22nd Annual

National Finals | Schedule | Recordings | National Champions | Rules | How to enter | About us

Events | Groups | Judges | Directors | National Finals Publicity Photos

Boston | Chicago | Los Angeles | New York | Pacific North West | San Francisco | Mid Atlantic (DC)

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.

2006 Rocky Mountain Champions

Curious Gage

Working out of Fort Collins, Curious Gage has been a fixture in the contemporary a cappella scene for over three years. With performances throughout Colorado, including the Denver Coliseum, this award-winning a cappella ensemble flawlessly captures the energy and intensity of today‚s hottest Rock bands. Their unique blend of pop, jazz, Rock and soul unites in strikingly vibrant harmony, complemented by their extensive professional backgrounds. With commanding solos, powerful bass and driving vocal percussion, Curious Gage is one group you don‚t want to miss!

2006 Results
1st
Curious Gage
2nd
Cool Shooz
Audience Favorite
Six Guys Named Blake
Best Original Arrangement
"Come Together" Arr. by Dave Small
Best Original Song
"Yo Ma Ma" by Denny Malone


2006 Participating Groups

The Plumbers of Rome
It was a more civilized time, when the world's foremost sewage engineers spent their weekends singing in their choir togas on street corners in ancient Rome. All that ended with the little-known Roman Ice Age (AD 126-28) that plunged the empire into too-cold-for-toga temperatures. Too cold for even wool togas. By the time things thawed, singing plumbers had fallen out of fashion. Many plumbers took up a monastic lifestyle to cope with their shame. Some fled to the new world. Some invented the Olympic sport of Curling. The Plumbers of Rome appear tonight courtesy of the Ancient Waterworks Federal Heritage Committee.

Members: Randy Jackson, Ernie Stuckowitz, Ron Gilgamesh
More Details

Ignition!
Ignition! was formed in February 2004. Despite a couple of personnel changes, Ignition! has stayed together. In the summer of 2005, Ignition! added Dan Testa as the new Tenor and recently added Matt Swann as the new Baritone. Ignition! has been fortunate to perform several shows and travel to many places thus far...and hope to do a lot more of it in the future! They made their contest debut in April 2004 after just a few weeks of rehearsal; the quartet was a few points away from a wild card invitation to the 2004 International contest. The following fall Ignition! placed 2nd in the Rocky Mountain District contest. The quartet posted a qualifying score for the 2005 international contest in Salt Lake City, but due to personnel changes were unable to compete. Ignition! became RMD champions in October of 2005, and placed 21st at the 2006 international contest in Indianapolis. In 2007 in Denver the quartet rose significantly in the rankings and finished in 12th place at International.

Members: Dan Testa, James Taylor, Curtis Terry, Denny Malone
More Details

Cool Shooz
Cool Shooz is an amazing group of six singers who perform classic Rock and R&B, sprinkled with some gospel and jazz. They have performed along the Front Range for ten years, wowing crowds with great harmony and making them laugh in the process. The guys started out singing for tips on Boulder‚s Pearl Street Mall and have built a solid reputation as professional entertainers and top notch musicians. “Fun, amazing, funny” is how one fan described our show. Cool Shooz can be seen (and heard) regularly at clubs and festivals in the Denver area and along the Front Range anywhere harmony is appreciated.

Members: Dave Small, Chase Darnell, Jeff King, Marc Johnson, Dutch Miller, Tom Conner
More Details

Curious Gage
Working out of Fort Collins, Curious Gage has been a fixture in the contemporary a cappella scene for over three years. With performances throughout Colorado, including the Denver Coliseum, this award-winning a cappella ensemble flawlessly captures the energy and intensity of today‚s hottest Rock bands. Their unique blend of pop, jazz, Rock and soul unites in strikingly vibrant harmony, complemented by their extensive professional backgrounds. With commanding solos, powerful bass and driving vocal percussion, Curious Gage is one group you don‚t want to miss!

Listen to: Long Train Runnin’ | Listen to: Windmills

Members: Nic Widhalm, Zach Tait, Phil Thompson, Tom Miles, Carleen Widhalm
More Details

Left on Spruce
If you're driving through Boulder Colorado, take a left on Spruce. Look for the second house in, follow the walkway to the front door, and inside, five singers are speaking a cappella. No way, oh? Way, ah. Left on Spruce started as a creative outlet for its five members, all of whom have a rich history of vocal performance and music education - as rich as one can be at twentysomething. Every performance brings solos, vocal percussion and unique chords from all directions. Arranging music as a group, pushing each other's creativity and locking into a cappella are the things that drive Left on Spruce.

Members: Scott Callahan, Kevin Heinz, Cory Winding, Edwina Hebert, Brenda Poell
More Details

Six Guys Named Blake
Six Guys Named Blake actually consists of seven guys, but of course, there are eight guys in our photo and six of them aren‚t actually named Blake. Never mind. ŒSix Guys‚ discovered their love of a cappella music at Fairview High School via three great vocal music directors who have opened doors for many performers. A cappella has become a creative outlet for the young men of this group as well as an opportunity to "let loose" and perform with Œflare.‚ Since all but one of the seven guys are seniors, lessons learned through this vocal band adventure will be carried on elsewhere as they continue their musical quest.

Members: Blake Stepan, Trevor Babb, Jesse Thurston, D.L. Mungo, David Paxman, Daniel Cooper, Peter Driscoll
More Details

Stayin, Outa Treble
Stayin‚ Outa Treble is one of the newest and most exciting vocal bands to appear on the Rocky Mountain scene. Refugees of such prestigious choral groups as Colorado Chorale and as sublime as folk trio Cottonwood, our collective stage and studio accomplishments are awesome. Our common bond is love of mountains, and the fact we are a band of borderline schizophrenics drawn together by an eclectic assortment of a cappella. Our music includes pop, Rock, folk, show tunes and straight-ahead jazz. We do it the big vocal band style with a wonderfully perverse sense of humor. That’s how we are Stayin‚ Outa Treble.

Members: Julie Cotton, Nikki King, Sandy Buckstein, Ray Podjasek, Eva Bridgeforth, Barb Henry, Bill Wilton
More Details

Complete list of 2006 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.

How to enter

Please send music and photos to the regional director :


National Champions

Regional Champions: Boston | Chicago | Denver | Los Angeles | Mid-Atlantic | New York | Pacific NW | SF Bay Area

Other Year's Results - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999 - 1995 - 1994


Home | Boston | Chicago | Rocky Mountain | Los Angeles | New York | Pacific North West | San Francisco | Mid Atlantic (DC)


Search The Harmony Sweepstakes Web Site


Read the latest reviews, articles, features and more - A CAPPELLA NEWS

For More of The Primarily A Cappella On-Line Catalog

Browse

Browse By


Music Category
Arrangement
Gender
Instructional
Format
Christmas

Thanks to our Sponsors