So far, they have. It wasn't easy at first. While Straight No Chaser didn't play the same kind of seedy bars that many other young performers cut their teeth on, many of the places the ensemble played those first few months were typically small.
"A lot of small performing arts centers," he said. "But one time we did a show in Pittsburgh at a place that was basically a bar with a stage."
As the group's following grew, the shows got bigger.
Mechling said they're still working on the show and are always looking at new music to add, which they get from everywhere.
"You've got 10 different guys, and that's 10 different iPod libraries," he said. "We each listen to a lot of different stuff, and we all like to listen to each other's musical influences."
According to their website bios, those influences include everyone from classical composer Bela Bartok to The Beach Boys and Stevie Wonder. Mechling said he's a huge Alison Krauss fan.
The act has changed, and so has the roster. Some of the original members have stepped down and been replaced by singers from the collegiate group, which still exists at Indiana University.
Not everyone is suited for the grind of national and international touring. In the years between 1998 and 2006, those original 10 guys began careers, got married and started families. It wasn't easy for some of them to put those things on hold while they climbed onto a bus for a couple of months.
It's still not easy for Mechling. He loves what he does, but he's married and has a son who isn't even a year old yet.
"We did something like 160 shows last year," he said. "It's tough to be away from them, but I do whatever I can to get a little face time and when I'm home, I'm with them 24/7."
The tour goes on and on, but Mechling said eventually Straight No Chaser will come off the road -- at least for a little while.
"We'd like to get back in the studio and record something new," he said.
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