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Sheffield Barbershop club hits the right notes once again – The Star

Award for "first chapter edia plug for the 2015 International Convention in Pittsburgh" goes to BABS representatives Sheffield: Having conquered the national championships, the group are now preparing to represent Britain once again, in the international barbershop competition in Pittsburgh, USA, next summer. Read more: SLIDESHOW: Sheffield Barbershop club hits the right notes once again - The Sta...
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Time to give your dreams a voice

Invitations to guests are common, but don't you love that headline? "Give your dreams a voice" sure beats "Join a barbershop chapter." If you love a little sing-along in the shower, but the thought of singing on your own in public is mortifying, fear not, there is help at hand. Nelson Bays Harmony, are offering an immersive singing workshop for women at all levels of the singing spectrum, where t...
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Passing of Ken Kline, first concurrent father/son 50-year member

Jim Kline (Gotcha!, 139th Street Quartet) shares this notable passing: It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my father, Ken Kline. He had to be removed from the chorus contest in Las Vegas by the paramedics. Two weeks later he died from natural causes with his three children holding his hand. he was 92 years old. Ken was a 62-year member of the Society and it was my pleasure to ...
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Chord-worship, Embellishments and Testosterone

British Barbershopper Liz Garnett writes about music from perspectives as both a barbershop singer/director/coach/judge, but also as an academic. She offers fascinating insights into the social dimension of barebrshop singing as expressed musically: I noticed an interesting variant on this pattern during the quartet contests at the BABS Convention a few weeks ago: hyper-embellishment as male-domin...
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Passing of Doug Maddox, production manager at international conventions

The Masters of Harmony shared the sad news last week. It is with deep regret, and heavy hearts, that we must report the passing of our brother, Doug Maddox, who fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. Doug has been a treasured member of the Masters of Harmony since 1988, and a star in the barbershop world for decades. He was actively involved with Far Western District and Internatio...
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What makes people happy about conventions?

Conventions cover a lot of territory: contests, late night parties, Harmony U classes,  chorditoriums, and tourism. The convention team works hard to create a great experiences. Some are hard to manage logistically; some are simple, yet move us deeply. Here's a note recently received at HQ by a satisfied guest: Marty, I wanted to let you (and others, if you forward this to them) that I enjoyed the...
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