the Other Guys


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The Other Guys is an award winning comedy octet founded at the University of Illinois in 1969. 
Ryan was in the group from 1994-1997.  His last year in the group, he was the musical director of the group.  During his tenure, the group won an award for Collegiate Acapella Album of the Year (The Other Guys “Unplugged”), won the Midwest regional championship of the ICCA and were the 2nd runner up in the National competition, where Ryan was the runner up for best soloist for his rendition of Blues Traveler’s “Runaround”.  They also sang the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium, sang on Broadway opening for the revival of “Grease”, appeared on three Best of College Acapella (BOCA) compilation CDs, released three critially acclaimed albums of their own and sold out Follinger Auditorium three years in a row on their annual Sping Concert. 
The Other Guys has been an institution at the University of Illinois for 42 years and counting.
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Below are selections from Ryan’s years in the group.  Enjoy!