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Chanticleer members sing barbershop off-stage

Seen on Facebook: They're one of the world's most elite and most famous professional vocal groups, and they appreciate the power of a barbershop tag as much as we do. Check out four members of Chanticleer saying farewell with a tag ... and a fifth voice at the end that, in this case, was no overtone. Someone get these guys into a district contest. They've obviously got the pipes, and they even al...
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Going above and beyond at Harmony U

"I'll follow you anywhere you're going to take us" That's what Doug Robertson of Carstairs, Alberta, would like to tell Society CEO Marty Monson after he and other Society staff personally rolled out the red carpet way after bedtime at Harmony U. In Doug's own words: I just want to relate an experience to your readers that I had at the 2014 Harmony University in Nashville a few weeks ago. I am ...
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Marty Monson named new Society CEO/Executive Director

The Barbershop Harmony Society is pleased to announce the appointment of its new CEO/Executive Director. Twenty-three-year member Martin “Marty” Monson was named to the post after an extensive search process conducted by the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Board of Directors and the search firm Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates. Nearly 60 candidates, many with extensive musical and association ...
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Your Barbershop Elevator Speech

Click this link to read my column from the May/June issue of The Harmonizer. In it, I discuss the concept of an "elevator speech" or an "elevator pitch." It's a business term for having a quick and impactful way to explain who you are and what you do to a total stranger -- one that could take place in less than the length of a ride in an elevator. (Explanations and examples from the business world...
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At least the music was heavenly …

You couldn't turn anywhere on the Internet or Social media last week without seeing everyone pile on with jokes or references to Saturday's coming "rapture." Many barbershoppers got in on the action--and one chapter turned out to have been prepared for the rapture ... or, at least for the rapture jokes, even if unintentionally. I learned about this in a note from Gary Forsberg, my old friend fro...
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Barbershop changed my life — on many levels

Dennis Gillis was inspired to write this after reading the article by Wil Snuffin that appeared in the March/April edition of The Harmonizer. Dennis sings with the Cape Breton (N.S.) Chordsmen. Thanks to the article, "Never forget what it was like to discover bbshop!", the urge to respond was overwhelming! I can relate to Wil Snuffin’s article about his love affair with barbershop on several lev...
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A young member’s big barbershop moment

Submitted by Andrew Shackleton, chairman of the Society's membership committee. I have a great little story to share with you. I was working with the Operations Team a few weekends ago at headquarters in Nashville. It was lunch time and we were just finishing our box lunch and chatting. Apparently Ed Watson was looking out the window and noticed a young couple peering into the front windows. Ed a...
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The First Ethic — is it first priority?

1. We shall do everything in our power to perpetuate the Society. All of us have a copy of the Society Code of Ethics on the back of our membership cards. How often do you read them? Are you clear on what they mean? I bring this up after talking to someone about relatively recent activities in his corner of the Society. I won't go into any details, but basically, some members were dissatisfied ...
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Cape Breton revisited: Try thinking smaller

About this time last year, I was putting together the Jan/Feb 2010 cover story about the Cape Breton, N.S. Chapter called “Thinking Big.” (Read the article here.) They grew from 12 men to 40 in less than a year, and I wanted the barbershop world to understand how, seeing as I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing that could help chapters or the Society at large. In hindsight, maybe I was...
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