It all began innocently enough. A group of men from the Penn Glee Club one day decided they were tired of singing all old barbershop and musical theater standards. This new group set out with the goal of revolutionizing a cappella, discarding the stuffy dress code, tired pop arrangements, and boring semi-cirle stage formation which sadly continue to plague the genre to this day. Starting in 1989, they burst onto the Penn music scene with so much energy and original style that audiences were powerless to resist screaming at the top of their lungs and begging for more. In fact, within a year of their inception, The Pennchants won Penn’s first (and to date, only) inter-Penn a cappella competition, and we’ve got the trophy to prove it, biatch.
A veritable all-male sonic avalanche, The Pennchants have drawn praise from audiences all across the country for their inventive arrangements, inspired choreography, and alarmingly rugged good looks. Since their departure from the Glee Club in 1998 (no hard feelings, guys), The Pennchants have continued to grow at a tremendous rate, touring practically non-stop, and winning fans across the country and in several foreign countries as well.
Each year nearly 100 men audition for an average of 3 spots, and competition can become quite pitched (and usually pretty damn funny for those of us on the judging end, to be perfectly honest). The result is that The Pennchants represent some of the most talented, entertaining men on campus, and indeed the globe. A highly professional group that manages to balance touring, recording, and numerous performances at Penn and throughout Philadelphia, The Pennchants have earned widespread recognition as a group that is bringing fresh energy to a genre which many agree has “seen better days,” and never fail to win audiences’ hearts, and the occasional pair of women’s underwear, wherever they go.
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