Can you tell me about the group's founding? When did the group begin? Any specific influences, past or present that you all can point to that inspire(d) your style?
Ten40 Acappella was founded in 2010 by members of the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Men’s Chorus. Although known for our performances within the "pop" and rock genres, we also sing in a variety of other styles, such as folk, barbershop, and sacred and secular chamber music. 2. What would you say is the group's current focus, if any, when it comes to the songs you all perform today?
I think musically, we don’t have a specific focus. We sing a little bit of everything and I think that’s a key part of Ten40. We love to sing. Individually, we might enjoy certain genres over others, but anything we learn we all enjoy. What we do focus on is musicality and performing.
First, part of being in Ten40 is growing as a musician and, through singing with each other, that just naturally happens. Second, we are a performing group so a huge part of our focus goes on to putting on an amazing show for our audiences as well as having fun ourselves. If you aren’t having fun on stage, how can you expect the audience to have fun?
We want every person who sees us to experience the great sound we have to offer so I think musicality and performing are two of our biggest focuses. 3. What's it like being in all-male group? What has been rewarding about the experience, what are some struggles, what's it like doing road gigs with the group?
It’s a brotherhood through and through. We’re all incredibly good friends and hang out all the time. A culture of friendship has kind of emerged where in every rehearsal we have a blast while getting lots of work done so it rarely feels like work at all.
That being said, just like any group of college guys, we sometimes get out of hand and are over-talkative; but I think the best part of that is how we’re always able to refocus ourselves and get right back to work.
Doing road gigs is always fun. Driving and just singing with everyone is always a blast and sometimes we discover songs in the car that we end up performing later as a group. 4. What current projects are you currently working on? Any new albums, videos, tours, philanthropy, etc.?
Every spring, we tour around Ohio attending high schools to boost interest in music programs and promote the Bowling Green State University. We also do a few service gigs (e.g., for senior centers and rehabilitation facilities) while on tour, which are always awesome. 5. What type of events does Ten40 typically perform at? And what has been your favorite gig from the last year or two?
We perform at university events and local community events all the time, including BGSU’s Dance Marathon, St. Baldrick’s, Relay for Life, BG Kiwanis, BGSU’s Homecoming, national anthems for athletics events (including the Cleveland Indians last year!). We have participated in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) for four years and have advanced to semifinals three times.
One of my all-time personal favorite gigs was last year when we traveled to Ball State University and sang with Note to Self (shout out to our fellow guys in purple!) and several other men’s a cappella groups. Then some of us spent the night and hung out with the guys. It was an awesome a cappella bonding experience, and an incredibly fun concert. 6. What do you think about the current state of a cappella? Do you feel groups like yours get enough attention? Do you ever struggle in getting attendance to performances? Too much competition in the collegiate space?
Ever since Pitch Perfect
came out and The Sing Off
aired, collegiate a cappella has been in a pretty great spot. Groups like Straight No Chaser, Home Free, and Pentatonix really helped to push it into the spotlight, which has been great. Personally, I think Ten40 gets a good amount of attention.
We constantly have gig requests coming; so, our name is always out there for other people to find. Some groups might have a harder time doing that, especially if they are just starting out. Ten40 is much more active now than it was a few years ago. We have loved ICCA, too, getting to meet and perform with so many outstanding groups from our region.
We usually don’t have a problem getting people to show up to our performances. Our Winter Showcase this year with the AcousChicks (shout-out to girls in blue!) had an awesome turnout and most of our other gigs have a large amount of people, too. 7. Are there any big plans for the future? Hoping to try out some new genres, collaborate with other groups, travel to perform, etc.?
BGSU is hosting an a cappella concert on April 20 with other groups from the University, which we are beyond stoked about. Like we stated previously, we’re going on our annual Spring tour around Ohio. In the coming year, the plan is to try and collaborate more with groups from different colleges and universities, travel some more and have more groups come and perform with us. 8. Have you all ever experienced any weird or unexpected moments at a concert or performance?
Last year, at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Central Region Semifinals in Buffalo, right before we went on stage to perform our set, Nick Offerman, from Parks and Recreation
, walked past us. He had been doing some stand-up on campus and was on his way out.
Knowing what we were there for, Nick told us to keep our knees bent and sing deep. Let me tell you, he had a magnificent beard. Like, Wow. 10/10. Nick, if you’re reading this, slide in our DMs and give us your secrets, please. 9. What is it like trying to convince new talent to join a campus a cappella group such as Ten40? Versus another student organization or campus music group?
We usually have a large group of people sign up for auditions. BGSU has an event called Campus Fest where all the student organizations on campus get a table and students can walk around and see what they might want to get involved in. We always meet a lot of people interested in auditioning.
For the past two years, we have had the honor of singing the national anthem and alma mater at BGSU’s opening weekend convocation, which is a great recruitment opportunity for us. Unlike some other student organizations, we do not charge dues; so, that’s always a draw for broke college kids. Word of mouth helps us a lot and we never usually have to compete too much with other groups, the love gets spread around pretty evenly. Many members of Ten40 also sing in larger ensembles in our College of Musical Arts. 10. Anything else you'd like for our audience to know about the group?
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), LinkedIn, MySpace, Google Plus, and any other social media site that no one uses.
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Seriously, check us out on social media. We have some videos from this year. Hopefully, we’ll start live streaming/recording part of our rehearsals and people will be able to hear us more often. 11. Lastly, could you give us some background on the below photo from your Instagram? What was the event, how'd you get involved, what was memorable about it, etc.?https://www.instagram.com/p/BNm4IlsBF1t/?taken-by=ten40acappella
This photo is from our Winter Showcase we had in December with the lovely AcousChicks. We asked for donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a local food pantry, and a local toy drive. We had a great turnout. We actually scheduled and organized the whole event as a way to end Fall semester. It was probably one of my personal favorite gigs so far. It was a blast for us and the audience plus it was for some great causes. Honestly, it doesn’t get better than that!
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