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Dear Doox,

It’s Febrrrruary, and we have some special updates for you all. In this bulletin:

  • A New Year with New Faces – New undergrads and board members
  • Mission Accomplished – Fostering charitable work
  • Bringing the Generations Together – Undergrad concert in Wellesley MA
  • Annual Appeal – Thank you for your support 
  • Spring Jam in April – If it’s happening, that is

1. A New Year with New Faces
We at the DMAA hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that 2015 is off to a fantastic start.  Word has come from New Haven that the group recently returned from their annual tour of the Borscht Belt, and as such, we thought it would be a good time to introduce you to the doox babies!  Perhaps one of them is from your town, providing a perfect opportunity for a tour stop or mini reunion:

  • Avi Durlling, Tenor 2 from Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Caleb O’Reilly, Baritone from Oakland, CA
  • David Torres, Bass from El Paso, TX
  • Kenyon Duncan, Baritone from San Jose, CA
  • Wade Newville, Tenor 1 from Oklahoma City, OK

In addition, we have some new faces at the DMAA.  Please welcome your new officers as of January 1, 2015:

  • Michael Hrycelak ’97, President
  • Tom Bulleit ’79, Vice President
  • Lindsay Elliott ’04, Secretary
  • Jon Rubin ’81, Treasurer

Other current Board members are:

  • Jeff Freeman ‘57
  • Carl Kaestle ‘62
  • Elliott Watts ‘09
  • Ken Goldman ‘84
  • Tom Metzloff ‘76

And special thanks to our original Board founders Tom Bulleit and David Lefkowith ’78 as they pass the torch they so brightly lit.

2. Mission Accomplished!
One of the goals of the DMAA is to facilitate charitable and educational work by the current group.  We are proud to announce that, through the efforts of board member Elliot Watts ‘09, the boys performed a public concert in Atlanta as part of their winter tour with proceeds donated to the East Atlanta Kids Club, a non-profit organization that supports the education and development of underserved children.  The group was very well received, and expressed their excitement about taking part in such endeavors in the future.Do you know a worthwhile organization in your community who could benefit from such a performance?  Contact the DMAA and let us help with the details.

3. Bringing the Generations Together
Another DMAA goal is to foster a life-long love of singing.  We are excited to announce a wonderful opportunity in the Boston area, organized by Linus Travers ’58:“Come on along! Enjoy the current Duke’s Men as THE featured group at an a cappella festival.  Saengerfest promotes male a cappella singing and focuses particularly on encouraging younger singers to learn what all of us know: the joy and camaraderie of male voices raised in song.”The current Duke’s Men of Yale will be the lead-off group, performing a full set. Other groups on the program will also display their talents. All singers will engage in a triumphant massed a cappella chorus to finish the concert.

  • Date and Time: Sunday February 8 @ 4 PM
  • Location: Wellesley High School Auditorium, 50 Rice Street Wellesley Hills, MA
  • Tickets and information: www.saengerfest.org

4. Annual Appeal
A special thank you to all who donated in 2014 as part of our annual fund raising appeal.  We are please to announce that we saw a significant increase in the number of donors, and we are grateful for your support.  For those who donated at the special incentive level, your gift CD is in in the works and will be sent once production is complete. In addition, you should already have received a letter thanking you for your tax-deductible donation.  If you have not, please contact our treasurer, Jon Rubin ’81 (jrubin@aya.yale.edu) or send an email to dooxalumni@gmail.com.And, of course, if you haven’t yet donated, it is never too late!  Please use this link to donate and support the continued efforts of the DMAA:

5. Spring Jam
The undergrads, as usual, are not planning on having a spring concert. But if they were, it might be on Friday, April 24th in the evening.

LA Minireunion on March 4

The undergrads will be touring California during their spring break (the first two weeks of March).  To help celebrate, Dave Lefkowith ’78 (DMAA Butler, serving Lord Tom Bulleit) and his beautiful wife Elizabeth Gong-Guy will host a Duke’s Men Minireunion.

Sunday, March 4, 2012.
4pm – 7pm
Address:  1819 Mandeville Canyon Drive, Brentwood
Telephone: 310 476 0397
RSVP if may or will attend:  lefty@canyongrp.com
The Los Angeles Doox Mini-Reunion will feature singing by the current group, kicking off their LA / Las Vegas / Bay Area 2012 Spring tour. Doox alums will then attempt to revive old arrangements, many of which are no longer performed for a reason. Neighbors and friends will wander by to complain about the noise.
The Duke’s Men Alumni Association (DMAA) has sponsored mini-reunions in New York City, the SF / Oakland Bay Area and Boston.  Each of these events was tremendously successful, producing great joy for all attending. But the Los Angeles mini-reunion will be the most successful and joyous event yet, because the SoCal doox alum are by far the best looking, most talented and incredibly modest cohort.
The Lefkowith / Gong-Guy dynamic duo will provide hors d’oeuvres and icy water.  Those desiring other libations should BYOB.  Tickets to the restrooms will be sold at preferential rates.
(Voluntary, fully tax deductible DMAA dues gently requested at the door.)
C’mon Along!  Bring your sorry carcass to Mandeville Canyon on March 4.  (Street parking available on Reedvale, Old Orchard and Kimberly, all cul-de-sacs off the east side of Mandeville Canyon.  1819 Mandeville Canyon is directly opposite Old Orchard.)

Stockbridge Concert Review

During the same weekend on Aug 21, the group gave a performance at the Berkshire Theatre Festival on the Fitzpatrick Stage. The following is Tom Bulleit ’79‘s review of that concert.

“On Sunday, August 21, 2011, the Berkshire Music Festival in Stockbridge, MA hosted the first concert of the 2011-2012 year for the Duke’s Men of Yale (self-described as “the youngest and best-looking of Yale’s male a cappella singing groups”).  It was a triumph.

Fresh from only two days’ rehearsal at their retreat at the Great Barrington, MA, home of Co-Business Manager Alex Caron ’13‘s parents, da doox dazzled an audience of young, old, and some distinguished alumni at an afternoon concert.  Sophomore pitchpipe Benji Goldsmith ’14 stepped up like a pro, offering a program that mixed admirably newer and older repertory to produce a seamlessly enjoyable performance.

The group opened with Ben Wexler’s ’11 newish arrangement of “Party in the USA”, featuring rising sophomores Terrence Chin-Loy ’14 and Alex Ratner ’14 on the solos.  Terrence sings first tenor but has a strong baritone as well, showcasing the latter on this song and the former on Eric Schorr ‘82’sclassic arrangement of “Gonna Build a Mountain.”   Alex returned us to the 1970s with his lithe performance of the Jackson 5 standard, “I Want You Back.”

Another sophomore who gave strong performances of both old (James Taylor’s “Carolina in My Mind”) and new (Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire”) was Nimal Eames-Scott  ’14 .

I was also pleased that the group has also reprised Dan Korn ‘89’s arrangement of “Motherless Child,” originally and memorably sung by the late Tony Bailey ’90, and ably rendered on this occasion by Alex Caron.

Jim Chu ’72’s arrangement of the Rock & Roll spoof “What’s Your Name?” was sung to the mother ofBrandon Hayse ’14, by Rueben Hendler ’13 (younger brother of former pitchpipe Micah Hendler ’11) and Henry Gottfried ’13, who smoothly handled the master of ceremonies duties for the concert (and author of that bit of impish narcissism that opened the concert).

Songs from the second Golden Age (the 1990s) have never been better sung.  Two Landsverk ’99/Sagalowicz ’98 classics – “Obvious Child” and “What a Good Boy” —  improved everyone’s afternoon.  Sam Tsui ’11 is a hard act to follow, but Henry gave a moving rendition of Good Boy.

For those who thought that the Nathan Reiff ’07 arrangement of “Either Way” would have to be retired when Casey Breves ’09 left the group for the Whiffenpoofs of 2009 and later for San Francisco’s famed professional a cappella ensemble Chanticleer, Brandon proved that the song still has life, as he performed a moving version, accompanied by Nate Janis ’13 on the duet.  Hayse’s sweet tenor also did justice to Adam Grupper ’84’s arrangement of “Wonderful World.”

The alums (and I hope the audience) were pleased that songs from the Founders’ era were still represented, as Gottfried (this guy has a lot of solos, doesn’t he?) performed Lou Hemingway ’42’s“You Are Too Beautiful,” and the guys continued the tradition of inviting alums to join them on Walt Farrier ’54’s immortal “Istanbul.”

Alums in attendance included former pitchpipes Augustus ‘Fritz’ Kinzel ’58Carl Kaestle ’62, andyours truly.  Alums will remember that Kinzel and Kaestle are two of the most important figures in da doox illustrious history.  Fritz arranged, among others, “Lulu’s Back in Town,” “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?,” and “Lone Prairie” (with Jeff Freeman ’57); Kaestle the ballad “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” along with two humor standards from the ‘60s rep, the Kennedy homage “New Frontier” and Flanders and Swanns’ “Wom Pom Song.”  These two were also the first two Duke’s Men to be elected to pitch the Whiffenpoofs.  Also joining the group on stage was a refreshing representative from the lost generation (late ‘60s to early ‘70s), Jim Rossbach ’68.

Privately, the alums repeated the well-known refrain acknowledging that they probably wouldn’t even have been invited to join the group had they been lucky enough to survive admission to Yale these days.

I also bought the latest CD, The Chase, which my daughter and I listened to on the drive home.  Following in the recent tradition of flawlessly sung and produced recordings, this one will please anyone with an appreciation for the genre.  Especially notable is  revival of Yoshi Waterhouse ’95’sarrangement of Tears for Fears’ “I Believe,” and an excellent recording of Sam Tsui’s version of “What a Good Boy.”  The Chase can be purchased by emailing Brandon Haysebrandon.hayse@yale.edu,  via iTunes, or at the doox website (http://dukesmen.com).

And this was before they tapped those six new voices.  Looks like another spectacular year, which I for one plan to follow closely.”

–Tom Bulleit ’79