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Football Team Chorus

I have decided to talk the Football team into singing one song....maybe turn into a Men's Chorus???!!!    These guys probably have not sung in choruses so I need a song with which I can approach them....a song which is intriguing enough to step out of comfort zone and sing.     Any suggestions????
on August 19, 2014 5:33am
Linda, congrats!  Sounds like a great idea, but what other information do you have that might help in suggesting a song?
A few questions:
Is this a middle school football team with some unchanged voices, perhaps?  Or a high school varsity team ages 14-18?  Or are you at college/university?
Singing one song for what?  Just the team itself in the locker room, or in front of others at a pep rally/school event?  Getting boys on a team to sing in front of girls/peers
is often harder than having them sing by themselves in a less-threatening situation.  
What's the background of these players?  Is this a religious private school, a magnet school, or a regular public school?  Do you know any of the guys have a musical
background?  You may want to poll the players and ask if any of them play an instrument or have sung in choir before at church, school, etc.  If you get a song where one
of the players plays guitar/piano for it, they might be more encouraged to sing out than just a cappella or with a track.  
Maybe find out what styles of music they enjoy?  Perhaps the guys themselves can suggest some songs?  They may be more likely to sing
if the first song they try is one that they pick.  The only problem with most of today's music is that 90% of the male singers on the radio are high tenors.  
Most guys on a football team probably can't phonate with any confidence past "D" above middle "C," so you may have to transpose the song.   
Hopefully, most of them can match pitch!  In 1955, this would be an easy task.  However, as I've experienced first-hand and read from posts on ChoralNet, many kids/youth today
don't know how to sing (much less read music!) for a number of reasons. Perhaps they'll be some strong singers/leaders on the team that the others
can follow?
Best of luck!
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on August 19, 2014 6:52am
Cody,  thanks for your reply.  Yikes!   I should have included this info in my post!    This is a 2-4 year college in the NYS University system.    I would love to get them all to join our chorus, but.....     I happened to be standing in the middle of the whole team as I was looking for a key to open their room.   It struck me that I was standing in the midst of 60 guys all of whom were taller than me...and I told the coach this would make a perfect men's chorus.  Jokingly, he was 'on board' with the idea..    I do not know what their backgrounds are...I assume some have sung at least on their own.
I would like them to sing one song wherever I can get them to sing....once in our concert, national anthem at their own game, whatever strikes their fancy.   The chorus on campus actually does select its own music---it's part of their constitution because it is a club.  I thought that having two or three songs in mind in advance would help move the process along.   I have the roster and I plan to google each one to see if I can find info on their musical experience, tastes via facebook, etc.    I will also talk to the coaches.    I will attend practices and games to try to make a connection.
on August 19, 2014 7:10am
My first year teaching (HS 1975), I inherited a chorus of nine singers.   For the fall concert, I talked the football team into sing KING HEROD'S song from a Jesus Christ Superstar medley.   They came out in their football outfits and brought the house down.   
The next semester I did the Vivaldi Gloria with 100 singers.
So my advice would be to do something on the humorous side and don't worry too much if one or two of them is out of tune.   Once they join the chorus, that's something that is easily fixed.
Nick Page
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on August 19, 2014 9:55am
I am so glad that I logged on to ChoralNet today! I am meeting with our High School football team today to see if I can recruit some more "MEN". These are all great suggestions! I love this site and all the ideas I get from it. 
Carolyn Soderlund
on August 19, 2014 2:55pm
How about arranging your school song/fight song for TBB and teaching it to them?  They can sing it to open a concert then at the end of every game?  They'll most likely get a lot of positive feedback.
on August 20, 2014 5:31am
I love the idea of getting "jock" to do something in concert.  A good first step may be to get them singing in a football environment.  At many schools, coaches have the team learn the fight song and the alma mater.  Music is a good team building excercise.  After every home game at the University of Florida, the team gathers in front of the band to sing the alma mater with the crowd, then sings the fight song accompanied by a single tuba.  
That could be a logical start to your Athletic Department Glee Club's new repertoire.
on August 20, 2014 9:15am
Yay!!!   Thanks to all of you for posting.  Nick,  I never thought of the King Herod's song...good idea.    I did have a sprechstimme piece in my public school which was all about football...that may work, too.    I even wondered if I could get them to sing the National Anthem at one of their games.   Linda
on August 21, 2014 10:48am
I would look into some popular country songs. There are a lot of them out there that are in the lower range so the guys won't have to go into their head voice, (which has been a problem with me for football players in my chorus class). High school football players do not want to seem less manly by singing in falsetto.
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