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Showtime with the Buttondowns, Featuring the BMG!

There's no doubt that the Buttondowns (Pingry's male a cappella ensemble) like to have fun with their annual concert prior to Thanksgiving Break. From the pre-performance movie, to their antics-filled concert for the Upper School, to their serenades of audience members, the group delights in entertaining the audience.

This year's movie was actually four years in the making, taking the audience back to the freshman year for Rajeev Doraswamy '19, Ian Dugan '19, and Nabeel Jan '19, when they stowed a locked box inside the then-under-construction Miller A. Bugliari '52 Athletics Center. As a senior, Nabeel (the only one of the three who didn't know what was inside the box) snuck back inside the building to discover that the box contained the BMG—Buttondowns Movie Generator! Each press of the button shakes the campus and generates another movie . . .

Once on stage, the Buttondowns performed four songs:

"Marry You" by Bruno Mars; soloists John Robertson '20, Ore Shote '21, and Alex Kaplan '21

"Juke Jam" by Chance the Rapper; soloists James Wang '20 and Nolan Baynes '21

"Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield; soloists Ian Dugan '19 and Nabeel Jan '19

"Budapest" by George Ezra; soloists Rajeev Doraswamy '19 and Henry Wood '21

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the ensemble expressed its thanks to Music Department Chair Dr. Andrew Moore (director of the Buttondowns since 1993) for his leadership and guidance.

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer