While it is a well known fact that Male has some of the best athletic teams in the state, many students are unaware of the nationally ranked a cappella groups housed at Dear Old High. Bulldog Beats and 1856 are proof that Male has more to offer than athletics.
a Festival. Kettering is a “showcase of a cappella groups from all over the country ,” said senior Zoey Prather. In order to attend, the groups had to submit a video to find out which showcase they would perform in. Check out Bulldog Beats submission video here: https://youtu.be/k25FPOX_y9A
On November 10th and 11th, Male’s a cappella groups traveled to Dayton, Ohio to take part in the Kettering National A Cappell
On Friday Night, the top 8 groups out of the 70 plus submitted performed for a large crowd. Senior Lauryn Smith commented on this experience, “It was amazing to perform on Friday. People came to watch us and it was awesome.”
Another thing that made Kettering such a great experience for these students, according to Prather, was that they received “instruction from aca-famous people like Deke Sharon.” Getting to perform was great, but they learned a lot from their instructors, such as “how to sing solos and how to belt without killing your voice,” said Smith.
However, these groups mean more to the students than placing well at competitions. Smith said, “It’s a second family. We can be vulnerable around each other because they know everything about me and I know everything about them.”
Bulldog Beats and 1856 have proved they can be more than just an a cappella group. They are a staple of Male and represent our school proudly. As far as what’s next for these groups, they are looking towards attending more regional and national competitions. There is no doubt they will continue to thrive and represent Male well.