A Cappella Groups (student-run)

These student-run a cappella groups give several performances per year to packed houses. They tour, and some groups have recorded compact disks of popular favorites. Entrance by audition.


Bates’ male a capella singing group, the Deansmen have been on the scene since 1957. We’ve recorded two albums in the last few years. The music is a combination of ’50s and ’60s and contemporary music, and is usually arranged by members of the group. a capella singing does take a lot of work, but performing is a BLAST. CHECK OUT their MP3’s here.

The Merimanders

A student-run, female a cappella singing group which performs music from a variety of genres on campus and in the surrounding communities. We tour other campuses and bring similar groups to Bates. Anyone interested in singing is welcome to audition.

Manic Optimists

Established in 2000 is an all-male contemporary rock/pop a cappella group. The group provides the Bates community and surrounding areas with a variety of venues including concerts, coffeehouses, and an appearance at Parents’ Weekend, other campus events, as well as performances at other colleges, high schools, and civic organizations. In the fall of 2002, we plan to make our first CD. So if you love to sing…tryout for Bates College Manic Optimists.


The Crosstones are an a capella group at Bates and the only one that is co-ed, and therefore, open to everyone. We sing at campus events from coffeehouses to small concerts, trying hard to establish ourselves as an extremely fun group to watch. Interested? Then audition. It will make you (and us) feel good.


TakeNote was founded at Bates College in 2008 as a classic rock a cappella group. We debuted in May 2008, and over time, we have grown to become an important part of the a cappella community at Bates.