1999 Indiana University graduate Dan Ponce hopes to strike gold twice. The founder, first music director and former member of the hit a cappella band Straight No Chaser, he composed and arranged many of SNC’s most popular songs. In 2006, after a 10th anniversary reunion concert, a video of the group singing “The 12 Days of Christmas” went viral — receiving more than seven million hits in 2007 alone. The attention led to a deal with Atlantic Records.
Ponce left the group in 2010 to resume a career in broadcasting and now works as a reporter and anchor for WGN-TV in Chicago. Most recently, he joined music industry veteran Charlie Blum to produce a new a cappella group named Gentleman’s Rule.
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In order to introduce Gentleman’s Rule to the widest audience possible, they released the group’s first music video, “Pachanelly Canon,” June 19 on YouTube. It has since gone viral (at this article’s publication, the video had received over 175,000 hits).