Critical Reviews

We are Company B!

Company B performs often around campus, appearing at coffeehouses and special events. The group's talent, style, and personality have generated positive reviews.

A cappella comes together in song

Rachel Hughes, The Justice, April 30, 2013

Company B, Brandeis' coed classic hits a cappella group, made a world premiere of "Don't Stop Thinkin' About Tomorrow" for the occasion, for which Sarah Brodsky '15 delivered an outstanding solo performance. The group added in some subtle choreography that made the performance all the more cheery, and Brodsky's adorable air-guitar dance moves got the audience laughing and smiling in a few seconds. The group announced that their 30th founding anniversary will be next year, but they won't stop thinking about tomorrow anytime soon.

Students sing for charity at annual a cappella fest

Robin Briendel, The Brandeis Hoot, April 26, 2013

By far the most memorable performance of the night was Company B's rendition of "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow." Debuting the song for the first time, Company B's Sarah Brodsky blew the audience away with her amazing voice. Everyone in the audience got into the song, bobbing their heads, dancing in their seats and clapping. Even Dean Flagel was bopping away.

Vocalists Unite at 11th A Cappella Fest

Sarah Bayer, The Justice, May 4, 2010

The audience expressed delight at such familiar favorites, cheering a range of material from golden oldies like Up the Octave's soulful "Son of a Preacher Man" and Company B's playful "The Shoop Shoop Song" to Jewish Fella Acapella's gender-bending "Matchmaker" from the musical Fiddler on the Roof (featuring Gideon Klionsky '11 as a blushing bride).

Singers make merry at A Cappella Fest

Shelley Shore, The Justice, April 27, 2009

Company B (which is also, apparently, a bobsled team) took the stage after JFAC. They started their set with "Woodstock," which featured a solo by Liza Behrendt '11. The sopranos rocked some serious high notes before David Neiditch '09 out-falsettoed them with his solo in "Witchy Woman."

A capella fest; a hefty feast for the years

Dan Forman, The Justice, May 1, 2007

Company B, the only group to spout the sweet tunes of the oldies, was all class. The group is proficient in coordinating the mood and energy of an oldies song with just the right body movements and choreography. The group is filled with talent and unique spice that could easily be seen and heard in its version of "Runaround Sue," a song that featured the crystal clear, silkily strong, melodic tone of soloist Jeremy Bannett '09.

A capella notes - a review of the singing season

Jenn Rubin, The Justice, November 9, 2004

Company B - Best Overall A Cappella Group

Company B, founded back in 1984, was Brandeis's first a cappella group. Today the group performs oldies favorites mainly from the 60s and 70s. Fittingly, the group's name references the 1941 Andrews Sisters hit, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)." After opening their season with a Family Weekend concert on Oct. 24, the 10 singers brought the house down at the Brandeis Democrats' coffeehouse on Oct. 27 where Binny Kagedan '08 gave a seasoned, sensational rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Signed Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." David Kaufer's '06 performance of "Dancin' in the Moonlight" by King Harvest also exemplified the group's overall energetic stage presence and shared love of oldies music. With cute choreography, clever song arrangements and clear vocal talent, Company B has the ability to get a whole room dancing during each one of their performances.

Company B's new album is simply excellent a cappella

Rebecca Rowlands, The Justice, April 27, 2004

Listening to Company B's new CD, Almost Legal, I found myself singing along and tapping my feet to songs I didn't even realize I liked before. Company B released the album last month to celebrate their 20th anniversary, making them the oldest a cappella group on campus.

A good a cappella group requires not only strong, melodic voices, but also energy to invigorate their songs. Company B is known for this energy. If you watch them on stage, you get a sense of how much fun they're having, and if you listen to their CD, you can imagine them bouncing and jamming at the recording session. Company B's shtick is that they only perform songs released before 1980, so the bulk of their songs are those loopy 70s disco-tinged songs, which lend the album a kitschy feel. Also, this gives them the chance to try out jazz songs and standards, a genre ignored by many a cappella groups on campus. In all the songs, Company B's 13 voices blend nicely; the background parts are strong and inventive, but never so zealous that they overpower the soloist.

Company B shines at Brandeis Ensemble Theater coffeehouse

Jenn Rubin, The Justice, April 20, 2004

The crowd at Chum's couldn't get enough of Company B, and wouldn't let the group leave until they gave an encore with Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me." Company B's performance at the BET coffeehouse provided the audience with classic oldies tunes, fantastic singing and even some bonus comedic gimmicks thrown in for April Fool's. If you haven't seen Company B yet this year, the joke is clearly on you.

Company B gets an 'A'

Jessica Rosenberg, The Justice, November 25, 2003

Every time I see Company B perform, it is very clear that they have the strongest vocal leads and add the most flavor to each song they have chosen. But the thing that seems to truly separate Company B from other a cappella groups is that they act like a family on stage. They are a strong unit which seems to genuinely love performing for an audience. If you want to see quality vocals and an extremely entertaining show, go see Company B. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.