Texas A&M Singing Cadets
The Arts Council of Brownwood is proud to present the Texas A&M Singing Cadets in a free performance at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m. The performance is made possible with the help of the following sponsors: Brown County A&M Club, Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, Landmark Life Insurance, Smith and Sharpe Insurance, Empire Iron Works, and the E. P. Woodruff Trust.
Texas A&M University Singing Cadets were established as an all-male chorus in 1893. The group was originally known as the Texas A&M Glee Club and was renamed the Singing Cadets in 1940. Texas A&M was originally an all-male, military institution. At one time, all the members of The Singing Cadets were members of the Corps of Cadets; however, Corps of Cadets membership is no longer a requirement for membership in the Singing Cadets.
David L. Kipp, the current director of the Singing Cadets, started his tenure in 1995. Kipp is the thirteenth director of the 75-member men’s choral group. Under his lead, the Singing Cadets are staying true to their crisp military style and diverse selection of music. A Singing Cadets concert will include a wide variety of music. With traditional school songs as the bookends for the show, the program consists of religious, patriotic, Broadway, popular, and novelty numbers. The Emmy award-winning group has members from across Texas and the United States. Members of the Singing Cadets major in a wide range of academic fields of study, and all members are actively involved with many other campus organizations and activities.
In the last ten years, the Singing Cadets have traveled over 35,000 miles, performed over 700 concerts and visited more than 125 Texas cities and communities. The Singing Cadets have performed for every living president as well as other distinguished individuals such as Mikhail Gorbachev. The group has toured to Romania, Mexico, Germany, England, Switzerland, Hungary, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.