Sunday, January 31, 2016

LB's A Capella groups go to the ICCA's

It was like “Pitch Perfect” in real life. The flashing lights, the rhythmic jams, and enough hip gyration to last a lifetime. It was the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA).

Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. LBCC’s Blue Light Special and Sirens competed in Tualatin, Ore. at Rolling Hills Community Church against 10 other ensembles from the northwest for the chance to advance onto the semi-finals for the a capella champion title.

Varsity Vocals has been hosting college a capella competitions since 1995. They strive to give students the opportunity to learn from one another and get feedback from professionals.

LB sang against groups from the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Southern Oregon University, Central Washington University, George Fox, and Portland State University. The first and second place groups, who get to advance to the semi-finals, were Divisi from UO and Outspoken from OSU.

Each group had a 12 minute maximum time to impress the judges. Blue Light Special used their 12 minutes singing arrangements of “Uptown Funk,” “Hide and Seek,” and “It's Raining Men.” The Sirens sang arrangements of “Elastic Heart,” “My Heart With You,” and “Nobody Love.”

Blue Light’s, Sam Irvine, gave a jaw-dropping solo in “Hide and Seek” and “It’s Raining Men” that had audience members to their feet. He shocked everyone with his falsetto and range of vocal ability.
Siren’s Hannah Chilton said, “I knew he was capable of a ton, but I was blown away. I cried when I heard him because he did so amazing.”

While both LB’s groups don’t get to advance they both performed their sets with unbelievable talent. The Blue Light’s Brenden Murray achieved an award for “Best Arrangement” for their song “Hide and Seek.”

“I feel pretty good about it. I’m just really proud of us all. We gave it all we had,” said Murray.

The groups had to try out back in October of last year. They have been rehearsing and preparing for this competition for months in hopes of making a lasting impression the judges. Even though they do not get to advance the group members were proud.

Siren’s Christie Gangewer said, “It was the best performance we have ever given. Our hard work and dedication paid off. “

-Saturday, Jan. 30 @ 7 p.m.\
-LBCC a capella groups: Blue Light Special and Sirens
-Supervisor: Raymund Ocampo
-Host: Varsity Vocals
-Portland, Ore. 

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