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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.

1999 Rocky Mountain Champions

Octane

They first formed in 1994 as an octet with piano accompaniment while students in the School of Music at Northern Illinois University. They released their first CD, "High Performance" in this format and became strictly a cappella in 1996. Their local performance experience includes 2 summer retreats for the American Choral Directors Association, 4 performances of the National Anthem and half time shows for the Chicago Bears, second place in the 1997 Midwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, summer festivals throughout the midwest, guest entertainers for the Miss Iowa pageant, and many concerts and workshops at schools throughout the area. They performed as representatives of Softline, Inc. at the Sapphire '98 trade show in Los Angeles and were the resident a cappella ensemble from January to July 1998 aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines in the Caribbean and Alaska. Their second CD, "Grand Slam" was recorded while on board. They can also be heard on a Baker and Taylor Entertainment Services christmas compilation CD along with artists Kenny Rodgers, Michael Bolton, James Galway, and Vanessa Williams. They will return to Celebrity Cruises in May of 1999.

1999 Results
1st
Octane
2nd
Jazz Katz
3rd
Raging Harmonies
Audience Favorite
Raging Harmonies
Best Original Song
"Make Up Your Mind"


1999 Participating Groups

The Fleeners
The Fleeners named themselves after a local bakery in northern Colorado and have been performing for 6 years in that area. Since their appearance in the 1997 Harmony Sweepstakes they have been baking up new melodies, some of which will be released on their first CD this summer.

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Graffiti Tribe
Graffiti Tribe is back after winning the Denver Regionals in 1995 as the Silk Threads then again in 1997, having changed their name to Graffiti Tribe. The Tribe is one of the most popular college groups in America and are looking forward to making their talents known on an international level. This spring they will release their second CD project.

Members: Richard Jordan, Dan Perkins, Tim Rosendo, Marc Young
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Jazz Katz
The Jazz Katz discovered their musical chemistry 2 years ago when these 4 singers decided to combine their talents. Rob, Doug, Monica and Rosemary stylize their music after such groups as Manhattan Transfer, Singers Unlimited, The Arbors and the Hi-Lo's. Each member of this group is devoted to entertaining their audiences with great tunes form the past and present...entertainment is the name of the game.

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LoDo AirBand
Since winning the Audience Favorite and Best Original Song awards in the 1997 Denver Regional, fans have continued to enjoy this group for it's unique style of original, contemporary a cappella. They have performed all over Colorado for over a quarter million people. Denver audiences should prepare for take off and enjoy the non-stop a cappella sound of the LoDo AirBand.

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Octane
They first formed in 1994 as an octet with piano accompaniment while students in the School of Music at Northern Illinois University. They released their first CD, "High Performance" in this format and became strictly a cappella in 1996. Their local performance experience includes 2 summer retreats for the American Choral Directors Association, 4 performances of the National Anthem and half time shows for the Chicago Bears, second place in the 1997 Midwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, summer festivals throughout the midwest, guest entertainers for the Miss Iowa pageant, and many concerts and workshops at schools throughout the area. They performed as representatives of Softline, Inc. at the Sapphire '98 trade show in Los Angeles and were the resident a cappella ensemble from January to July 1998 aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines in the Caribbean and Alaska. Their second CD, "Grand Slam" was recorded while on board. They can also be heard on a Baker and Taylor Entertainment Services christmas compilation CD along with artists Kenny Rodgers, Michael Bolton, James Galway, and Vanessa Williams. They will return to Celebrity Cruises in May of 1999.

Listen to: Baby Iím With You | Listen to: Bring Him Home

Members: Sean OíConnor, Eathan OíConnor , Jason Bayale , Kevin Schoenbach , Tyler Ball
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On The Town
On The Town is an all female a cappella group! Sisters Cecily and Karen have been singing together since childhood. Their group "Girls' Night Out With Bob" participated in the 1996 Denver Regional Harmony Sweepstakes. Since then Bob moved on and they added Peg, Lara and Andrea to create On The Town's musical magic.

Members: Cecily, Karen, Peg, Lara, Andrea
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Raging Harmonies
Raging Harmonies met in high school where they started singing arrangements from the Urban Harmony Movement. Now they're blending their unique personalities & styles to create their own arrangements. This group has had the honor to host the Colorado American Choral Director's Association A Cappella Festival for the last 2 years. We hope Denver audiences will agree that their harmonies are raging!

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Special Effects
Special Effects is the second all female a cappella group to compete in the 1999 Denver Regional. These four ladies bring many years of musical training and professional experience to their peformances. Special Effects became Silver medalists in May of 1998 in the Sweet Adeline's regional competition. They are simply exciting!

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Complete list of 1999 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.

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