Re:Voiced, a five-man a cappella group, which sings anything from Motown music to Lady Gaga, performed a show here at Rock Creek on Nov. 17 after the junior high band and choir concert.
Rolin Alexis, Mark Hasman, Dele Opeifa, John Patrick and Chris Rossi are the men who make up re:Voiced. Their performance here was part of their Music in Schools Tour. As part of that, they worked with the high school choir, and then, later that evening, held their performance. Part of the money raised from the performance goes back into Rock Creek’s music program’s funding, too.
“I think in a lot of ways it gave us a chance to actually meet some people that are professional musicians and some of our music students were actually be able to talk to someone who is out in the real world,” choir director Todd Walters said. “They talked to us about careers in music, about what it takes to make it, and I think it was a good eye-opening experience for our students about what the real music world is like.”
Their opening song was “Get Ready” by The Temptations, and it was obvious by the crowd’s cheers that they were ready. Re:Voiced sang multiple other songs, such as “Carolina” by Parmalee, “My Girl” by The Temptations and “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. After the concert, audience members were able to buy re:Voiced merchandise, take pictures with the group and get signatures.
“My favorite part was when Dele did a solo and started beat boxing. It was amazing!” junior Amber Nowakowski said.
Re:Voiced has inspired Walters to try a cappella with the high school choir. A cappella is a music style that does not use instrumental accompaniment. During the high school band and choir holiday concert, the choir will be singing “Deck the Halls” a cappella. A cappella may not be for everyone, but Opeifa gave advice for any high school student to use.
“When I look back at high school, the one thing I realized is I could have tried harder in everything and I just didn’t for some reason,” Opeifa said. “So, my one piece of advice would be, do your absolute best in anything you are passionate about. Whether it is music, art, dance whatever it happens to be, do your absolute best. Even if it’s not an artistic thing, if it’s like construction or architecture, that’s still artistic, but, you know, like, math! Do your absolute best and develop your skills as much as you possibly can, because even if you don’t make it your career at first, you may get an opportunity down the road that will make you really happy, so your skills need to be prepared for those opportunities.”
Article by Kitrina Miller, Newspaper/Video Copy Editor
Photo courtesy of re:Voiced at www.musicrevoiced.com