CU Buffoons back in Steamboat for the weekend

Audrey Dwyer
The 13 members of CU Buffoons will be in Steamboat this weekend for a show that will highlight their cappella talent and new material.

The CU Buffoons will be back in town with a new lineup and repertoire this weekend.

Although some of the group’s songs have been its set list for decades, the group of 13 keep it contemporary with arrangements from Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2 songs, among others.

The group of close friends will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Colorado Mountain College’s Albright Auditorium.

Known as the oldest a cappella group at the University of Colorado Boulder, the members ranging in ages travel throughout the state performing as many as 50 times per year in addition to recording their own albums.

“This really is a supportive group of guys who bring that professionalism to each performance but yet we are also able to get together and have a good time, really bringing out the buffoonery,” said senior Peter Hassinger, who also is the business manager and sings bass.

Involved with the group since his freshman year, Hassinger said each time they perform, his favorite part is when he sees the audience’s faces light up.

Last time they were in town, each seat in the auditorium was filled.

“We were really surprised to sell out the venue and were blown away when we walked out on stage and saw that many people in the audience,” Hassinger said. “We hope to exceed people’s expectations this time.”

On average, about 12 to 16 members are involved with the CU Buffoons but that fluctuation depends on how many members come and go with each year. Contrary to what many would think, Hassinger said there is not one music major in the group.

The range of majors could be anything from communications, designers and engineers. And this interesting mix of diverse backgrounds not only creates a dynamic group but incorporates a number of skill sets.

After the members graduate, Hassinger said many go on to music careers or others take a different direction. Some alumni will join The New Wizard Oil Combination, a group in Boulder composed of men who previously were part of the CU Buffoons.

With six full length albums out, these Buffoons have taken the music and logistics into their own hands. Their varying skill sets allow them to design the artwork on album covers or website and some will even take on the marketing to connect the group themselves to the community.

In October 2014, the group started recording a new album set to be released in March or April this year.

At the performance in Steamboat, the members plan on sharing new material as well as classic cover songs such as their Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Al Green hits.

“We’ve been polishing songs and making sure all the dynamics fit together,” Hassinger said. “It’s great that we have such dedication from each member because it can be a wild ride sometimes but we love to sing and travel.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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