The History of the Duke's Men
In The Beginning
The year was 1952. The crime -- theft and betrayal. One Basil Duke Henning, Master of Saybrook College and former Whiffenpoof, stole a Whiff arrangement and presented it to four of his eager freshmen. Thus, the Duke's Men were born.
Over the past 60 years, "Da Doox" have grown from a young quartet into a rowdy and incredibly close family of more than 350 singers. In the process, we've become one of the most respected singing groups in the country. We tour internationally, record albums, and charm presidents and preschoolers alike. Named one of the nation’s top 5 male a cappella groups by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America, The Duke's Men have also placed in the top 4 at the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), and shared stages with the likes of Zooey Deschanel and Darren Criss.
Today we sing much more than our first arrangement. Our repertoire is thrilling, challenging, and diverse: an exciting mix of old favorites and contemporary hits. All arrangements are written by group members, making for a unique sound that blends contemporary pop a cappella with the Yale singing tradition. But don't take our word for it--check us out online!
The Duke's Men are also an internationally esteemed choral ensemble. In the summer of 2012, Da Doox were invited to sing at the International Festival of Collegiate Choirs in Beijing, and in the summer of 2013, the group performed for a festival crowd of thousands on the island of Cyprus.