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In Memoriam: Charlie Cawley

-submitted by Bill Colosimo As many of you likely know, for many years the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest was sponsored by MBNA, then the largest credit card issuing bank in the world. When MBNA was acquired by Bank of America, the latter continued its sponsorship until recent years, specifically as a result of the acquisition agreement. (The Contest is now sponsored by our o...
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Visit the Jack Baird old songs collection… online!

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Attention music historians, arrangers, and lovers of old-timey music! The Jack Baird library of old songs (in mp3 format) are back online after a too-long hiatus. This online archive was temporarily lost during some server reshuffling several years ago, but has been restored to the BHS web site as a part of our recent upgrades. (Thank you, Eddie Holt!!) http://jackbaird.barbershop.org/ This simp...
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Barbershop featured in International Choral Bulletin

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The history and artistry of the barbershop choral form are featured in the latest issue of International Choral Bulletin, published by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM.) The story lends additional credibility to the widespread interest and acceptance of our music and culture among high-level vocal musicians throughout the world.  READ ONLINE NOW.    
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BHS 2014 Annual Report

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We are making a difference Hundreds at a time. One at a time. In our chapters and quartets and districts, in concerts and schools, even on YouTube and Facebook,  Barbershoppers are reaching out to millions of people each year. Every step we take, individually and collectively, preserves and encourages the music, of course; but equally importantly, we preserve and extend our values of singing, joi...
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The Crush (FWD) announces retirement

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News from The Crush:   As The Crush looks back at the last 9 years, we can truly say it has been a great run. We've traveled to 15 states, 5 countries, competed in 7 International Conventions (3 of which were Top Ten finishes), and won a District Championship. After all those wonderful times and many great memories, we have decided it's time for this foursome to "hang up our pitch pipes....
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Society mourns passing of Gene Cokeroft

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The Barbershop Harmony Society celebrates the life and legacy of Gene Cokeroft, a genial giant of our musical art form and culture. His towering achievements in any of a number of areas would qualify him as "unforgettable" -- but to have mastered so much, and given so much to the development and growth of barbershop harmony, makes him a true legend. Most Barbershoppers would recognize Gene pri...
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Abbott named Honorary Life Member

Tulane University scholar Lynn Abbott's groundbreaking research into the African-American roots of barbershop harmony was honored at the Barbershop Harmony Society's Midwinter Convention, when he was named an Honorary Life Member. Abbott has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including "Play That Barber Shop Chord: A Case for the African-American Origin of Barbershop Harmony" (1992),...
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Past Society President Charlie McCann Passes

Sad news comes from Music City Chorus in Nashville about the loss of Past Society President and the "World's Greatest Tenor", Charlie McCann. A friend to everyone he met, Charlie passed this week surrounded by family. He was a wonderfully encouraging person, and loved barbershop singing. Many of his chorus brothers fondly recall his mantra before each contest and show: "Let's go rip their faces of...
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