April 10, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- The Amherst College Zumbyes have been selected as one of six finalist groups from 108 groups representing more than 1500 singers, to compete for the top prize in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) on Saturday, April 26, at New York's Beacon Theater.

Amherst's oldest a cappella group, the Zumbyes first were formed more than fifty years ago. From the outset, the Zumbyes adhered to the theory that blend is the single most important element of small group singing. Today, the Zumbyes continue to arrange songs with energy, complexity and significant jazz influence. In addition, the group's long history allows it the luxury of drawing on tried-and-true jazz favorites.

The ICCA, which has been held since 1996, is a competition of collegiate a cappella groups from schools across North America. Its Website is at www.varistyvocals.org.