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Flightline wins Youth championship


Flightline, a quartet from Anaheim, beat out 22 other young quartets from around the world to capture the 25th annual Youth Barbershop Quartet Championship Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. The contest opened the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 79th annual convention.

Singing “The Nearness Of You” and “Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)” the quartet posted A-level scores comparable to those in the open division contest, which begins Wednesday. This was the fifth year in competition for Flightline, which was last year’s silver medalist. Flightline consists of:

  • Oscar Sotelo, tenor
  • Daniel Huitt, lead
  • Marcus Kang, baritone
  • Kyle Williamson, bass

 As champion, the quartet earns bragging rights, notoriety, and a springboard to the big contest, which has increasingly been dominated by past college champions, and offshore quartets such as recent champs Musical Island Boys, hailing from New Zealand.

The top five youth  quartets were, in order:

  1. Flightline  1449 points, 80.5%
  2. Ohana Means Family    1429 points,  79.4%
  3. Blindside    1416 points, 78.7%
  4. Eclectones   1402 points, 77.9%
  5. Brothers In Arms  1395 points, 77.5% 

See the full scoresheet.

Special recognition is awarded in top finishers in Novice division(first time in the contest for at least two singers), and by age -- Juniors under age 19, and Varsity over age 19.

Highest Novice Junior

Spontaneous Chordbustin’

Highest Novice Varsity

Sound Hypothesis

Highest Experienced Junior


The youth contest launched a week of shows, contests and education for more than 5,000 guests from around the world.  For full events and schedule, see