In the summer of 1992, a few friends from Connecticut College, Wesleyan University and Skidmore College who knew each other from high school had the idea to spend the summer on the Vineyard doing what they liked best: singing.
Jody Alford and friends each gathered a couple of members from their respective collegiate a cappella groups and headed to the Island, forming a group they called the Vineyard Sound.
“Getting gigs was tough,” Mr. Alford recalled this week. “We sang on the streets of Edgartown. One night we talked to the Navigator manager and he said, ‘Oh no, we can’t use you.’ So we started singing outside anyway and attracted a big crowd. Then the manager came back out and said, ‘Well, we’ll see what we can do.’ That was our first gig.”
At quite a different gig, Mr. Alford, along with more than 60 other Vineyard Sound alumni, will take the stage on July 28 at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs for the 20th reunion concert of this men’s a cappella group that has become a summer fixture on the Vineyard.