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(WXOW) – What's in a name?

Shakespeare may argue essentially names don't matter, but ask Arcadia High School's a cappella choir group, and they may have a different take on it.

Junior Trent Wolfe said, "We were arguing on a name for six months or more."

Finally it clicked, and the second year group found their identity: Adam’s Family. The name, of course, comes in part from that of the group's director, Adam Petroski.

"I just want people to know the students named it, not me,” Petroski said. “So, I'm not some conceited jerk that named the group after myself."

The name also comes from the idea of what a close-knit a cappella group can represent for its members.

"We're all friends together. We help each other out to try to make our group sound the best that we can," said Carlos Corona.

Jessie Losinski added, "Dynamics and everything can just make this one piece without any other instruments besides our voices."

The merits of a cappella are being touted in the area by Adam's Family, and another group just down the road. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau's Vocal Point has a couple of years more experience, allowing its members to continue to blend.

G-E-T senior Eric Van Vleet said, “It just bonds you better because you get to spend more time with the people. It's just great because we all love music, and we all get to love each other."

Like a family, that's not always easy.

"There's a lot of personalities,” said Emily Magnuson. “It's crazy how many different people are there. You've got people who are into sports, people who are into music, people who are into photography, so many different things."

But according to Deke Sharon, who helped make the movie Pitch Perfect and works with emerging professional a cappella groups, the blend of different voices is what makes music beautiful.

Sharon said, "In the same sense that people get together and play basketball with their buddies or do other kinds of activities, people should be getting together and singing and making music. Don't just watch other people doing it, participate yourself. That is frankly the best thing about a cappella."

Because when it comes down to it, the music is just a small part of the experience.

"You're not even going to remember most of the songs we sing, but you're going to remember being with the people that you absolutely love making music with," said Vocal Point director Ryan Stuempges.

Which helps these kids find a better understanding of true harmony.


Check out Vocal Point on Facebook and Twitter

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