The Tufts Beelzebubs, frequently referred to as "The Bubs", is a male a cappella group of students from Tufts University that performs a mix of pop, rock, R&B, and other types of music while spreading their motto of "Fun through Song." Founded in 1962,[1] they have toured in Europe, Asia, South America, and North America, and they competed on NBC's The Sing-Off in December 2009, finishing in second place.

Tufts Beelzebubs
Beelzebubs HK International A Cappella Festival 2012.jpg
The 2011-2012 Beelzebubs performing at the Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival 2012.
Background information
Also known asThe Bubs
OriginMedford, Massachusetts, United States
GenresCollegiate a cappella
Years active1962–present
LabelsCollegiate
WebsiteOfficial website

The group is best known for providing song arrangements and background vocals for the fictional all-male a cappella glee club "The Dalton Academy Warblers" on the American TV series Glee, although the Bubs do not play club members on screen. Singles by the Warblers, with series stars Darren Criss and Chris Colfer performing lead vocals, have collectively sold over 2 million copies.[2] Due to their popularity, a full soundtrack album of the Warblers songs was released April 19, 2011 as Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers.

The Beelzebubs were the inspiration for the Barden University Treblemakers in the movie franchise Pitch Perfect, being one of the groups covered by Mickey Rapkin in Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory, the book the movies are loosely based on.[3]

HistoryEdit

The Beelzebubs were originally named "Jumbo's Disciples" after the Tufts University mascot, but quickly shed this name and adopted the name "Beelzebubs", a reference from the epic poem Paradise Lost by John Milton. They were first seen at the Tufts annual Winter Sing in December 1962, and by May 1964 they had already performed with the Boston Pops and recorded their first album.[4]

During the 1970s, they began adding popular music to the barbershop, doo-wop, gospel, and jazz standards so commonly associated with a cappella. The group flourished due to a successful and active alumni association.

The 1991 album Foster St. abandoned a more traditional methodology and introduced a new style of arranging – especially with the addition of vocal percussion [5][6] In 2006, the Bubs' CD Shedding swept the CARA awards for collegiate male a cappella winning best collegiate album, best solo, best arrangement, and best song.[7]

The Bubs' performance schedule has grown to over 80 gigs per year. The Bubs have toured in Europe (England, France, the Netherlands, Greece, and Turkey), Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore), South America (Argentina and Brazil), and North America (Mexico, Canada, and the United States including Hawaii and Alaska). They’ve performed for many high-profile personalities such as Presidents Clinton and Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Jay Leno, and Gov. Bill Richardson.[citation needed] In 1999, the group made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman and performed at Fenway Park for the crowd at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[citation needed]

The Sing-OffEdit

The Beelzebubs were one of eight vocal groups featured on the NBC television program The Sing-Off, which aired in December 2009. The Bubs were selected amongst hundreds of groups to compete. Having survived cuts by the judges in each of the first three shows, the Beelzebubs appeared in the finals on December 21, 2009, finishing second to Nota from Puerto Rico. The competition's prize was $100,000 and a recording contract with Epic Records/Sony Music, and was determined by viewer voting.

According to The New York Times[8]

The Beelzebubs ... used the superstar-medley round to spring a surprise. Their choice of superstars was The Who, but they did not begin their number with any of the obvious rockers from that group's repertory; instead they served up a slow, haunting "Behind Blue Eyes."

Performances and resultsEdit

Episode/Theme Song choice Original artist Result
Premiere "Magical Mystery Tour" The Beatles Advanced
Big Hits "Right Round" Flo Rida Advanced
Guilty Pleasures "Come Sail Away" Styx Advanced
Superstar Medley Various The Who Advanced
Judges' choice "Sweet Caroline" Neil Diamond Runner-up

The Bubs FoundationEdit

The Beelzebubs are also proud of their continuing commitment to give back to the community through the Bubs Foundation. The Bubs Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 by Beelzebubs alumni to "awaken in young people a passion for expression and learning through music".[9] The organization consists of alumni and friends of the Beelzebubs dedicated to the Bubs Foundation mission to raise money for the music programs of Boston-area public schools. So far the Foundation has donated over $50,000 in grants to 60 area music programs.[10]

GleeEdit

The Bubs provided arrangement and background vocals for ten a cappella covers in the second season of the TV series Glee, all of which were released as singles, starting with Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream", with lead vocals by Darren Criss, which aired in the episode "Never Been Kissed" on November 9, 2010. The single had sales of 214,000 copies in its first week, the most of any Glee single in the show's history, and reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100;[11] it has since been certified a gold record in the US.[12] Additional covers include Train's "Hey, Soul Sister", Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills", Robin Thicke's "When I Get You Alone", "Animal", P!nk's "Raise Your Glass", and Maroon 5's "Misery". The ten covers, plus two others recorded with the Bubs that did not appear on the show, were included on an album, Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers, which was released on April 19, 2011, and debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 86,000 copies in its first week.[13] A thirteenth song on the album by the Warblers did not involve the Bubs: "Blackbird" by The Beatles was covered by Chris Colfer with other background vocalists.[14] The last cover to air during the season was Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know", which was broadcast during the episode "Born This Way", which first aired on April 26, 2011, and is included on the Warblers album.

Other AppearancesEdit

The Bubs were featured on the MTV show My Super Sweet 16.[15]

One of the Bubs' previous releases (April 27, 2007) was their highly acclaimed and award-winning twenty-fifth studio album, titled Pandaemonium. Tracks from this album have been selected for Best of Collegiate A Cappella, Sing 4: Good Medicine,[16] and Voices Only 2008. The album also received a perfect score from the Recorded A cappella Review Board.[17] Like Shedding before it, Pandaemonium also swept the four all-male categories of the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award, including Best Album, Best Song, Best Solo and Best Arrangement.[18] The Beelzebubs have received perfect scores from the Recorded A cappella Review Board on every release since.

They perform at many schools across the world and have even coached students at the schools, teaching them various singing methods.

With over 300 members around the world, The Beelzebubs celebrated their 55-year anniversary in 2018.

Notable membersEdit

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Citation
2018 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best Male Collegiate Song "Who Do You Love" on Reboot - EP Won [citation needed]
Best Male Collegiate Arrangement "24k Magic" on Reboot - EP Nominated [citation needed]
2016 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best Male Collegiate Album "In the Book" Nominated [citation needed]
2014 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Helix" Won [citation needed]
2012 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Battle" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Kings and Queens" Won
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Alexander Koutzoukis, "Kings and Queens" Runner-up (tie)
2010 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Play the Game" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Alexander Koutzoukis, "All the Love in the World" Won
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Who Are You" Won
A Cappella Community Awards Favorite Male Collegiate Group Themselves Won [citation needed]
Favorite Collegiate Album "Play the Game" Won
Favorite Vocal Percussionist Alexander Koutzoukis Runner-up
Favorite Medley "The Who Medley" Runner-up
2008 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Pandaemonium" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Ed Boyer, "Digging in the Dirt" Won
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Magical Mystery Tour" Won (tie)
Best All-Male Collegiate Soloist Andrew Savini, "When I Get You Alone" Won
2006 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Shedding" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Travis Marshall, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Won
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Let's Get It Started" Won
Best All-Male Collegiate Soloist Andrew Savini, "Epiphany" Won
A Cappella Community Awards Favorite Male Group in the Nation Themselves Won [22]
2005 A Cappella Community Awards Favorite Male Group in the Nation Themselves Won [citation needed]
2004 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Code Red" Runner-up [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Ed Boyer, "Hot in Here" Runner-up
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Take Me Home" Nominated [citation needed]
2002 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Next" Runner-up [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Ed Boyer, "Bills, Bills, Bills" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate Soloist Isaac Brody, “Disco Inferno” Nominated [citation needed]
2000 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Infinity" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate song "That’s the Way" Won
1998 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Danny Lichtenfield, "I am the Walrus" Nominated [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Sledgehammer" from Id Won [citation needed]
1997 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Todd Herzog, "Shape of my Heart" from Drift Runner-up [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate song "With or Without You" Runner-up
1996 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album “Gilding” Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Danny Lichtenfield "Blood of Eden" Won
1995 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Todd Herzog, "Hey You" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Hey You" Runner-up
Best All-Male Collegiate Soloist Matt Trowbridge, “The Water is Wide" Runner-up
1994 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Vince" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Gardner & Herzog, "Sympathy for the Devil" Runner-up
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Mercy Street" Won
Best All-Male Collegiate Soloist Todd Herzog Won
1992[a] Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards Best All-Male Collegiate Album "Foster Street" Won [citation needed]
Best All-Male Collegiate arrangement Deke Sharon, "Comfortably Numb/Brain Damage" Won
Best All-Male Collegiate song "Rio" Won
Best All-Male Collegiate Soloist Todd Herzog Won
  1. ^ Prior to 1992, there were no awards organizations related to a cappella. 1992 was the first year the Contemporary A Cappella Society announced Recording Awards, after the society's founding in 1991.

DiscographyEdit

Album Year
Brothers in Song 1964
Sing On 1965
Signin' In 1966
Something Old, Something New 1968
The White Album 1972
The Blue Album 1974
Ballou Hall 1977
Pub 1979
Therapy 1981
Score 1983
Clue 1985
Lost 1987
Fourteen 1989
BWI I 1990
Foster Street 1991
BWI II 1992
Vince 1993
House 1994
Gilding 1995
Drift 1996
Id 1997
Jade 1998
Infinity 1999
Next 2001
Punch 2002
Code Red 2003
Shedding 2005
Pandæmonium 2007
Play The Game 2009
Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers 2011
BATTLE 2011
Helix 2013
Four Seconds - EP 2014
In The Book 2015
Reboot - EP 2017
Full Rally 2018

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Show preview: 'Sing-Off Live' soars to stage at Silver Legacy".
  6. ^ "How 'Pitch Perfect' Helped A Cappella Hit a High Note in the Mainstream". May 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "2006 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award Winners | A Cappella Music - The Contemporary A Cappella Society". www.casa.org. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  8. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (December 17, 2009). "'The Sing-Off' Watch: Two Go Home, Three Go to the Finals". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  9. ^ "The Bubs Foundation".
  10. ^ "Bubs Foundation – Grants". Archived from the original on December 28, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009.
  11. ^ Grein, Paul (November 17, 2010). "Week Ending Nov. 14, 2010: This Year's "Gift" Is Smaller". Chart Watch. Yahoo! Music. Yahoo!. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  12. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  13. ^ Caulfield, Keith (April 27, 2011). "'Glee' Warblers Album Flies High on Billboard 200". Billboard. Los Angeles: Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  14. ^ Rome, Emily (April 19, 2011). "Warblers 'Glee' Album: A Track-by-Track Account From the Beelzebubs". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
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