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Here\'s a thought

It\'s guys like Bob Ahlander and Pete Hollens.

It\'s also the case that wherever a championship group lies, others have to step it up. All-Night Yahtzee blew everyone in the South away a couple years ago, and the region suddenly ramped it up. Honestly and truly, this year\'s South ICCA shows have been unbelievable this year. This Semi on March 29 at Wake Forest is going to be aMAYzing.

Vocal Point dominated a few years back, then On the Rocks stepped it up, then Divisi picked it up from both, then Noteworthy learned from all three, and now VoCals were forced to be flawless. It pushes itself forward.

With YouTube and increased exposure in general, I bet you\'ll see a great quality equalization among all regions in the coming 3-5 years.

--Dave Brown

now: Mouth Off host | ICCA & CARA Judge

then: CASA president, CASAcademy director, CASA Bd of Directors | BYU Vocal Point | Noteworthy co-foun

Another Thought

Great points Deke
However the track record of BYU - which is a large percentage of the success from the west - is a school that nurtures a cappella moreso than any other group probably in the country.
Vocal Point receives 1 credit from BYU for being a part of the organization as it is also directed by the BYU music faculty.

\"it\'s not the schools themselves (New England schools tend to be more helpful to their a cappella groups, as the tradition is longstanding. Western colleges do not nurture their groups the same way),\"

I beg to differ.
When 30% of the west\'s success has been from a group that is nurtured tremendously.

David Rabizadeh
Director, ICCA

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the BYU club is very helpful, and they have a great faculty advisor. And yet that\'s one school. You can argue that UC Berkeley and now U Oregon are just as powerful, as they\'ve proven to be, without an advisor.

The thing that doesn\'t make sense is that there are fewer schools and group in the West, and yet they do so well. Take BYU completely out of the running and the West has still won more ICCA\'s than any other region. Which I can\'t explain.

- Deke Sharon • 800.579.9305 • http://www.dekesharon.com

I think it\'s because of the time zone difference. Those east coast groups are off their game from having to wake up so early every day.

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