Originally appeared on the front page of the entertainment section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. What’s stopping your chapter or quartet from getting your barbershop “band” featured in local entertainment sections as well?
Band name: Heart of Harmony, a men’s a cappella ensemble from West Allis
Who’s who: Director Gary Thiel became a member at age 16. His quartet experience over the years has included more than 12 quartets. Christian Kocinski spoke for the group.
When formed: Aug. 21, 2006
Web site: hohchorus.org
They say they sound like: We perform all types of music, from pop to gospel, in the barbershop style.
We say they sound like: Solid grooves, brilliant solos, tight singing, interesting and different arrangements, with an impeccable blend.
Describe your look: Black shoes, black socks, black pants, black belt with gold buckle, a red shirt and matching ties.
Group name backstory: Music comes from the heart, so we thought Heart of Harmony was a great name.
Sell yourself in 20 words or less: Our passion is to perpetuate this art form and share it with people of all ages throughout the world.
Unofficial group beverage: We actually go to one of our member’s house to enjoy what’s known as an “Afterglow.” Nothing specific is served, but everyone’s favorites are available.
First gig: District contest in Rochester, Minn., 2007.
Where do you practice? We rehearse at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on 117th and Greenfield. And all men interested in singing are welcome to come down and sing with us. No obligation necessary. Just come and have fun.
Favorite cover song in your live show: “Mona Lisa” by Nat King Cole.
What’s your favorite song to sing? The Persuasions’ “Good Old Acappella.”
Why do you do this? To build and maintain an organization solidly founded in music, harmony, fraternity, fellowship and fun.
Where do you want to be in five years? Sharing with and encouraging other men to participate in this hobby, and developing a leadership team that will help us achieve our objectives.
Next gig: Land O’ Lakes Division 1 Contest, April 10 at Greendale High School, 6801 Southway Way, Greendale (open to the public).
- Frankie Latina, Special to the Journal Sentinel