Not Too Sharp, Rather Dull (Winter ’14 Big Show & Meeting)

NTS Winter Show: 

  • December 12, 2014. 8:00 PM. Strafford Room
  • Alumni dinner/drinks at Libbys starting at 6:00pm. Get there when you can. Please bring cash, to make it easier.
  • Current Group needs 3 alumni to arrive early to help with door/tickets.

The big show this year, under the name “Rather Dull”, will be on Friday, December 12th at 8:00 PM in the Strafford Room. As always, tickets are free for the Husky Club members. Attendance on FB is up almost 50% from last year at this time, and with four new members, we hope to have a lot of new fans. All that combined with an incredible online presence this Fall… you guys just might get your wish and have to stand in the back.

This Fall in a Nutshell: This has been one of the most fun semesters I have ever had in the group. The four new guys are all extremely talented and bring a fresh new perspective to our performances. We have performed all over NE this fall (including dorm shows, charitable functions, corporate dinners, and HS workshops) and sound the best we have ever sounded in the past 3 years. Hopefully we can live up to that statement in just two short weeks.

– Jack, Outgoing NTS President

NTSAA Meeting Agenda:

  • Updates from Board (Phil, Chris, Ross, Charles)
  • Updates from Current Group President (Jack)
  • Recap of 2014 Goals (Phil)
  • Goals for 2015
  • Open Floor
  • Elections

– Phil, NTSAA President

“Haywire” Meta-analysis

By Jim McCann, NTS Music Director

Here’s why I’m EXTREMELY pleased with the review that the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) gave Not Too Sharp’s latest album, “Haywire.”

(A little background: 3 reviewers review an album and rate the songs, as well as a few categories, on a scale from ‘1’ to ‘5’. ‘1’= poor, ‘2’= weak, ‘3’= average, ‘4’= good, and ‘5’= excellent. Also, kudos to you if you make it to the end of this… it’s worth it if you’re into that kind of thing)

So, by definition, our album came out to be “average” to just above average. And I mean that quite literally. When all 3 reviewers’ scores were averaged, all of the songs and categories’ scores were within the range of 3 to 4, with no outliers.

Here’s why (and how) I can be simultaneously pleased with this result, while still Continue reading ““Haywire” Meta-analysis”


Catch up with the other grads, welcome the new alum, and make the current guys sing for food.

  • Date – Saturday, May 3, 12:00pm – 4:00pm? (feel free to stay later)
  • Address – Phil’s House:

    (Look for some sort of flag/marker up at the end of the driveway because every GPS takes you to a house down the street.
  • Cost – If you paid dues, you’re all set. If you didn’t, please bring $5-10/person to cover food.
  • Attending? Please RSVP! – Please respond to the FB event (or email Phil) if you will be attending so I can get an estimate for food, etc.
  • Guests – Guests are welcome, just let me know (by inviting them to the FB event or emailing me) again for food estimate
  • Food – There will be chips, snacks, and we’ll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs (around 12:30/1:00pm). If you have special food restrictions, let me know and/or bring it yourself. And/or if you have something you want to make/bring, feel free to do so!
  • Drinks – Some drinks will be provided, but please bring drinks for yourself and/or to share with others. I’ll have coolers/ice.
  • Parking – Lots of room on the side of the street for parking. It’ll be easier than all getting stuck in the driveway.
  • Activities – If you have outdoor games you want to play, bring them. We have ladderball, bocce, frisbees, a volleyball net, a fire pit.
  • Rain date – TBA. We’ll figure this out if it comes to it.

Spring Show and Barbecue

Not Too Sharp: The Big Show


  • April 25, 2014. 8:00 PM. Strafford Room
  • Tickets: $5 ahead, available through the MUB Ticket Office. $7 at the door. If you’ve paid NTSAA dues (see sidebar), you’re all set.
  • Alumni dinner/drinks at Libbys starting at 6:00pm. Get there when you can. Have mercy on the waitstaff, bring cash.
  • We may be setting up a live stream like in the past. If you can make it to the show, please do so, but for those of you who can’t/are too far away, we may have the live-stream option for you. Keep an eye out here and on Facebook.

Agenda for NTSAA Post-Show Alumni Meeting:

There’s a lot here, but don’t worry, most will be quick recap type things to keep everyone informed.

  • Recap the goals for this year (Phil and Chris)
  • Workshop – Recap of the alumni/current group workshop held on 3/29
  • BBQ – May 3, details below 
  • Dues/Financial – Update from Treasurer (Ross M)
  • NTSAA “Census” – new proposal
  • Website – proposal (Brendan)
  • Christmas CD – update (Matty)
  • Looking forward – summer/fall agenda

NTS Recording New Album

NTS Recording New Album
Sled Dog Studios, Rochester, NY
Help fund the album: Click here through March 14, 2013
Description: The fellas will be working on a new album project with new and never- before-heard arrangements, including an original track. They will spend the first half of their Spring Break at renowned a cappella recording studio Sled Dog Studios. Find out more about the project through their IndieGoGo fundraising campaign!
Not Too Sharp: Haywire

The alumni are gathering.

On November 22,  2002,  fledgling University of New Hampshire a cappella group Not Too Sharp held their first end-of-semester show. On May 5th, 2012 the Not Too Sharp Alumni Association convened for their first official meeting, with a membership representing 10 years of performances, on campus and throughout the Northeast.

Throughout those ten years, the group performed for varied audiences in many venues, but consistently maintained a devotion to charity, donating over $10,000 to the American Cancer Society, and contributing to other causes, such as UNH’s Wildcat Santa toy drive, along the way.

The NTS Alumni Association has been created to bring together the dozens of members to graduate from Not Too Sharp with the common goal of supporting the current group in all of its ongoing endeavors, contributing experience to better the group in showmanship and management, and contributing resources to improve the group’s ability to serve the University, region, and other non-profit initiatives.

Some of Not Too Sharp's alumni, December 2011
Some of Not Too Sharp’s alumni pose in December 2011 before watching a show.