UVA Today’s Rebecca Arrington reports:
The Virginia Gentlemen, U.Va.’s oldest a cappella group, were invited to perform at the White House Dec. 22 for the second consecutive holiday season.
“We are so, so honored to have been invited back to the White House for the second year in a row to perform for the guests of the President,” the group posted on its facebook page.
They sang such classics as “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” “O Tannenbaum,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Silver Bells,” “Let It Snow” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” which can be seen here.
Founded in 1953 as an octet of the Virginia Glee Club, the Virginia Gentlemen became an independent CIO in 1987. Since then, they have performed for three presidents and traveled to various parts of the world.
Last year, the Virginia Gentlemen went to China with U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan, and next year they are planning to undertake a cruise to Southeast Asia. The group is also looking forward to celebrating its 60th anniversary on the weekend of April 11-14.
Current members of the Virginia Gentlemen are John Anderson (’13), River Bennett (president, ’13), Min Choung (’16), Danny Clark (’14), Rohan Deshpande (’16), Jason Dreyzehner (’16), John Dreyzehner (’13), Joe Fackler (14′), Andy Grindstaff (’13), Yo Han Hong (music director, ’14), Micah Iverson (’16), Kurt Lockhart (’15), Kevin Saucedo-Broach (business manager, ’15), Christian Short (’14), Paul Sukenik (’13), Alex Swope (’15), Israel Vaughan (’16) and Keith Wilson (’15).
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