2001 Participating Groups
The six-man, all-vocal group, InsideOut, is rapidly establishing a reputation for exceptional entertainment. With their musical capability, surprising vocal percussion, and captivating performances, InsideOut has entertained both small and large audiences across the West.
Before becoming a part of InsideOut, each member of the group was involved in performing in other vocal groups, such as the well-known BYU Men's Chorus. The group had its beginning in the winter of 1997. Two brothers, Ben and Layne Haacke, pulled in Kimball Brown, a home town friend, Ryan Hinton, a "real" bass, and some other local singers to form InsideOut. It started as a hobby, and they performed for friends and the local a cappella club. A couple of members left the group at the end of the school semester, so InsideOut recruited the last two members of the current group to replace them. Paul Hatch was brought on as a high tenor, and Jason Smith filled in with his exceptional vocal percussion.
| T Minus 5|
As a nationally-acclaimed and award-winning a cappella group, T Minus 5 is known for delivering a high-energy musical performance that combines pop, classic rock, a bit of country, and even elements of comedy
The group has been together since 2000 and traveled throughout the country performing for Universities, Arts Councils, city events, and corporate conventions. Simulating all instrument sounds with just their voices, T Minus 5 is a high-energy a cappella group providing fun for the whole family.
T Minus 5 claimed first prize at the Denver Harmony Sweepstakes in 2001. Having only been a group for a year, they advanced to the national competition, and have been on a performing rampage ever since. Their energy and humor win them new fans wherever they go.
Members: Kent Hyer, Jason Salmond, Joe Cheney, Jeff Petersen, Jared Allen
| Cool Shooz|
Cool Shooz are former regional Harmony Sweepstakes Denver champions (1998 and 1996). What they do is classic rock n’ roll a cappella and they can be seen at such summer festivals as the Northglenn Fourth of July celebration, Longmont’s Rhythm on the River, the Greeley Arts Festival, among many others. The group has been together since 1990. Their unique sound is a blend of many years of experience in opera, voacal, jazz, musical theater and rhythm and blues.
| In Unity|
In Unity has been on fire for the Lord since the formation of the group in September of 1991. Since then they have performed at various schools, churches, and youth rallies. Audiences around the world have been blessed by their music ministry. Having eight members has brought diversity to the group that sets them apart from most a capella groups. They have been able to incorporate different genres of music into their songs, ranging from gospel, to jazz, to a modern pop style. With so many people in the group, In Unity is able to reach out to people in a more personal manner after concerts and during other group functions. In Unity writes and/or arranges all of its music, giving the group a unique and original sound.
| Jazz Katz|
Jazz Katz will be performing at the Denver Regional Harmony Sweepstakes for the third year. They hope to warm your hearts with their silky vocals and smooth renditions of vocal jazz standards.
| LoDo Airband|
This group calls itself the "Air Band" because air is the only instrument they play… all a cappella, all the time. Since starting as a house band for Elitch’s Amusement Park in 1996, the LoDo Air Band has provided non-stop a cappella service to Denver and the World, and has performed for more than a million people. The group is currently promoting its second album, "Upright and Locked."
| Raging Harmonies|
Raging Harmonies is from Westminster High School where they blend their unique personalities and styles to create their own a capella arrangements. They’ve performed at various metro locations such as the Arvada Center, the Governor’s mansion, and the Soiled Dove. They’ve also opened for groups such as Toxic Aide and M-PACT. For the past two years, Raging Harmonies has hosted the Colorado American Choral Director’s Association A Cappella Festival, and in 1999 they were honored to perform for the Colorado Music Educators Clinic Conference. Their fine musicianship has helped them become well known within the Westminster community and throughout Colorado. They have just released their second CD, which has been nominated for the CARA award.
Tangent is a contemporary vocal band consisting of six members, ranging from 18 to 25. While their style varies from doo-wop to pure vocal instrumentalism, one thing is constant: entertainment! The group excels in giving energetic performances that are always specialized for the audience. Tangent emphasizes pure vocal blend and contrast in their arrangements, and they combine these with powerful bass and driving vocal percussion lics to achieve a strong, memorable sound that audiences can’t help but enjoy. If you want to hear a cappella that will make you laugh, cry and dance, you’ll want to see Tangent!
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