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Crosbys, Harpeggios advance to semifinals of ICCA competition

The Binghamton Crosbys and the Harpur Harpeggios advanced to the semifinal round of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella on Jan. 29, placing second and fourth respectively at the divisional competition at Fordham University.

This is the second time both groups have moved past the divisional round in the same year. It is also the seventh time the Crosbys have advanced to the regional rounds of the competition; something the group has done every year it has competed since the competition’s inception in 1996. The Crosbys have advanced to the finals of the competition three times, more than any other group, and won the ICCA in 2003. About 30 alumni of the two groups, in addition to family, fans and friends, attended the semifinal concert.

The Crosbys and Harpeggios will next compete in the regional semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 26, at Yale University. They will join six other groups including the Satin Dolls, NYU’s APC Rhythm, the University of New Hampshire’s Not Too Sharp and Alabaster Blue, the University of Hartford’s L’Shir and the University of Vermont’s Cat’s Meow. The top three groups will advance to the regional finals that evening. The winners of the regional final will advance to the ICCA Finals on Apr. 30, in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

In addition to their successful perfor-mance at the competition, the Crosbys’ recent album, “Crabs and Tartar Sauce”, has been nominated for several Contem-porary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA), which recognize excellence in a cappella albums produced by professional and collegiate groups. The Crosbys’ album was nominated for Best Male Collegiate Album; Best Male Collegiate Song for “Mama,” arranged by Adam Gross; Best Male Collegiate Arrangement for “Right Now,” arranged by Mike Boxer; and Best Male Collegiate Solo for Evan Behlivanis on “Mama.” The group was last nominated for a CARA award in 1999, when Mike Van Allen was named runner-up in the Best Collegiate Arrangement category for his work on the album Super Bo’s. Award winners will be announced Apr. 1.

For more information on the groups, visit www.thecrosbys.com and http://sa.binghamton.edu/~pegs/ More information on the ICCA can be found at.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08