I don’t remember exactly when I first met Andrew. That’s probably for two reasons – 1) my memory is terrible, and 2) I’ve seen him at too many events to really pinpoint which one I saw him at first! I go to a lot of a cappella events – festivals, shows, competitions, etc. When I kept seeing this kid at every event, I knew that I wanted him on my team (either that, or he was stalking me)! A year ago when I went to coach his a cappella group at GWU (The Troubadours), I was so excited when he approached me about volunteering for The Embassy. Andrew has a great heart and an unquenchable passion for a cappella music. I’m very excited to finally have him on-board – something I’ve been secretly plotting for a while! ~Jeeves
When did you first become involved in a cappella? In what capacity?
I was first introduced to a cappella my sophomore year of high school. My music teacher, who was part of Premium Blend at Ithaca College when she was in school, wanted to start an all-male group at my school. She asked me to be a part of it, and to be honest, I wanted no part of it at first. My thought was “I was a choir singer – I would be awful singing pop songs.” Nevertheless, I joined and was immediately hooked! It was also the year I got my first solo – “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol. Once I started my college search, a cappella and a business/economics program were the two things that a school NEEDED to have or I wasn’t going to that school (guess which was more important!).
When did you first become involved with the A Cappella Embassy?
I first heard about The Embassy when Jeeves started sending e-mails to the Troubadours, my college group at GW, describing what The Embassy was and asking if he could come and talk to the group about it. We went back and forth and he later came to the Troubs Winter Concert. After that, I started seeing him everywhere (LAAF 2012, ICCA Quarterfinals at JHU, VoCALnation 2012, etc.) and we started talking about where he wanted The Embassy to go. As soon as he started describing it to me, I knew that I needed to be a part of this!
What area do you cover as a Diplomat?
My area is our wonderful nation’s capital, the District of Columbia! I still go to school at The George Washington University (Go Colonials!), so talking to the groups here and getting involved in my “hometown” made quite a bit of sense for me.
What role do you play as a Diplomat and/or what role would you like to play?
For a city with such a wonderful music history, contemporary a cappella is only really starting to grow here in the Washington DC area. There are some AMAZING groups that I have heard, but most of them are not nearly as well-known as some of the other a cappella groups in big cities, such as Chicago, Boston, or the Research Triangle in NC. So, I hope to form an a cappella community in DC that’s one big, happy family (corny, I know, but it gets the point across), as well as giving each group the tools and resources that CASA and other entities provide to allow each group to make the next step into being recognized in the aca-community.
What do you do for work and play?
Well, as I have mentioned before, I am still a student at GW! I am entering my senior year (so scary!), studying Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management. So, when I am not singing with either the Troubadours or Keyvibe, I am most likely in my room or in the library studying. In addition to going to a cappella concerts and festivals, I love sports(if you didn’t guess by my major) and try to go to a ton of sports events in DC (especially when the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Red Sox are in town!), as well as play pick-up games of soccer and softball with my friends.
Tell us one thing about yourself people would be surprised to learn
So, despite me just turning 21 this past July, I do not have my driver’s license! I never have – never really needed it with me living in a city or near a city for most of my life – I have always just used public transportation. Therefore, no bad driving record AND I don’t flush $40 down the toilet because I have to fill up my gas tank. Something tells me though I am going to need it soon though…I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it!
Favorite a cappella group?
I can only choose one??!! But there are so many!! Ok, I’m going to pick from a couple of different categories: favorite pro group is Pentatonix – hands down, they are the most talented group of 5 musicians I have ever seen. Favorite college group…probably the UNC Clef Hangers. To be honest, though, I have a different favorite group pretty much every day!
Favorite types of music?
Apart from a cappella (which is 25% of my iPod, and I’m not exaggerating), I love listening to rock/alternative music – The Fray, Goo Goo Dolls, Keane, Linkin Park. I am starting, however, to liking country music – Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, even Carrie Underwood. I listen to a bit of pop music as well – not boy-band pop, but Michael Bublé & Sara Bareilles. In summary, I’ll really give anything a listen.
Favorite a cappella concert?
Again, I can only choose one?? Ok, let me think…got it! I went to LAAF 2012 at UCLA this past January to volunteer at the festival (although the main motivation was to spend 2 days in 70 degree weather!). The groups that competed at the Collegiate Competition were absolutely incredible and I couldn’t get over the fact how good they were. What really impressed me, though, was out of the 6 groups…1 group was actually a high school group!! And they won 2nd place!! I had the privilege of “hosting” them and taking them up to stage and they were not just amazing musicians, but amazing kids as well. I wonder if any of them are graduating and coming to DC next fall??
Anything you’d people to know about your area?
A lot of hidden gems in DC – go check them all out right now!!