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Frontier captures 2018 Next Generation Varsity Barbershop Quartet Championship


Frontier, a quartet from Michigan, beat out 19 other young quartets from around the world to capture the Next Generation Barbershop Varsity Quartet Contest Wednesday evening in Orlando. The contest was held at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 80th annual convention.

Singing “Evermore” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and a comedic rendition of “Do You Know The Muffin Man,” the quartet posted A-level scores comparable to those in the open division contest, which opened on Tuesday. This was the third year in competition for Frontier, which last year finished in sixth place.

Frontier consists of:

  • Chris Cordle, tenor, from Northville, MI
  • Aaron Pollard, lead, from Farmington Hills
  • Brandon Smith, baritone, from Monroe
  • Cody Harrell, bass, from Lansing

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:

  • Frontier, 1457 points, 80.9%
  • Tagline, 1445 points, 80.3%
  • Wildfire, 1416 points, 78.7%
  • Roses in Blue, 1393 points, 77.4%
  • One ‘n Dun, 1383 points, 77.0%
  • Click for full score sheet

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

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