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TBA’s debut CD features variety of musical styles

Musical styles ranging from doo-wop to spiritual are found among the seven songs that make up the debut recording by TBA (Transylvania Boys A Cappella), the popular male singing group that expanded its performance schedule and repertoire during the 2009-10 school year.

All of the music is American, with the exception of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” composed in 1939 by a South African songwriter. “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away” are the spirituals, “Wade in the Water” is a traditional African-American song with spiritual overtones, “Loves Me Like a Rock” is a folk/rock number, “Who Put the Bomp?” is a doo-wop selection, and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” is a modern rhythm and blues composition.

TBA cd coverThe arrangements are by senior Kris Olson, who sings bass and is the group’s music director, except for “Amazing Grace,” arranged by senior second tenor Josh Motley and Dayton Harris ’09, a former TBA member.

The EP (Extended Play) was recorded in March in Transy’s Fine Arts Technology Lab, with music professor Tim Polashek serving as chief recording engineer, and senior Daniel Porter and juniors Amanda Foley and Kasey Price as assistant engineers.

Junior Alex Keys, who sings baritone, was assistant business director for TBA this past year and played a leading role in the logistics of the EP.

“I felt like a mother, seeing something go completely through production, doing all the paperwork, listening to the sample discs with everyone,” Keys said. “We’re all proud and extraordinarily pleased with the EP.”

Founded in 2006, TBA has gone from performing as a sidelight to being featured entertainers, culminating in a May term show this year in the campus center gymnasium that drew a full house. The group is scheduled to perform this fall at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from September 25-October 10.

Keys, who will take over as business director next year, believes the group can continue to improve and expand its appeal.

“It was very exhilarating for us to put on our May term show,” he said. “We were overwhelmed by the crowd. We’re becoming more recognized every year. I want to make the right connections for TBA at Transy and in Lexington so the organization will continue to grow and find new opportunities.”

For information on ordering the EP, contact Keys at atkeys11@transy.edu.

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