Chapter 6 entertains Washington

Donelle Pardee Whiting
Luke Menard, left, and John Musick perform their version of "Fever" called "Reverb." Menard told the audience the group got the idea after seeing a movie with the 1950's song using a lot of reverb. "No '50's song should be done with reverb," he said.

Five Points Washington celebrated its one-year anniversary with the annual gala dinner.

This year's dinner was followed by a performance, open to the public, in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center by the Illinois a cappella group Chapter 6.

The group's family-friendly show features a blend of pop/jazz harmonies and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Performances feature a diverse repertoire of American popular music, ranging from Gershwin to Stevie Wonder, and even original songs ranging from comical to personal.

Emerging from a college course, Chapter 6 became the premier, a-cappella ensemble at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois before winning its first competition in 2000.  When most of its members graduated the following year, the group took a leap of faith as they entered the professional market in January 2002.  Since then, Chapter 6 has received numerous awards for their technique, performance, and original arrangements.

See below for a video or their rendition of Stevie Wonder's hit, "Don't You Worry About a Thing" and a six-minute version of "The Wizard of Oz," which earned a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award in 2005.