#TheSpotlight: High Point U Toccatatones

The Toccatatones from High Point University began their time with us by sharing their significant origin story and how their name came about, then discussed the key roles of energy and positivity within the group. Also, after a year of significant turnover in the group, they discussed the kinds of building and growth in store this year. Plus, they sang for us!

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#TheSpotlight: Dobyns-Bennett HS Duly Noted

Duly Noted is one of multiple groups from Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee. While together, we dive into how they approach choreo (with the help of FaceTime), how they manage the stress of competition, and much more. They also share some of their current songs with us!

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#TheSpotlight: Rockapella

It was a delight to spend some time with the guys of Rockapella in the mobile studio. We talk about how they got started, the highlights along the way, and how the group is continuing to thrive these days as well. The group was generous enough to sing us some songs as well.

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#TheSpotlight: N Olmsted HS Special Edition

Special Edition comes to us from North Olmsted High School just outside Cleveland, Ohio. While together, we learn about the backstory of the group, the pros and cons of a smaller a cappella group, and why they shy away from competition in favor of festivals. We also hear them perform some of their current music for us.

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#TheSpotlight: James Madison HS Madison Avenue

While at a festival in Texas, we sat down with Madison Avenue, a group from James Madison High School in San Antonio. We talk about the role of competition in the group, making friends in a cappella, and creating “little gem” moments in performance. Plus, they sang for us in the mobile studio! Recorded in 2019.

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#TheSpotlight: U Tennessee/Knoxville VOLT

As the last of the founders of the group have begun to leave, we talk with VOLT about how to keep the best of those traditions alive while deciding which others need to change. VOLT talks about preparing for competitions vs. festivals, and how they’re using the power of theme this year in building their rep. Plus, they sing some of their current music! Recorded at SoJam 2019.

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#TheSpotlight: Duke U Pitchforks

Recently, the Pitchforks celebrated their 40th anniversary as a group, so we took the opportunity to talk about grappling with the legacy of a long-time successful group – and dish about how the alumni sounded four decades later. We learned about their regular Hamptons show, and heard them sing their current rep!

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#TheSpotlight: U/North Carolina Walk-Ons

While in North Carolina, we sat down with the UNC Walk-Ons about their evolution as a group, both musically and in terms of process. They sounded great as they sang some tunes live for us, and we had some laughs as they shared some stories.

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#TheSpotlight: U/Florida Gestalt

Gestalt made a big splash when they were founded in 2016 – and haven’t looked back since. In this episode, we bring Gestalt into the mobile studio to talk about how they’re charting their path today, sing some of their current repertoire, and look ahead. Recorded in November 2019.

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