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UW A Capella Group to Perform Locally

May 2, 2012

The University of Wyoming's male a capella ensemble, the Happy Jacks, will perform May 7-15 in Douglas, Newcastle, Sheridan, Jackson, Rock Springs and Rawlins, and Rapid City, S.D. 

The Happy Jacks will visit schools in each community for free clinics and residencies, as well as perform free evening concerts.

The Happy Jacks, a group that auditioned from the university's larger men's choir, the UW Singing Statesmen, perform a wide range of hits that include classics from the '60s, contemporary chart-toppers and original compositions. The ensemble has performed at UW sporting events, for alumni and students, and served as featured performers at an arts festival in Shanghai, China. the group also has performed with internationally known a cappella groups Basix and Tonic Sol-fa.

Nicole Lamartine, assistant professor in the Department of Music, is the group's faculty adviser. 

The Happy Jacks' spring 2012 free concert schedule:

Monday, May 7: Douglas High School Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8: Newcastle High School Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9:  Main Street Square, Rapid City, S.D., 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 10: Main Street Square, Rapid City, S.D., 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 11: WYO Theater, Sheridan, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, May 14:  Jackson Hole High School Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15: Rock Springs Jr. High Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16: Rawlins High School Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Members of the 2011-2012 group are:

Cheyenne -- Jacob Franke, Michael Harnish and Erik Mitchell;

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Aaron Herrera;

Deadwood, S.D. -- Joel Fundaun;

Douglas -- Saxon Bull;

Jackson -- Jake Humphrey and Victor Portnoy;

Rawlins -- Levi Caleb Robinson;

Westminster, Colo. -- Ian Miller.

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