In honor of the 2017 ICCA tournament, The A Cappella Blog pursued short interviews with competing groups to develop insights into why and how groups approach competition, and to get appropriately excited for the tremendous shows ahead of us.
What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?
We are Bryant University's The Bottom Line, and we will be participating in the ICCA Northeast Region Quarterfinal on Saturday, February 11th at Tufts University.
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?
The Bottom Line (TBL) was founded in 2006, and we have never competed before, surprisingly! While it is something we've always dreamt of doing, we never really had a group who collectively was this dedicated to competing and taking things to the next level. We have received overwhelming support from The Bottom Line alumnus, however. In fact, several TBL alumni will be supporting us at the quarterfinals - including some of TBL's founding members.
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?
As some might know, Bryant University is known as a "business school." We're hoping to prove to the a cappella community that we are musicians, and serious participants in the a cappella community, although our school doesn't have a formal music program. We are student-led, so we're hoping to prove to ourselves that we're capable of achieving great things.
How is your group preparing for competition?
To prepare for competition, we rehearsed extensively over winter break. In addition, we had all of our group members move back to school early and held a week long intensive a capella boot camp. It was amazing! We worked day in and day out on our pieces, choreo, and team building. Our boot camp week just ended, and we're feeling confident and excited!
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?
Our set: contemporary, emotional, energetic.
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