School or Affiliation: SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY


In the fall of 1992, Kyle Hayden, Brian Hough, Rob Searle, and Dave Smith formed a barbershop quartet called the Ripchords. The original idea was to sing valentines to raise money for the music fraternity on campus. Their first real gig was at Boston University and they sang barbershop and doo-wop classics. When Rob left school in the spring of 1993, the barbershop idea was scrapped and the three remaining members formed the Potsdam Pointercounts.

Following this transformation, the group grew quickly to become the premiere popular performing group on the SUNY Potsdam campus and through the entire North Country of New York. The first A Cappella Jam was held later that spring. This annual event brings a cappella groups from other colleges to sing and perform at SUNY Potsdam with the Pointercounts for a night.

The Pointercounts now are an award-winning group, bringing home the title of the ICCA Quarterfinal Champions in 2006. We would like to invite you to look around and message us with any questions you may have. (For more information about the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, visit their website at www.varsityvocals.com/icca/.)


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