On Thursday, April 6, King Philip High School hosted an a cappella night featuring the a cappella group of Walpole High, among other nearby schools including King Philip, Medfield, Westwood, and even the Brown Derbies from Brown University. Walpole High’s student run group, The Rebel Clefs, was formed this year by seniors Emily Martin and Greg Bond.
“I never imagined that we would be performing in these kinds of concerts, and I think it’s amazing that we can share our sound with other groups, especially when we are completely student run,” says Bond.
The night was not a competition, rather a platform for each group to gain experience and practice performing in front of a live audience. Each group was supportive of the next, congratulating each other between and after sets.
The night opened with the King Philip Tri-Tones whose set included Disturbia by Rihanna. Next, The Rebel Clefs performed a variety of songs, including Crazy in Love by Beyonce, Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, Cheerleader by Omi, and a mashup featuring Hit the Road Jack and I’ve Got a Woman by Ray Charles with Gold Digger by Kanye West. Many different singers from the group were featured with solos.
“It was really cool to be a soloist in one of the songs, but it was also scary because some really good groups were there,” said senior Mia Straccia. “I’m really happy that the a cappella group was able to show off our talents.”
Following the Rebel Clefs were Westwood’s group, Passing Notes, who featured songs like Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Next up was Medfield High’s MH Sound with Stitches by Shawn Mendes as a highlight of their set. The Brown Derbies then closed the night with their matching outfits, their signature hats, and their lively choreography.
The night was a huge success for a cappella, and allowed the Rebel Clefs an opportunity to perform in front of an audience with a greater appreciation for a cappella.
“It was super exciting to be able to perform on a big stage for so many people. I am so happy with how far our group has come for our first year, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the group succeeds in the future,” says Martin.
The Rebel Clefs will perform again on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Ursuline Academy in Dedham.