The Extras: The Jabberwocks

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Hello, Brunonian family! I’m Jacklyne Vargas, nice to meet you all *insert imaginary handshakes here*! I’m here to be your compass (well, that sounds heavy, doesn’t it?) in everything extracurricular here at Brown. If you’re reading this, send help you are a magnetic force of your own and I’m simply helping you figure out what attracts you. In all The Extras, in all the magnetic forces here at Brown, you can easily be pulled in countless directions, but I’m here to help! If anything, we’ll go crazy together…

If there’s a certain type of extracurricular that dominates/is highly regarded/kinda worshipped here on Brown’s campus, it’s a cappella.

Though competitiveness between a cappella groups here at Brown may not be as cutthroat as that between the Barden Bellas and the Trebelmakers from Pitch Perfect, the a cappella groups here are absolutely astounding.

One of these amazing–and one of the most exclusive–groups is The Jabberwocks!

For more information, visit their website, Facebook group, and Wikipedia page!

They’ve toured internationally, they’ve recorded CDs and music videos, and they have a quite substantial fan base here at Brown. Here to share a piece of his experiences as a first-year Jabberwock is Josiah Jordan ’18!

On his involvement with the Jabberwocks:

After high school, I knew that I wanted to continue to grow in the art of song, despite pursuing a career outside of music. After listening to many of the a cappella groups on campus, I strongly believed that I would develop the most as a singer through the Jabberwocks. They’re talented, and I knew that by being involved, I’d be challenged to sing better and better.

On the type of people in the Jabberwocks:

Personally, I believe that the most ambitious and determined vocalists and musicians are drawn to the Jabberwocks, as reflected by those already within the group. Every single member is an amazing soloist and brings their own flavor into the group, naturally allowing the Jabberwocks to sing songs from a wide scope of genres. But besides being great soloists, each knows exactly how to blend their unique voices in unison, really showing just how talented the group is as a whole.

On the audition process:

It’s actually really simple. You just go in, sing, sing some more, and then wait for the callbacks to be posted :).

On the Jabberwocks’ presence in the Brown community:

Privileged to be called Brown’s oldest a cappella group, the Jabberwocks are renowned for their musical talent all throughout campus. We get invited to perform for numerous events on campus, both formal and informal, and we often have to turn down some offers, as the requests are seemingly endless. Nevertheless, it’s always a joy to perform, whether for hundreds of students or for a close friend on his/her birthday.

On what makes the Jabberwocks special among other groups here at Brown:

Besides being the oldest a cappella group on campus, I personally believe that it is the personality of each member of the Jabberwocks that makes the group, overall, so unique. Each individual has their own distinct character and voice, which allows the group to transcend any specificity of music genre and showcase its diversity. We’ll sing jazz, pop, indie, country–you name it. When you conglomerate a bunch of super talented individuals into a singing group, the result is a bunch of super talented individuals who combine their gifts for something really, really great.

On why you should consider joining:

In my opinion, students who want to challenge themselves with intricate music arrangements and, thus, allow themselves to develop their talent the greatest degree should definitely consider joining the Jabberwocks. But this a cappella group stems further from just music: the resulting friendships and brotherhood are just as–or even more–beautiful than the music we produce. If you want a challenge, if you want growth, and if you want to join an experience that will change your life, join the Jabberwocks!

Thank you for sharing your experiences Josiah!

All my love,

Jackie

Don’t hesitate to leave any questions, comments, frustrations, tirades, rants, chocolates, inquiries or suggestions (I’d love your input) either below or in my email,  jacklyne_vargas@brown.edu! I’m seriously excited to interact with you all… Seriously. Have a delightful day!

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