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The Reapers play memories…

The transistor radio was  invented in 1954 and, over the next two decades, billions were sold. Music could be anywhere: At the beach, in a restaurant, at the Drive-in…or even from the convertible next to you at the stop light…  and it became the soundtrack for our lives. Many of us pinpoint the age of a song or album based upon what events were occurring in our lives when we heard it. Memories, whether good or bad, are  powerful motivators and have been used successfully in countless commercials, movies, and television shows. Even today the music of the 50s and 60s appeals to people of all ages because the exposure was universal.  AM radio was supreme.

The Reapers formed in 1971 at Hampden-Sydney College and quickly became a staple of college fraternity parties throughout the southeast. They played everything from the Do Wop sounds of groups like Dion and the Belmonts, The Diamonds, and the Beach Boys to the rock and roll sounds of Chuck Berry, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and many more. Quite often their performances were “Greaser Events” with partygoers dressed in poodle skirts or leather jackets and party decorations which went as far as soda fountains, drive-in movies, and sock hops.

Little has changed in the 46 years since they formed. In the 80s a critic said “The Reapers are all about the music.” Their performances have always been driven by their love of and enthusiasm for the music. They are enjoying themselves and want their friends to join in the fun.

Whether you are eight, or eighty, or anywhere in between, join The Reapers and we'll make some new memories together!

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