The Shwiffs, an all-female group, took to the field at Fenway Park April 19 to belt out the familiar lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Boston Red Sox took on the Baltimore Orioles. The group, decked out in Red Sox shirts, must have brought the team luck: The Sox won 4-2.
“It was an incredible experience,” said Shwiffs member Hannah Chmura ’15.
The group’s performance coincided with events marking the one-year anniversary of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. After that tragedy, Boston sports teams were integral to the city’s recovery, so the eyes of the nation — and the world — were on the Red Sox and the patriotic performance of The Shwiffs.
"It truly was a special day for The Shwiffs in the midst of an important weekend for Boston,” said Caroline Noonan '16. “We owe a big thank you to the Red Sox for the opportunity."
The students were invited to perform after the Red Sox’s entertainment manager heard a recording of their rendition of the national anthem. Noonan, who serves as the group’s public relations coordinator, sent the tape to the manager after a family friend put them in touch.
Established as the College’s first a cappella group in 1944, The Shwiffs have been singing strong for decades. Throughout the year, they perform at numerous events on and off campus. Recently, the group sang at a downtown event as part of the festivities for the College’s new president. During the fall semester, The Shwiffs participated in an all-group, all-Lorde concert, covering the New Zealand singing sensation’s latest chart-topper, “Team.”
The Shwiffs are one of seven a cappella groups on campus, and a cappella is just one of many co-curricular activities available to students.
Other examples of student-run clubs, organizations and performance groups include (not a full list):
Academic and language
Psi Chi National Honor Society
Culture and identity
African Student Union
MEChA Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán
Spectrum (dedicated to ending homophobia)
Yalla Bina (celebrates Middle Eastern region and cultures)
Cadenza art and literary magazine
The College Voice student newspaper
Underexposed photography magazine
WCNI-FM radio station
A cappella groups (7)
Ballroom Dance Club
Camel Backs stepping club
MOBROC (Musicians Organized for Band Rights on Campus)