Timepiece was formed on December 16, 2013 in a stairwell at Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences. Rodrigo, Francesco, and Travis had spent the last month looking for a lead to complete a collegiate barbershop quartet, until they decided to look within their own chapter (Vocal Revolution, of Concord, MA) toward the talented Seth Binkley. That night in the stairwell, the foursome met and sang some chorus repertoire, tags, and Polecats together. The chords were ringing plentifully that night, and, liking what they heard, they agreed to form a quartet together and learn six new charts over the winter break. The rest is history.
Timepiece makes their home on the more traditional side of the barbershop style, and, as such, primarily sings songs from the first half of the 20th century—they pay homage to the quartets and the chord-ringing from barbershop antiquity. The quartet derives much of its performance and rehearsal attitudes from Bluegrass Student Union, the 1978 SPEBSQSA International Quartet Champions. On top of cherishing their own bright, brassy, ringing sound, Timepiece loves getting lost within the power of the music they sing, a trait inspired in them by the last NED gold medalist quartet: The Boston Common.
In their first year alone, Timepiece captured numerous accolades, including the 2014 Northeastern District Quartet Championship, as well as the privilege of representing the NED at the 2015 International Open Quartet Contest in Pittsburgh, PA. More recently, they won the Boston Harmony Sweepstakes regional competition and traveled to San Francisco for the national finals, where they placed second and were voted audience favorite. As they continue into a promising future, they hope to earn many more honors and (more importantly) to forge many more great memories together with their friends and fans.