Da Vinci's Notebook

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Da Vinci's Notebook
Also known asDVN
OriginUnited States
GenresA cappella, comedy
Years active1993 (1993)-2013 (2013)
LabelsDa Vinci's Notebook, Uncle Buford Records
Associated actsPaul and Storm
Past members
  • Bernie Muller-Thym
  • Greg DiCostanzo
  • Paul Sabourin
  • Richard Hsu
  • Jay Jones (1993-1994)

Da Vinci's Notebook (or simply DVN) was a comedic a cappella singing group. Former Artists-in-Residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, they performed specials on Comedy Central and PBS, and spent time as the "house band" on Washington radio's WBIG-FM. They were also regular guests on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show.


Da Vinci's Notebook was formed in 1993, by Bernie Muller-Thym, Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo, Paul Sabourin and Richard Hsu. Muller-Thym, DiCostanzo, and Sabourin met via a classified ad. Hsu, a friend of DiConstanzo from the University of Maryland, joined them in the summer of 1993. Bass singer Jay Jones sang with them from 1993 to 1994.

Da Vinci's Notebook made their debut at the 1994 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes, where they came in third place.[1] In 1996, they came back and won the 1996 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes.[2]

They continued to tour, locally and nationally, for the next ten years.[3] Highlights included some of the most prestigious folk venues and festivals on the East Coast, such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

In addition to their albums, Da Vinci's Notebook also recorded a track called "The Ballad of The Sneak" for the Homestar Runner cartoon website.[4] This song was credited to the entire group, though it was only written and performed by Paul and Storm.

In 2004, the band stopped touring and regular performances.[5] Two of the members, Paul and Storm, then hit the road as a musical duo dubbed Paul and Storm. Da Vinci's Notebook will still perform together on occasion for corporate shows.

In 2007, interest in the band spiked as they began to get played on the syndicated Bob and Tom radio show. Their signature songs include "Ally McBeal", "Enormous Penis", "Internet Porn", "Kingdom in the Sky", and "Title of the Song".

In 2013, the group's song "Another Irish Drinking Song" was featured in the film Despicable Me 2, with new lyrics in the language of the Minions.


  • Paul Sabourin - tenor
  • Richard Hsu - tenor, keyboard
  • Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo - baritone
  • Bernie Muller-Thym - bass (vocal), guitar
  • Jay Jones - bass (1993-1994)


  • Bendy's Law (1997)
  • The Life and Times of Mike Fanning (2000)
  • Brontosaurus (2002)
  • Enormous Penis (2002)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1994 Da Vinci's Notebook Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes 3rd
1996 Da Vinci's Notebook Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes Won
  • Professional awards include two Wammies (Washington DC local music awards) for "Best A Cappella" group.


  1. ^ "1994 mid-atlantic Regional Winners". Harmony Sweepstakes. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  2. ^ "A Brief History". Archived from the original on 8 February 2006.
  3. ^ Rogovoy, Seth (18 February 2003). "Da Vinci's Notebook fills doctor's prescription". The Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Ballad of The Sneak". Homestar Runner Wiki. 23 June 2003. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Looking for Da Vinci's Notebook". Paul and Storm. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.

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