2010 Participating Groups
| 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.
They have opened for both Rockapella and for Sixthwave. Their debut album, released in 2008, is for sale at Singers.com, on iTunes, Amazon, and probably several more. Although the group line-up has changed significantly since its inception, D4TC still features original arrangements with a distinctly jazz flavor.
Members: Penny Watson, Colleen Keene, VJ Rosales, Andreas Preponis, Francesca Delfin Preponis
| Swing Shift|
This stylish vocal jazz group was formed in Santa Monica in 2002. Swing Shift focuses on jazz and re-harmonized pop and Broadway standards from the 30's to the present. The group sings mostly its own arrangements, with Phil and Richard providing them. Swing Shift performs at private parties, churches, malls, and clubs. They also appeared as one of the featured a cappella groups on KLCS’s television series “Mosaic.” Swing Shift was honored at the 2004 Los Angeles regional Harmony Sweepstakes, where they won the best arrangement award for their 6-part version of “Where is Love?” from the musical Oliver! The current group appeared publically for the first time on January 31 of this year at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. They performed old and new repertoire to a room packed with a warm and appreciative audience.
Members: Holly Pitrago, Dina Torok, Janette La Bella, Joel Dalton, Phil Azelton , Richard Gilinsky
Award-winning Frequency is a vocal band founded in 2009 and dedicated to performing songs from the 70s to today with a focus on the story in the music. Music is part of the living soundtrack of our lives-the music that plays in the background of important moments and that we associate with our most important memories. With a passionate and thoughtful delivery, we take the audience on a personal trip through music they know and grew up with, inviting them to remember the moments and experience the emotions all over again. Like the old analog radio frequencies that first delivered many of these songs, all-vocal Frequency brings the audience a reminder of some of their favorites.
Members: Christine Li , Marleena Coulston, Lena Ani Rakijian, Evan Frasier, JR Calilung, Tom Keyes, Kari Francis
SoundStage constantly impresses audiences both at home and abroad with their tight, unexpected harmonies and passionate delivery. Founded in 2006, their 2008 win of the LA Regional Harmony sweepstakes has catapulted them to appear on ABC's "The View" as well as a touring headline performance for the 2009 International Contemporary A Cappella Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. Their consistent jazz sensibility (with an infusion of funk) has taken them from shopping malls, to professional sporting events, to international conferences, to high school auditoriums, to county fairs, and local churches, where they have been described as "the white, suburban step-child of Take 6 and Earth, Wind, and Fire."
Members: Jammie Hampton, Kim Reed, Bradley Hampton, Joseph Livese, Kyle Bowen, Ryan Williams
| Classic Souls 4 Christ|
Classic Souls 4 Christ is an all male vocal quartet based in LA/Bakersfield who met in high school singing motown, etc. in various venues, competitions or anywhere including walking through airports or street corners. The switch to gospel was an evolution to share their gifts with the world and to see the influence that music and their lives can give. The group feels they were born to be together because each member’s voice is specific to their harmony. The group has opened for various gospel artists and believe that no venue is too big or too small.
Members: B.R. Thomas , Gregory Warren, Ellis Gupton, Darryl Thomas
| Pitch, Please!|
In 2010, Pitch, Please! erupted onto the a cappella scene in response to growing “anti-instrument” sentiment in the greater Los Angeles area.
Made up of occasionally hard-working professionals in TV, film, market research, studio recording, advertising and teaching arenas, Pitch, Please! has a collective 56 years of a cappella experience. So unofficially speaking, our first performance took place in 1954, when vocal percussion was still considered some type of witchcraft.
Pitch, Please! aint yo’ daddy’s a cappella. It aint yo mama’s neither. But it might be your sister’s…and that’s the way we like it.
Members: Stephanie Chan, Sara Collins, Ben Fuller , Arathi Govind, Ian Koff , Adam Shepard, Scotty Pierce, Cate Wright
| 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
| Red Harmony|
Based in Los Angeles, California, Red Harmony tailors its selection of songs to the voices and personalities of its singers in order to present a fresh and original performance. Each member brings a very unique style, specialty, and energy to the table, creating a synergistic culture where ideas are shared and creativity is celebrated. From accompanying each other with rhythmic vocals to reveling in crunchy jazz chords, Red Harmony creates a personal experience with every note.
Members: Cali Zimmerman, Laura McCorkle, Sydne Sullivan, Anthony Starble, Nate George, Christopher Thaxter
||Eric Bradley |
Eric has performed in dozens of a cappella groups over the past 25 years including the 2001 Los Angeles/National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, Sixth Wave. For the past 15 years he has sung in a quartet with Dick Van Dyke called The Vantastix. He's appeared in on-screen groups "The Tone Rangers" (The Break Up), "The Shagarats" (How I Met Your Mother), and Andy's college group (The Office). He’s lent his voice to over 100 Films and TV shows including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pitch Perfect 2, The Jungle Book, Jurassic World, Minions, Jersey Boys, Toy Story 3, Avatar, Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Voice, Glee, and The Academy Awards. He's performed or recorded with Lady Gaga, Fall Out Boy, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Adele, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and Neil Young. As a whistler he’s been featured in the films The Muppets, The Smurfs, Savages, as well as the theme song for Disney’s Mickey Mouse Shorts.
|Johnny D. Figueroa
Johnny D. Figueroa is the founder, artistic director, and bass vocalist for NOTA, the Latin vocal band sensation and winners of the nationally acclaimed NBC/SONY a cappella competition "The Sing-Off". Introduced to the wonders of choral and barbershop music by his parents, Johnny became passionate for vocal harmony since an early age. He received formal training in Music Performance and Voice. During the past 20 years, he has had extensive experience singing, performing, voiceovers, radio, and touring with several award-wining choirs and vocal groups. His hobby is to manage a Neurophysiology Research Laboratory and teach medical courses at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
Laura Pallas has a Bachelor of Music, vocal performance from the University of the Pacific and a Masters of Fine Arts, vocal performance from the University of California, Irvine. Laura has had many years of solo work with various churches in the LA area.
Laura is an accomplished musician, performer, and regional and international competitor in the Sweet Adelines International arena. She is a member of the Sweet Adelines regional and International Faculty, and was just awarded the title of "Master Director" in 2009 for scoring 620 points at the Region 11 Contest.
In addition to directing the women’s Santa Monica Chorus, Laura also directs the award-winning men's Valleyaires Chorus. She coaches quartets and choruses around the country specializing in vocal production and technique. Laura also sang lead in the internationally competitive quartet, Naturally, Region 11 Quartet Champions in 2005
||Jeff Smith |
Los Angeles-based musician Jeff Smith is best known to a cappella fans for his role as singer/vocal percussionist for the internationally-acclaimed pop/jazz ensemble, m-pact. Since joining the band in 2004, he has toured all over the world, performing in venues ranging from jazz clubs and festivals to concert halls and opera houses. Outside of m-pact, he is a full-time freelance musician, producer, clinician, and arranger. His voice (and beatboxing) can be heard on numerous film/TV soundtracks, as well as in countless live performances across the U.S. Jeff serves in the Army Reserve as the commander and conductor of the 300th Army Band in Los Angeles, and he has been a featured vocalist and worship leader at numerous churches throughout southern California. He works as a performing arts coach for Burbank Public Schools, and he has recently been commissioned to develop and lead a new music education curriculum at West Valley Christian School in West Hills, CA. In his spare time, Jeff is also a solo recording artist and has several CARA-nominated all-vocal releases on iTunes and other digital music outlets. Jeff lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Heather, son Noah, and new bouncing baby girl Sophia.
Gerald White - is a prolific singer/songwriter, accomplished pianist and teacher. He has been heard on over 100 feature films, TV shows, video games and commercials. He is currently working on the new hit TV show GLEE and was recently heard on the Cameron Film, AVATAR. His introduction to the a cappela world was his 5 year stint in the group, "Sixth Wave".
Gerald teaches the Sightsinging Classes at the Screen Actor's Guild and has a Vocal Studio in Santa Monica, CA where he coaches voice and records for commercial and CD projects.
He can be contacted through www.music1on1.com
Complete list of 2010 participants
Interested in Performing?
We are always seeking groups who would like to participate
in our events.
Groups of any style are welcome, but you must have between
3 and 8 members. We have a rule book which explains many of the
details of the event, which you can see by clicking here. All groups must audition in
order to compete. Generally this is done by sending a current tape
and photo, although live auditions are sometimes arranged. The
purpose of the audition is to make sure the group is appropriate for
the Festival and to help the Director determine the performance
order. If a group has competed previously, the audition process may
How to enter
Please send music and photos to the
regional director :
Will Hamblet (Los Angeles)
The South Bay Coastliner Chorus has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) for over half a century. For the last 15 years, the Coastliners have sponsored the Los Angeles Regional Harmony Sweepstakes program. As such, they are the only BHS organization involved in this competition. During their sponsorship, the Los Angeles Regional is proud to have produced 5 National winners & 2 second place finalists.
willhamblet (at) roadrunner.com