We are The Downbeats.

Founded in 2000, we are a competitive, aggressively fun, co-ed a cappella group from Northeastern University, devoted to spreading our melodic and in-house musical arrangements to all. Our expansive repertoire ranges from pop, indie, country, R&B, to classic rock influences, and we’re dedicated to pushing our own boundaries and defining our unique sound. Whether it’s jamming to the latest bops or singing along to an old classic, we base our tightly-knit culture on our universal love of music.



Each Downbeat brings their own individual skills and talents to the group, coming together to form one diverse group that learns and grows from one another. We welcome music lovers and makers of all kinds to join our family, whether you are a trained singer or a timid belter. The Downbeats combine new talent with the knowledge gained from past members to create the blend of sound that is so characteristic of our group.



Recent Awards and Recognition


Outstanding Arrangement
‘Your Guardian Angel’

International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella Semifinal – 2019

1st Place ICCA Quarterfinals

International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella Quarterfinal – 2019

Outstanding Soloist:
Ryo Tsuda

International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella Quarterfinal – 2019

Outstanding Vocal Percussionist:
Nate Harms

International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella Quarterfinal – 2019