In 1949, four friends from Brown broke away from the traditional men’s glee club to form their own singing group. They christened it The Jabberwocks, after a founding member began reciting the Lewis Carroll poem, because, well, that’s what you did for fun back then.
The quartet quickly rose to on-campus fame, offering a new and exciting form of music to students. To the glee club director at the time, they were “a misguided small group of students whose product is a type of vaudeville.” Today, the Jabberwocks remain a fixture of student life at Brown, and the university’s oldest a cappella group.
Aside from regular appearances at Brown and college campuses nationwide, the Jabberwocks have performed for a variety of audiences. The group has sung everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to Shea Stadium and Steven Tyler’s birthday party. The group also travels extensively – both domestically and internationally – to cities such as Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Seoul and Hong Kong.
The Jabberwocks have received numerous awards, have had numerous tracks appear on the Best of Collegiate A Cappella (BOCA) albums and have been honored in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording (CARA) awards. Last year, we were thrilled to have been featured in Her Campus’ article on “The Best Collegiate A Cappella Groups in the Country.” The Jabberwocks release a new CD every two years, and our latest album, JABBERTALK, is available for purchase on iTunes.