Beat Boxer Brings Music to MU

9 years 3 months 3 weeks ago August 13, 2007 Aug 13, 2007 Monday, August 13 2007 Monday, August 13, 2007 4:35:44 PM CDT in News

Mizzou Forte is an a capella group.

It plays without piano or other instruments.

One of the members admits he's "excited to be a part of the group," even though he can't really sing.

What Si Kincaid does is called beat boxing. He holds no drum sticks. The snare drum you hear is his mouth.

"It's an honor to do what I do," Kincaid said.

Mizzou Forte member Michael Chesney explains that "a beat boxer or vocal percussionist is someone who, in the a cappella world, makes the noises that a drum would make with their mouth."

It could be as simple as a snare drum or a scratch noise. It requires the ability to listen to something and repeat it back.

"So for a kick sound, I'm pressing the air up into my lips," Kincaid said. "So it would be a light sound but if the chorus would start to culminate, it would be poof poof . And then a snare goes shh.. Pooof... sh."

Percussionists used to call the early drum machines beat boxes. Hence the name beat boxing. The 13 members of Mizzou Forte also mimic the sounds of a guitar, violin, piano.

 "I think the unique part of our group is none of us are music majors but we all really like music and singing is a big part of our lives," said Mizzou Forte member Jenni Hanley.

Si acquired his talent from an action figure.

"When I was 7 or 8, it was usually GI Joe or Batman figures," He said. "Clashing them together and the wheels screeching the friends with me thought that was pretty cool. "

Si hopes to one day snare a career in journalism. He'll be well aquainted with lip service, having dealt with a mouthpiece of his very own.

Mizzou Forte has a free concert coming up on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. outside of the dining hall on Virginia avenue.  A beat boxing competition will follow that concert.

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