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For several years, attempts to form an a cappella group at Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury fell flat.

Then the television show “Glee,’’ about a high school glee club, debuted.

“The kids saw the show last spring and we came back in the fall and suddenly I had all these kids,’’ said Kim O’Keefe, a Pentucket music teacher who directs the school’s new, 32-member a cappella group, the Treble Makers. “ ‘Glee’ is why the group is so big.’’

Also popular was a recent NBC reality-television show, “The Sing-Off,’’ a competition of a cappella groups that had the Beelzebubs from Tufts University placing second.

“That definitely sparked interest,’’ O’Keefe said.

“It’s opened a lot of people’s eyes to what a cappella is and put a cappella a little more on the map,’’ said Wilmington High teacher Jason Luciana, founder and director of the school’s a cappella group, Soundscape. “People are realizing a cappella has a lot wider umbrella than just two or three performing groups. The things the human voice is able to do are amazing.’’

A cappella is vocal performance without accompaniment, with singers often using their voices to replicate the background sound of instruments.

And it’s a growing musical brother- and sisterhood on high school campuses.

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