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Heritage and Heard Mentality will perform live on the radio program Studio One this Saturday, 12/8, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. It will air on 89.5 WETS and WETS HD1. You can also access the program via web streaming at http://wets.org/streaming.
The program is hosted by local host Dave Carter. Both groups will be singing a variety of Christmas favorites.
Heritage is a select a cappella vocal ensemble at Milligan College. The group, which was founded 30 years ago this year, keeps an active performance schedule representing Milligan at churches and other civic organizations throughout Eastern Tennessee and across the United States. Heritage performs music in a variety of style, including sacred, vocal jazz, and pop a cappella. Currently, the ensemble is directed by Noah DeLong, Assistant Professor of Music at Milligan. The eight members of Heritage are:
Heard Mentality began in 2007 as the brain-child of Stephen Morse, a chemistry major at Milligan, and was joined by Alex Henderson, Tim Laurio and Tommy Parker. The group’s “official” premier was during the music area’s Broadway Revue in fall 2008 singing “Coney Island Baby.” It along with “Buffalo Gals” have become the group’s theme songs.
When Stephen left for medical school at VA Tech, the group disbanded for a short time, but Alex and Tim restarted the group in fall 2010 and were joined by Lucas Schmidt and Tyler Luttrell. Dr. Charlotte Anderson, assistant professor of the practice of music, became their coach and enlisted the help of Sam Blackwell, a longtime barbershop performer.
The quartet became so popular and sought after that in fall 2011 they became an elite, auditioned Milligan ensemble for class credit. Though they began with mostly barbershop and gospel, they now also do jazz, be-bop, some early music, and traditional men’s glee. Every Valentine’s Day they make money for their music and supplies by selling “Singing Valentines.” Primarily, they sing for the love of God and harmony. Heard Mentality is directed by Dr. Charlotte Anderson. The members are: