Averaging 7 million viewers each week, Fox’s “Glee” is a popular television show, especially on the Quinnipiac campus. Surprisingly, the QU Legends, Quinnipiac’s real-life Glee club, is struggling to attract members.
Students around campus were asked if they had heard of the QU Legends. The majority didn’t know who they were or that the university even had a glee club.
However, when the word spread of a potential Quinnipiac Glee club last December, many students expressed a strong interest.
Senior Ramon Sanchez spearheaded the idea of a campus glee club and created a Facebook group titled “Let’s Start a Glee Club here at QU.”
“When I came up with the idea of having our very own Glee club, I envisioned us having a big performance every semester,” said Sanchez, founder and current QU Legends member. “However, in order to do that we need people.”
In the future, QU Legends hope to consistently perform for the Quinnipiac community and host local events, but in order to do so they need a strong group of committed members.
“Last year we had a huge number of students interested in starting a glee club, but now it has kind of fizzled down to a group of 10 to 12 who show up regularly,” said junior Krystle Bernier, QU Legends co-chair.
Bernier said a dedicated group of 18 to 20 members would be ideal.
This semester, the club also began working with an adviser. Danielle Pomponi, a self-proclaimed “Glee” fan and secretary of the English department, has joined the club to act as Will Schuester.
“Music has always played a very big part in my life,” said Pomponi, who participated in her high school’s marching band, choir groups and orchestra.
Pomponi assists the group in selecting music, advertising and coordinating performances.
“The QU Legends are completely different than any other group this campus has ever seen,” Pomponi said. “This is not just a choir, but a Glee group that performs by singing with choreography.”
Singing parts remain available for male vocals, but recruiting men seems to be the most difficult task for the singing group.
“I think the best way to strengthen the group is to reach out to those who have a true love of music,” Pomponi said. “We are looking for people who are dedicated, and want to help build up an organization.”
The QU Legends performed in Café Q on Nov. 16, at Montage’s annual I Heart Art Festival.
The club is currently working on its own a cappella version of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.”
“For what we have now, it’s starting to sound great but we need more people to get it down perfect,” Sanchez said.
With hopes of more members joining the QU Legends, the club eventually plans to host a showcase every month that will allow each member to choose a song to perform while other members sing backup.
The QU Legends has a Facebook group that currently keeps 60 members updated with announcements and meeting times.
For those who want to feel like a part of a hit musical TV series or just enjoy singing modern choreographed songs, join the QU Legends at their rehearsals every Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. in CAS 2 room 105.