Free Whiffenpoofs Concert Friday

The oldest all-male college a capella group in the United States, the Whiffenpoofs were founded in 1909 and have been featured on a number of television programs, including “The West Wing,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Jeopardy!,” “The Gilmore Girls” and “The Sing-Off.” “Last year’s Whiffenpoofs were on the season finale of ‘Glee,’ which is pretty exciting,” said group member Benji Goldsmith, 21. [Sample Our Free Breaking News Alert And 3 P.M. News Newsletters] Every year a new crop of seniors is selected for the group. Goldsmith is one of 14 selected for the current group and serves as music director. “I conduct the group in performance and lead rehearsals but also sing,” Goldsmith said. “We all feel so lucky to be a part of this group, it’s definitely an honor and we really kind of don’t take it for granted.” Not only is acceptance an honor, it’s also a full-time job. The entire group has taken a yearlong leave of absence from Yale, which is not formally associated with the Whiffenpoofs, although Goldsmith said the University does frequently hire the men to give concerts. The group began as a senior quintet that met weekly at Mory’s Temple Bar in New Haven , where they still sing every Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. “We spend so much time traveling and touring and doing performances that we are actually taking time off from classes, which is something that has become somewhat standard for people doing the Whiffenpoofs over the last decade,” Goldsmith said. In terms of what listeners can expect from Friday’s show, “our repertoire is pretty diverse in terms of genre,” Goldsmith said. “We’ll probably do a concert of some of our classics, which range from jazz to pop, to some kind of soul, R&B, and then some old standards. We have songs that appeal to the older generation…

Memorial concert honors band master Daniel Hiestand

“So many of us who are currently band directors, or have just recently retired, went through Dan’s program. “He cared about his students. Its exciting to know that he touched that many people. He always wanted us to be ourselves, and he treated people with underlying fairness. Everything had to be right. Do the right thing,” Tevis said. “When we work with our students, we always want them to be the best they can be. That’s the kind of attitude he instilled in us.” This annual memorial concert will begin with the university band under the direction of Dr. Tevis. “We have a symphonic wind ensemble, which is just a fancy name for a band, but we do play marches. About 60 percent of the students are music majors.” The concert will then feature the 60-member Alumni and Friends Band. Ray Craig was invited to be guest conductor because he was Dr. Hiestand’s very close friend. Craig is a deeply respected music educator who often lectures students at Chico State. He was instrumental in helping to start the Alumni and Friends Band.