs full-time at a well-known theme park in the area. They've also been kept busy over the past year with outside gigs and convention dates. These four men sing songs from the 40's through the 90's adding their own dynamic arrangements to ageless songs. In April 95, they took a second place honors, and the best arrangement award at the regional a cappella contest held in Philadelphia. All four men have had extensive experience in a cappella singing throughout Orlando, and, in fact, met while singing.

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Participated in: 1996

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Participated in: 1995

Rick And The Masters

Formed in the early 1960's by a group of young men from the South Philadelphia area. During the first few years of their existence they made numerous recordings of previously recorded material, as well as some of their own arrangements. During the mid-1960's the group broke up for various reasons including Military and family obligation. Then in 1988 they reformed.

Members: Chuck Holloway, Dennis Gillen, Bill Diamond, Frank Condo, Tom Di Pietro

Participated in: 1992

Route 1

Route 1 is a brand new all-male a cappella group from the Washington, DC area. A little bit doo-wop, a little bit rock-and-roll, this 6-man group has recently performed at such DC venues as the historic Decatur House and Felix in Adams Morgan. Route 1 was the featured entertainment at the Washington, DC Heartsongs Gala Fundraiser, which benefited the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America. For great a cappella in the nation's capital, just follow to signs the Route 1!

Members: Jordan Hirsch, Scott Welch, Anthony Simpson, Evan Reitmeye, Paul Bachmann, Chuck Apperson

Participated in: 2003

Sfourzando

Sfourzando (S4Z) formed in 2012, after years of singing together with The Maryland State Boychoir. The members of this Baltimore-based quartet are tied together by a common love for music, the bring many years of singing experience, including choral, theatrical, operatic and barbershop. S4Z’s repertoire spans from traditional barbershop to pop, jazz, and classical music. Their chilling harmonies and youthful energy always produce show-stopping performances

Members: Vince Sandroni , Ben Hawker, Christian Hoff , Nunzio Cicone

Participated in: 2013

Sixtus

Sixtus is one priest, one deacon, one seminarian, and JONATHAN. We have been singing for 3 years now and firmly believe that one of the best ways to love God and to love people is through music. In September 2012, we released our first CD that shows the diversity of music that we enjoy. All of us have studied music in some way or another but our careers will all be ultimately in the Church or in education. We are excited and humbled at the opportunity to sing at the Sweepstakes!

Members: Joseph Goldsmith, David Gaines, Levi Hartle, Jonathan Gibbons

Participated in: 2014

Skyline

Skyline's repertoire offers no limitations on style or genre. With beat boxing, soaring vocals, layered harmonies and highly unusual arrangements, Skyline produces a unique sound that blurs the genre line, garnering them fans from alternative, mainstream and vocal music worlds alike. You'll like what comes out of our mouths.

Members: Chris Wong, Marco Ovando, Eric Pilar, Derick Eng, Hugh Gee, Ward Ferguson

Participated in: 2009 2008

Sound Celebration

Sound Celebration consists of two members of Sweet Adelines International and two members of SPEBSQSA, the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Formed in March of 2000, Sound Celebration has been entertaining the Southern Tier of New York at barbershop performances and shows, fundraisers, community concerts, corporate events, banquets, and private parties. Their repertoire includes country, blues, folk, spiritual, doo-wop and novelty selections. The quartet is a member of Mixed Harmony Barbershop Quartet Association, and in March of 2003 stretched their skills by competing in the Harmony Sweepstakes a cappella contest in Arlington, VA.

Members: Jerry Schmidt, Marcia O’Neil, Sheryl Allyn, Gerry O’Neil

Participated in: 2003

Southbound

A male trio from Ohio that has been performing together since 1983. The style of music they perform is as diverse as their voices; they sing country, doo-wop, gospel, and rhythm and blues. The group sings on a weekly basis taking their unique brand of humor and harmony on the road wherever opportunity takes them.

Members: Doug Miller, Bob MacLeod, David Beck

Participated in: 2000

Staticflow

Staticflow is a band with a unique, vocally-generated sound. The group focuses on creating original music filled with passion, drive, and soul, but also performs a number of popular covers. Each singer in the group brings their own influences to bear on the sound, filling the music with rich vocal textures, soaring leads, and thumping bass and vocal percussion. This will be Staticflow’s second appearance at the Mid-Atlantic Regional.

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Participated in: 2005 2004

Stiletta

This NYC-based, all female sextet is known for combining pop leads, rich harmonies, and hip-hop dance moves. Stiletta members boast multiple off-broadway and voice-over credits, and everything from WAMMY and CARA awards, to original cast recordings for "Memphis" and "Dora the Explorer". Beatboxer, MC Beats made a show-stopping entry into the beatbox community in 2012 when she was ranked 3rd best female beatboxer in the world at the Beatbox Battle World Championship in Germany. Stiletta's director, Judy Minkoff, also directs both the DC and Chicago Single Singers at the SingStrong a cappella music festival. Stiletta is dynamic, high-energy, and these ladies will show you they have the moves, the grooves and even the shoes.

Members: Judy Minkoff, Haley Clair, Meg Lanzarone, Jaymee Frankel, Olivia Harding, Meghan Costa

Participated in: 2015

Stu-dio Singers

The Stu-dio Singers (formerly known as The Pelicans) are Maryland's most fun a cappella group. They are a sextet drawn from a group of singers based in Laurel, MD, who enjoy performing various styles of music. They launched the group during a summer production of The Music Man in 2005. They had such a good time singing barbershop that they have been harmonizing ever since. Genres include songs of faith and inspiration, show tunes, swing, standards and doo-wop.

Members: Kathryn Binney, Erika Cogliani, Kirby Forssell, Heather Heaps, Jocelyn Knazik, Stu Knazik

Participated in: 2008

Sunday Afternoon

Based in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Sunday Afternoon's (SA) distinguished sound comes from the diversity of each member of the band. We strive to perform high energy, family friendly shows and we pride ourselves in our ability to incorporate a wide variety of music genres into all performances, including but not limited to: pop, R&B, rock, techno and even a little country. SA has performed for hundreds of people at various state fairs, ball games, wine tastings, and concerts in Iowa as well as Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. We aim for everyone to leave our performances satisfied.

Members: Sheila Wagner, Alicia Strong, Matthew Bryant, Stephen Banks

Participated in: 2014

Synergy

Synergy began singing in 1992 and is based in Richmond, Virginia. The male vocal quintet performs songs from the 40s to the 90s and have just returned from a month of singing at Knott’s Berry Farm. They have entertained audiences throughout Virginia and have spent the past four summers performing at Paramount’s Kings’ Dominion.

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Participated in: 1997

Take Note!

Take Note! is a mixed a cappella quintet based in northern Virginia. The group sings a variety of popular and jazz standards from the 1920s to today. Performing at area festivals, private receptions and public concerts, Take Note!’s signature sound hones in on melodic, blended arrangements rather than the traditional chord/solo-based charts of our college years. Take Note!’s most recent exciting event was a performance at the packed steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the First Annual A Cappella Festival in Washington, DC. A favorite singing spot for Take Note! is the corner coffee shop on any evening. Combining a love of music and the fellowship of harmony singing, the group inspires crowds everywhere to, Take Note!

Members: Sara Newman, Mary Stewart, Barry Astrow, Nick Amatuzzi, Jeff Sands

Participated in: 2001

TBD

TBD is the contemporary a cappella subgroup of the Alexandria Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus. Formed by alums of many collegiate a cappella groups to sing more popular music as part of the Harmonizers, TBD also is also involved with the Harmonizers Youth Harmony Outreach Program getting younger generations excited about singing a cappella music in their school and community.

Members: Thomas Kraus, Noah Van Gilder, Scipio Garling, Chris Clark, Terry Reynolds, Jeremy Richardson, Josh Roots, Ken Rub

Participated in: 2012

The Agency

The Agency is comprised of seven secret agents whose international exploits have transported them to stages across the globe, from Tokyo to London and New York to San Francisco. When not engaged in covert operations, The Agency enjoys creating crunchy chords and dabbling in genres from classical to classic rock. For intrigue and vocal adventure, come explore the more clandestine side of a cappella... with The Agency."

Members: Amanda Aldag, Heather Montague, Kieran Daly, Ward Ferguson, Kate Brick, Chris Abramson,

Participated in: 2011

Things To Come

This group is comprised of four men who grew up together and have been singing together for over 20 years. Three of the members began harmonizing in the high school cafeteria--never for a moment visualizing anything more than just "doo-woppin", they have weathered many a storm and embarked on wonderful journey of music, friendship and life. In 1974, the fourth member joined the fold and they began performing at clubs such as Copacabana and at Brooklyn Academy of Music. They have recorded at Mediasound, Fist-o-Funk, Bolognese and other studios. Their first love, a cappella, is their forte. Without instrumental distraction, friendship and warmth permeate their performances-- infecting their audiences with rich harmonies, humor and a love song. To hear them is to love them!

Members: Alfred Crowd, Daryl Miller, Gene Minor, Ronald Simmons

Participated in: 1994

Tone Rangers

This award-winning Washington D.C.-based vocal group is celebrating their 25th anniversary delighting audiences from coast to coast with its dynamic blend of tight harmonies, inventive arrangements and keen wit. In a few choreographed minutes, the Tone Rangers propel through 900 years of Western music--from Gregorian chant to classic rock to TV theme songs--in a fresh approach to contemporary a cappella music and comedy.

Nominated for seven Wammies by the Washington Area Music Association in the past four years, the Tone Rangers were voted the Best A Cappella Group four consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and even won Best A Cappella Recording in 2007! They were also national finalists in the 2002 Harmony Sweepstakes (the Superbowl of a cappella), and three-time winners of Mid-Atlantic "Audience Favorite" and "Best Arrangement" awards. To listen, go our MySpace page.

Members: Joel Malina, Jamey McNamara, Gil Keteltas, Kenyon Erickson, Mike Beresik, John Bader, Gene Stomecki

Participated in: 2002 1998 1997 1995 1994

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Participated in: 1995

Tonic & Gin

Tonic & Gin - In the spring of 2004, a group of musicians-at-heart gathered together in the hopes of creating a new, fresh mix of voices. What evolved from that first meeting was a collection of six singers ready to take on the DC a cappella scene. Rehearsals began, gigs presented themselves, and the group began to mesh. After endless discussions about what to call ourselves it finally hit us ‚ Tonic & Gin!Today, Tonic & Gin continues on as a vibrant co-ed group of seven members dedicated to sharing a wide variety of music with intriguing arrangements, amazing soloists, and a whole lot of fun!

Members: Nate Pipke, Alison Torrillo French, Marissa Hodgkins, Amy Fromm, Bruce Shim, Jeeves Murphy, Jeff Hayes

Participated in: 2010 2009 2005

Tonic and Gin

Tonic & Gin - In the spring of 2004, a group of musicians-at-heart gathered together in the hopes of creating a new, fresh mix of voices. What evolved from that first meeting was a collection of six singers ready to take on the DC a cappella scene. Rehearsals began, gigs presented themselves, and the group began to mesh. After endless discussions about what to call ourselves it finally hit us ‚ Tonic & Gin!Today, Tonic & Gin continues on as a vibrant co-ed group of seven members dedicated to sharing a wide variety of music with intriguing arrangements, amazing soloists, and a whole lot of fun!

Members: Nate Pipke, Ben Keller, Bruce Shim, Mati Makagon, Stephanie Wu, Marissa Hogdkins, Alison Torrillo French

Participated in: 2008

Top of the Seventh

A seasoned group of musical enthusiasts that performs at a variety of venues, from professional baseball games to private schools and parties. We take on styles that range from jazz to spiritual to pop, in pursuit of fun and musical nirvana. Many of us sing now or have sung in large choral groups as well, and we let our hair down when we get out on our own. Top of the Seventh is top of the heap!

Members: Marty Brennan, Jim Connaughton, Rob Ginsberg, Clay Kaufman, Bert Ifill, Elliot Roseman, Dave Welter

Participated in: 2008 2007

Toxic Audio

In 1998, Toxic Audio launched its quirky show in an abandoned storefront at the Orlando International Fringe Festival. To their amazement, people began cramming into that storefront to see them. The show caught the attention of Disney executives who hired them as featured performers at the Disney/MGM Studios. Soon after, the group was crowned champion at the National Harmony Sweepstakes in California.

In the year 2003, Toxic Audio's album, Chemistry was named "Album of the Year" by the Contemporary Acappella Society of America. The group has made national TV appearances with Ed McMahon and Wayne Brady, and even got to sing a reggae-style weather report on ESPN2's morning show "Cold Pizza". Toxic Audio won the 2004 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience" for their Off-Broadway Show in New York's John Houseman Theatre where they continue to electrify audiences by exploring the boundaries of the human voice.

Members: Rene Ruiz, Jeremy James, Shalisa Sloan, Michelle Mailhot, Paul Sperrazza

Participated in: 2000 1999

Transit

Combining soaring leads, smooth harmonies, and a thumping rythm section, Transit demonstrates the power, versatility, and emotion of the most natural instrument of all - the human voice.

Members: Joseph Bates, Nick Lyons, Dave Sperandio, Brent Stephens, James Wallace

Participated in: 2006

Trolley Stoppers

The Trolley Stoppers are four guys who are passionate about singing a cappella. No musical genre is off-limits for us. We do a little doo-wop and a little Billy Joel; some folk songs and some madrigals from the 16th century. We'll try anything, as long as it has a good tune, appealing harmonies, interesting lyrics—and we enjoy singing it. We chose the name "Trolley Stoppers" in honor of the trolley that runs down the middle of the main street of our town (Media, Pennsylvania).

Members: Wayne G. Harvey, Bob Yarbrough, Jeff Busa, George Alexander

Participated in: 2016

Uncommon

As its name suggests, Uncommon isn’t just another contemporary a cappella group. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, this eclectic semi-professional septet draws inspiration from RVA’s legendary indie music scene to create a vocal sound all its own. Since its founding in September 2013, Uncommon has performed at a wide variety of venues and events including the U.S. military base at Fort Lee, Richmond’s Valentine Museum, and SingStrong DC’s ACA-IDOL competition. The groups debut single “Sally I Can See You” (featuring the original lineup) will be available on Loudr and iTunes in early 2016.

Members: Elise Ellen Patterson, Alexa Therese Bratton, Victoria Gayle Ficco, Austin Robert Archer, Mark Andrew Cole, William Nicholas Kazas, Michael Lewis Marcus

Participated in: 2016

Venus d Minor

We have been together for about 15 years; performing a wide variety of styles including jazz, pop, folk, classical, and novelty songs. We specialize in original lyrics set to familiar tunes.

Members: Betsy Erickson, Jenny Nordstrom, Patti Gaston, Amy DeLouise, Dolores McDonagh, Beth Brummel, Robin Sloan, Kristin Bass

Participated in: 2008 1999

Venus dMinor

Venus d Minor, founded two years ago in Annandale, Virginia, performs pieces in a wide variety of musical styles, including pop, jazz, pop, standards, classical, and new wave. This female sextet’s repertoire includes songs originally performed by groups ranging from the Beatles to the Bobs, often writing new lyrics to familiar tunes.

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Participated in: 1997

Vocal Obsession

Vocal Obsession consists of five friends who have sung in various ensembles for the past twenty years, and decided to form a group devoted to a cappella music. They have performed separately, gaining recognition in ensembles and as soloists in the US and Europe (including Orlando, Chicago, Amsterdam, Montreux, Vienna, Strasbourg, and Liege). In 2003 Vocal Obsession decided to band together to sing sans instruments. While they began primarily as a jazz group, they enjoy singing all types of contemporary a cappella tunes. This is Vocal Obsession's third appearance at the Sweeps. They won Best Original Song in 2005 and 2006. Maybe there are better things in the cards for them this year

Members: Marianne Pastelak, Donna Youngberg, Dotti Smith, Charles Braungard, Harry Maloy

Participated in: 2007 2006 2005

Vocal Tonic

This 6-man vocal band is based in Atlanta, which is rapidly becoming THE a cappella hub of the nation... well, at least in the South. Their repertoire is mainly progressive pop/rock, with a touch of jazz and R&B thrown in for good measure. Their recent recording garnered a CARA nomination for Best Original Song.

Members: Paul Collar, Graham Kuhn, Dave Gilbert, Dave Sperandio, Paul Tate, Joey Chen

Participated in: 2000

Vocaldente

The press is unanimous: vocaldente's "singing technique is professional", their "verve is phenomenal", and they're "sparkling with imagination". Critics say they offer a "high level in singing performance", with their "funny spoken interludes" and "imaginative, passionate choreography" - and that they're known for the "professionalism in their performance": Onstage they're "fitting and harmonic", "witty and fresh", "charming and professional" ...simply "harmonic, funny and good with a refreshing naturalness."

But vocaldente have also impressed on the international stage, convincing jurors from all areas of vocal and a cappella music, from classical style to voice pop, such as John Potter (former The Hilliard Ensemble member), Ward Swingle (founder of The Swingle Singers) and Anders Jalkeus (The Real Group). The quintet have prevailed at the biggest and most significant national and international vocal and a cappella competitions in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Members: Tobias Kiel, Ansgar Pfeiffer, Niklas Turmann, Johannes Gruber, Tobias Wunschik

Participated in: 2008

Vocality

VOCALITY is an a cappella quartet with a wide ranging repertoire from 60's and 70's classic rock tunes to gospel to musical theater to barbershop. They are an animated ensemble who love singing together and entertaining audiences with a passion for igniting the spark of music in young people everywhere. VOCALITY formed in January, 2007 and was immediately recognized as an entertaining quartet with flawless harmonies and exciting delivery. They were crowned District Champions in the Land 'O Lakes district of the Barbershop Harmony Society and quickly rose to the elite ranks of the Top 20 in the International Barbershop Quartet contest. Their debut recording was honored with two Contemporary A Cappella Recording nominations by the Contemporary A Cappella Society: Best Barbershop Album and Best Barbershop Song. In fall of 2011 VOCALITY released their second recording, Alleluia, which features gospel music.

Members: Jay Althof, Tony Blackwood, Tom Matchinsky, David Boyd

Participated in: 2017

Voices of Truth

Voices of Truth - Voices Of Truth was created in 2008 as an expression of love of a cappella and Contemporary Christian music. Since then, they have been working toward their goal of taking their message of joy to people both inside and outside the church. With original arrangements showcasing their unique vocal blend and tight rhythms, Voices Of Truth will entertain you, inspire you, and lift you up!

Members: Kevin Barrett, Sarah Barrett, Joe Waeyaert, Natalie Stephenson

Participated in: 2010

Vox Pop DC

Vox Pop is a mixed-voice vocal band based in Washington, DC. Using only their voices to produce high quality a cappella music, each member brings their own unique sound and style to enhance your listening enjoyment. Our mission is to entertain audiences with soulful melodies, tight harmonies, and a beat that can't be denied.

Members: Anna Lee, Brian Brandler, Kirsten Babin, Kara Christ, Christopher Little, Anderson Wells, Amy Wesolek, Benjamin Parker

Participated in: 2016

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Participated in: 1998

West Side 5

West Side 5, an award-winning vocal jazz ensemble based in New York City, is known for its refined sound and sophisticated approach to jazz. Inspired by greats like Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and The Real Group, WS5 has crafted its own unique sound, characterized by highly original arrangements, complex harmonies, and outstanding musicianship.

The group formed in the summer of 2009, bringing together five old college friends on the west side of Manhattan. They immediately garnered acclaim, winning the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes while being voted Audience Favorite and winning Best Arrangement for "Pure Imagination". They went on to be featured artists at the SingStrong A Cappella Festival, and have performed alongside groups including Blue Jupiter, Streetcorner Symphony, and The Bobs, as well as for Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion in New York.

Members: Eric Hughes, John Mcmahon, Kelly Green, Artemisz Polonyi, Dylan Pramuk

Participated in: 2016 2014 2010

Young Men of Faith

We are Young Men of Faith of Savannah Ga. , A Young Gospel Soul acapella group, we were blessed with many gifts, to sing acapella, harmonize, sing with music, write & Arrange songs, we all are cousins & we come from a singing family, we do a lot of traveling ministering at gospel events, churches & Tv shows in different cities & states, we have a great bond with each other & we have a lot of Fans with a great following, we have been on The Bobby Jones Gospel show, Atlanta Live, America's Got Anointing, & The Apollo, We are not signed yet but there are many labels that are interested in Signing us. We are also getting ready for our 5th Anniversary Concert Which is Jan.23,2016. We have been through alot in our life, coming up struggling & we turned to music because that's what we love to do, at 1 point of time it was 6 of us , then went on to 5, things happened then there we're 4, which leads to us today, but our cousin Dre said he think he's about to start his own ministry, so by the time we be on this show it may only be 3 of us, but if its the lords will, we are going to Bring it so get Ready for Y.M.O.F . We Also Have 2 Facebook Fan pages over 1,000 LIKES on Both Type in ( Young MEN of Faith ) & ( Young Men of Faith ), Looking Forward to hearing from you guys soon God Bless.

Members: Jamal King aka Molly Mal, Ricky Coleman aka Ricky C, Marlon Bryant aka LB, DeAndre Allen aka Dre Day

Participated in: 2016





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