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The University of California Men's Octet is a popular eight-member male group at the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in 1948, the group’s broad repertoire features several genres of music including barbershop, doo-wop, pop and alternative, and a healthy dose of Berkeley fight songs. The Octet has recorded over a dozen albums and is one of only two multiple-time champions of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA)–the other being USC's SoCal VoCals–having won the competition in both 1998 and 2000.

While the Octet performs regularly around the San Francisco Bay Area for both alumni and the public, the group has toured all around the world including China, Australia, Europe and extensively throughout the United States. They also perform for Cal students every Wednesday during the academic year at one o’clock on Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza.

The group hosts a series of annual concerts. In the Fall, there is the West Coast A Cappella Showcase , where several groups from all over the country are invited to perform at Berkeley. Past guest groups in this concert have included former ICCA Champions Brigham Young University’s Noteworthy and Vocal Point as well as groups from Stanford, UCLA, USC, Mt. San Antonio College, and the University of Oregon. The group’s other annual concert performances include the UC Men’s Octet Spring Show and the year-end Unbuttoned Show .

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