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The MadHatters in Fall 2013 at Camp Randall
Background information
Origin University of Wisconsin - Madison
Genres A cappella
Years active 1997–present
Labels Collegiate
Website MadHatters Official Website
Members Matt Bertler '18
Alex Do '21
Nick Graves '20
Gregory Halstead '18
Ryan Hegna '19
Jake Jaros '21
Dylan Kahn '19
Evan Modglin '21
Frankie Pobar Lay '18
Van Rao '21
Evan Rocco '19
Joel Rondón '21 (vp)
Shane Swing '20
Past members
List of former members
Erik Bakke
Andrew Bates
Justin Baumann
Rogelio Becerra-Ramirez '12
Steve Beguhn '07
Bear Bellinger
Logan Bernecker '11
Luke Bohline
Phil Bohnenkamp
Brandon Boyle
James Carrano
Joe Cavise
Hanwook Chung '18
Jayden Cline '17
Miles Comiskey '11
Kabir Daya '10
Sean Dekok
Mark Dennison '14
Will Diepholz '14
Matt Dow
Owen Downs '15
Tony Ehrbar
Andrew Fitzpatrick '11
James Francey
Charlie Gallagher
Eliav Goldman '18
Chris Gorton
John Green
Cory Greenfield
Eric Haas
Michael Haggart '10
Matt Harris
Chip Hayner
RJ Heim '17
Grant Hendrickson
Brian Hong
Jason Horowitz
Will Hoverman '18
Luke Hrovat-Staedter '14
Brandon T. Hubbart
Marques Jackson
Andy Jeske
Brian Jordan
Michael Jurken '10
John Kellbach
Devin Kellenberger '13
Mark Kibbel
Ryan Kimbrell '16
Kevin King '12
Nickoluss "Lil' Junior" Klauda '15
Tyler Knowles '05
Jon Kumm '10
Charles Kwon
Drew Lake '11
Joe Lee
Alec Lehrman '11
Mike Lehrman
John Leonard '09
Matthias Leonard '12
Jarrod Lewis
Michael Linn '16
Tyler Livingston '18
Ryan Loberger
Matt Machi '14
Kolby McConville '17
Kevin McLaughlin
Joe Meeker '14
Nate Mendl
Eric Moldenhauer '09
Matthew Mueller '17
Ryan Murray
Caleb Murray
Chad Musolf
Nathan Nelson '07
Matt Nolan
Brian Olsen
Matt Orton
Zach Osterholz '15
David Persley '13
Brian Peterson
Sam Petricca '12
Bob Pierce '14
Josh Pierce
Vidal Quevedo
Chris Quembo '09
John Radke
David Redick '11
Joe Salvo
Matt Schuh '14
Bill Schuknecht
Kevin Schultz
Jamie Secombe
Nick Schneider 14'
Dan Sinclair '11
Brian Skinner
Dan Spika '17
Dustin Strong
Mike Thompson
Adam Vanderloo
Jonathan Wenzel '09
Brad Westergaard
Alex Wisniewski
Jake Wolf '15
Chris Yahng
Alex Yant '13
Bryan Ziegler '11

The MadHatters is a collegiate a cappella group on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.[1] Created in 1997, the MadHatters are the first established a cappella group on the UW-Madison campus. The MadHatters have grown significantly in popularity in the a cappella community, having released several albums and receiving several awards. The MadHatters are notable for being featured on two Best of Collegiate A Cappella (BOCA[2]) compilation albums as well as hosting the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. The MadHatters traditionally have between 9-12 vocalists and one vocal percussionist.


Beginning to early 2000s

In 1997, choral department students Chris Yahng and Chad Musolf gathered a group of men interested in singing beyond the normal choir concerts and formed the a cappella group. Over a short period of time, the group's popularity rose dramatically, leading to the MadHatters selling out the historic Orpheum Theater on State Street multiple times and performing at the acclaimed UW Varsity Band Concert in April 2002 in addition to their regular performances at hospitals, senior homes, various schools, and community events.

The group has gained nationwide recognition since the release of State Street, their first album. Recorded with the university's women’s a cappella group Tangled up in Blue, each group had one track earn a spot on the 2002 BOCA CD, and is credited as the first a cappella album recorded in 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound. This widespread publicity helped the MadHatters to take their first ever concert tour. In January 2003 the group traveled to the East Coast performing at Harvard University and in New York City.

In the fall of 2003 the MadHatters released their second album, a live CD of their sold out 2003 spring concert at the Orpheum Theatre, entitled No Jacket Required. In January 2004, the MadHatters took their second major tour to the west coast, stopping and performing in Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Luis Obispo, and San Francisco. In February 2004, the MadHatters were selected to compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella contest for the first time. That semester, the MadHatters had their main show again at the Orpheum Theatre, despite a small fire in the theatre the morning of their concert. At that show, the MadHatters sold out the theatre again, having the largest turnout for any show at the time.[3]

Mid 2000s to 2011

The group sang the National Anthem for more than 41,000 people at Miller Park (Milwaukee) for a Brewers/Cubs game on August 17, 2004. On November 10, 2004, the MadHatters performed at the then new Overture Center and sold out the show, filling the house to its 2,251 person capacity. Shortly after, the group began recording their second studio album, Friday After Class. At the end of the 2004 Fall semester, the group received the UW Student Organization Office's "Outstanding Achievement Award" for their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the school and community throughout the semester. In April, the group received a second award from the Student Organization Office, the annual "Outstanding Contribution to Campus" award.

In April 2005, the group released their follow-up album to State Street, entitled Friday After Class. One year later, in April 2006, the group returned to the Overture Center for their largest concert series yet, 2 nights at Overture Hall. In the Fall of 2007, the group sold out the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center on back-to-back nights in December and released their third studio album, Not For Credit. The group had a second track selected to the Best of Collegiate A Cappella (BOCA) CD and Contemporary A cappella Recording Award nomination in 2008 for the track "I Believe" off the Not For Credit album.

The group's 2008-2009 tour went international for the first time, touring in the country of Mexico throughout January 2009. Their fourth album, Random Play, was released on April 10, 2010 after the MadHatters’ sold out performance at the Orpheum. At their annual Fall Concert on December 3, 2010, the MadHatters released their first holiday album, Cheer on Tap.

2011 to present

At their spring concert the next semester, April 16, 2011, with a dollar from each seat sold and a third of all CD sales in the month of April, the group was proud to donate over $4000 to Going for Ten Thousand, a student-run organization that helps raise money for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.[4][5] In Spring 2011, the MadHatters began work on their full-length studio album, "All Nighter" which was released the next year in 2012. In both December 2011 and 2012 the group was invited to perform at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as a part of the President's annual holiday reception.

The MadHatters released their newest album, a six-song Wisconsin Badger Football themed EP titled "Red, White & Blazers" at their Spring Show at the Overture Center on April 12, 2014. They are currently in the process of recording a full-length studio album with projected release in 2016.

On December 28, 2014 the MadHatters sang the halftime show at the Green Bay Packers game against the Detroit Lions for over 80,000 people. Along with the performance at halftime, they also sang their rendition of Jump Around by House of Pain during the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.


The MadHatters have recorded 6 studio albums, 1 live album, and 1 EP

State Street (2002)
State Street
  • Studio Album

(Recorded with UW Tangled Up in Blue)

  • Released: 2002
  • RARB[6]
  1. It's All Been Done
  2. Here's To The Night
  3. Insomniac
  4. Desperado
  5. I Was Brought To My Senses
  6. Breathless
  7. I Love You Always Forever
  8. As I Lay Me Down
  9. I Will Remember You
No Jacket Required (2003)
No Jacket Required
  • Live Album
  • Released: Fall 2003
  1. In The Meantime
  2. Rodeo Clowns
  3. Lullabye
  4. Skit
  5. Superstition
  6. Yesterday
  7. In The Still Of The Night
  8. What You Want
  9. End Of The World
  10. Hooked On A Feeling
  11. Goodnight Sweetheart
  12. Still Fighting It
  13. TV Themes Medley
  14. Be With You
Friday After Class (2005)
Friday After Class
  • Studio Album
  • Released: Spring 2005
  • RARB[7]
  1. I Don't Wanna Be
  2. Prayin' For Daylight
  3. Dare You To Move
  4. How Sweet It Is
  5. Escape
  6. The World I Know
  7. All For You
  8. I Remember
  9. Walkin' in Memphis
  10. Up On The Roof
  11. Britney Medley
  12. Where The Streets Have No Name
  13. Ave Maria (Live)
Not For Credit (2007)
Not For Credit
  • Studio Album
  • Released: Fall 2007
  • RARB[8]
  1. Memory
  2. That's When I Love You
  3. I Believe
  4. Crocodile Rock
  5. The Lion King
  6. I'll Be
  7. Once In A Lifetime
  8. Take Me Home Tonight
  9. JT Medley
  10. Prayer Of The Children (Live)
Random Play (2010)
Random Play
  • Studio Album
  • Released: Spring 2010
  • A.V. Club[9]
  1. Army
  2. In Love With a Girl
  3. Forever
  4. Heard it Through the Grapevine
  5. Michael Jackson Tribute Medley
  6. Livin’ On a Prayer
  7. Everything
  8. Swallowed in the Sea
  9. That Thing You Do
  10. Online
  11. One Sweet Day
  12. Scarborough Fair (Live)
Cheer On Tap (2010)
Cheer On Tap
  • Studio Album
  • Released: Winter 2010
  • Amazon Music[10]
  1. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  2. Frosty the Snowman
  3. What Christmas Means To Me
  4. Wisconsin Christmas
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  6. Jingle Bell Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  7. Blue Christmas
  8. O Holy Night
  9. All I Want for Christmas Is You
  10. A Lonely Jew on Christmas
  11. Mi Y'malel
  12. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  13. Little Saint Nick
  14. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  15. White Christmas
  16. Merry Christmas Everyone
All Nighter (2012)
All Nighter
  • Studio Album
  • Released Spring 2012
  1. Strange Times
  2. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
  3. Ain't No Sunshine
  4. Don't Stop Me Now
  5. Heaven
  6. The Cave
  7. Rolling in the Deep
  8. I Feel Good
  9. Not Over You
  10. Love's in Need of Love
  11. Gone
  12. Mr. Blue Sky
  13. On Wisconsin
  14. Woods
Red, White & Blazers (2014)
Red, White & Blazers
  • EP
  • Released Spring 2014
  1. On Wisconsin
  2. Build Me Up Buttercup
  3. Sweet Caroline
  4. Jump Around
  5. The Fifth Quarter
  6. Varsity

Honors and recognition

The UW MadHatters' "Thriller Dance" as seen in TIME Magazine Photo by Lukas Keapproth, November 21, 2009 Capitol Theater, Overture Center

TIME Magazine

A highlight of 2009 for the MadHatters was having a picture of their rendition of the “Thriller Dance” included in the December 21, 2009 TIME Magazine “Year In Pictures” Issue.[11] The picture was taken at the MadHatters’ November 21 Fall Concert Series at the Overture Center in Madison, WI and was a feature picture in the issue’s tribute to Michael Jackson.


The MadHatters have had 2 songs appear on the Best of Collegiate A Cappella compilation albums:

  • I Was Brought To My Senses - State Street - Featured on BOCA 2002
  • I Believe (When I Fall in Love) - Not For Credit - Featured on BOCA 2008

Voices Only

The MadHatters had one track selected to appear on the Voices Only Compilation albums:

  • Forever - Random Play - Featured on Voices Only 2010


Thomas, Rob. “Big Voice on Campus; A Cappella Groups MadHatters, Tangled Up In Blue Find Success.” The Capital Times [Madison, WI] 3 May 2002: 1B

Stockinger, Jacob. “Benefits of Music; ‘Tune It Up’ Features Brass Quintet, MadHatters for prostate cancer fundraiser.” The Capital Times [Madison, WI] 26 September 2007: B1

Christians, Lindsay. “Look Ma, No Backup; A Cappella Groups Redefine Pop.” The Capital Times [Madison, WI] 19 February 2009: 29

Henry, Amanda. “A Cappella Rocks; Who Needs Instruments? Certainly Not These Collegiate Performers.” Wisconsin State Journal [Madison, WI] 26 February 2002: D1

  1. ^ MadHatters Student Organization Listing
  2. ^ BOCA
  3. ^ Ingersoll, Brenda. “Orpheum Fire is Called Arson; But the Blaze Was Contained, and the Shows Go On at Historic Theater.” Wisconsin State Journal [Madison, WI] 24 April 2004: B1
  4. ^ "Raising Money for MS". Raising Money for MS. WMSN Fox 47 Madison.
  5. ^ "Big Voices on Campus". Big Voices on Campus. The Isthmus.
  6. ^ RARB Review of The MadHatters and Tangled Up In Blue - State Street
  7. ^ RARB Review of The MadHatters - Friday After Class
  8. ^ RARB Review of The MadHatters - Not For Credit
  9. ^ A.V. Club Review of The MadHatters - Random Play
  10. ^ Cheer On Tap: University of WIsconsin MadHatters
  11. ^ Keas, Jeremy. "Elegies for a Thriller." TIME 21 December 2009: 62

External links

  • MadHatters Official Website
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