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Traveling troubadours in town: Bosque Arts Center welcomes Texas A&M Singing Cadets – the Voices of Aggieland – to the Frazier Performance Hall Jan. 13

CLIFTON – Always handsome in their uniforms, the Texas A&M Singing Cadets began in 1893 at Texas A&M College as the all male glee club. Since that time, the Singing Cadets have grown to receive national acclaim performing each year for more people than any other collegiate choral group in the United States. As true ambassadors of their university, they travel across Texas, throughout the United States and internationally spreading the Aggie Spirit through the gift of music.

The Texas A&M Singing Cadets will once again grace the stage of Frazier Performance Hall at the Bosque Arts Center n Clifton on Thursday, January 13 at 7 p.m. If you missed them the last time they were here two years ago, you certainly do not want to miss them this time around.

Texas A&M University’s premier men’s choral made up of 50 singers performs old favorites along with the new in an entertaining concert. Tickets are now on sale at $15 each. TAMU alumni Charlie Blue and Wally Penberthy are sponsoring the event.

Their gift of choral music wins over the hearts of Aggies and non-Aggies alike. Brought together by their common love for and devotion to their school, the Singing Cadets are comprised of male Aggies who volunteer their time for long rehearsals many performances each year. The traveling TAMU troubadours’ visit to Clifton is one of 70 concerts booked for this, their 114th season in their nearly 130 years since being established.

The Singing Cadets is the second oldest organization on the Texas A&M campus, and it is comprised of young men that love music, love Texas A&M university and who have the desire to represent TAMU at the highest level. They love to perform and please their audiences, whether it’s a smaller venue like churches or on the national stage.

The choral feels blessed to have had the opportunity to sing for three former presidents – Obama, Bush Sr., and Bush Jr. – Senators, Congressmen, Governors, University Officials, and most importantly, Aggie Moms!

Over the years, they have made appearances at the White House, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, national news programs like Fox & Friends, and various other venues, domestic and foreign. They have dined with presidents and international heads of state like former British Prime Minister John Major.

At both Barbara and George H.W. Bush’s funerals, they sang moving melodies in tribute of a family they had come to know well over the years. The Singing Cadets witnessed every one of Bush 41’s birthday skydiving spectacles and performed intimate concerts in the Bush’s sea-blue colored living room in Kennebunkport, Maine. In 2005, the late President Bush was even recognized by the group as an honorary Singing Cadet.

Their international tours have taken them all over the globe – Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, France, Greece, England, Scotland, Wales, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Australia, South Africa and China.

Under the direction of choral master David Kipp, each member works hard to reach the group’s common goal of excellence, and through their dedication continue to make the Singing Cadets “the Voice of Aggieland.”

Kipp is in his 20th year as Director of Choral Activities and the 13th director of the Texas A&M University Singing Cadets. Kipp uses his experience in musical theater, voice, and choral direction to help the Singing Cadets perfect music performances. Joining the choral in performances is Accompanist Bryce Reed, who is in his first year as the Singing Cadets’ pianist.

They are a true brotherhood, which forges friendships and experiences for life. The cadets invest time and effort in their unique extracurricular activity. The reward for their selfless service is that their beautiful singing touches people’ hearts, especially all those alumni whose blood runs maroon.

Photos courtesy of TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

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1 comment

  1. Punky Penberthy 8 January, 2022 at 09:43 Reply

    This article is the perfect introduction to the Singing Cadets Concert. This group never disappoints. Thank you very much for presenting the past and present of the Singing Cadets.

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