WAYLAND — The all-male college a cappella group electrified the stage as they sang some familiar classics at the Wayland-Cohocton Central School for the Vincent House benefit concert.
There was not an empty seat to be found in the packed auditorium as the audience awaited the show Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
Vincent House Director Kim Snyder welcomed everyone to this event that will go to help the Vincent House.
“I am so excited to get the Yellow Jackets here,” she said. “Mary Jo thought outside of the box and welcomed them here.”
This was the first concert benefit to raise funds for the Vincent House. The famous Rochester University a cappella group sang All My Loving, Let’s Get It On, Say Something, and many others.
The prestigious group was formed in 1956 as part of the Men’s Glee Club; making the Yellow Jackets the university's oldest a cappella group.
The YellowJackets have performed all over the world.
The YellowJackets competed on Season 3 of The Sing-Off on NBC, and performed with The Sing-Off Tour for the past several years. In the spring of 2014, they participated in the ICCAs, winning awards for best arrangement and best choreography at both the quarterfinal and semifinal levels, ending with a second place finish in the semifinals. For more information on the YellowJackets, check out their Facebook page or visit their website,www.jackets.org.
Snyder added the concert went really well and Vincent House has raised $4,000.
“We talked about having the Yellow Jackets come back in one or two years,” she said. “They are a busy group and perform about three times a week. They were glad they could help us out and raise some money.”
There was such a great turn out that Snyder feels this helped the group perform their best.
“I am happy everyone came out to support us,” she said. “It was great to bring good quality entertainment to this area. That helped the Yellow Jackets perform.”
There was a lot of excellent audience participation.
“We have had a lot of good feedback about the concert,” Snyder said. “Mary Jo (Vincent House Fund Coordinator) is very happy about it.”
The energetic bunch of young men who performed were Gavin Baker, Luke Metzler, Joshua Huang, Jang Kim, James Fosburgh, Logan Stillings, Christopher Ostwald, Chris Fertakis-Giovanni, Scott Abrams, Anders Namestnik, Will Cunningham, Cordero Kong, Darren Huang, and Shurik Zariyev.
Metzler thanked the crowd for having them in Wayland at the end of the concert.
“Thank you so much for having us,” he said. “We feel the love tonight. This was a big one for our group.”
"I think the concert went very well for the group," Ostwald said. "We had a fantastic audience and a great cause to support, which always makes performing a lot more meaningful and fun."