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Cypress Lake High's 'The A Cappella Group' to Compete for International Title

Photo: The A Cappella Group, Cypress Lake High School
TAG, The A Cappella Group, performing at the National A Cappella Convention in Spring 2016.

Founded in 2003 by director by Gary Stroh, Cypress Lake High School's The A Cappella Group, or TAG, is heading to New York City to compete for the high school a cappella international title: the third trip for TAG to the international competition in the program's history, and the second year in a row the group will compete for the title.

Monday at 1:30 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, music teacher Gary Stroh explains the complex components of a successful a cappella song, how he's channeled the talents of local singers for more than a decade with TAG, and how the group's hard work has led to competitions, album recordings, and other awards and acclaim.

Also joining the program are three TAG singers, all seniors at Cypress Lake High School, including:

  • Bridget MacPherson, president of the vocal department
  • Kennedy Floethe, award-winning soloist at the quarterfinals and semi-finals  for “The Words”
  • Steven James, TAG's bass singer
Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.