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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.

2002 Rocky Mountain Champions

Eclipse

Eclipse is a vocal group of six creating explosive sound, driving rhythms, and lush harmonies using only one instrument: the human mouth.

The six members of Eclipse originally met while performing in a public relations /ambassador-oriented group that was part of the department of Programs and Entertainment at Utah State University. They began by arranging their own vocal covers of popular songs and performing them on campus and in the Logan area. Increasing public interest and performance opportunities led to the recording of their first album, "Once," which was released in April 2001.

2002 Results
1st
Eclipse
2nd
Groove Society
3rd
Saturday Evening Post
Audience Favorite
Eclipse
Best Original Song
"Glad I Chanced It On You" by Rosemary Baltensberger


2002 Participating Groups

Eclipse
Eclipse is a vocal group of six creating explosive sound, driving rhythms, and lush harmonies using only one instrument: the human mouth.

The six members of Eclipse originally met while performing in a public relations /ambassador-oriented group that was part of the department of Programs and Entertainment at Utah State University. They began by arranging their own vocal covers of popular songs and performing them on campus and in the Logan area. Increasing public interest and performance opportunities led to the recording of their first album, "Once," which was released in April 2001.

Listen to: Look My Way | Listen to: Danny Boy

Members: Paul Hansen, Kevin Jones, Dan Kartchner, Kirk Mecham, Patrick Rose, Shayne Taylor
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Good Company
Good Company is a seven-member vocal group based out of Midland, Michigan. They began singing together in 1999. Their repertoire covers classical to jazz with an emphasis on contemporary vocal harmonies and blends; Good Company is under the direction of Jim Hohmeyer. They have performed with Steve Zegree's Jazz Quartet from Western Michigan University and opened for the well-known Michigan Comedy Ensemble "Three Men and a Tenor", Kirby Shaw's vocal group "Just 4 Kicks", the fabulous "Four Freshmen" and for Doc Severinson and his big band on the MCFTA stage. In 2004, they were one of three vocal jazz groups invited to perform in Los Angeles for the ACDA National Conference.

Members: Dona, Voni, Tracy, Becky, Debbie
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Groove Society
Groove Society, formed by Bianca Herbert & Joe Herbert, is an award winning vocal jazz sextet that is among the top rising stars on the world a cappella scene. In 2006, the group was named "Vocal Group of the Year" by the JPF International Music Awards, as well as being honored for "Best A Cappella Album", and "Best A Cappella Song". And in 2007, Groove Society received the prestigious "IAJE Award for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education" at the International Association for Jazz Education convention in New York City.

With the release of their critically acclaimed debut CD, Groove Society is receiving airplay on major-market jazz and NPR stations from coast to coast and around the world. They have appeared at international jazz festivals across the Mainland U.S., Hawaii, and Canada, sharing the billing with, and/or opening for top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, The Neville Brothers, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Freddy Cole, Patty Austin, The Rippingtons, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Heath, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, The Bad Plus, Paul Taylor, Nelson Rangell, Soulive, Styx, and many more!

Members: Bianca Herbert, Cameron Chinatti, Damion Massey, Joe Herbert, Dave Sheehan, Brendan Currin
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Saturday Evening Post
The quartet hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado.The Saturday Evening Post are proud members of the Southwest District (District of Champions) with Allen, Johnny and Bobby being members of the Town North Plano Chapter and Brian being a member of the Dallas Vocal Majority. They also are the music team for the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The quartet is currently ranked as one of the top 10 in the World of Barbershop having finished 9th in the 2002 International Competition held in Portland, Oregon.

Allen Gasper, a former professional opera singer with Masters degree in Voice is the Lead singer. Allen is a renowned attorney in the Colorado Springs area, although we don't hold that against him. He is a certified "Singing" Category Judge and is a member of the Plano, Texas and Colorado Springs, Co. Chapter. Allen is the quartet's only bonafide "Cajun".

Members: Allen Gasper, Scott Delude, Brian Beck, Bobby Gray, Jr.
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measureXmeasure
Hailed by critics as "a high-energy vocal phenomenon that'll simply knock your socks off!" (JazzBeat), measureXmeasure (measure by measure) is an a cappella sensation that proves the human voice is indeed the most versatile of all instruments. Despite what the listeners' ears may tell them, mXm uses no drum machines, synthesizers, pre-recorded material or instruments of any kind. Every sound - whether it be soaring five-part vocal harmonies, jaw-dropping vocal bass, or astonishing beat-box vocal percussion - is produced live by the voices of these five young men. Originally formed in the mid-1990's as a student group at the University of Kansas, the Kansas City-based quintet now travels coast-to-coast year-round headlining concerts halls, festivals and college campuses everywhere.

Members: Jeff Smith, Jon Stutler, David Stutler, Erich Timkar, Cardell Edwards
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Jazz Katz


Members: Rob Baltensberger, Rosemary Baltensberger, Linne Bueche, Ryan Wilson
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Special Effects
A fresh face on the a cappella scene, Special Effects joins four top vocalists to create a wonderful blend and entertaining style that has quickly endeared them to audiences throughout the Denver area. This quartet combines an exciting sound with a diverse repertoire, customized to guarantee an unforgettable entertainment experience.Witih many individual years of musical training and professional experience, together the quartet has achieved top honors in many area competitions. Recent champions at the Aspen Barbershop Festival, they are also currently 2nd place quartet medallists throughout an 8-state region with Sweet Adelines International

Members: Pat Crum, Rebecca Richards, Kim Andrews, Trudy Pardee
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SurrounSound
Energetic and fun, SurrounSound performs a blend of upbeat pop, R & B and funk with tight harmonies and driving percussion. SurrounSound was formed by five people who sang together in high school, and their mom (as she is known to a majority of the band.) Passionate about vocal music, this ensemble incorporates the sultry and sweet, the rowdy and raucous into harmonious contemporary a cappella.

Members: Helen Ayala, Benjamin Faber, Debbie Faber, Travis Heryla, Shannon Hewitt, Miquel Rodriguez
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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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Please send music and photos to the regional director :


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