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Spring Convention update: March 19 – 21

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It was a busy barbershop weekend for several Districts! Check out the links below to see scoring summaries...      Cardinal District  District Seniors Quartet Champion: Sound Reunion Plateau AAA Most Improved Chorus:  Magic City Music Men (Muncie, IN)Plateau AAAA Most Improved Chorus:  Valleyaires  (South Bend Mishawaka, IN) District Plateau AAA Champion:  Magic City Music Men (Muncie, IN)Dis...
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Register now for the Nashville Harmony Platoon!

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  Add more singing to your convention week in Nashville! If you like to do less sitting and more singing at conventions, then Harmony Platoon will make your barbershop dreams come true! Your $25 registration gets you access to five great songs with learning tracks and unlimited combinations of fellow singers. With 4 separate luck-of-the-draw opportunities for a little friendly competition, ...
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In Memoriam: Jim Richards

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We say goodbye to our friend Jim Richards this week. Here, historian Grady Kerr pays tribute to a man who was a friend and mentor to so many.  James “Jim” Dana Richards  June 12, 1925 - February 20, 2016 – age (90) Our good friend Jim Richards passed away Saturday, February 20th, 10:25pm after a sudden and very brief battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. Released from the hospital to home hos...
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Society mourns passing of Barrie Best, past executive director

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Our longest-serving Executive Director, Alan "Barrie" Best, passed away February 11, 2016, at the age of 87.  From 1963 to 1977, Best oversaw operations of the expanding Society, through years that saw the creation and growth of education and administrative programs, Harmony College, music publishing, among many other achievements.  Per his obituary, His musical talent reached international ...
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In Memoriam: Larry Deters

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Harmony Hall is saddened to share that, on January, 12, 2016, past Interim Society CEO Larry Deters passed away. A retired health care CEO in the Nashville area, he was selected to keep Society operations moving forward in the period between the retirement of CEO Ed Watson in July, 2011, and the hiring of current CEO Marty Monson in July, 2012.  Larry is fondly remembered by those he worked with h...
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Society Board announces update to bylaws

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At meetings this fall, after consulting with the District Presidents Council, the Society Board updated the Standard Chapter Bylaws to provide more flexibility to chapters in the manner in which they operate.  All chapters MUST follow the Standard Chapter Bylaws unless they have been granted a variance by the Society’s Governance and Bylaws Committee.  A copy of the updated bylaws can be viewed on...
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A message from Marty…

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Now is the very best time to be a Barbershopper A bold statement? You bet. The Society is better positioned today for making a change in the world than we have been for years. Consider: Barbershop is getting meaningful media coverage (NBC’s Today Show, Fox and Friends, Redeye with Tom Shillue, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, local stations, etc.) and YouTube (almost 4 million views in ...
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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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Local quartet turns one gig into three!

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Pittsburgh-area quartet Chromatics had a fun but typical day planned... sing at a local event, then maybe grab a bite to eat. But being in the right place at the right time paid off and turned into a big day! The lesson? Sing well, get barbershop out into the world, and be ready for anything! Check out their recap: My quartet, Chromatics, has been hired to sing on stage as part of Pittsburgh's a...
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Mentored musician mentors musical middle schoolers

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Barbershop youth camps and clinics are terrific for mentoring the next generation of singers. But who could guess that the mentored would in turn so quickly become the mentor! Charlie Lotspeich is a middle school choir director in Coppell, Texas. When he himself was in high school, his choral director started him on barbershop, ultimately leading him to attend various Harmony Explosion camps. T...
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