Eight Beat Measure

Background information
Years active 1987–present
School Rochester Institute of Technology
Label A Cappella Records
Website http://www.8beat.org/

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Eight Beat Measure is an all-male collegiate a cappella group at RIT.

Now in their 25th year of existence, Eight Beat Measure began in 1987 as the RIT Men's Octet. Originally faculty-lead and formed as an extension to the RIT Singers, Eight Beat quickly expanded their horizons and branched into the world of contemporary a cappella, changing their name to Eight Beat Measure to reflect the new attitude, and expanding from only 8 members. The group currently sings a wide variety of music, from hip-hop to pop and doo-wop to metal, so there is something for everyone in their repertoire. They are the Original Bad Boys of RIT A Cappella.

Current Members

Name Main Voice Part Leadership Position Graduation Year
Derek Gieraltowski Tenor I 2019
Deshawn Cervi Tenor I Music Director 2017
Rich Toro Tenor I President 2017
Andrew Athias Tenor II Publicity Director 2016
David Michels Tenor II 2020
Andrew Pleasant Tenor II 2017
Andrew Lanos Tenor II 2016
Brandon LaFever Tenor II Secretary 2018
Adam Blaine Baritone Assistant Music Director 2015
Joe Race Baritone 2019
Noah Chrysler Baritone Business Manager 2018
Jared Raish Baritone 2019
Joel Beckwith Bass 2019
Marc McClure Bass 2019



Heatin' Up (2012)

Heatin' Up released 2012
# Title Original artist Soloist
1. Party Rock Anthem LMFAO Mike Purcell/Joe Kaplan
2. Just Say Yes Snow Patrol Ryan Vazquez
3. Sarah Smiles Panic! at the Disco Ryan Belair
4. I Will Follow You into the Dark Death Cab for Cutie Jack Kelleher
5. A Dios Le Pido Juanez Joe Kaplan
6. Carry Out Timbaland Rohit Crasta
7. The Cave Mumford and Sons Justin Bartlett
8. Lego House Ed Sheeran Andrew Darling
9. Confessions Usher Andrew Athias
10. Unnatural Selection Muse Andrew Darling
11. Tears in Heaven Eric Clapton Andrew Darling
12. It Had Better Be Tonight Henry Mancini Ryan Belair
13. Won't Get Fooled Again The Who Jack Kelleher

No Safety Nets (2010)

No Safety Nets released 2010
# Title Original artist Soloist
1. Don't Trust Me 3OH!3 Joe Kaplan/RJ Pollard
2. Haven't Met You Yet Michael Buble Ryan Belair
3. Honor Him/Now We Are Free Gladiator OST Rohit Crasta
4. Assassin Muse Bradley Turnbull
5. Viva La Vida Coldplay RJ Pollard
6. Hard Rock Hallelujah Lordi Rick Thomas
7. Lost+ Coldplay/Jay-Z Josh Goodman/Kwadwo Opong-Mensah
8. Supermassive Reckoner Muse/Radiohead Joe Kaplan/Bradley Turnbull
9. Doug Theme Song Nickelodeon

Eight Tracks

Mix 2006

Sleepless Nights


  • 2013 BOCA - Party Rock Anthem (Soloists: Mike Purcell and Joe Kaplan ) is placed as opening track on BOCA 2013
  • 2012 Voices Only- Carry Out (Soloists: Rohit Crasta & Andrew Darling) was placed on Voices Only 2012
  • 2011 Lovin Cup Glee - First Place
  • 2011 SMACC Down - First Place, Best Arrangement (Bradley Turnbull, Honor Him/Now We Are Free), Best Choreography (Josh Goodman, It Had Better Be Tonight)
  • 2011 CARA Nomination - Best Collegiate Male Arrangement (Bradley Turnbull, Honor Him/Now We Are Free)
  • 2011 A Cappella Community Awards Nomination - Favorite Album Art (No Safety Nets)
  • 2011 A Cappella Community Awards Nomination - Favorite Breakout or Newcomer Group

Notable Alumni

Fun Facts


Official YouTube Channel

See also

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