Class Notes & Profiles

Music Men

By Daniel Steckenberg ’06

Nothing says “college” quite like a group of friends singing covers of popular songs without the aid of instrumentation. A capella, they call it. For 25 years now, the Accidentals (or “the Axies”) have been one of the most popular a capella groups on the Vassar campus.

To celebrate their silver anniversary, the Axies threw themselves a party, a reunion bringing together nearly 20 current and former members of the group, spanning 10 classes of Vassar graduates.

According to Tito Crafts ’06, the current pitch for the Axies, the reunion was a complete success. “The older graduates had an opportunity to catch up, and we current Axies had an opportunity to see recently graduated group members again.” The highlight of the day was a special reunion concert in Rockefeller Hall, which, for Crafts, exemplifies what the Axies are about: “produc[ing] high-level musical results with a group of guys you love.