History

Chris Wong and Jeff Jaeger were freshmen at Northwestern University in the autumn of 1998. The two men had very little in common: Jeff was majoring in Psychology, Chris in Computer Engineering. Jeff hailed from Fargo, North Dakota while Chris came from San Diego, California. Jeff was tall, pale, and white. Chris was short, brown, and Asian. But two vital attributes brought this odd couple together: they both loved to sing, and they were both rejected by every Northwestern a cappella group they auditioned for.

Disappointed though not defeated, the two singers decided to create a group of their own. They enlisted six other male vocalists, held an introductory rehearsal in MAB, and called themselves the Freshman Fifteen. They were not all freshmen. Neither were there fifteen members. And yet, the name struck a chord in their hearts. It would soon resonate far beyond the thin walls of that small practice room.

The next few months were filled with energy, building camaraderie and hard work, as F15 struggled to gather a musical repertoire, learn songs and develop a group dynamic.

The new millennium came and it brought a milestone in F15 history: the group's first show in a Northwestern performance space. Sharing the billing with fellow all-male vocal group Five Minutes of Fame, the Freshman Fifteen performed "Just F'in Around" in the Jones Great Room in the Spring of 2001. The show introduced Northwestern audiences to F15's smooth sounds with songs like "Every Morning," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Just a Gigolo". Students also caught a glimpse of their trademark sense of humor in Matty's Kermit the Frog impression and the infamous Bowling Skit. The success of the show boosted the fledgling group's confidence in its own talent and ability. Little did they know, it was just the beginning...

In the Fall of 2001, Freshman Fifteen performed at A Cappella Fest in Cahn Auditorium. They sang "New Age Girl" and "Every Morning" to an excited and impressed batch of freshmen. Several days later, they had narrowed their pool of candidates down to five freshmen: a bass, a baritone, a lead and two tenors. The new group began to gel and grow as each quarter brought new challenges and successes. In October, the group went on its first road trip to see the Indiana Hoosiers demolish the Northwestern Wildcats and came home with a collection of unique nicknames.

Winter brought another road trip, this time to the group's first competition at ICCA in Springfield, Missouri. F15 ended Winter quarter in a co-headlining show with NU a cappella mainstay Purple Haze. The show, "NorthWest Side Story," brought down the house at Lutkin Hall and sparked a campus-wide buzz about F15. Finally, in the Spring of 2002 - the penultimate weeks of its cofounders' college careers - Freshman Fifteen performed in their first headlining show, "This Is Freshman Fifteen." The group brought a never-before-seen mixture of music, live skits, and comedic film to Annie May Swift auditorium; the show was applauded by enthusiastic audiences. The new hotness, as they called it, had arrived.

Since their headlining debut, the Freshman Fifteen has released three CDs - "New Hotness" in 2003, "Pants Down" in 2004, and "Game Time" in 2006. They have performed throughout the Midwest alongside some of the regions most respected a cappella groups, including another ICCA appearance and are always striving to break new grounds in the a cappella world. From what began as a tiny crew of ambitious dreamers has grown into Northwestern's most entertaining and musically fulfilling all-male a cappella group. Throughout it all, the men themselves remain true to the ideals their founding fathers set in place nearly a decade ago - just love it. Because they know it is only with this jovial, yet practical mentality that they can eventually conquer the universe.

The moment had come. The new hotness had come.

The Freshman Fifteen had arrived.

Alumni

Chris Anselmo

Nickname: Neil Armstrong

Class of 2016

Major: Theatre, MT Certificate

Tenor 2

"Have you heard of Fable? Oh, you have..."

Alex Bird

Nickname: Circa

Class of 2016

Major: Theatre, Psychology, MT Certificate

Public Relations Chair/Webmaster

Tenor 3

“I peaked freshman year.”

Calvin Dorsey

Nickname: TL;DR

Class of 2016

Major: Biology

Baritone

“The Patron Saint of F15”

Justin Marquez

Nickname: Danger

Class of 2016

Major: Economics, International Studies

Tenor 3

"I'm the only normal person in this group."

Jared Corak

Nickname: Afro Samurai

Class of 2015

Major: Vocal Performance

Baritone

"Wait. Which way is left again?"

Casey Riscoe

Nickname: Butt Song

Class of 2015

Major: Environmental Engineering

Tenor 3

"1! 2! 3! Ha, ha, ha!"

Avi Small

Nickname: Park Ranger

Class of 2015

Major: Social Policy

Tenor 2

"Mazel tov, bitches!"

Danny Zozokos

Nickname: Pig

Class of 2015

Major: Music

Baritone

"You can't leave! The cops are outside!"

Josh Kohane

Nickname: Touchdown

Class of 2014

Major: Theatre, MT Certificate

Tenor 2

"< insert riff here >"

Michael Psitos

Nickname: ET

Class of 2014

Major: Mathematics, Physics

Bass

"You have a pond filled with KOOL-AID!"

Jonathan Landis

Nickname: Limp Top

Class of 2014

Major: Psychology

Bass

"Guys, text me if you're going to be on time."

Will Carlyon

Nickname: Cathy

Class of 2013

Major: Theatre, MT Certificate

Tenor 2

Ben Estus

Nickname: Pledge

Class of 2013

Major: Theatre, MT Certificate, Psychology Minor

Tenor 1

Jeremy Shpizner

Nickname: Nosebleed

Class of 2013

Major: Performance Studies

Bass

Zach Sorrow

Nickname: Silky

Class of 2013

Major: Theatre, MT Certificate

Bass, VP

Class of 2012: Lennie "BOOYAH" Cottrell, Patrick "Karate Kid" Sulken, Johnny "Kazaam" Langan, Jon "Land O' Lakes" Harrison

Class of 2011: Steve "Bubbles" McQuown, Tyler J. "SnowCream" Baranski, Douglas "T-Bagg" Hosking, Jonathan "Tornado" Webster, Andrew "Vahj?" Karp

Class of 2010: Alberto "Crazy Legz" Roldan, RB "Gameboy" Embleton, Richard "Woody" Murphy, Tim "Slutkin B." Cooper, Scott "Smokee" Kramer

Class of 2009: Mark "Daddy" Shpizner, Nick "O'Dessy" Shultz, Danny "Rocktapus" Westen, Garrett "Snapz" Boileve

Class of 2008: Dexter "DDR" Hill, Morgan "Falco" Eiland, Keith "Skip" Dworkin, Andrew "Spex" Keltz, Tate "Tatorade" Jorgensen

Class of 2007: Erik "Capt. Awesome" Anstine, Eli "G! Bang" Goodman, Alex "Snoodle" Lawrence, Matt "Texass" Shatz

Class of 2006: Greg "Chef" Sams, Mark "Deuce" Van Arsdale, O.J. "Juice Nipps" DeSouza, Mike "Rosey" Rosenblum, Evan "Rubber Ducky" Drake, Dave "Smurph" Murphy

Class of 2005: Mike "Bea Arthur" Kopera, Andrew "Gigantor" Schmidt, Aaron "Mongoose" Hollaway-Nahum, Mark "Short Stack" Brandau, Jason "Uberjew" Spitz

Class of 2004: Matty "Donkey Punch" Hollingshead, Nate "Dr. Bass" Grobe, Matt "M@D4" Defour

Class of 2003: Tom "Big Blue Van" Lechner

Class of 2002: Jeff "Butt Love" Jaeger, Brian "Doombear" Williams, Chris "Rufio" Wong, Eric "Scuzz" Schusboe

Class of 2001: Joe "Big Joe" Moore