Dartmouth College's oldest a cappella group, the Injunaires were founded in 1946 by Paul Zeller as a offshoot of the college Glee Club. The group performed at all Glee Club concerts as one of the two program intermissions. Zeller arranged many of their songs and medleys. The Injunaires were an integral part of the Glee Club's spring tours, singing around the country, and even on The Perry Como Show and at Carnegie Hall.
Sometime after shortening their name, the Aires broke with the Glee Club in the late-70s and established themselves as an independent Dartmouth landmark through several years of musical excellence, high-energy performance, and outrageous comedy. In these last 60 years, the Aires have grown into one of the nation's most recognized all-male collegiate a cappella groups.
Although we usually have about sixteen members, group numbers vary on a term-to-term basis. Auditions are held at the beginning of every fall term. And every year, a select few are welcomed into a group that will invariably become a major part of their experience at Dartmouth College.
It all begins with music. We arrange all of our own music. Members of the Aires pick what songs to arrange based on the group's tastes. Because we're such a diverse group of people, we end up singing a lot of different styles. Currently, much of our repertoire consists of popular songs from the 80's and 90's. But we also sing traditional Dartmouth songs, a few 50's and 60's tunes, some hip-hop and even an original or two.
Most of our arrangements consist of 1 soloist, a dozen or so people singing background, and a vocal percussionist. The background of our arrangements consists of a series of complex "instrument-like" syllables that, when sung together, resemble the background of the original song. Check out some sound clips on our albums page.
On campus, we perform once or twice a week on average. But the fun does not stop there. Oh, no. We are a traveling group. A pack of nomads. We frequently take weekend roadtrips around the Northeast, singing at other colleges, high schools, and Dartmouth alumni clubs. We tour twice a year during Winter Break and during Spring break. During the 2014-2015 school year, we toured California over Winter Break and during Spring Break adventured to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong
Be on the look out for upcoming shows in your area!
Even when not on tour, the Aires manage to have an awful lot of fun. Perhaps too much. The Aires gives each of us a crazy, music-loving group to spend time with both in and out of rehearsal.
The Aires are a busy bunch. The Aires are a fun bunch. Heck, the Aires are the Brady Bunch, without the ladies and without Alice the maid. But even without Alice, we manage to be an ensemble of extreme musical talent, passion, diversity, and friendship. Who could ask for anything more?