Out of hundreds of national submissions, Mary Washington’s One Note Stand stood out.
The co-ed a cappella group started its year on a high note, with its most recent single, See Her Out, among 20 songs chosen for 2020’s Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) album. One Note Stand also made its fourth consecutive appearance at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic quarterfinals in Washington, D.C., last weekend.
The ensemble could barely contain its excitement, said President Kali Lassiter, who “jumped for joy” when she learned the song was selected. “We put in a lot of hard work and it paid off.”
The album was produced by Varsity Vocals, which has released compilations of the nation’s best college and high school a cappella tracks for over two decades.
Being included on BOCA was a validation, said beatboxer Adam Newburger, the group’s senior-most member, who worked with Cutoff Studios to produce the recording in a single day. “We were able to take the song and adapt it to the human voice in a very short period of time.”
Indeed. The ensemble spent sunup to sundown in the studio, Newburger said. Vocalists worked one-on-one with the producer, he said, monitoring the progress of the mixes until they reached the group’s synchronized singing satisfaction.
Founded in 2008, One Note Stand continues to produce innovative and creative work – such as its interpretation of the Andy Grammer hit Give Love, released as a single in 2018 – and to earn accolades well into its 12th year.
Harmony is the key to One Note Stand’s success and longevity, said Lassiter, who has sung with the group for six semesters.
“It’s my family away from home,” she said. “We’ve built strong relationships with one another that won’t break anytime soon.”