PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 3, 2010 – The comedic quartet Storm Front created plenty of thunderous applause and light-hearted laughter as they won the coveted Gold Medal at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2010 International quartet contest Saturday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The competition was fierce and the energy high among the 51 quartets participating in the Society’s 72nd Annual International Convention.
Storm Front’s members are tenor Jeff Selano and bass Syd Libsack of Atlanta, GA and lead Jim Clark and baritone Darin Drown of Denver, CO. The group placed third in international barbershop competition in 2007, sixth in 2008, and third again in 2009, which prompted them to write and perform the parody “We’ve Grown Accustomed to 3rd Place”. They also performed a medley entitled “Car Song”. Storm Front stood out in the humor category amidst mostly traditional and several contemporary barbershop quartets.
Rounding out the remaining top positions are: Silver Medalist: Old School, whose members include Joe Connelly of Washington DC, Kipp Buckner of Louisville KY, Jack Pinto of St. Charles, MO, and Joseph Krones of Cincinnati;
Bronze Medalist, 3rd place: Ringmasters from Stockholm, Sweden, whose members are Rasmus Krigström, Jakob Stenberg, Emanuel Roll and Martin Wahlgren.
Bronze Medalist, 4th place: Musical Island Boys from Wellington, New Zealand, whose members include Jeffrey and William Hunkin, Marcellus Washburn and Matthew Gifford.
Bronze Medalist, 5th place: The Allies, whose members include Puck Ross, Dave Calland, Casey Parsons and Jared Wolf, all from Ohio.
About the Barbershop Harmony Society: Founded in 1938 in Tulsa, Okla., the Barbershop Harmony Society is the largest all-male singing organization in the world with nearly 30,000 members including 1500 quartets in 800 chapters. Another 4,000 barbershoppers are members of affiliated organizations in Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden. The Society is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and is home to the Old Songs Library; the world’s largest privately held collection of sheet music, containing 750,000 sheets and 125,000 titles from the heyday of Tin Pan Alley. The Heritage Hall Museum of Barbershop Harmony, also located in Harmony Hall, serves as a repository for barbershop memorabilia, early recordings, costumes, research materials, and historical documents tracing the roots of the barbershop style. www.barbershop.org.
About barbershop-style a cappella music: Barbershop harmony is a uniquely American musical art form. It is known for its four-part harmony and the “expanded sound” created by its unique chord.