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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

“The Rough Dozen is comprised of around 12 people ... all of whom are very cool. Enough said,” is the official description of the all-male a cappella group.

These self-proclaimed cool singers will make their public debut on June 23 as part of the Aaron Copland School of Music Guerrilla Arts series at Flushing Town Hall.

While the a cappella group usually only sings a few songs as part of a larger concert that features other musicians, this Sunday will mark their first full-length show.

The Rough Dozen was founded by Dave Burkard and Cliff Derix and joined by other talented Queens College music majors.

“We just decided that this was one thing the school was missing,” Burkard said. The group has performed on campus, but Burkard looks forward to their upcoming performance, their first one for the general public, where they can showcase their eclectic collection of songs.

“We’re putting together a smorgasbord of things,” he said. ”We’ve got some pop, some oldies, some barbershop and we are featuring some quartets within the group to showcase some guys a little bit more,” describing one of the luxuries of being the headliners of a show.

Jane Cho, director of administration at Aaron Copland, selects the performers for the Guerrilla Arts performances, a partnership between the Aaron Copland School of Music and Flushing Town Hall that showcases jazz and classical musicians who are either students, alumni, or faculty of the school.

“We send out quality musicians and we also try to attract local audiences. It’s not only performing, but we also try to educate the audiences,” Cho said.

While funding challenges have cut down the number of performances in the series, Cho said the school of music continues to be a strong advocate for local arts organizations like Flushing Town Hall by sending jazz musicians out into the community to conduct music clinics.

Cho said the school supports its students by finding ways to showcase their talent and added, ”Flushing Town Hall has been very enthusiastic by welcoming our students and our alumni and also faculty.”

Ellen Kodadek, executive and artistic director of Flushing Town Hall, said,”It’s a great way for the community to discover new artists in our community that they might not have known before.”

A cappella at Flushing Town Hall

When: Sunday, June 23, 2 p.m.

Where: 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Tickets: Suggested admission, $5

(718) 463-7700 flushingtownhall.org

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