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School or Affiliation: Muhlenberg
Allentown, PA
UNITED STATES

AcaFellas

In September of 2002, men were auditioned to become members of the revolutionary group. With foundation by (a.k.a "the Godfather's") Dave Bish and TJ O'Connell, they began their rehearsal process 18 members strong, uncertain of their potential. Shortly after, the group was formed and began work on it's first song, "The Longest Time" by Billy Joel.Once upon a time, in the hamlet of Allentown, PA, there was a small liberal arts college called Muhlenberg. On this campus, lived a group of men and women singers called the Dynamics. For a long while, the Dynamics were a sought after group, always performing and always recruiting attendees of this college to join them on their merry path of notes and harmony. However, the desire to sing was too great for only one group to accommodate. Along came the Girls Next Door, a group of women who wanted their voices to be heard as a separate entity. Two groups seemed an ideal situation for a few years, and then the men, feeling under-represented in the field of a cappella music, sought off on a path to make their presence known. Thus, the AcaFellas were born. In September of 2002, men were auditioned to become members of the revolutionary group. With foundation by (a.k.a "the Godfather's") Dave Bish and TJ O'Connell, they began their rehearsal process 18 members strong, uncertain of their potential. Shortly after, the group was formed and began work on it's first song, "The Longest Time" by Billy Joel. Being brand new and a litte shaky, they started small, performing two songs at the Dance-a-thon, and opening for the Girls Next Door in their winter concert with five songs. They lost a few members (David Torsiello, Jason Condrad, and Alex Garlen), and gained one along the way, finishing off their first year at 16 (TJ, Dave, Rafael Bish, Brodie Aberson, Frank Grande-Marchione, JR Lopatin, Mat Wolfson, Alex Joujan, Jordan Ahnquist, Craig Porter, Ray Pierre, Kieran Maroney, Tim Gross, Jeff Williams, KC Cvitanov, and Brian Richardson). Once they attained a small repertoire they began performing "favor" concerts for practically all who asked to get the word out. For having only been around a full year, the AcaFellas did not do badly for themselves, with eight performances under their belt and a couple unmanageable requests for "gigs". Four years and an indeterminate amount of years to go, the AcaFellas and the remaining members are going to ensure that the Muhlenberg and Allentown communities have a male voice to add to the music of the college. In the bleak midwinter of January 2006, the 'Fellas, while bravely defending their pride against the local moose population, trekked up to Waterville, Maine to record their first CD, "Hello, My Name is AcaFellas" that is now available on their website www.acafellas.com. 2005-2006 brought yet another three groups to fruit...ehh...fruition: Innachord, Chaimonics, and Noteworthy. Today, with over 60 performing members in the Muhlenberg a-cappella community and six mighty groups, the AcaFellas remain the sole testosterone-only source of vocal ravishment.

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