Members of the Colby Eight from the classes of 1955 to 1963 at a recent rehearsal.
Members of the Colby Eight from the classes of 1955 to 1963 at a recent rehearsal.

There are lots of a cappella groups on campus, but the Colby Eight was the first. Formed in 1947, the Colby Eight quickly achieved popularity and spawned many other groups, including the all-female Colbyettes. In addition to music, the Colby Eight has provided a sense of camaraderie and connections that persist long after graduation, with many members reuniting to sing at Colby reunions and other events.

That decades-long bond has held for a group of members from 1955 through 1963 who recently reunited to record new material. The Colby Eight was particularly active in those years, releasing several albums and traveling to New York City to perform. They’ve continued to sing at reunion events over the decades, and their recent release combines new material and old favorites.

Try to Remember is a collection of 25 songs the Colby Eight released between 1955 and 1963, plus one newly recording song. In April 2013 Keet Arnett ’59, Peter Merrill ’57, Ed Tomey ’59, Peter Vogt ’63, and Doug Riis ’61 recorded a new arrangement of the song “Try to Remember” from the Broadway musical The Fantasticks.

Try to Remember can be purchased at the Colby bookstore.