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Friars 2012-2013

Kyle Walenta
Voice Part:   Tenor 2
Year:   Junior
Areas of Study:   Movement Science

Hailing from Grand Rapids, born to two purple mohawked Art Prize annuals who have yet to realize that punk is dead, Kyle 'dreamboat' Walenta solidly rounds out the baritones-as-tenor-two section. He earned his nickname due to his propensity to order entrees intended for couples and eat them all himself. As an avid soccer fan his favorite hobby is trying to explain the validity of a sport which, after 90 minutes, the score can still be 0-0.

Wesley Fields
Voice Part:   Tenor 1
Year:   Freshman
Areas of Study:   Vocal Performance

Welsey 'lil Fry/Coach' Fields, the youngest member of the group, is a fantastic addition the the team hailing from North Carolina. His love for the Carolina Panthers was the inspiration for his record-breaking football career. He was recruited by Michigan in the 9th grade, but tragically lost his ability to play football because of a bad case of vocal nodes. The ailment, however, granted him the ability to sing runs faster than his starting 11-touchdown 974 rushing yards August training first quarter in a scrimmage against Eastern Michigan University. He sought to take his talents off the field and into a bar, and there stumbled into the Friars. After a brief apology, the Friars gave him an audition. Though he loves hanging out with the Friars, he is often seen with football players like Jabrill Peppers tossin' a pigskin and reminiscing about the glory days.

Fisher Diede
Voice Part:   Bass
Year:   Sophomore
Areas of Study:   Performing Arts Technology

Fisher first came to the Friars attention when the Traverse City Gang came to Ann Arbor. The Kiessling brothers (who are also from TC but not a part of the gang) warned the rest of the group about the notorious thugs from up north. They were known for playing bluegrass music, camping on the beach, and eating cherries; actions that are most frowned upon outside of their heathen world. However, the temptation to recruit the scalawag was too great to pass for the Friars. He possessed charisma and musical prowess that could only be gained from being a part of the TC Gang. Now he runs with the Friars, a wild card among the gentlemen.

Patrick Kiessling
Voice Part:   Baritone
Year:   Junior
Areas of Study:   Voice Performance

Luke Washer hails from a far-off distant land called “Connecticut”. We all think that it’s a made-up place, but he seems to think its real, so we all just play along. Due to the long distance between school and home, Luke doesn’t get to see his family that often. This circumstance manifests itself into separation anxiety which can cause Luke to forget some of the most common-sense etiquette principles; an example of this is when he forgets that it is not appropriate to say the word ‘whore’ in a song intro when the audience is a roomful of wealthy, geriatric citizens... But we digress, when Luke is not at Friars rehearsal, he can be found scalping— we mean, selling tickets for the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club concerts. However, in all sinceriousness, Luke is a great bass and adds a slight amount of diversity to group with his strawberry-blonde mane.

Alex Cherry
Voice Part:   Bass
Year:   Sophomore
Areas of Study:   Political Science and Environmental Science

Once upon a time, the Friars were walking down State street when they stumbled upon a lone labrador pup lying cold in the middle of a barren alley. Concerned, the Friars took the fat-tongued creature home and nourished it back to health. They discovered that the labrador, whose dog-tag read "Alex Cherry", had made an incredible journey from Hastings, MI to Ann Arbor, because he simply couldn't take it up there anymore. Although tired, the adorable fuzzball barked and howled after hearing the Friars witty limericks and panty-dropping chords. He was sad however, because he himself could not sing with the group due to the fact that he was a dog, which made it impossible to match pitch. But the Friars loved the dog and wanted to do everything they could to help him. Fortunately, one member had The Blue Fairy's number (Verbatim: "We dated for a while, but I was pretty uncomfortable with her obsession with Pinocchio. I mean, who turns a puppet into a real boy? That's weird."). Luckily, it wasn't too awkward, so he called her up and asked for a favor. After hearing the story of the sad lab, she visited the Friars home and granted the lab his wish: to be a real Friar. And in a flash of light and smoke, the pup transformed in a tall, gangly man, with a deep, baritone voice comparable to Louie Armstrong. It wasn't until later that it was discovered that the Fairy forget to shrink his large, dog-like tongue, but....it works out anyway.

Now, Alex Cherry sings happily with all of the friends who made him into the man he is today. A student at the University of Michigan, he studies political science and environmental science, and is a hardcore fan of the band Dispatch. If you see him around campus, be sure to give him a little pet on his head or a scratch behind the ear. He likes that.

Joseph Kiessling
Voice Part:   Baritone
Year:   Sophomore
Areas of Study:   Business Administration

It's beginning to look a lot like Sansa

Everywhere you go

Streaming tears all down her face

"Just put someone else in her place!

Tell me, why am I always the girl!?"

Daniel Passino
Voice Part:   Tenor 1
Year:   Junior
Areas of Study:   Vocal Performance

Daniel Passino was born in the streets of south Detroit where he was raised by a pack of wild coyotes. Through them, he obtained the perfect balance of wild and musical elegance. He also learned to bark harder than he bites. Since Coming to the University of Michigan, Daniel has become a master of vocal runs and always being "hard" as opposed to being "soft". Realizing that majoring in just music is dumb , Daniel has chosen to pick up a second major in communications, so he can learn how to more effectively communicate politically incorrect ideas.

Daniel Braunstein
Voice Part:   Tenor 2
Year:   Junior
Areas of Study:   Performing Arts Technology

Imagine a gorgeous valley with cascading waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Now imagine a tiny town in New York with 20 residents, a McDonalds, and car dealership. That is the hometown of Dan “Microphones-are-my-life” Braunstein. Recently deciding that babysitting kids in a choir classroom was not what his destiny held in store, he picked up a sound board and a few microphones and is well on his way to becoming the next David Guetta or more likely the host of Wednesday night karaoke at your local pub. As a performing arts technology major he has quickly mastered the art of untangling all the cables behind your TV and playing small riffs on the Garage Band drums. Outside of the studio Dan prefers to order chicken from Pizza House, prattle with the deer “up north”, and casually save the Friars with his piano playing skills. Dan “Number 2” is well on his way to becoming a tenor one after his 3 year progression from bass 2 to tenor 2. But what is Dan most proud to bring to the group? His beard.

Kyle Butler (not pictured) +
Voice Part:   Tenor 1
Year:   Sophomore
Areas of Study:   Women's Studies, Anatomy, and Massage Therapy

The newest member of the Friars, Kyle "Omaha" Butler, adds a measure of youthful glee and boyish charm to the rest of the stern-jawed group. His sultry tones have been known to move mountains, shatter walls, and overload dehumidifiers for miles away. Before coming to the group, he was a world renowned chef who was the first Michelin 6-star ever to be awarded. After a horrible heist by Justin Beiber and Bjork, his hand-forged knives and secret formula were both stolen, bringing an end to his cooking career. Seeking to start anew, he decided to turn to singing, a decision we celebrate twice daily.


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