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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.

2000 Rocky Mountain Champions

All Star Vocal Band

In 1995 the All-Star Vocal Band began rebuilding their vocal ensemble around the talents of the two exceptional voices of Jackie Farrell and Rita Dean. With the addition of seasoned a cappellans, tenor, Jimi Alexander and, baritone, Tony Huerta and the continuing participation of, bass, Norm Silver, the All-Star Vocal Band has moved forward to bring a new style and a fresh perspective to the group's sound. Powerhouse percussionist, Zach Freeman, adds the drive and the beat to make the new All-Stars really rock.

2000 Results
1st
All Star Vocal Band
2nd
Baby Needs Shoes
3rd
The Other Side of Soul
Audience Favorite
All Star Vocal Band


2000 Participating Groups

All Star Vocal Band
In 1995 the All-Star Vocal Band began rebuilding their vocal ensemble around the talents of the two exceptional voices of Jackie Farrell and Rita Dean. With the addition of seasoned a cappellans, tenor, Jimi Alexander and, baritone, Tony Huerta and the continuing participation of, bass, Norm Silver, the All-Star Vocal Band has moved forward to bring a new style and a fresh perspective to the group's sound. Powerhouse percussionist, Zach Freeman, adds the drive and the beat to make the new All-Stars really rock.

Listen to: Donít Stop Believiní | Listen to: I Wish

Members: Norman Silver, Tony Huerta, Jimi Alexander, Zack Freeman, Jacklyn Farrela, Rita Dean
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Baby Needs Shoes
This female trio is from Lincoln Nebraska, they are sweeping the midwest with their warm audience appeal and breathtaking harmonies. Close your eyes when they sing in unison and you will believe it is one voice! Baby Needs Shoes is known for their entertaining singing in the style of the Andrews and McGuire sisters, but they are also comfortable singing folk, jazz, blues and gospel, making for a very versatile show. Baby Needs Shoes is three beautiful voices, three talented women and three exhausted moms!

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Graffiti Tribe
Graffiti Tribe was founded in 1990 by Dan Perkins and has had an interesting decade. They took home the awards of Regional Champions in 1995 and again in 1997 for the Denver Regional Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival. Since touring most of the country as one of America's most popular college acts, The Tribe has signed an exclusive record deal with Jakarta Records and will soon be touring and distributing their CDs on an international level. The Tribe is working on a new CD project which will somewhat stray from their a cappella roots. Fear not a cappella fans! This group won't leave their first love all together. Be on the lookout for the Tribe to be doing bigger and better things than ever before in the new millennium!

Members: Richard Jordan, Dan Perkins, Tim Rosendo, Marc Young
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Jazz Katz
This group took the award as 1st Runners-up in last years Denver Regional Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival. They discovered their musical chemistry two years ago when these four singers decided to combine their talents. Rob, Ben, Linne 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 from the past and present.

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Our Mothers' Daughters
Probably best known for their inspired arrangements of fully orchestrated music, Our Mothers' Daughters have "a cappella-ized" tunes from The Beatles and Amy Grant, to Queen and Friedrich Handel, just to name a few. This four woman vocal group has energized audiences with their diverse arrangements and creative harmonies for over ten years. Our Mothers' Daughters will tickle your eardrums whether you're eight or eighty!

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Raging Harmonies
This group is from Westminster High School where they blend their unique personalities and styles to create their own a cappella arrangements. They have opened for such groups as Graffiti Tribe, M-PACT and Toxic Audio. For the last two years, Raging Harmonies has hosted the Colorado American Choral Director's Association A Cappella Festival. In the 1999 Denver Regional Harmony Sweepstakes they won the award of Audience Favorite. We hope you'll agree that their harmonies are RAGING!!!

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The Fleeners
Fleener - what does it mean? No one can say for sure. Entertaining? Outrageous? Spontaneous? Funny? These guys are all that and more. The Fleeners - five men who are natives of Fort Collins with one goal - bring quality a cappella music and genuine enjoyment to all audiences. Audiences from Cheyenne to Denver have found out exactly what a Fleener is and what a Fleener can be - a wild, crazy, hilarious good time that will leave you laughing in your seats and loving the music. Their motto "A Cappella....and then some" means anything can happen!

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The Other Side of Soul
Rudy, Mike, Brian, Jake, Scott and Adam are TOSOS! These gentlemen exploded into the a cappella scene in 1996 as a five part, male group from the Denver metro area. Now, as their voices and their college careers mature, they are happy to introduce their newest member, Brian. He has made their sound complete as they progress into the future with a new six-part sound! Their backgrounds in rock, jazz, musical theatre, doo-wop, opera and gospel meld together to create their unique a cappella style. TOSOS will amaze you while their harmony and rhythm will get you dancing in your seats!

Members: Rudy, Mike, Brian, Jake, Scott
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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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