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October 1, 2008

Mosaic In Finals Tonight

The Ledger (FL):

A cappella group Mosaic aims to pack an unusual pop punch. Within the throats of the six-man "vocal band" lies an entire orchestra of sounds, from toe-tapping drum beats to the wackiest of synthesized effects. Now the Las Vegas sextet, formed three years ago in Central Florida, hopes their unique sound will help them clinch the title of Top Pop Group on the MTV show's finale tonight.

The band members, some of whom have their roots in Polk County, say they're out to change the world's dusty old ideas about a cappella music. "A lot of times when people hear 'a cappella,' they'll hear barbershop or doo wop or simple chords," said member Troy Dolendo. "Our stuff gets pretty complicated."

Raised in Los Angeles, Dolendo spent almost a decade in Lakeland and Orlando while acting and singing at area theme parks. That's where the six singers crossed paths, and the group later moved to Las Vegas in search of bigger opportunities.

On Sept. 11, Mosaic began fighting weekly against eight other pop groups for $100,000 and the Top Pop Group title on the elimination-style show, hosted by ''Saved by the Bell'' star Mario Lopez. The remaining six groups will duke it out for the top spot today at 10 p.m. on the music network.

What's allowed Mosaic to shine in competition is each singer's ability to cover a range of music genres, from jazz to opera, said member Heath Burgett. Burgett grew up in Winter Haven and graduated from Landmark Christian School in Haines City. "I think what's most unique about our band is we're kind of a supergroup, in that all of us are able to step out and take a leading role," Burgett said. "It gives us great versatility."

And because of its a cappella foundation, Mosaic can also adapt its songs at will, said member John Gibson, a native of Orlando. "Since we create everything on our own, we can change up things without having to depend on the track," Gibson said. "So if we want to we can change the music, we can change the feel, we can change the tempos."

Mosaic has already shared a stage with pop superstar Prince, the Pussycat Dolls and funny man Chris Rock. The group has opened nightly for comedian George Wallace in Las Vegas.

Posted by acapnews at October 1, 2008 10:12 AM

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November 25, 2009

Dear sir,

I would like to get in touch to Mr. Dolendo. my email address evillacruz@yahoo.com cell number 0917-827-0927

thank and God Bless.

Love,


Beth C. Dolendo-Villacruz
Philippine General Hospital
Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Philippines

Posted by: Elizabeth C. Dolendo-Villacruz at November 24, 2009 11:19 PM

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