8 to the Bar

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8 to the Bar

Group in Winter 2010
Background information
Years active 1997–present
Composition All-Male
School Drexel University
Organization Type Collegiate
Website http://www.8ttb.net/

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8 to the Bar is the only all male A Cappella group at Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). They were founded in 1997 as Drexel's first recognized A Cappella group.


[edit] History[1]

Old Logo

[edit] Founders

The need and interest for an a cappella performance ensemble has been in long existence at Drexel University. In the winter of 1997, Raymond Sheen, Jr. became inspired to act on this need, and won the support of our seven founding members:

  • Renjie Abraham
  • Donovan Artz
  • David Callan
  • David Gornish
  • Anthony Ifill
  • Raymond Sheen, Jr.
  • Brian Stoudt

Eight to the Bar had first been known as the [8 to the Bar|Drexel Dragontones]. Originally, the primary objective of the group was to explore the sounds and styles of contemporary a cappella music. One of the original intentions was actually to learn barbershop quartet songs and sing it to girls for Valentine's Day in the Drexel cafeteria.

[edit] Recognition and Success

In compliance with the Student Organization Policies, Eight to the Bar chose Dr. Steven Powell as its Faculty Advisor and drafted its Constitution in the spring of 1997. Eight to the Bar received its University recognition in the summer of 1997.

Eight to the Bar's first public appearance was as part of Drexel's 1997 International Festival Day celebration, where five members performed two songs in a frigid April 5th morning.

[edit] Discography

[edit] Dare You to Moon (2006)

Dare You to Moon released 2006

[edit] No Intermission (2004)

Dare You to Moon released 2006

You may notice that some of the tracks on No Intermission are titled "Intermission X ". Pun intended. These tracks are freestyle A cappella Jams. These tracks are totally original, unrehearsed, and unplanned - pulled out of thin air if you will. A Jam has a life of its own. We use Jams to practice listening to each other, blending, and also to get a feel for how each of us sings. There's nothing better to lift ones spirit than a great jam.

  1. Sweetness
  2. Jammin'
  3. More Than Words
  4. Intermission 1 (Jam)
  5. Drive
  6. I've Gotta Get a Message to You
  7. Intermission 2 (Jam)
  8. With or Without You
  9. Clamp Down
  10. On your Mind
  11. Intermission 3 (Jam)
  12. Chop Suey
  13. You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling

[edit] Seven Came Back! (2000)

Seven Came Back! released 2000

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. 8ttb History
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