One of the most rewarding experiences of college so far has been singing in my a cappella group, Troy Tones.  I got into Troy Tones in the fall of my freshman year and it’s has been an amazing ride ever since.  We generally perform four or five main concerts a year with a few smaller concerts and gigs on campus sprinkled throughout the year.  In the fall we sing at All Hail A Cappella during the third week of school.  The main purpose of this concert is to get incoming freshmen excited about a cappella and to get them to come audition.  Around the end of October we have a Halloween concert with some various spooky theme; last year we dressed up as Harry Potter characters.  Near the end of the fall semester, we generally have a winter holiday concert.  In the spring we normally compete in a competition.  For the past two years, we have competed in Absolut A Cappella, a competition hosted buy the USC Sirens.  In the past we have also competed in the Intercollegiate Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.  Finally at the end of the Spring semester, we have a senior sendoff concert for our graduating seniors.

Last year I was elected onto the E-Board of Troy Tones as Treasurer.  This was a great way for me to give back to the group as well as gain leadership experience.  Troy Tones also puts its efforts towards philanthropy.  Every year we perform at Dance Marathon, an event that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network.  In addition currently we are in a competition called Sing! paired with USC’s Troy Camp.  If we win, the organization will give $20,000 to Troy Camp (and a little bit to us as well).  Troy Tones has been a great way to get involved on campus as well as continue singing in college.