Singing since 1952
Shortly after the class of 1955 arrived at Middlebury in the Fall of 1951, Pete Baldwin's interest in quartet singing led to some singing action in Painter and Hepburn Halls. By February seven were practicing on a regular basis. WRMC announcer Bob Arel noting the double quartet was short by one designated the name of the group the Dissipated Eight. This name has stuck! The D8 made it's debut at the Ides of March Dance, March 15, 1952.
Today, the Dissipated Eight continues on in the tradition of the original octet, maintaining the example of energetic dedication established by the group's founding members while continuing to push the boundaries of a cappella as we know it. Producing numerous records over the years, the D8 has compiled a vast archive of music from the past five decades.
The group continues to perform all over New England (as well as Bermuda!) at private venues, other colleges, and high schools alike. With 60 years behind them, they look forward to continued success through the blending of traditional and contemporary a cappella.