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Ball in the House
Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6, with a mix of the classic and the contemporary, the five-member vocal band Ball in the House brilliantly blends a wide range of influences, from classic R&B to pop, hip-hop & gospel. With their extensive tour schedule (averaging 250 dates a year), Ball in the House reaches millions and is arguably one of the hardest working, most successful indie bands today. They have performed with such artists as The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight, The Jonas Brothers, Jessica Simpson, Fantasia, Blondie, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, KC & The Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, and numerous others. This is pop/soul/R&B a cappella...music that'll move ya. A review from the Boston Globe put it very succinctly - "Ball in the House has everything you would expect to find in a successful pop/rock band....the one thing it doesn't have is instruments."
I was born and raised in the 'burbs of Chicago - St. Charles, Illinois, to be specific. After years of playing hockey and soccer (followed by many years of playing videogames), I started my musical career playing trumpet in middle school band. Now let me tell you - I was absolutely AWFUL at trumpet. I managed to be last chair every year, like clockwork. Somehow from the depths of my terrifying brass experiment, I managed to find my way into singing and playing piano, which I've been doing ever since. I was lucky enough to participate in the incredible music program at Western Michigan University, where I sang in as many vocal ensembles as I could get my hands on, as well as writing lots of music for everyone I could.
After college, I've been fortunate enough to make a career out of what I love - singing in and writing for vocal ensembles of every shape, size and genre imaginable. There's just nothing that can compare to the incredible joy and connection you get singing with other people. I also have an incredible love of travel, and my musical adventures have taken me across the world, from South Africa to Hong Kong to Germany to Colombia, and everywhere in between.
I'm thrilled to be joining Ball in the House and to make some great music with great guys all across the country (and beyond). Let's do this!
I don't really claim a hometown. Having military parents will do that to you. My mom would give me a hymn book during church services to help me learn to read and I grew to love singing as a result.
I was introduced and turned on to contemporary a cappella when another Boston based vocal band, Five O'Clock Shadow, performed at my high school. Absolutely awed by their sound and inspired by their performance, I took the first opportunity I could find to join a group at college and have been performing ever since.
After getting my degree, I got more involved with a cappella and came across audition information for Ball in the House on a popular a cappella website. Ball in the House gained my attention a couple years earlier when they became the only vocal band to appear on any of my mainstream artist's Pandora stations. Loving their sound, I responded and fast forward a couple months...here I am!
I'm so grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the adventures ahead with this great group of guys and you guys!
I was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and my love for music started in the first grade. I was in the play Pinocchio, where I sang my first solo, "I Got No Strings." I was hooked.
I attended the Boston Boys Choir from 5th to 8th grade where we sang in church everyday. We also took piano lessons and learned music theory. That is when I first met Jon J. We both grew up in Dorchester and often traveled to and from the choir school together on the M.B.T.A.
After performing in many musicals during my junior and senior years of High School, I attended Berklee College of Music. I was a vocal performance major.
I went on to be the musical director at St. Ambrose Parrish in Dorchester, MA. There, I was cantor, director of a children's choir, and performed with the Spanish choir. My time there was one of the best times of my life. I met up with Jon shortly after being at St. Ambrose, and the rest is history. I have been with Ball in the House for many years now. I am still very passionate about what we do. Through our outreach with students, we are able to share all that we have learned throughout our lives with them. Hopefully inspiring them to perform. To see that music is cool. You don't have to choose between sports and the arts. You can get involved in both. I try to tell students that music is such a positive way to express yourself. No matter where you are from, how you look, and what your personal beliefs are, music is a beautiful universal language. I am so honored to be part of Ball in the House . My bandmates and I are very lucky guys.
I grew up in Boston, but was never much into music as a kid. It all changed for me back in 5th grade, when I met Dave at the Boston Boys Choir School. We studied music pretty intensely, learning to sight read, singing every day in church and other venues, and also learning to play the recorder, piano, and hand bells. Later in high school, I discovered the magic of keyboards and drum machines and took up bass as well.
At Skidmore College, the small school setting allowed me tons of musical experience outside the classroom as I majored in music inside the classroom. This is where I got the a cappella bug in a group there (Bandersnatchers), in addition to playing in a band, piano accompanying, singing in chorus, and instrumental and vocal arranging. After graduating with music honors, I sang in various a cappella groups, including the Vineyard Sound, while teaching elementary music and piano lessons. I continued to arrange vocal music, both for my own groups, as well as others.
I had always loved rhythm, even more than singing, but never really knew much about beatboxing until I saw Andrew Chaikin perform with the House Jacks. With his amazing performance as inspiration and wanting to perform full time myself, I started Ball in the House and worked on beatboxing until I could go for an entire show. Now here we are and I'm blessed with being able to do this for a living.
I was born and raised in south-central Minnesota in a town named Mankato. A son of educators and musicians, I found music to be important to me and everyone around me. My father was my high school choral director and my whole immediate family impressed upon me the fun and importance of singing.
However, it was at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where music developed from a pastime to a passion. I was heavily involved with the rich and talented choral program there under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff and shared some amazing experiences with amazing people. I was able to travel all around the country and the world.
Though I loved the choral singing and training I received there, I also became involved in many other musical ensembles. I had the opportunity to sing with the award-winning UWEC Jazz Ensembles, I sang for an a cappella group called Fifth Element, for an 11 piece funk band, and played guitar, mandolin and sang for a progressive folk band called Beacon James. Though I was able to participate in all types of music, a cappella remained a great interest of mine. After I graduated in May of 2010, I spent some time with the now defunct Inpulse from Minneapolis and subbed in with a couple different a cappella groups in the Midwest.
I'm so proud to be involved with this wonderful group of guys and the Ball in the House family. We have amazing fans and it's been so much fun being a part of it!