The National Education Association devoted a section of their publication to NEA members with unique hobbies, and the Barbershop Harmony Society’s very own Al Fisk was featured, with his story printed in NEA’s publication NEAToday March/April 2010 Edition.
Barbershop quartet judge, middle school music teacher
How did you get into barbershop quartet judging?
Due to a medical condition, I can no longer sing professionally. God opened another door for me.
When did you start barbershop?
I have been a Barbershop Harmony Society member since 1978
What’s your favorite tune to sing?
The National Anthem. My quartet sang it for the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Pistons, and several minor league teams.
Is barbershop a dying art?
Like some organizations today, membership is declining. However, we are still 25,000 strong and in many countries.
What’s the coolest experience you’ve ever had?
One was being elected to the Pioneer (Michigan) District Hall of Fame. I thought you had to be 80 or dead! I’m neither.