In the fall of 1992, Kyle Hayden, Brian Hough, Rob Searle, and Dave Smith formed a barbershop quartet called the Ripchords. The original idea was to sing valentines to raise money for the music fraternity on campus. Their first real gig was at Boston University where they sang barbershop and doo-wop classics. When Rob left school in the spring of 1993, the barbershop idea was scrapped and the three remaining members formed the Potsdam Pointercounts.
The Pointercounts dedicate themselves to educating students of all ages about a cappella music and bringing the love of the arts into schools. The Pointercounts perform a variety of styles of music to engage the creative mind and spirit of students and adults alike through educational workshops and performances. A cappella music holds historical and cultural significance and the Pointercounts strive to make students aware of one of the oldest forms of choral singing. It is the mission of the Potsdam Pointercounts to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the student’s ability to create and enjoy music.