Home"The Sing-Off" Group Profiles: Tufts Beelzebubs

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NBC’s “The Sing-Off” is a television first: a 4-night-only event that pits 8 a cappella groups of varying styles against each other, each vying for a Epic Records/Sony Music recording contract and a substantial cash prize. No lip-syncing or studio magic allowed. Show dates are 12/14-16 from 8-10pm, with the live finale on 12/21 from 8-10pm. The competing groups represent a variety of styles, ages and approaches, and come from all over the US, and Puerto Rico. The show will be hosted by Nick Lachey, with guest judges Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, and Nicole Scherzinger.

Group Name: Beelzebubs from Tufts University
Home: Medford, MA
Established: 1962
Configuration: 12 men

The oldest group competing (in years of existence, not age of individual members) is the Beelzebubs, from Tufts University (Medford, MA). There are 12 guys in the group, and they are the competition’s only all-male collegiate group. The Bubs are Tufts’ oldest all-male a cappella group, established in 1962. It was then that the original members dubbed themselves “Jumbo's Disciples” after the school’s mascot, but soon renamed themselves “The Beelzebubs," a reference from John Milton's epic poem, "Paradise Lost." By 1964, they had already recorded their first album, and appeared with the Boston Pops. Their output has been consistent since then.

The Bubs are considered pioneers in the modern collegiate a cappella movement, and were one of the first groups (in the early 1990s) to incorporate vocal percussion into their regular sound. They are an unabashedly pop group, and along with UPenn Off The Beat and the Stanford Harmonics, are considered one of the "Holy Trinity" of collegiate a cappella. They have recorded 26 studio albums and 3 live ones, continually upping the ante on their sound and recording process. Along the way, they’ve won several awards, including several CARAs. They’ve traveled as far as Hong Kong and Turkey, and have appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16”.


Go Bubs!

-Amy Malkoff

Tufts Beelzebubs: http://www.casa.org/node/5633
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MAXX Factor and FACE: http://www.casa.org/node/5629
BYU Noteworthy: http://www.casa.org/node/5639
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Voices of Lee: http://www.casa.org/node/5981
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