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7 Teens in “Barbershop outfits” take over school show with acapella hit by Billy Joel
These kids really know how to shake things up. 🤩
Michael Dabu
04.26.24

At West Oak High School’s spring chorus concert took the stage for a uniquely ensembled performance.

Everything about it was wonderfully at odds.

First off, the presented themselves as a “quartet”- all 5 of them, later to become 7. They also refer to themselves as a “barbershop” group and the “West Oak HS Men”.

YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)
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YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)

The only thing is, 2 of them are very much girls and, while they sound amazing, Barbershop also has specific vocal rules that make it barbershop.

No such rules were being followed. The fact that everything about the show is a bit off from what one might expect infuses it with some good old-fashioned humor.

And they picked thee perfect song for it, too. They sang “For the Longest Time” by Billy Joel with vocal harmony and a spirited delivery.

Their performance, though unconventional, presented a fresh take on a beloved classic.

YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)
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YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)

While they may not be up to date on their definition of things, there is no question these kids are packing talent.

The concert drew an enthusiastic crowd of peers and family members. The giggles and whispers of an anticipating audience is nearly contagious.

YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)
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YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)

Opting for a barbershop quartet style with a twist, the ensemble expanded on the traditional four-part harmony.

This deviation from standard barbershop didn’t diminish their charm or harmonic precision.

Instead, it offered a unique rendition that embraced the essence of barbershop’s rich, textural harmony, while presenting it in a way that was vibrant and accessible to a younger audience.

Individual talents shone throughout the performance, particularly during solos by students named Jayden and Miranda.

YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)
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YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)

Their standout solos showed off their personal skills and brought depth to the overall harmony.

These moments were key in engaging the audience and showcasing the dynamic range of the group.

The air of light-hearted anticipation that filled the hall before the ensemble began to sing was evident.

This prelude hinted at the audience’s familiarity with the performers and their eagerness for the musical treat that awaited them.

YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)
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YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)

Such a pre-performance atmosphere often sets the tone for the engagement level throughout the event, and this was no exception.

While the ensemble’s style wasn’t strictly barbershop due to its larger size and mixed composition, their performance was nonetheless impressive.

Their adaptation managed to uphold the entertaining, technically demanding aspects of the genre.

Though it bent traditional conventions, their show was fun and admirably executed.

YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)
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YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)

Feedback from the audience included constructive criticism aimed at further improving the performers’ technique.

A professional singer’s advice for one of the members to enhance his higher notes was proof of the supportive nature of the feedback.

This kind of constructive input is invaluable as it encourages young performers to refine their skills.

YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)
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YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)

Comments from viewers celebrated the girls’ participation and the group’s camaraderie.

This acceptance and appreciation from the audience highlight the progressive strides being made in community and school settings toward more inclusive and diverse performances.

YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)
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YouTube Screenshot - Jayden Muncy ('N Family)

See this hilarious ensemble defy Barbershop convention with an excellent Billy Joel hit below!

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