Not many college students can say they have performed on the main stage of Carnegie Hall or on the field at a San Diego Chargers football game. Even fewer could say they performed at a party thrown by First Lady Michelle Obama ’85 at the White House. The Tigertones can now say they’ve done all three.
Last weekend, the Princeton Tigertones performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the San Diego Chargers’ home game against the Tennessee Titans. The performance, part of a weeklong tour of California during Princeton’s fall break, had the largest audience in the all-male a cappella group’s 64-year history.
Video courtesy of Gini Meyer p’12.
Singing on the main stage at Carnegie Hall is a dream for most singers, and on Friday, that dream will come true for a dozen Princeton undergraduates.
The Tigertones, one of the University’s best known a cappella groups, will perform at a charity concert benefiting the Melanoma Research Association. Yale’s Whiffenpoofs and Harvard’s Krokodiloes also will participate in the show, billed as “A Cappella for a Cure.”
Tigertones senior Vinnie Murthy, who organized the concert, said that some current members have performed at a Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium in large choirs. Previous generations of Tigertones have harmonized on the main stage, and the group had a concert in an adjacent recital hall two years ago. But for the current Tigertones, the May 7 performance will be a new experience.
“To be on that stage with 11 of your closest friends is a pretty daunting and exciting opportunity,” Murthy said.
PAW’s Virtual Arch Sing
In advance of Reunions, PAW asked Princeton a cappella groups to submit some of their favorite video and audio clips. Watch the two YouTube playlists below (or click the individual links) to hear a preview of the tunes that may be resonating from campus archways at the end of May.
1. Shere Khan – “1234“
2. Katzenjammers – “Do the Walls Come Down“
3. Nassoons – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow“
4. Tigertones – “Runaround Sue“
5. Tigerlilies – “Mean to Me“
1. Tigressions – “Pocketful of Sunshine“
2. Footnotes – “Loving Feeling“
3. Roaring 20 – “Kryptonite“
4. The Wildcats, Tigerlilies, and Tigressions – “Old Nassau“
Some groups submitted video and audio in other formats and were not able to be included on the YouTube playlists, but you can click these links to get the full Princeton a cappella experience:
1. Old NasSoul – “In the Still of the Night“
2. Kindred Spirit – “A Mighty Fortress” (Facebook video, registration required)
3. Koleinu – “Etz Chaim“
Winter teams are off and running
As Princeton’s winter teams began competition in November and December, men’s hockey was the clear headliner, winning nine of its first 11 games and climbing as high as No. 7 in the national polls. The high-scoring Tigers averaged more than three goals per game through Nov. 29.
Women’s hockey topped Quinnipiac Dec. 2 to creep closer to .500. The Tigers (5-6-1) scored an impressive upset against No. 4 St. Lawrence Nov. 21.
Women’s basketball opened 3-2, thanks in part to scoring-leader Addie Micir ’11’s 12.8 points per game. The Tigers will travel to California for a two-game set at the Collier’s International Classic Dec. 6 and 7.
Men’s basketball lost close games to Central Michigan and Maine before rebounding with strong wins over Army and Fordham. The Tigers dropped to 2-3 with a loss to South Carolina Dec. 2. Freshman Doug Davis has been the story of the season so far. The 5-foot, 10-inch, 155-pound guard scored 25 points in his first collegiate game and has averaged 16.4 points in his first five appearances.
Other winter sports are just getting under way. Men’s swimming and diving, ranked No. 22 in the nation, swept Penn and Cornell in its first Ivy meet Nov. 22. The Princeton women swimmers also topped Penn and Cornell to open the Ivy season. In wrestling, the Tigers dropped early dual meets to Penn and Lehigh. The fencing and squash teams were solid in early competition. Both sports play the bulk of their Ivy schedules after the January break for fall semester exams.
Above, Krystal Hill ’11 drives to the basket in Princeton’s 62-47 win over Farleigh Dickinson Nov. 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)