Local alum to perform with Texas A&M Cadet Singers in Tyler Jan. 8


East Texas will be one of the stops for a popular collegiate singing organization, as the Texas A&M Cadet Singers, known as “The Voice of Aggieland,” will visit the city of Tyler for an upcoming performance opportunity.

According to the group’s website, the performance by the Texas A&M Cadet Singers will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Marvin United Methodist Church, located at 300 W. Erwin St, in Tyler.

The performance, which is a part of the Texas A&M Cadet Singers’ Winter Tour, will be free for attendees and open to the general public.

Additionally, the Texas A&M Cadet Singers will take part in another East Texas-area concert event the day before, performing 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Longview, located at 400 N. Fredonia St.

A product of the Bullard High School Choral Department will lend his voice to the group during the Texas A&M Cadet Singers’ Winter Tour, as Daniel Shumate, Texas A&M Class of 2019, will perform with the organization.

Shumate, the son of Karen and Scott Shumate, is a mathematics major, as well as a third-generation Aggie, with his grandfather graduating in the Class of 1955 and his parents as graduates of the Classes of 1988 and 1989.

A member of the BHS Class of 2015, Shumate was a singer in the BHS Choral Department, where he was able to earn the first TMEA All-State Choir selection in the program’s history, during its first year of competitive singing.

According to their website, the Texas A&M Singing Cadets began in 1893 at Texas A&M College as the all male glee club. In 1937, after several different directors and years in limbo, a total of18 students came together to cement the glee club into A&M history writing a constitution and establishing the student organization that exists to this day. The glee club was renamed the Singing Cadets in 1940 as a result of a student body naming contest.

Since its inception, the Singing Cadets have grown to receive national acclaim performing each year for more people than any other collegiate choral group in the United States, traveling each year across Texas, throughout the United States, and abroad spreading the Aggie Spirit through the gift of music.

Throughout its history, the organization has represented the spirit of Aggieland through several performances on the international stage, including England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, South America, South Africa, China, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

The Texas A&M Cadet Singers will perform in a number of concerts throughout Texas during the month of January, including Amarillo, Midland, Salado, and Austin.

For more information about the Texas A&M Cadet Singers, visit www.singingcadets.tamu.edu.


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