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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.

1994 Rocky Mountain Champions

The Diners

Formed five and a half years ago, The Diners have become one of the busiest groups in Denver and the region, playing at a variety of local nightclubs, private and corporate functions. In recent years they were featured on CBS This Morning, opened for Ray Charles, represented Denver at the 1991 Harmony Sweepstakes Finals and released their CD-- Open All Night. After this year's competition, The Diners will return to the studio for release #2.

1994 Results
1st
The Diners
2nd
Exact Change
3rd
Neighbors
Audience Favorite
Neighbors


1994 Participating Groups

Charm School Dropouts
These three versatile singers have been a part of the local music scene for years, and have entertained and delighted audiences by performing their acappella stylings in a variety of settings: clubs, concerts, and private parties, radio and television. Rythym & blues, gospel, comedy and rock & roll are some of the styles offered by the entertaining CHARM SCHOOL DROPOUTS.

Members: Tia Marlier, Suzy Nelson, Diana Pierce
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The Diners
Formed five and a half years ago, The Diners have become one of the busiest groups in Denver and the region, playing at a variety of local nightclubs, private and corporate functions. In recent years they were featured on CBS This Morning, opened for Ray Charles, represented Denver at the 1991 Harmony Sweepstakes Finals and released their CD-- Open All Night. After this year's competition, The Diners will return to the studio for release #2.

Listen to: Never Tell An Angel | Listen to: Wicked Game

Members: Doug Wisness, Paul Collier, Jeff King, Tom Price, Chris Rhodes
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Distinction
Roslyn, Ervia and Roberta actually began singing together back in '84 when they were pledges for Alpha Kappa Alpha Soroity, Inc. The addition of Mary Louise lent another dimension to their distinctive style. Each is a talent in her own right and all excel in academics, theatre and music. Each has her own goals and aspirations and these ladies come together to combine rich, melodious tones. DISTINCTION re-cently returned from a tour of Honduras and Panama and have toured Asia for the Department of De-fense. They give thanks to God for blessing them with the ability to spread joy of music through their songs

Members: Roslyn Bishop, Ervia P. Davis, Mary Hancock, Roberta Johnson
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Et Cetera
The group was formed at UNC in 1989 and performs a wide range of vocal styles including swing, funk,pop, R&B and Latin. Their material is primarily written and arranged by the group members and alumni. ET CETERA performs at the UNC Jazz Festival. Members of the group have performed and served as judges at other festivals and summer musics camps thoughout the country.

Members: Trist Curless, Janet Elder, Deb Fleming, Alison Roman, Brad Rees, Dave Sheehan, Wendy Whitby
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Exact Change
Exact Change is made up of people who love a cappella music. They don't stick to the basics and they label their style as contemporary and innovative. If smooth, hip, and tight are your definition of a cappella, then you'll love EXACT CHANGE. The Contemporary A Cappella Society of America has dubbed them "One of the most original groups in the region" (and they were impressed by how few trumpets these guys use, too!)

Members: Trist Curless, Jon Gonzales, Tony Huerta, Matt Selby, Amber Ward
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Neighbors
They are just what their name implies, the typical guys next door who happen to sing not all that typical A Cappella. They are the guys you'd invite over for a bar-b-que, the guys upstairs who play the stereo too loud and the guys you see on weekends fixing their cars. The group has had many names and talented members over the years and has coalesced with a powerful unique sound. Their repertoire includes many A Cappella standards, but like the group itself, "diverse" is a better description of their musical style.

Members: Kent Beaber, Jody Huddleson, Jonathan Moreno, Russel Perez, Scott Spalding
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Silk Threads
It seems like only yesterday these guys started singing to impress the ladies. The fact that they could get paid for it--singing, not impressing ladies--was astonishing! They began focusing less on women and moreon their music and today their repertoire ranges from standard '50s doo-wop to gospel to Motown to more contemporary material. They realize that their musical talents can make money while their charm and good looks can hook the babes. With the addition of a new bass, the SILK THREADS hope to make the fifth time a charm here at the Harmony Sweepstakes.

Members: Jim Carr, Man Martinez, Ray Paris, Dan Perkins, Derrick Pope
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Zero Degrees
With influences ranging from jazz to opera, and everything inbetween, ZERO DEGREES is a unique blend of voices and musical backgrounds that come together in cool a cappella harmonies. Born from a passion for a cappella, ZERO DEGREES strives to maintain a creativity and freshness that capture the true essence of a cappella music. They're just five good friends having a great time. So, when its hot a cappella, it must be ZERO DEGREES!

Members: Robert Garcia, Marc Howard, Mike Lang, Rick Johnson, Russ Schroeder
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