How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Vineyard Sound
Chloe Reichel

Head-to-toe in pastels with fingers at the ready for snapping and pitch perfectly in tune, the Island’s premier 10-man summer a capella group is a force.

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Vineyard Sound Returns

The Vineyard Sound is back. The all-male a cappella group begins their summer season on Monday, June 12.

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Vineyard Sound Are the Island's Very Own Boys of Summer
Derek Schwartz
For 22 years now, the Vineyard Sound has taken their singing talent to venues and street corners all over the Island, singing tirelessly throughout the season.
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Vineyard Sound Says Goodbye to Summer

Vineyard Sound celebrates the end of summer with a two-hour concert at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Saturday, August 24, at 8 p.m.

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Despite Bug in His Ear, Singer Rallies to Perform With Group
Tom Dunlop

First it was Owen Bennion’s two front teeth vs. a steel basketball pole. Then it was Matt Ungaro’s left ear vs. a moth of undetermined species.

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Break a Leg? Or Try Breaking Two Teeth; The Show Goes On
Tom Dunlop

All Owen Bennion wanted for the first show of the summer was his two front teeth.

Unfortunately, as of about 11:35 a.m. Friday, he pretty much no longer had them.

Owen is the new musical director of the Vineyard Sound, a popular college a cappella group that sings a regular schedule of hourlong shows across the Island from the middle of June until the middle of August. On Friday evening, the 16th season of Vineyard Sound was scheduled to begin with two performances at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown.

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Vineyard Sound Bass Singer Shoved Into Harbor, Vigilantes Capture Assailant
Tom Dunlop

Like everything else in the world today, the event was captured on a cell phone camera and posted almost immediately on YouTube. Watching it, you can’t help but think of Jack Ruby as the man charges out of the crowd toward his victim, except Jack Ruby wore a fedora and a suit and this guy wore a white T-shirt and plaid shorts slung low.

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Harmonic Convergence at Ballfield
Nina Tarnawsky

You never know when that tap on your shoulder is going to come. We’ve been watching you for a while, they say, as you look around bewildered. No, this isn’t a Skull and Bones initiation. It’s a cappella.

The Vineyard Sound have been delighting Island ears since 1992. From June to August they can be found wearing their trademark look of shorts, oxford shirts, ties, and sandals or boat shoes at various churches and private events around the Vineyard.

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Docks and Dunes Alive With Sound of A Cappella
Katie Ruppel

In the summer of 1992, a few friends from Connecticut College, Wesleyan University and Skidmore College who knew each other from high school had the idea to spend the summer on the Vineyard doing what they liked best: singing.

Jody Alford and friends each gathered a couple of members from their respective collegiate a cappella groups and headed to the Island, forming a group they called the Vineyard Sound.

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