2006 Participating Groups
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: James Taylor, Curtis Terry, Dan Testa, Denny Malone
|The Plumbers of Rome|
While serving as court musicians/crepe chefs at the court of Charles VII in the 13th century (they were not allowed to serve as the Royal Plumbers, since plumbing was at that time considered to be a form of witchcraft) the Plumbers of Rome invented a device to hurl food and concert T-shirts into the starving peasant section of the King's Concert Hall. Adapted for military use, and named the Trebuchet, this modest invention lead the French army to many victories, as well as adding to the festive atmosphere of French wedding receptions and modern day Renaissance Festivals. While history has all but forgotten the inventors of the Trebuchet, the Plumbers are commemorated in the traditional French carol ballade de l'arme romaine aim'e de plombier.
Members: Ernie Stuckowitz, Ron Gilgamesh, Randy Jackson
| 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: Chase Darnell, Jeff King, Dave Small, Marc Johnson, Dutch Miller, Tom Conner
| 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: Zach Tait, Phil Thompson, Tom Miles, Carleen Widhalm, Nic Widhalm
| 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: Kevin Heinz, Cory Winding, Scott Callahan, Edwina Hebert, Brenda Poell
| 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: Trevor Babb, Jesse Thurston, Blake Stepan, D.L. Mungo, David Paxman, Daniel Cooper, Peter Driscoll
| 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: Nikki King, Sandy Buckstein, Julie Cotton, Ray Podjasek, Eva Bridgeforth, Barb Henry, Bill Wilton
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