awkapella began in the fall of 2001. Steve Wolf and Justin Moran were both incoming freshman at the time, and they met at freshman orientation. They soon discovered that they were both interested in starting a guys a cappella group, after successfully doing so with their respective high schools.
After some struggles, auditions were finally held in November. The group (nameless at the time) consisted of 6 members: Steve, Justin, Adam, Chris, Lelan, and Dave. This new group only performed a couple times, and made some crappy recordings, but the foundation was set!
Towards the end of the year, they also chose a name. It was a tough decision; they were Hawkapella (because we are the Hartford Hawks) for a week or two, didn’t like it, Male Pattern Baldness for a day, Justin vetoed that, and they finally settled on Vamp As Needed, because every song they did had the phrase “vamp as needed” somewhere.
But alas, the fans had other plans. The following year, everyone was asking about Hawkapella. When will Hawkapella be singing next? When are Hawkapella auditions? It seemed the name had chosen the group. Ever since, the group has been performing more and more, with the Improv Comedy group’s shows being a common time to sing a few songs.
At the end of the Spring 2005 semester Steve and Justin departed from the University due to reasons that included: ...graduating. After their departure, Adam Podd received the honor of being the group’s next leader/musical director. The group had suffered big losses, but quickly regained strength with lots of new auditioners.
Since then, Hawkapella has continued to have lots of excellent young men audition, and typically has between 12 and 16 members. We have lots of gig requests...sometimes more than we can handle...but we are happy to sing all over New England (and sometimes elsewhere). Especially with other college groups...especially all-girl groups...
At last, in the Spring of 2008, Hawkapella released its first mixed CD, which was recorded live from the Fall 2007 show. We're Hawkapella and you'll like us...and our recordings.
With Adam Podd’s graduation in '08, Griffin Coombs became the third Hawkapella music director. He enjoyed great economic prosperity and harvested many crops; more than enough to sustain an upscale living. Nah, just kidding. Though, he was an awesome music director and brought much success to the group.
The fourth director was deemed to be Bobby Tomasulo '14, who dedicated four long years to this group and made some of the biggest changes and improvements thus far. From a Hawkapella tour to several great gigs, his reign will always be memorable in Hawkapella's history. He took his bow in his super-senior year, and he will live on as the legendary fourth musical director of Hawkapella...enough said.
Chris Cutler '15, now known as the fifth to reign as director, ruled over the men for his final year in school....He is known as the "Weatherman" among many......You never knew what the forecast had in store....
Now our sixth and current leader is Mr. Steven (Pep)Perrone '18, who has been born and bred for this position since his freshman year. He'll be leading the men to victory as they embark on the hunt for a new Hawkamom, among many other adventures. Stay tuned for his reign and what it will have in store...
Hawkapella is always looking to continue progressing without compromising their old traditions and values (which basically include having fun, being fun, and not sucking too much). So come one come all out to a Hawkapella show, because "Men are much better than woman singers...Hawkapella, Hawkapella, Hawkapella!" - to the tune of the Hallelujah chorus.