Barbershop in the News

Music Men appoint new director

San Angelo, TX - September 9, 2016


San Angelo's Twin Mountain Tonesmen added another accolade to their already sizable collection of local, regional and national awards recently. The men's chorus, which has delighted audiences for decades, was chosen as the top chapter over 50 other groups in the Barbershop Harmony Society's five-state Southwestern District, having been singled out for its overall success in multiple categories, including community involvement.



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LBI Man Hooked on Barbershop Harmonies

Long Beach Island, NY - September 1, 2016

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Six years ago, Long Beach Township resident Joe Mack joined the Oceanaires Chorus, a group of approximately 40 Ocean County men who sing tunes in barbershop harmony style. The 83-year-old retiree is also a huge Frank Sinatra fan, so Mack was very pleased with the task of coordinating the group’s annual show on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. at Toms River Intermediate School East. Titled “A Celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th,” the concert will feature a wide variety of songs made popular by the Hoboken-born crooner.



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Barbershop chorus entertains crowd

Sun Lake, CA - August 25, 2016

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In this musical age of hip-hopping rappers and screeching sopranos, the smoothly blended barbershop tones of the Inland Sound Chorus, led by Director Carl Buntin, warmed the hearts of its Sun Lakes audience. The concert, featuring “Songs of the South,” was sponsored by the Chorale of Sun Lakes, and emceed by Chorus and Chorale member Bill Shova.



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History of barbershop singing is rich

Kansas City, MO - August 21, 2016

history of barbershop singing is rich

When O.C. Cash and Rupert Hall met in March 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri, they were passionate about preserving the quartet and harmony style of music. A month later in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they formed what today is known as the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Where it all began was some years earlier. Lynn Abbott, a jazz archivist at Tulane University, discovered overwhelming evidence that barbershop quarteting was pervasive in African-American culture in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many of these artists went on to become the pioneers of jazz.



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Fun Center Chordsmen sponsor 24 students from 8 schools to Harmony Camp

Mansfield,OH  - August 8, 2016

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Harmony Camp is a four-day barbershop harmony a cappella singing camp held in Columbus every July. Each year, the Fun Center Chordsmen awards a $200 scholarship to any high school or local college vocal music student in the area wishing to attend.



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