By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A well-known a cappella group has scheduled a concert in Imperial next week, as they start their Music in Schools Tour.
re:voiced is a five-member male a cappella band offering a world-class entertainment experience to audiences of all ages.
They will be in Imperial on Wednesday, May 7, for a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Chase County Schools auditorium.
re:voiced has performed with such musicians as Maroon 5, Rascal Flatts, Ben Folds, Chubby Checker, Ludacris, Montel Jordan, Rockapella and more.
Hayes said the opportunity to bring re:Voiced here started in December when he received an email from the group’s director, Nate Mendl.
For the past seven years, Mendl has implemented a Music In Schools Tour for Cats Pajamas Vocal Band and this year wanted to schedule a tour of the Midwest with the professional a cappella experience of re:Voiced.
Some of its current members performed with the The Cats PJs on “The Sing Off” television show and also were performers in Branson, Mo.
“Having the possibility of hosting this group really excited me so we continued conversation and confirmed their appearance here for May 7,” Hayes said.
They are currently on Caribbean cruise performances and will begin the Midwest area performances in Imperial May 7.
Hayes said re:Voiced was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, but their flight schedules from Antigua wouldn’t allow them to be here in time for the Tuesday performance so it was moved to Wednesday. Hayes said he contacted nearly all local ministers to check on youth classes and discovered that would be an open night for most of the classes.
“I was especially interested in hosting this group as our 9th St. Singers will be opening for the Branson Cats Pajamas on Friday night, May 30. That just gave Nate and myself another item of conversation as we discussed this concert,” Hayes said.
Partial proceeds from next week’s concert will be returned to Chase County Schools’ choral program.
Depending on their schedule, the group members may do some clinic work with CCS students during the day next Wednesday, according to Hayes. Two of the members are certified choral music educators, so their tour is to promote vocal music and hopefully teach some of the four-part harmony for one of the songs they will sing.
The concert will be about 90 minutes in length. Tickets are available by contacting any chorus student or by calling Hayes at 882-4304, ext. 152.
Ticket prices are $6 for students and $9 for adults. Seating will be a “first come, first served” basis. Music teachers in area schools have also been contacted about the performance, Hayes noted.
The group has a website at www.musicrevoiced.com and several performances can be viewed on youtube.
“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to host this professional a cappella group and share their talents with our community. I hope we can sell out our auditorium for this concert,” Hayes said.