Members of Brownwood Area Live on Stage are opening this weekend’s performance of the Texas A&M Singing Cadets to the public.
The “Voice of Aggieland” will be in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Victory Life Church, 901. C.C. Woodson Road. General admission tickets cost $5 each, and may be purchased at the door. Tickets may be reserved by calling Jo Ann Manigold at 643-6049, and they will be held at the door. There are no reserved seats.
Season members of Brownwood Area Live on Stage will be admitted as part of their subscriptions.
“There will be a pair of Aggie Cadet Corps Senior Boots available for donations to the Aggie Moms Club for the scholarships which they give,” Manigold said. The boots are being loaned by Leonard Underwood of Brownwood.
The Texas A&M Singing Cadets were established as an all-male chorus in 1893. This group was originally known as the Texas A&M Glee Club and was renamed the Singing Cadets in 1940. Texas A&M was originally an all-male military institution, so at one time, all of the members of The Singing Cadets were members of the Corps of Cadets. However, Corps of Cadets membership is no longer a requirement for membership in the Singing Cadets.
The group opened the fall of 1995 with its current director, David L. Kipp, the 13th director of the 60-member choral group. The Singing Cadets’ performance includes a variety of music, with traditional school songs as the bookends for the show. But the concert also features religious, patriotic, Broadway, popular and novelty numbers.
The students who are members represent a broad range of academic fields of study, and volunteer their time to perform. They do not receive academic credit for their participation.
In the past 10 years, The Singing Cadets have traveled over 35,000 miles, performed over 450 concerts and visited more than 125 Texas cities. Each year includes a 10-day tour in January through nine cities and three weekend tours in the spring.
The group has also spread the spirit of Aggieland through concerts in Romania, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Hungary and Australia. In the summer of 2006, The Singing Cadets were invited to sing for President George W. Bush at the White House for a ceremony honoring the 2006 Winter Olympic and Paralympic teams. The group toured South America last May.
The final performance of the season for Brownwood Area Live on Stage members will be March 27 when The Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio is presented.