The Dartmouth Aires

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The Dartmouth Aires
Origin Hanover, New Hampshire
Genres Pop / A cappella
Years active 1946 (1946)–present
Website www.dartmouthaires.com
Members Nick Cunha '15
Chris Gallerani '15
Max Gottschall '15
Romen Mookerjee '15
Chris Pullerits '15
Alex Velaise '15

Nikhil Arora '16
Mike Boyas '16
Brian Chalif '16
David Clossey '16
Siddharth Hiregowdara '16

Jeremy Mittleman '17
Ben Rutan '17
Ryan Schiller '17

Musical Director: Max Gottschall '15
Business Manager: Romen Mookerjee '15[1]

The Dartmouth Aires is a collegiate a cappella group from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The group came in second place in the third season of the NBC musical competition The Sing-Off.

History[edit]

Dartmouth College's oldest a cappella singing group, the Aires were originally formed as the Injunaires in 1946 as an offshoot of the college Glee Club; the Dartmouth Aires broke with the Glee Club in the late 1970s.[2]

Although the Aires usually have about eighteen members, group numbers vary on a term-to-term basis. Auditions are held at the beginning of every fall term. Members of the Aires pick what songs to arrange based on the group's tastes. Because the Aires are such a diverse group of people, they end up singing a lot of different styles. Currently, much of their repertoire consists of popular songs from the 1980s, 90s, and 00s, but it also includes many traditional Dartmouth songs, a few 1950s and 1960s tunes, selected hip hop tracks, and the occasional musical theater piece. [2]

Most of the arrangements consist of a soloist, a dozen or so people singing background, and a vocal percussionist. The background of arrangements consists of a series of complex "instrument-like" syllables that, when sung together, resemble the background of the original song.[2]

The Aires perform an average of two or three times a term at Dartmouth. They frequently take weekend road-trips, singing and reveling at other colleges, performing for high school music festivals, and entertaining at Dartmouth alumni clubs. Every winter break, the Aires tour the Eastern Seaboard, while travelling further afield every spring. Recent spring tours have taken them to Aruba, Costa Rica, Paris, Italy, Colorado, a few of the Hawaiian Islands, Florida, and California.[2]

Recent Aires accolades include winning the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) for Best All-Male Collegiate Album for both their 2003 ("Black Tie Affaire") and 2005 ("Impaired") album releases, as well as selection for Varsity Vocals' Best Of Collegiate A Cappella compilation CD in 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2012, and selection for the Voices Only compilation CD in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2011. Their most recent album, Fresh Aire, was released in May 2011, and is featured on both compilations.

In 2011, they competed in season 3 of The Sing Off, a national reality show. Out of 16 original contestants, they made it to the top three, finishing as first runner-up.[3]

The Aires are currently in the process of recording a new album.

The Sing-Off Performances[edit]

The Dartmouth Aires made the following performances. Note that they did not perform in Episodes 1 and 3:[4]

Albums[edit]

Truth or Daire (2014) Fresh Aire (2011) Extraordinaire (2008) Impaired (2004) Dartmouth Undying (2002) Black Tie Affaire (2002) Various older albums and records (1960-1990s)

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