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A clarion call to all Rocky Mountain a cappella groups

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There's no denying that Denver's cachet as a top music city is quickly becoming recognized across the country, but in case any lingering doubts remain, we just received word that the Harmony Sweepstakes, one of the world's top a cappella music competitions, has once again chosen Denver for it's 2010 regional competition. The annual international competition routinely draws hundreds of the top vocal groups from around the world, who compete in musical styles ranging from pop and rock to gospel and barbershop.

Singing without instrumental accompaniment has been around for centuries and has definitely grown from the simplistic gregorian chants of renaissance times to the complex precision replication by today's top vocal groups, who perform entire rock songs using only the human voice. If your the type of person who spends your free time beat boxing and singing guitar parts and are interested the Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes is especially for you. To get a taste of what exactly modern a cappella music is all about, check out the mind-blowingly amazing clip above of the 2009 Rocky Mountain regional winners Mouth Beats.

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