Spizzwinks: Singing For the Home Crowd

Carlmont alum Mark Fedronic and his merry band of a capella singers from Yale University wowed the hometown crowd Thursday night with a mix of Ivy League humor and a lively set list of contemporary and classic tunes.

From Leonard Bernstein and Tennessee Ernie Ford, to the Counting Crows and Queen, the pitch perfect crew of young a capella singers from Yale University, known as the Spizzwinks, brought their unique blend of sweet harmonies and biting banter to the Carlmont High School Performing Arts Center Thursday night.

Of course, Belmont wouldn't normally be a stop on the tour by America’s oldest a cappella group for underclassmen, but when one of your members calls Belmont home, you'd better believe the bus is stopping at the old stomping grounds.

CHS alumnus and Spizzwink tenor, Mark Fedronic, is a Yale sophomore and was happy to bring his singing buddies to his old high school. And what a hometown welcome it was. There wasn't an empty seat in the house, and those in attendance ranged from toddlers to grandparents, and of course, many of Mark's high school friends and family members.

"As a group, we make a promise to our members that each person will eventually get to take the group back to his hometown- this is my chance!  Most of the guys in the group hail from the East Coast so I'm on a little mission to help them understand why the Bay is ultimately the coolest," said Fedronic on the group's Facebook page.

Carlmont's music director John DeBaldo kicked off the evening by telling the audience he had taght Mark as a music student for seven years--three at Ralston Middle School and four at CHS, where Mark was a member of the school's jazz ensemble.

"It's great that he's kept music in his life," said DeBaldo.

Were you at the Spizzwinks' performance last night? Tell us what you thought of the show in our comment section below.


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Terri Cook January 04, 2013 at 04:34 PM
It was tons of fun. I loved the diversity of the crowd and the diversity of the musical genre. I was pleased as punch that it was a sellout. As a choral singer, I appreciate hearing a group like this. The young men were very friendly and gracious and were genuine in their appreciation to the audience.
Joan S. Dentler January 04, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Great wrap-up Terri----it really was a lot of fun and showed how supportive the Carlmont/Belmont/San Carlos community is of the arts. What a great way to wrap up the holiday season. Thanks to Mark for bringing the Spizzwinks back to the 'hood (and the whole Fedronic family who helped house and feed all those singers!).
Stacie Chan January 04, 2013 at 10:54 PM
This was fantastic! Couldn't help but tap my foot as soon as they young men started clapping. What a great show it must have been.


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