The need and interest for an a cappella performance ensemble has been in long existence at Drexel University. In the winter of 1997, Raymond Sheen, Jr. became inspired to act on this need, and won the support of our seven founding members:
8 to the Bar had first been known as the Drexel Dragontones. The primary objective of the group was to explore the sounds and styles of contemporary a cappella music. On an interesting side note: one of the group’s original intentions was to learn barbershop quartet songs and sing them to girls for Valentine’s Day in the Drexel cafeteria.
Recognition and Success
In compliance with the Student Organization Policies, 8 to the Bar chose Dr. Steven Powell as its Faculty Advisor and drafted its Constitution in the spring of 1997. 8 to the Bar received its University recognition in the summer of 1997.
8 to the Bar’s first public appearance was as part of Drexel’s 1997 International Festival Day celebration, where five members performed two songs in a frigid April 5th morning.
8 to the Bar competed in the International Champonship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA’s) in 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2012 the group placed 2nd in a Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal and was able to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Semifinal competition! In 2015, they will be hosting the Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal and Mid-Atlantic Semifinal at Drexel University.
In 2015, we’re about to celebrate our 18th anniversary! Also, check out our wikipella page at Wikipella – 8 to the Bar.
The First Concert
Our first concert, “The Walk of Shame Jam,” was held on Friday, February 27, 1998, in the Main Building Auditorium. Penn’s Quaker Notes and Bryn Mawr’s Night Owls joined us as our special guest groups. The Jam was incredibly well received and well attended. Among the highlights of that evening were our “The More You Know” skit and Night Owl’s “Moaning Girls.”
Listing of Members Current and Past
All of the current members are in BLUE.