The Binghamton Crosbys (commonly referred to as The Crosbys) are an all-male a cappella group at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, USA. They are four-time national championship finalists and won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) in 2003.
A history and overview of the Crosbys
The first independent music club recognized by the university, the Crosbys were founded in 1982-83 and remain the only all-male a cappella singing group at Binghamton University. Like many collegiate a cappella groups, they are rooted in traditions tied to certain social events, attire, or means of address. The Crosbys usually perform in jeans and blazers; their alumni song — a collegiate a cappella tradition in which alumni present at the concert may join current members to sing — is "Strike Up the Band" (aka Jack). They undertake a two-week tour each winter, succeeded by The Jam, a large performance at the end of each semester.
The Crosbys typically compete in the ICCA competition every other year, as do many prestigious collegiate a cappella groups. They are unique in progressing to the championship round four times in the eleven years of the ICCA's existence, performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and finally winning the trophy during the finals held in 2003 at the Beacon Theater on Broadway. They have also won many other awards at this competition, such as Best Album, Best Soloist, Best Arrangement and Best Choreography.
In 1985, under the pseudonym Cliffs Notes (in honor of then school president Clifford Clark), the group was chosen as the winner of the campus-held Maxwell House Talent Competition for their performance of "Only You", which was to become a signature song of the group.
Albums listed from most recent to oldest:
- A Cosmic Voyage (2016)
- To Honor (2013)
- The Red Room (2011)
- 25 - Remastered Greatest Hits Album (2008)
- Roadtrip to Munzville - (2006)
- Crabs and Tartar Sauce - (2004) Winner of Best Album at ICCAs
- Crosbys 101 (2001)
- Songs in the Key of Nishole (1999)
- Super Bos
- A Good Night Out (1997)
- Ten (1993)
- B.C. Junction