TCU a cappella groups sweep top two spots at competition

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TCU a cappella groups The Horned Tones and License to Trill won the top two spots Saturday night in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Southwest Quarterfinal competition, earning a place the semifinal competition.

It was the first time any TCU group advanced to semifinals.

“It is so surreal what just happened,” License to Trill member Kameron Reyes said. “It’s the first time any TCU group is moving on to semifinals, and now we have two.”

The Horned Tones earned first place with a mashup of “The Sky’s the Limit” by Jason Derulo and “Forever” by Chris Brown, “Hold On” by Michael Bublé and “Brother” by NEEDTOBREATHE.

“We’ve had rehearsals until 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m., midnight, multiple times a week for the last three, four months,” Horned Tones member Joseph Hartley said. “I’m so happy.”

License to Trill performed “Nothing Left to Say” by Imagine Dragons, “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers and “Ride or Die” by Brayton Bowman.

Katlin Hess performs a solo during the ICCA Quarterfinal competition Saturday, February 16, 2017.
Katlin Hess performs a solo during the ICCA Quarterfinal competition Saturday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Members of the two teams also took home special awards. Katlin Hess of License to Trill won Outstanding Soloist.  Nick Ruiz of The Horned Tones won Outstanding Vocal Percussionist, and Jackson Grosskopf of The Horned Tones won Outstanding Choreography.

Semifinals is March 11 at UCLA.

Hartley said the Horned Toads will get ready to compete by working on the “nitty gritty details.”

“We’re going to focus on the angles of everything and come out even better than we were this time,” Hartley said.

Sabrina Harb founded License to Trill after her father’s death. The group partnered with the LUNGevity Foundation February 1 to host a 5k and free concert to raise money for lung cancer research in honor of Harb’s father. When asked what she thinks he’d be saying about their win, she said, “I think he’d be super proud. I hope.”

The other teams that competed were the Green Tones from the University of North Texas, Here Comes Treble from TCU, OneSound from Collin College, RISE from the University of Texas-Arlington and Unaccompanied from Northern Arizona University.

The official result sheet is posted here.