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February 9, 2011

New whistling a cappella group 'This Blows!' recruits

Daily Northwestern:

Matt Sullivan was a high school senior when he and a friend won their school's orchestra talent show. Their act? An a cappella rendition of "Love Story" by Taylor Swift - whistled.

"We were just bouncing around ideas of what we could do that was corny or funny," said Sullivan, now a Weinberg freshman. "We started whistling and were like, ‘Hey, that sounded good.'"

Later in the year, Sullivan, in a group of eight whistlers and a beatboxer, competed in another contest with a mash-up of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida."

Sullivan is the founder of This Blows!, Northwestern's first whistling a cappella group. He got the group off the ground this quarter with the help of Bienen sophomore Max Paymar and McCormick freshman Carson Potter.

"We wanted to have a non-singing, mainly whistling a cappella group," Sullivan said. "As it developed, ideally we want to have a lot of humming and beat-boxing all behind the whistling."

After contacting the department for student organizations and advertising with flyers and Facebook, Sullivan held auditions for This Blows! in Annenberg Hall on Feb. 5 and 6. Although he said he initially aimed to accept eight to 10 members, Sullivan decided to expand the group to 18 after 24 people auditioned. Students who had made the group received e-mails Tuesday. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at February 9, 2011 9:41 PM

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