2002 Los Angeles Champions
Dan Jordan, Tim Reader, Mike Economou, and Jon Campbell make up The Perfect Gentlemen. They have collectively appeared in over 1500 shows, in over 40 states Š plus tours of England, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Canada, Mexico, and the West Indies. Collective appearances on The Simpsons, ER, Blossom, Home Improvement, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, gold and platinum recordings with Neil Diamond, and appearances with The KingÕs Singers, The Osmond Brothers, David Frost and Jonathan Winters, are just a few of their many entertainment industry credits.
|1st Place||Perfect Gentlemen|
|Best Original Arrangement||"Lime in the Coconut/Witch Doctor" by Heartfire|
2002 Participating Groups: (bios to come)
Acafellas: Bryan Dourdle,
Chris Lindish, Tom Reid, Kacy Sakous and Jared Yohsiki compose the Accafellas.
They are an a cappella quartet that performs songs from the Doo-Wop, Jazz and
Pop genre. The Accafellas began in 1999 as a small ensemble group at Cal Poly
Pomona. They have performed the National Anthem during graduatioon ceremonies
for the college of Business Administration and Environmental Design, and for
the CCAA WomenÕs Basketball Champions at Cal Poly Pomona.
California Blend: When you combine good looks (well, one of us anyway) with good talent (most of us) and a love for a cappella harmony, you get an interesting blend Š a California Blend. The members of this fine quartet come from three different Barbershop Society chapters and all are interested in a variety of music styles. Richard Neufield, lead; Robert Urierte, Baritone: Doug Forchaskle, Bass; and Dave Gunther, Tenor
a Los Angeles based a cappella group of four women. Grace delivers tight harmonies,
vibrant energy, and an imaginatively reinvented mix of music from the 1920Õs
to the present. This group of seasoned performers shares a unique brand of blending
that demonstrates the voice as an instrument like no other. Members of GRACE
include Maria Weiskoph, Contralto; Jeanette Meyer, Alto; Paula McMath, Mezzo
Soprano; and Lisa Linehan, Soprano.
Heartfire is a female a cappella trio that delights in sharing their music with children and adults of all ages. Drawn together by the sheer joy of making music, these three multi-talented performers light up any stage or street with their enthusiasm, vocal harmonies and gentle sense of humor. Their repertoire ranges from swing and jazz to spiritual selections to various popular songs of the ages. Heartfire also offers an Andrews Sisters repertoire, complete with costumes and wigs
Gentlemen: Dan Jordan, Tim Reader,
Mike Economou, and Jon Campbell make up The Perfect Gentlemen. They have collectively
appeared in over 1500 shows, in over 40 states Š plus tours of England, Germany,
Sweden, Russia, Canada, Mexico, and the West Indies. Collective appearances
on The Simpsons, ER, Blossom, Home Improvement, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,
gold and platinum recordings with Neil Diamond, and appearances with The KingÕs
Singers, The Osmond Brothers, David Frost and Jonathan Winters, are just a few
of their many entertainment industry credits.
Undivide Musical Group: Undivided MG is a Southern California Gospel a cappella sextet. The members of Undivided MG come from different Latin American countries: Panama, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. Undivided MG was born one year ago in the choir room of the memberÕs local church, when three friends decided to learn a song from Take 6. Their mission was to seek and find the right voices to fit those of the song. Slowly, but surely every member was invited to join. After the song was learned, we thought it would be a blessing to sing together and make it an official singing ministry. Undivided MG uses their voices to praise God in different styles, however, the group is well known in the area for their Latin a cappella sound.
Zhena Bulgarian Singers: Based in San Pedro, Zhena Folk Chorus appears in festivals and concerts throughout greater Los Angeles. The groupÕs mission is to preserve and present the haunting a cappella music of Eastern Europe as sung by village women and by stage folk singers of Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Russia and Ukraine. Appearances have included the Getty Center, Cal State Long Beach and the Dalai LamaÕs World Festival of Sacred Music. Zhena means woman or wife in Slavic languages.
Complete list of 2002 national participants