Another Round (group)

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Another Round, formerly Straight No Chaser, is an award winning collegiate a cappella group which originated in 1996 at Indiana University. The group changed its name several years after the original members reformed as a professional group with the same name.


The group formed in 1996 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Together the 10 students – Dan Ponce, Randy Stine, Charlie Mechling, Steve Morgan, Jerome Collins, Dave Roberts, Walter Chase, Mike Itkoff, Patrick Hachey, and Kevin Caroll, became Straight No Chaser. Their name was inspired by the title track of Thelonious Monk's 1967 album, Straight, No Chaser, and is a conscious evocation of the popular American slang phrase often employed in the requesting of a drink.

SNC’s debut was at a 36-hour dance marathon.[1] The original members performed at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park and Navy Pier, opened for Lou Rawls and even toured the country, playing such venues as Carnegie Hall.[2] The original 10 remained together from 1996 until 1999 when new students were selected to replace the graduating members. Straight No Chaser continued to exist as a collegiate group.

In 2006, a 1998 video of "The 12 Days of Christmas" gained widespread popularity and subsequently led to a five-album record deal with Atlantic Records in 2008.[2] When the original group reformed, both groups continued to exist under the name of "Straight No Chaser." In April 2012, the collegiate group changed its name to Another Round, taken from the name of an earlier CD released by the group.[3] TJ Breen, who was the music director at the time (9th director overall) was the first leader of the group under its new calling.[4] The collegiate group's CD, Two For The Show, was the first to be released under the new name.

The group continues to thrive on IU's campus to this day performing hundreds of shows around campus, state of Indiana and all over the nation.


In 1999, Indiana University SNC won the CARA awards for both Best Male Collegiate Album (Last Call) and Best Male Collegiate Song ("Ghost Train" on Last Call),[5] and Michael Itkoff was nominated as Best Male Collegiate Soloist.[6] In 2000, SNC was nominated for Best Male Collegiate Song ("Without Your Love" on Live at Alumni Hall).[7]

In 1998, Indiana University SNC placed second in the finals of the (now defunct) National Championships of College A Cappella.[8]

In 1998, Indiana University SNC placed first in the Midwest Region quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.[9] In 2000, SNC was recognized as having the Best Arrangement in the ICCA Midwest Region quarterfinals.[9] In 2005, SNC placed first in the ICCA divisionals and was also selected for Best Choreography at the division level. They went on to place first in the Midwest Regional Finals, and competed in the ICCA finals at the Lincoln Center in New York.[9]

In 2005 the group competed in the ICCA once again; winning the Divisional at Penn State University, the Regional at the University of Wisconsin, and finally placing 4th nationally in NYC at Lincoln Center. The group performed an 11-minute medley of songs fitting the theme "The Life and Times of Straight No Chaser."



Indiana University SNC albums
Name Year
Straight No Chaser 1998
Last Call 1998
Live at Alumni Hall 1999
Indiana 2000
Thank You 2001–2002
Another Round 2005–2006
Facebook Stalkin' Single 2007
Live @ the Musical Arts Center DVD 2006
Black Label 2008
Still Standing 2010–2011
Two For The Show 2011–2012
Happy Hour 2015


  1. ^ "snc". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b Mickey Rapkin (October 3, 2008). "Music – The a Cappella Group Straight No Chaser – Reunited Singers, Recently Discovered and Replete With a Five-Album Contract –". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Student Groups". University of Indiana. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Shilager, Megan (25 Apr 2012). "Straight No Chaser changes name". Indiana Daily Student. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ CASA: the Contemporary A Cappella Society. "1999 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award Winners". Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  6. ^ CASA: the Contemporary A Cappella Society. "1999 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award Nominees". Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  7. ^ CASA: the Contemporary A Cappella Society. "2000 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award Nominees". Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  8. ^ RARB: Recorded A Cappella Review Board. "RARB Reviews of Straight No Chaser – Last Call". Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c ICCA: International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. "ICCA & ICHSA Previous Results". Retrieved 28 February 2010. 

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