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March 12, 2004

Daily Illini

On Thursday night, eight University students gathered in a small classroom of the Music Building to rehearse yet again. Their performance is only two days away, and if the group is nervous, they're not showing it. Together, these men form the University a cappella group, The Other Guys. The group, however, is not an average choir and hasn't been since 1969. Each generation has combined perfectly-harmonized voices and animated humor to entertain their audiences. This Saturday, the group will celebrate their 35th reunion by inviting former members of 1969 to1976 generations to join them onstage.

Acting as ambassadors of the University, The Other Guys tour the nation every year. They perform at various high schools, fund-raisers and University events. Until recently, they were officially sponsored by the Alumni Association. In fact, Prokopow first became familiar with the group after they visited his high school in Northwood, Ill. The performance left a lasting impression. "I pretty much came here for The Other Guys," Prokopow said. Members of the group estimate that they will spend anywhere from forty to sixty hours this week practicing for the upcoming show. On Saturday, rehearsal will begin at 10 a.m. and will last until the performance begins. "This week, my academics are on the backburner," Jones said. More

Posted by acapnews at March 12, 2004 8:07 AM


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