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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.

2007 Rocky Mountain Champions

Face

Face is a nationally recognized all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado, bringing a new edge and attitude to the human voice. Using just five voices and a vocal drummer, or "beat-boxer," Face creates a rock-music phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. No other instruments or special effects - just six guys. Considered "among the top 10 singing groups in the country," (Norm Johnson, Las Vegas Leisure Guide) they regularly wow sold-out audiences throughout Colorado, including such classic venues as Boulder Theater and The Soiled Dove.

Face was recently named "Best Local Musician/Group" by Boulder Weekly's 2009 Best of Boulder Reader Survey. In addition, Face is a two-time winner of the National Audience Favorite Award at the Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals, as well as National Runner-Up in 2005 and 2007. Face was also runner-up for Favorite Pop/Rock Group in the 2007 Contemporary A Cappella Society's Community Awards. Face has been headlining in Las Vegas periodically since 2007 to rave reviews, paving the way for even more national attention.

2007 Results
1st
Face
2nd
Vocality
Audience Favorite
Face
Best Original Arrangement
"Home" Arr. Ryan Driver
Best Original Song
"9:15" Tim Y Jones


2007 Participating Groups

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: Ron Gilgamesh, Ernie Stuckowitz, Randy Jackson
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Face
Face is a nationally recognized all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado, bringing a new edge and attitude to the human voice. Using just five voices and a vocal drummer, or "beat-boxer," Face creates a rock-music phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. No other instruments or special effects - just six guys. Considered "among the top 10 singing groups in the country," (Norm Johnson, Las Vegas Leisure Guide) they regularly wow sold-out audiences throughout Colorado, including such classic venues as Boulder Theater and The Soiled Dove.

Face was recently named "Best Local Musician/Group" by Boulder Weekly's 2009 Best of Boulder Reader Survey. In addition, Face is a two-time winner of the National Audience Favorite Award at the Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals, as well as National Runner-Up in 2005 and 2007. Face was also runner-up for Favorite Pop/Rock Group in the 2007 Contemporary A Cappella Society's Community Awards. Face has been headlining in Las Vegas periodically since 2007 to rave reviews, paving the way for even more national attention.

Listen to: Home | Listen to: O Fortuna

Members: Forest Kelly, Mark Megibow, Ben Lunstad, Cody Qualls, Ryan Driver, Stephen Ross, Jayson Throckmorton
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Cross Examined
Cross Examined is an 8 person a cappella group from Longmont, Colorado. CrossX has been busy lifting hearts and bringing smiles to faces throughout Colorado and beyond since the fall of 2000. With a variety of styles, including Christian Contemporary, Southern Gospel, Traditional, Praise and Worship and even a bluegrass tune now and then, this group is sure to keep your hearts smiling and your toes tapping.

Members: Calisse Staggs, Laura Eldred, Paul Schneider, Debbie Smith, Sheri Smith, Matt Eldred, Donna Craine, Tim Staggs
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Placental Armageddon
The hard rocking boys of Placental Armageddon all hail from Topeka, Kansas (not true - but Topeka does rock!) where they learned the ways ofmetal music while singing amongst the rows of corn at the Alice Cooper memorial Corn Hatchery (you decide if that's true). They will make their debut at Harmony Sweepstakes with their own brand of "extreme shredding" a cappella. (Topeka rocks!)

Members: Mark Megibow, Tim Y. Jones, Ryan Driver, Joseph DiMasi, Cory Wendling
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Raging Harmonies
Raging Harmonies is a contemporary a cappella group from Westminster High School started by Lois Peterson 15 years ago. The group has been widely recognized and acclaimed. The group regularly performs at the Colorado Music Educators Conference in Colorado Springs, as well as performances for numerous community groups and events.

Members: Amber Cameron, Angelica Cain, Katarina Lobato, Vanity Rivera, Michael Beaver, Chris Ladner, Taylor Medrano, Jeovanny Torres
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The UCD7
The UCD7 is an up and coming collegiate a cappella group from the University of Colorado. Their blend of pop, jazz and comedy will have folks coming back for more.

Members: John Paul Sharp, Claire Grout, Greg Jacyszyn, Kirk Dugan, Lucas Reeves, Anthony Limon, Michael Brown
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Vocality
VOCALITY is an a cappella quartet with a wide ranging repertoire from 60's and 70's classic rock tunes to gospel to musical theater to barbershop. They are an animated ensemble who love singing together and entertaining audiences with a passion for igniting the spark of music in young people everywhere. VOCALITY formed in January, 2007 and was immediately recognized as an entertaining quartet with flawless harmonies and exciting delivery. They were crowned District Champions in the Land 'O Lakes district of the Barbershop Harmony Society and quickly rose to the elite ranks of the Top 20 in the International Barbershop Quartet contest. Their debut recording was honored with two Contemporary A Cappella Recording nominations by the Contemporary A Cappella Society: Best Barbershop Album and Best Barbershop Song. In fall of 2011 VOCALITY released their second recording, Alleluia, which features gospel music.

Members: Merilee Tobin, Tim Y. Jones, Jeremih Jamson, Sean Bean, Dave Matthews
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