POTSDAM - A Clarkson University a cappella singing group performed in a regional competition just months after forming on campus.
The Ultravioletones traveled to Boston in January to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella regional quarterfinals. It was a quick turnaround for the 10-member Ultravioletones, which had formed the previous semester.
The singers submitted an audition video on Nov. 1 and found out in mid-November that they were headed to Boston.
When we submitted it, we really werent sure, said Daniel LaCombe 13, a mechanical engineering major from DeWitt. When we found out, we were all really excited and really happy.
Lacombe had wanted to enter such a competition since he was a freshman and decided to make his dream a reality in his final year at Clarkson. A few other Ultravioletones members had been inspired by the 2012 movie Pitch Perfect, which involved a college a cappella groups quest to win a singing competition, LaCombe said.
The group only had two weeks to rehearse when they returned to campus for the spring semester before traveling to the competition.
It was pretty crazy. We had to accelerate everything, LaCombe said. It was rehearsal every night for a couple of weeks.
The Ultravioletones performed Below My Feet by Mumford and Sons, Figure 8 by Ellie Goulding, and Wannabe/I Want You Back by Spice Girls/NSYNC in Boston.
While the group did not advance, LaCombe said the experience will hopefully pave the way for future competitions.
It was definitely a cool experience being the first group from Clarkson to go to the competition, LaCombe said.
The other Ultravioletones members are Ryan Ericson13, an electrical engineering major from Lansboro, Mass.; Kenneth Mark 14, a mechanical engineering major from Dansville; Joseph Camilo 13, an electrical engineering major from Honeoye Falls; Sarah Maryhugh 15, a biology major from Watertown; Aisha Wood 13, a biology major from Argyle; Allison Reid 14, an engineering and management major from Millbrook; Aaliyah Gibbons 16, a social sciences major from Lawrenceville, N.J.; Sarah Miele 16, a civil engineering major from Queensbury; and Michael Lee 16, an aeronautical and mechanical engineering major.