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Help this University of Illinois jazz a cappella group produce its first album in more than five years!

You’ve found us!  We are No Strings Attached from the University of Illinois, and boy, are we glad you’re here.  Right now we are done with recording our latest album, In Sync (get it?!), but we need help with some of the costs associated with production and distribution.

As a group, we are completely student-run and specialize in a cappella jazz.  We also sing pop, the occasional classic rock hit, and whatever else our group members choose to arrange.  Each group member puts in nine hours of rehearsal time per week, and we also compete and collaborate with other groups across our university campus and the state of Illinois.

As a part of our mission to spread the music that we love creating, we have toured high schools in the Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, and St. Louis areas.  On campus we sing at fundraisers, sporting events, and occasionally use guerilla tactics while spontaneously singing in dorms, dining halls, and the occasional bar or restaurant.  Just to clarify, we really enjoy singing.  A lot.  Generally when at least four or five of the ten group members are together, someone will be able to coax a song or two (or seven) out of us.

We recorded our album with the invaluable help of Champaign’s own Pogo Studios between March and November 2011.  In Sync features our renditions of jazz standards along with other finger-snapping songs originally recorded by artists like Ben Folds, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Extreme, Company of Thieves, and more.  Our goal is to have this album completely ready and available in time for our spring concert on April 14th.  We have some money saved up, but we won’t be able to reach this goal alone!

This is where we need your help and we’re definitely planning to make it worth your while.  We would really appreciate your fundraising support, and to show this appreciation, we have some ways of saying thank you.  First, check out our video above if you haven’t already done so.  You’ll be able to learn a bit more about each of us and what we are trying to do with this project.  Next, check out our rewards to the right.  You’ll see some of the standard ones, sure, but you’ll also hopefully find a few that you did not expect. 

Finally, be sure to back our project and to check back for updates!  As we get incrementally closer to our goal, as a matter of personal sacrifice, each of our group members has pledged to do something that he or she deems incredibly uncomfortable or unpleasant.  One plans to give an incredibly impassioned and moving speech in support of republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.  Another one plans to dress up in her Justin Bieber garb and bust out in song and dance in a store in Campustown.  For each of these acts, there will of course be a video.  So keep donating--if not for the personal rewards, then for the enjoyment that everyone will hopefully receive by watching us do what we do best: making complete fools of ourselves.

Thanks for your support!  We hope to see you at our spring concert at U of I’s Spurlock Museum on April 14th, at 8 pm.  For more about us, go to http://nostringsillinois.webs.com/, or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Strings-Attached/8804964516.

-  No Strings Attached

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    Our appreciation and the knowledge that everyone's a bit closer to finding another ridiculous No Strings video.

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    Your name goes onto our spring show program pamphlet under the "Thank Yous" category! You'll also receive a personal thank you email.

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    MUSIC, INTERNETS STYLE: Digital download of In Sync, in addition to all of the $5 perks (putting your name in our program and the email).

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    MUSIC, REAL LIFE STYLE: Two tickets to our spring show at 8pm on April 14th! In addition, all of our $5 perks.

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    MUSIC, STANDARD STYLE: Signed copy of the new physical In Sync album, in addition to all of our $5 perks.

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    MUSIC, STANDARD STYLE DELUXE: All of the $20 and $5 perks in addition to One Night Stand, another No Strings Attached jazz a cappella album.

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    GROUP MEMBER GRAB BAG: Each member of No Strings has a unique talent. Back us at this level and you'll get to choose from a list of random awesome things to learn - from mastering the Rubix Cube to moving your body like a cyclone. Also, get your $5 perks! (Due to logistics, this perk is for U of I area only)

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    GIFT BAG/GRAB BAG: The group member grab bag listed above PLUS our signed new album PLUS the $5 perks. (U of I area only)

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    SWEET, SWEET SERENADE: Members of our group will serenade you or a friend for your birthday or for Valentine's Day (in case you pick up a hot date between now and next February). Also get the signed new album, $5 perks, and a thank you video!

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    NSA FLASH MOB (U of I ONLY): We'll appear at a classroom or dorm of your choice and just start singing. Everyone will be thoroughly surprised. Except for you. Also receive our signed new CD, $5 perks, and a thank you video!

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    NO STRINGS DATE-IN-A-BOX: Sit in with No Strings during a rehearsal and get to know all of us! Then, choose someone you'd like to have dinner with (or something of the sort). We'll deliver said person in a box, all dressed up, and you two can have a good ol' time! Also receive our signed new CD, $5 perks, and a thank you video!

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    THIS IS YOUR SONG: Our music director will write, record, and master an original song in your honor. Your input will be required, and the finished product will be yours. Also receive our signed new CD, $5 perks, and a thank you video!

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    THIS IS YOUR REQUEST: Pick a song appropriate for a high school age and up concert. We'll arrange, perform it at our April show, and dedicate it to you! Also receive our signed new CD, $5 perks, and a thank you video!

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    CLINIC OF AWESOME: This perk is for high school or other performing choral groups within 50 miles of Chicago, Champaign, or St. Louis. We'll stop at your school while we're touring the area and conduct a 1-hour clinic for the group. In addition, everyone in the host group will receive a digital download of In Sync! $5 perks and thank you video also included.

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    THE GRANDADDY OF THEM ALL: We'll perform our repertoire. You name the time--if we're available, we'll be there. The venue must be within 50 miles of Champaign-Urbana during the school year, or within 50 miles of Chicago during the summer. You also get In Sync, One Night Stand, the $5 perks, a super-duper thank you video, and probably something else cool. We aren't sure just what yet, but yeah.

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