The Meddiebempsters

Who we are

Founded in 1937, the Bowdoin College Meddiebempsters are a tight-knit group of guys who love to hang out and have a good time. We perform for a variety of events at Bowdoin and in the New England area throughout the year. We often perform with or host other collegiate a cappella groups from around the region. Each spring, we go on tour to another part of the country or world, spending several days to weeks on the road. We are proud of our traditions and continue to sing many of the songs sung by Meddies from the past and interact with our extensive alumni network. The Meddies have provided many of us with our most memorable experiences of college.

Tour and Concerts

Ever since the Meddies were airlifted into Berlin in 1948 by the USO, tour has been an annual tradition. Over the past four years, we have travelled to Washington, DC, Boston, Montreal, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Singing with other collegiate a cappella groups and funding our travels with paid gigs is always a highlight of the year, strengthening the bonds between all of us.

During the rest of the year, we sing with other a cappella groups at Bowdoin and gigs at local schools, nursing homes, alumni events, museums, LL Bean, and anything else that comes our way.

Why aren't we holding auditions?

We decided not to hold auditions this year because we don’t think that a virtual audition would do you justice. Our process is much more than just hearing you sing; we need to know how your voice fits in with ours, and how your personality does too. And so knowing the struggles of online interaction, we thought it would be fairest and most genuine to you to wait until we’re back on campus. It saddens us greatly that we don’t get to see you, hear you, and interact with you during auditions this year, and believe us, we want to. But we want to do it the right way, and to us that means hearing your real, live voice fill up the room and seeing the way you mix with us in real time. So hold out for us—we’re worth waiting for.

"Mood Indigo" by Duke Ellington

The Meddies oldest song

Questions?

Send an email to jburnett@bowdoin.edu or tsolomine@bowdoin.edu

Meet the Meddies

Jack Burnett

Jack is the business director for the Meddies this year. He did not sing a cappella before college, but joined the Meddies because it looked like a lot of fun. He was not let down. Year after year, the group continues to be a highlight for Jack, especially because of the people involved. Outside of the Meddies, Jack is a Neuroscience major, President of the Men's Rugby club, a photographer for the Orient, and a member of the alpine ski team. Fun fact, his right thumb is shorter than his left thumb.

Timmy Solimine

Timmy is a junior from Pelham, NY, sings tenor, and is the musical director for the Meddies. He is a physics and chemistry double major with a minor in musical performance, a member of the rugby team, and a huge nerd for progressive rock and some metal genres, though that doesn't normally bleed (ha) into the Meddies' repertoire. He can't wait to be back on campus to get to know the first year class and eventually audition some new Meddies!

Tokio Takai

Tokio is a senior Government and Legal Studies major at Bowdoin. He's Japanese—born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He's a major ski racing fanatic and loves traveling the world to ski, but more importantly to meet new people and learn about their cultures. On campus, he sings with the Meddies and is the co-leader of the Japanese Student Association.

Will Rackear

Will is a junior Chemistry major and the social chair of the Meddies. Being a Meddie means a lot to him, and has definitely been one of the highlights of his Bowdoin career. Other than singing, Will likes to ski, and is a member of the alpine ski team on campus. His favorite Meddie standard is our oldest classic, Mood Indigo. Oh, and don't mind if you see him onstage without a shirt. He does that.

Howard Wu

Howard is a Neuroscience and Asian Studies double major, and a huge fan of Taiwanese bubble tea, though he often wonders why he traveled from Asia to America to learn about Asian Studies. He loves to sing, but what he loves even more is spending time with his friends, and is always happy to see another Meddie around campus. Howard's favorite song is 晴天 - 周杰伦.

August Wadlington

August is a junior Computer Science and Russian double-major (CIA wya?) from Shippensburg, PA. He sings baritone in the Meddies, but when he's not rehearsing, he's probably working in the VR lab, doing fun 3D printing projects, or hanging out with friends. August's favorite Meddie song is God Only Knows, and if you see him on campus but forget his name, yell a month at him. He'll probably answer.

Thomas Mazzuchi

Thomas is a sophomore from Washington, DC, and he has always loved to sing. He used to be a little tweety-bird soprano, but now sings bass for the Meddies. Outside of the group, Thomas spends most of his time at the BOC, hiking up mountains and kayaking down rivers. More than anything, though, he anxiously awaits the day we can return to campus and audition some new Meddies, and he hopes you'll be there when we do.

Jay Sayler

Jay is a sophomore from South Dakota, and the Social Media Director of the Meddies. He loves spending time with the group, but when he's not doing that, he's probably with the rowing or the alpine ski team. As the Social Media Director, he asks you to follow us on our social medias and maybe catch a fresh post.

Thomas Trundy

His name is Thomas, but everyone calls him Trundy. He's a sophomore from Bath, ME, and a prospective Biochemistry major and Anthropology minor. When not singing tenor with the Meddies, Trundy enjoys spending time in Hatch Library, playing the tenor sax, rucking on the rugby pitch, going to the gym, and doing yoga.

Sam Lakritz

Sam is a sophomore Physics major from New Jersey who loves breakdancing, running Spartan Races, and eating Korean BBQ. Oh yeah, and singing too.