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VINTAGE AUDIO: O.C. Cash recounts the first meeting in Tulsa, OK

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Superman and the rocket from planet Krypton… Newton’s apple and the theory of gravity… O.C. , Rupert, and the rooftop of the Tulsa Club… every monumental discovery needs a great origin story, and so it is with barbershop harmony. National Barbershop Quartet Day commemorates the birth of the organized barbershop movement on April 11, 1938, when 26 men gathered together at the invitation of Rupert ...
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Celebrate National Barbershop Quartet Day – April 11

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National Barbershop Quartet Day commemorates the birth of the organized barbershop movement on April 11, 1938, when 26 men gathered together at the invitation of Rupert Hall , the “Royal Keeper of the Minor Keys,” and O.C. Cash, “Third Assistant Temporary Vice Chairman” for a songfest. Subsequent gatherings snowballed, leading to the founding of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement o...
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Revised BMI/SESAC Show Clearance Form for U.S. Chapters

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The Barbershop Harmony Society has updated our Application for Show Clearance: BMI & SESAC License Form and is now available for download on our Society online Document Center. The general form updates are reflective of what our current process is for processing show clearance requests as an organization, alongside your District Leadership. We're happy to report that rates for a BMI/SESAC Sho...
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Champs win more fans for barbershop among choral directors

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“R -O-L-L AROUND HEAVEN ALL DAY,” boomed Jim Henry, and the crowd of 2000 leapt to its feet applauding Crossroads. Ringmasters’ soaring tag of “bells bells bells of Notre Dame!” lifted the crowd to its feet again, one of six ovations for the two quartets that night. Pretty standard convention fare, right?   Except this convention was not a gathering of barbershop fans and friends, but rather t...
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Society Board seeks new members… maybe YOU!

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The Board of Directors of the Barbershop Harmony Society has openings for Board Treasurer and Member-At-Large for three-year terms beginning in 2018.  These openings will be filled by election of the board at its summer meeting at the International Convention in Las Vegas, July 2-8, 2017. The board is seeking effective, visionary leaders with an impressive history of service in barbershop, busine...
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Pride of Iowa hosts Youth Workshop

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Thousands of young people are singing barbershop every year, thanks to chapters like the Des Moines area's Pride of Iowa. Building on a tradition of success, the Festival this year welcomed 145 students, led by clinician Steve Scott and guests Vintage Mix Quartet. The event continues to thrive thanks to a committed group of hosts, and a range of funding sources that includes local support throug...
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In harmony: Barbershoppers still singing on the razor’s edge | pantagraph.com

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Chapter milestone anniversaries are always occasion for press coverage, and this clip featuring the Sound of Illinois is a textbook case: history, forward vision, collaboration with a strong local musical partner (University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club.) The legend goes that barbershopping came to the Twin Cities as a result of a 1941 visit to the Gipps Brewery in Peoria by Earl Bach,...
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Main Street Harmony, a captive audience, and The Cowboy Way

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Every morning, millions of students at thousands of high schools ignore the principal making announcements over the school PA system. But at Salinas High School, in Salinas, California, everyone perked up last month to the sounds of their own barbershop quartet, Main Street Harmony.  Director Michelle Boulware has made barbershop part of her menu of options for male singers, and the results speak ...
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Afterglow? The whole darn place is an afterglow

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  Admit it: you’re addicted to afterglow. First comes the “official” afterglow, with a few bevvies and a few more songs from the evening’s performers. Then comes the “real” afterglow, with a lot more singing. Then the “after-afterglow,” when you repair to some hospitality rooms or lounges for a cozier party. Then, at last, the “glimmer,” when it’s down to you and a select, rotating cast of g...
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Steve Scott joins BHS staff

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Steve Scott has been named Music Education Specialist for the Barbershop Harmony Society, joining the staff in July. In this capacity, he will oversee the development and implementation of new interactive and online learning for Harmony University. Steve will also assist in the operation of music-based curriculum at BHS education events and assist in the Healthy Chapter Initiatives. Steve is an e...
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