Kyle is a rising junior at Wesleyan University who is studying physics and engineering. At college, Kyle plays on three soccer teams, works in a biophysics research lab, is a tour guide, and still finds time to sing his heart out. He can't wait to get to the island and experience whatever summer adventures lie ahead. His friends often compare him to a puppy or John Cena. Questing isn't fun; it's a lifestyle.
Full Name: Kyle Christopher Russell
Previous Years: None
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Voice Part: Bass/Baritone
School: Wesleyan University
Major: Physics & Engineering
Collegiate A Cappella Group: Wesleyan Spirits & Notably Sharp
Favorite Artists/Bands: Logic, Stevie Wonder, Kanye, Jon Bellion, Snarky Puppy
Favorite Movies: All the Star Wars (even the bad ones), Troy
Favorite Books: Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Favorite Food: Sam's Famous Ground Beef Recipe (it's just ground beef)
Dream Job:Owner of the world-renowned Big Boy restaurants
Mark graduated in 2018 from Skidmore College holding a Bachelor of Science in Theater with a concentration in acting and directing. He spent the off-season getting shoulder surgery and spending time with friends. Hailing from Belmont, MA, he plans to move to L.A. at the end of 2018 to begin pursuing a career acting in film. He loves his family, his girlfriend, video games, lifting, meditation, tai chi, and his cat. He’s honored and excited to Co-Manage the group with Henry and sing with the Vineyard Sound again this summer!
Full Name: Mark Angelo Thurner
Previous Years: VS16, VS17
Hometown: Belmont, MA
Voice Part: Baritone
School: Skidmore College
Collegiate A Cappella Group: The Bandersnatchers
Favorite Bands: Queen, Armin Van Buuren
Favorite Movies: Zoolander, Lord Of The Rings 1 2 & 3
Favorite Books: Moby Dick, The Mote In God's Eye, Lord Of The Rings
If someone had told me last year that I was going to sing in an a capella group in Martha's Vineyard over the summer, I would have laughed and called them crazy. To give you some context about myself, I study physics and engineering at Wesleyan University. I am also a...
The Vineyard Sound was an opportunity I never expected to happen upon. Growing up in LA, I didn’t know that Martha’s Vineyard existed, let alone that there was a group of ten guys who sang a capella there all summer. Until I started school at Wesleyan, I had never sung...
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