Pokeappella travels to The Big Apple


Pokeappella outside J.R. Murphy's after their performance of “A Journey Down the Strip”.

The stars above New York City will twinkle a little brighter next week, as Pokeappella travels to Brooklyn to sing the National Anthem.

Representing Oklahoma State University proudly, this group of singers will make their debut on the East coast at the National Invitational Tournament. 

Pokeappella is OSU’s one and only all-male a cappella choir. Originally “Cowboy Chorale”, these young men began the group in 2013, and have only become more popular since their conception. Friday, November 22, the Pokeappella men hosted their first ever headlining concert at the Student Union Theatre. The concert was themed “A Journey Down the Strip”, which included set of songs based on selected bars. J. R. Murphy’s, College Bar, and Outlaws were among the spots to which they paid homage. 

Vocal Performance senior David Perez spoke on the milestone Pokeapella has hit since it began.

“The concert alone was a huge goal for us, especially the guys that started Pokeapella back in 2013,” Perez said. 

All of the singers were able to show off their skills with solos within each piece. Some of their shining moments included the theme song from Pokémon, and the crowd favorite “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver.

“I know they started the group in the hope that one day we’d have what we have now," Perez said. "Not just a group of singers but an actual brotherhood, connection, and great friendship.”

The group sang some a cappella classics, such as “For The Longest Time” by Billy Joel, and even recognizable songs like Blue Swede's “Hooked on a Feeling” and Sam Smith's “Not the Only One."

Secondary education and social studies senior Clayton Headrick arranged one of the scores. He arranged Radiohead's “Creep”, and the men stunned the crowd with a beautiful a capella version of the alternative hit. 

“I knew that if we could do something like that it could be really popular,” Headrick said. “It took about three months and some help from Dylan Aaron to get it finished up.” 

The men of Pokeappella planned their trek to Brooklyn, NY, to perform at the National Invitational Tournament, a men’s collegiate basketball tournament. Music Performance senior Ben Pitts explained how the event came to be.

“They emailed us a few days after the Boone Pickens celebration and invited us,” Pitts said.

The O’Colly Creative recently recorded the group of singers covering OSU’s Alma Mater as a tribute to Boone Pickens. This tribute opened the door to their travels to New York. The singers will head cross country Monday, November 25. 

“Brooklyn is definitely the cherry on top because this is such a huge gig that we get to say we were a part of,” Perez said. “A small group from Stillwater, Oklahoma getting to perform in one of the biggest Cities in America!”