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The Trills are a professional a cappella group founded at Towson University in 2015. They left Towson University in 2019 and decided to pursue music professionally. The group is composed of six unique vocalists: Kathryn Marie, Missy Melkonian, Nick Zuelsdorf, Leroy Hyson II, William Damanka Jr, and Aaron Bayne.

 

While in college (2015-2019), The Trills competed in the ICCA three times. The Trills are tied for the smallest group to take the ICCA finals stage and are one of the few groups to reach finals on their first attempt. The awards and placements they received are as follows:

2017

  • Quarterfinal Second Place

  • Semifinal First Place

  • Outstanding Vocal Percussion (SF)

  • Outstanding Arrangement (SF)

2018

  • Quarterfinal First Place 

  • Semifinal Fourth Place 

  • Outstanding Vocal Percussion (QF)

  • Outstanding Arrangement (QF)

  • Outstanding Soloist (QF)

2019

  • Quarterfinal First Place

  • Semifinal First Place 

  • Outstanding Vocal Percussion (QF)

  • Outstanding Arrangement (QF, SF)

  • Outstanding Choreography (QF)

See below to get to know your future ICCA coaches and click the button below for more information.

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Leroy Hyson II

Bass, Music Director, Chief Arranger

Primary Focuses: Arrangement, Overall Vocal Performance, Bass and Rhythm Section.

  • B.S. in Music, Towson University

  • 4X ICCA Outstanding Arrangement 

  • Current Music Teacher 

  • Two ICCA Finals Performances

  • Three ICCA Semifinals Performances

Your Coaches

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Aaron Bayne

Beatboxer, Business & Finance

Primary Focuses: Vocal Percussion/Beatboxing, Overall Performance

  • M.A. in Music Business, Berklee College of Music

  • 3X ICCA Outstanding Vocal Percussion

  • Judge for ICCA, ICHSA, and BOMDA

  • Two ICCA Finals Performances

  • Three ICCA Semifinals Performances

  • Two ICAO Semifinals Performances

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Kathryn Marie

Soprano, Co-Choreographer, TikTok Manager

Primary Focuses: Choreography, Solo Singing, Stage Presence

  • B.S. in Education, Towson University

  • 1X ICCA Outstanding Choreography 

  • Several roles in theatrical productions

  • Two ICCA Finals Performances

  • Three ICCA Semifinals Performances

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Nick Zuelsdorf

Tenor, Co-Choreographer, Stylist

Primary Focuses: Choreography, Solo Singing, Stage Presence

  • B.A. in Acting, Towson University

  • 1X ICCA Outstanding Choreography and 1X Outstanding Soloist 

  • Several Towson Mainstage theatrical productions

  • One ICCA Finals Performance

  • Two ICCA Semifinals Performances

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Will Damanka Jr.

Baritone, Arranger, Media Manager

Primary Focuses: Blending, Harmony, Arranging, Overall Performance

  • B.S. in Photography, Towson University

  • 2X AVA Nominated Videographer

  • Two ICCA Finals Performances

  • Three ICCA Semifinals Performances

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Missy Melkonian

Alto, Relationship Manager

Primary Focuses: Solo Singing, Overall Performance, Stage Presence

  • Student at Towson University

  • Performs in two a cappella groups

  • Several roles in theatrical productions

  • One ICCA Finals Performance

  • One ICCA Semifinals Performance