After winning the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) Great Lakes semifinal in March, Skyline Blues was ecstatic. The co-ed group, made up of 17 students from Skyline High School, had been working hard and fine-tuning their set and choreography for months, and now they were headed to finals in New York to compete with some of the best high school a cappella groups in the country. When the dust settled, they realized that they faced an obstacle: how would they fund their trip?
Across Ann Arbor, the Michigan G-Men faced the same challenge. The all-men a cappella group received first place in their International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) semifinal, but they realized that they would need outside funding in order to make it to finals in New York.
Both groups, though always cheered on by their school administrators, did not receive funding for any of their performances from their schools. Instead, they looked to their friends, family and fans for extra money.
On Monday, April 15, less than two weeks away from their departure to New York, the two a cappella groups convened in the Skyline High School auditorium for their benefit concert. Hundreds of people showed up to watch the two local groups perform.
The concert lasted about an hour and a half; the groups alternated performing different songs. They performed new and old songs that they had worked on for fun, and ended the night with their competition sets, full of expert vocal technique and stunning choreography.
“I’m so excited for finals,” Skyline Blues senior Emma Throm said. “This is the first year Blues has ever gotten this far. I’m excited to see all of the other amazing groups that will be competing.”