When the Texas A&M Singing Cadets perform in Atascocita next month, the “Voice of Kingwood” will be singing loud and proud as part of the “Voice of Aggieland.” The Singing Cadets are a 75-member, all-male chorus that performs 60 concerts a year throughout Texas, the United States and overseas.
Four members of the chorus are graduates of Kingwood High School (KHS). Andrew Weinrich is a Class of 2018 geophysics major and in his fourth year with the group. Aaron Daniel is a 2019 aerospace engineering major and is also a member of The Aggienizors barbershop quartet. Josh Harris is a 2020 international studies major, and Zac Theimer is a 2021 mechanical engineering major in his first year with the cadets. All four young men were students in the KHS Choir under the direction of Jason Watt.
Watt says his goal as a teacher is to instill a love for making music.
“The fact that year after year men from the Kingwood program decide to continue their music careers, and can do so with a group as amazing as the Singing Cadets, makes me extremely happy and proud. I am happy for and humbled by their continued success,” Watt said.
Watt said that the men’s choir tradition at KHS is very strong, in large part due to the camaraderie and high standards developed by students like Weinrich, Daniel, Harris and Theimer.
Indeed, it was camaraderie that first drew the oldest cadet, Weinrich, into the Aggie group.
“Shortly after I joined, I realized it was a really special group. It became very clear how special bonds and experiences were going to be created by this group, and I knew I wanted to be part of it,” he said.
Weinrich then recruited Daniel.
“When I was a KHS senior, Andrew said I should consider auditioning. It seemed like a great way to get involved at Texas A&M. It has far surpassed my expectations,” Daniel said.
The boys then recruited Harris, who said, “The KHS choir was my family and I wanted to find something like that in college.”
Harris says the Singing Cadets is a great fit for him. The three then recruited their newest member, Theimer, who attended the Atascocita performance last year and decided to audition when he started at Texas A&M this fall.
“I’ve been blessed so much by this group in so many ways already, and I’ve only been involved for a few months,” said Theimer.
The Singing Cadets will once again perform in Atascocita Jan. 5, 2018, at Northeast Houston Baptist Church, 18000 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. The event is hosted by the Kingwood/Humble Area Aggie Moms Club as a scholarship fundraiser. Admission is free, but tickets still need to be reserved at khaggiemoms.org. The moms will gladly accept any donations. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction bidding and raffle, and there will be delicious refreshments home-baked by all those Aggie moms. The performance begins at 7 p.m. The program consists of religious, patriotic, Broadway, popular and novelty music, and of course the Aggie war hymn and fight song.
Proceeds from the event benefit local Texas A&M students with philanthropy to help with tuition and school costs. Sponsorship opportunities are available with levels of donations ranging from $100-$1,500.
Texas A&M University Singing Cadets was established as an all-male chorus in 1893. The Emmy award-winning group performs over 60 concerts per year. In the last 10 years, the Singing Cadets have traveled more than 35,000 miles, performed over 700 concerts and visited more than 125 Texas communities. The group has toured Romania, Mexico, Germany, England, Switzerland, Hungary, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
The cadets recently sang the National Anthem for the New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and have performed for every living president, including a surprise performance for President H. W. George Bush’s birthday. Daniel summed it up this way: “We were invited to join President Bush’s close family and friends in celebrating his 93rd birthday. Standing in George H.W. Bush’s living room in Kennebunkport, Maine, is an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”