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Ben Watsky was born to sing a cappella. Well, if not born, then certainly bred to it.

The Woodbridge native first learned The Whiffenpoof Song (“We’re poor little lambs who have lost our way, baa, baa, baa….”) in eighth grade, coached by his choir teacher at Hopkins School, JoAnn Wich.  With a voice somewhere north of tenor at that point, Watsky auditioned for the Hopkins male a cappella group, the Harmonaires, but didn’t make it. Sophomore year he took his place in the Harmonaires with a group of guys he remembers fondly to this day.

“I idolized them,” Watsky said. “I will never forget them. I hope that someday I can do for young singers what these guys did for me. It was special because of how seriously everybody took the ideas of brotherhood and camaraderie and influence over their peers.” The brotherhood lasts, as you can see at the end of each concert when the Harmonaires call up any alumni in the audience to come up on stage and sing “Twilight,” the group’s signature song.

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