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The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. 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.

1997 Mid-Atlantic Champions

Da Vinciís 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.

1997 Results
1st
Da Vinciís Notebook
2nd
Doo Wa Zoo
3rd
Tone Rangers
Audience Favorite
Tone Rangers


1997 Participating Groups

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.

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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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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.

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Da Vinciís 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.

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

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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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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 Knottís Berry Farm. They have entertained audiences throughout Virginia and have spent the past four summers performing at Paramountís Kingsí Dominion.

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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 sextetís 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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Complete list of 1997 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 be waived.

How to enter

Please send music and photos to the regional director :

Sara Rasmussen (Mid-Atlantic) Sara has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional production team for several years and a supporter of the Sweeps long before that. This year, she is stepping into the producer role. Sara enjoys many styles of music and was drawn to the Sweeps because it includes such a diversity of genres. Sara has been a member of Sweet Adelines for over a decade, has competed in numerous competitions both as a member of the Potomac Harmony Chorus and as a "baritone" in various quartets. In recent years she has been performing in the Washington, DC area with the Capitol Swing Quartet. In addition to helping out with production of various Sweet Adeline events, Sara has also been involved in the programing and production for several large DC area music festivals.


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