Volume XX - Number 3 - August 2009
Crossroads Captures Championship in California
3 Anaheim in Review 16-19 Quartet News
6-9 Best AIC Show Ever (Again) 20-23 Member News
14 In Memory of Tom Keehan 33-34 The Faces of Anaheim
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Crossroads Captures Championship in California New AIC Officers Elected
Menaker to Lead in 2010
Laughter, Love and a The “09” Nominating Committee (Bagley,
Grady Kerr Cokeroft & Tyree) presented the nominations
Editor/Graphics/Design Barbershop Song and the following men were elected to lead the
Masthead Design - Dickie Johnson AIC in 2010.
Proofreaders – Sally Cunningham
By Grady Kerr – AIC Reporter
Bob Sutton - Holly Beck
Rob Menaker - President
Honorary Member - Earl Hagn Borrowing the title of the popular book by Fred Mike Lawton - Secretary
Gielow seems very appropriate when telling the Bob Dowma - Treasurer
Some Photos Provided by:
Grady Kerr, Lorin May, Miller Photography, story of our new champions. Their purpose and Dave Kindinger - Vice President Events
Jeff Baker, Becki Hine, Hank Brandt impact is just that simple. George Davidson - Vice President Show Producer
Joe Clay - Vice President Endowments
Crossroads won the gold in Anaheim and it was a John Devine - Vice President Marketing
Publication Office huge event for not only the singers in the quartet Dr. Jim Kline – Vice President Quartet Development
but everyone involved. Cory Hunt - Vice President Youth in Harmony
9498 East Valley Ranch Pkwy, #1107
Brian Beck - Immediate Past President
Irving, TX 75063
214-57G-KERR (214-574-5377) The Medallion was privileged to interview Fred
Grady@GradyWilliamKerr.com Farrell (tenor), Mike Slamka (lead), Brandon
Guyton (baritone) and Dr. Jim Henry (bass) and
discuss several topics regarding the win and the
quartet. We were able to get a peek at their
personality, their driving force and especially their
sense of humor in this exclusive interview.
Well first off, congratulations on the win
and thanks for talking with us today.
The Association of Jim: Thank you ... our pleasure.
This win makes each of you a double gold
Champions medalist. Is the second gold sweeter?
Barbershop Harmony Society Mike: I wouldn’t say it’s sweeter, but it sure was
www.AICGold.com different for me.
800-877-6936 Fred: Nothing like that first one, and the absolute
email@example.com thrill of doing something you only dreamed of.
—————————————— This one was less of a thrill, I’d say, given the
2009 AIC Board of Directors overall objective of this quartet.
President - Brian Beck
Secretary - Rob Menaker Brandon: I think our priorities were a little
Treasurer – Bob Dowma
different this time. We are much more interested Photo by Grady Kerr
Vice Presidents in singing great music to the best of our abilities
Marketing - John Devine off stage in the semis, and they had so many
Endowment - Joe Clay
than we were on winning. Frankly, that’s the best
Youth In Harmony - Tom Metzger thing about having won once before. We didn't great things to say about Lucky Old Sun. We
Quartet Development - Jim Kline
feel that pressure that can come along with trying have since gotten very meaningful emails from
Events - Dave Kindinger
Show Producer - Ken Hatton to win. Actually, the Ambassadors of Harmony the likes of Jim Massey, who was unable to
IPP - Don Bagley winning the day before might have been the attend the convention but watched the webcast.
AIC Executive Assistant sweetest for me personally! Jim: People were so incredibly kind and
Holly Beck Jim: Actually, I've tried them both and they taste supportive. No jokes here. We were truly
about the same. I'm hoping my third one (which I humbled by the response we received on and off
The Medallion is published for the edification, enlightenment
and education of the members of the Association of hope to win in 2011) will be milk chocolate the stage throughout the week.
International Champions. All articles and photos appearing in
this publication and not credited are probably by the editor wrapped in gold foil. That would be a LOT What’s your most vivid memory as you
and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the AIC members,
the AIC Board or those of the editor sweeter (after removing the foil, of course).
were on stage?
I’m sure you all heard some great Fred: Easily the performance of That Lucky Old
comments during the week ... Sun; the incredible response from the audience
Fred: There was a lot of amazing feedback. The afterwards. It was a once in a lifetime
most cherished feedback tends to come from those experience!
who have “walked the walk” as they say. We saw Mike: Simply amazing.
Gene and Iris Cokeroft immediately after coming Continued Page 28
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 3
Anaheim In Review
Anaheim’s Quartet Contest Quite surprisingly
Masterpiece fell just
The Best Barbershop Quartets on 19 points short of the
medals on their first
the Planet attempt. They held
back and didn’t enter
by Grady Kerr – AIC Reporter / Photographer last year out of
The quartet contest in Anaheim was truly one of the “best ever”. respect for their
Despite the low attendance (if you weren’t there – shame on buddies in OC Times and to become tighter as a group. Four gold
you!) the crowd was lively and recognized the fact that they were medals don’t always equal repeats. Placing 6th in your quartet’s
seeing top quality performances from almost every group. There first International is anyone’s dream. The men of Masterpiece are
was a lot of variety and a lot of surprises. This created differing probably thrilled but we suspect they won’t be happy until they
opinions of who would medal and who might not. reach the top. We expect nothing less.
It seems clear that Glory Days continues to
everyone had our new impress. They’ve been
champs on top through consistently around 7th
all three sets. As it place for three years.
turned out – so did the They deserve better.
judges. Crossroads won Voce were mike-testers
all three sets and ended for the finals. I can’t
u p w i t h a n imagine how tough it
impressive 213-point winning margin over Old School. must be for JG to wear so many hats in one week (New Tradition
Joe Connelly and Kipp Buckner director / AIC chorus director / Quartet competitor / etc.). Eleventh
are proud of their silver medals, with place is certainly a tribute to his talent and passion.
Kipp only singing with them a few I also must mention the
months. I’m one of many who Buffoons. Beef Baughman
believe they’ll be wearing gold in and boys made quite an
Philly. impression. I’ve personally
This year could be remembered as the battle of the past champs. never heard such a huge
There were a total of 20 AIC members in the contest (12 in the reaction by an International
top 10). While some debate whether or not past champs should be audience. There was a
able to participate, Storm Front ignored it and came in third with massive GROUP GASP when
three entertaining sets very reminiscent of FRED. the Buffoons ... killed the
HORSE (you had to be there
Their first song set to see this one). It was sick, twisted, shocking, disgusting, and one
the pace. Having of the most unforgivable acts on a contest stage since the Most
dropped from 3rd Happy Fellows actually killed a guy. This set made me a life-long
place in Denver to 6th fan of HAB. Incredibly funny!! “Filet a filly” Great show, guys!
place in Nashville,
they opened up with In addition to the other AIC brothers in the contest we should also
“Medal Come Back to mention that Ray Henders’ son, Pat, was competing with Rush
Me” (parody of Lover Street. They placed 46th. We only learned about this after the fact.
Come Back to Me). Quartet Results 6. Masterpiece
Their slam to each quartet singing against them in the top 10 was 1. Crossroads 7. Glory Days
very FRED-like and VERY well received. 2. Old School 8. The Allies
3. Storm Front 9. Men in Black
Ringmasters continue to move up and work toward being the 4. Ringmasters* 10. Musical Island Boys
first off-continent gold medal champs. They made an impressive 4. State Line Grocery* * tied for fourth
jump up from 17th last year to 4th this year.
Finals Quartet Scores
State Line Grocery tied them for 4th and earned their third http://www.barbershop.org/PDF/INTL20090701_QF.OSS12.pdf
medal; more medals to come for them, certainly. Semi-final Quartet Scores
Quarter-finals Quartet Scores
Photos by Grady Kerr http://www.barbershop.org/PDF/INTL20090701_QQ.OSS12.pdf
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Photo by Grady Kerr
Anaheim’s Chorus Contest Other champs also directed choruses in Anaheim.
Highest VM Score Couldn’t Beat Ambassadors Doug Harrington -
Henry Makes History zero8, Stockholm,
Sweden – 7th
by Grady Kerr – AIC Reporter / Photographer
The St. Louis area-based Ambassadors of Harmony won their
second gold medal. They followed their heartfelt ballad, “If You
Love Me, Really Love Me” with an impressive production /
costume change / high energy, “76 Trombones”.
Joe Connelly – Southern
Gateway – Western Hills
(Cincinnati), OH – 11th
Clay Hine - Atlanta
Atlanta, GA – 12th
But the story is not that simple. It’s not that they won, it’s who
they beat. This was a historic “I was there when ... ” moment as
they defeated the Goliath Vocal Majority.
AOH director Dr. Jim Henry and his “band” simply “out-
performed” the eleven-time gold medal champion VM. Jim Jay Giallombardo - New
Clancy’s chorus earned their highest score ever. Many were sure Tradition, Northbrook, IL
of the outcome until, thanks to the luck of the draw, a few hours – 15th
later - the Ambassadors finished their up-tune. Thirty-seven
points separated the top two. It had been 31 years since the VM
had ever “lost”. VM will have to wait another day to win gold
#12. Ironically about the time the VM came in second, so did John Sasine - Saltaires,
Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps. Wasatch Front, UT – 17th
Jim Henry becomes the FIRST to win BOTH the gold as director
of a chorus and singing in a quartet at the same convention (bass,
http://www.barbershop.org/PDF/ 1. Ambassadors of Harmony
2. Vocal Majority
David Smotzer - Men of
INTL20090701_CF.OSS1.pdf Independence -
3. Great Northern Union
4. Sound of the Rockies Independence, OH (mike-
Chorus Photos by Lorin May 5. Toronto Northern Lights testers)
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 5
Super Gold Medalists! The “Two Plus” Club Grows to 18
Don Barnick - 1979 Grandma's Boys (tenor), 1992 Keepsake (bass)
Brian Beck - 1973 Dealer's Choice (bari), 1983 Side Street Ramblers (lead)
Joe Connelly-1987 Interstate Rivals, 1992 Keepsake (lead), 2000 Platinum (lead)
Kipp Buckner - 1987 Interstate Rivals (tenor), 1993 Gas House Gang (tenor)
Tony De Rosa - 1992 Keepsake (bari), 2000 Platinum (bari), 2007 Max Q (lead)
Tom Felgen - 1965 Four Renegades (bass), 1981 Chicago News (bass)
Fred Farrell - 1989 Second Edition (tenor), 2009 Crossroads (tenor)
Paul Gilman - 1987 Interstate Rivals (bari), 1995 Marquis (bari)
Photo by Lorin May Brandon Guyton – 2003 Four Voices (bari), 2009 Crossroads (bari)
While almost anyone can win multiple quartet medals – it takes a Jay Hawkins - 1987 Interstate Rivals (bass), 1995 Marquis (bass)
REAL MAN to win a quartet gold and direct a chorus to a gold Jim Henry – 1993 Gas House Gang (bass), 2009 Crossroads (bass)
medal. To date only seven have accomplished this near
Gary Lewis - 2000 Platinum (tenor), 2007 Max Q (bari)
impossible milestone. With the recent win of the Ambassadors
of Harmony, Jim Henry tops the list by winning both during the John Miller - 1979 Grandma's Boys (bass), 1985 The New Tradition (bass)
same convention. Jeff Oxley - 1984 Rapscallions (bass), 1990 Acoustix (bass), 2007 Max Q (bass)
Jim Henry* Mo Rector - 1958 Gaynotes (bass), 1969 Mark IV (bass)
Quartet = Gas House Gang 1993, Crossroads 2009 Al Rehkop - 1966 Auto Towners (tenor), 1971 Gentlemen’s Agreement (tenor)
Chorus = Ambassadors of Harmony 2004, 2009 Mike Slamka – 2003 Power Play (lead), 2009 Crossroads (lead)
Mark Hale Glenn Van Tassell - 1966 AutoTowners (lead),1971Gentlemen’s Agreement
Quartet = Michigan Jake 2001 (bari)
Chorus = Masters of Harmony
2002, 2005, 2008
The Purdy Corral - Anaheim
Quartet = Revival 1998 Party Like It’s 1938
Chorus = Westminster 2007
From Don Bagley
Jay Giallombardo The Purdy Corral in Anaheim was it’s usual great time: many quartets,
Quartet = Grandma’s Boys 1979 late hours, plenty of beer, wine and pop (Ed. – that’s “soda” for non-
Chorus = New Tradition Chorus 2001 Chicagoans), “who could ask for anything more”. We're not sure if
anyone is keeping records, but it had to be the longest running hospitality
Quartet = Rapscallions 1984, Acoustix 1990, Max Q 2007 room ('till dawn) ... what else?
Chorus = Masters of Harmony 1999
Along with all the competing quartets who showed up, we also had SAI
Fred King quartets, mixed quartets. One with our old buddy, Pete Neushul and one
Quartet = Oriole Four 1970 all the way from Kobe, Japan consisting of our old friends from Sing
Chorus = Chorus of the Chesapeake 1971 With the Champs, the Hirose (sic) couple.
Buzz Busby The room itself was a function room, but small and intimate, not quite
Quartet = Confederates 1956 the old suites that we've come to associate with The Purdy Corral, but
Chorus = Dixie Cotton Boll 1958 the price was right and it worked great.
*Jim Henry is the first to win Many thanks to all involved; Mike Maino and Hank Brandt for
both the same year. MCing, Gail Jencik for quartet lineup, Al Lindseth for helping organize
and shop, Jimmy Kline for “beating the bushes” in rounding up quartets,
Timmy (the bartender) McShane, the Bagleys and McShanes for
organizing and shopping, and of course, Dave THE MAN Kindinger
for arranging for the room itself.
And, of course, the room would not have been complete without Tom
and Jayne (Purdy) Felgen and that glorious portrait of Hal and
his bride. For those who are unaware, that portrait was commissioned
largely by donations from the AIC, as arranged for by Mo Rector.
A great tradition, let's keep it going. As always, donations large and
small are VERY welcome. Send to Bob Dowma, care of The Purdy
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Anaheim AIC Show This year many AIC members stepped up for a VLQ cameo and
One of the BEST EVER! (no, really!) under the expert leadership of President Brian Beck, added a
by Jay Giallombardo - Musical Director - AIC Show 2009 dimension to the VANtastix performance on “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate
the Positive”, yet another feather in our cap! Thanks for this
excellent, extra effort. It was great fun and, as entertaining as the
“Vans” were, the audience was thoroughly delighted with adding
the “AIC Gospel” choir to top off their performance.
We hardly missed a beat as we launched into the traditional “Lida
Rose”. Wendy Wilson DeCrow was superlative as “Marian” and
sang, as usual, with total quality and professionalism. I think the
“Vans” couldn’t believe it, when the whole audience joined in.
I’d like to thank each of you for your contribution to make the They were as thrilled as any. What a great way to lead into
AIC Show, Anaheim 2009, one of the best ever. It truly was the intermission; perfect timing; a superlative example of show
finest singing AIC chorus that I have ever heard. You did prepare pacing inspired by our show producer, Ken Hatton.
the music so well that we could work on more musicality,
I also want to express my appreciation to our many supportive
nuance, and artistry. That was a joy! I had many, many people
directors this year: Jeff Oxley, Ben Ayling, Clay Hine, and
come up to me from the audience, throughout the convention
Tony DeRosa. Extra special thanks to Royce Ferguson for his
week, and say how great the chorus was and how great the whole
directing, warm-ups, and leadership during the dress
show was. I also appreciate the many kind words and personal
rehearsal. As you know I had a quartet and chorus in
thanks that I received from you. It was an honor to be your
competition, and that little bit of burden-sharing made all the
musical director and to achieve great heights of musicality
difference. I thoroughly enjoyed watching each of our talented
directors put the chorus through their paces, as each director
Special thanks to Tim Waurick. His learning tracks are of such brought his unique skill to the forefront. This is a tradition that
fine quality that you cannot help but get excited when you hear we can continue.
the music rendered under his excellent musicianship. I about
Never has the “coat song” been more aptly performed, and the
“fell off my chair” when I first heard the charts come alive from
touch of humor with Cory and Jeff was a “big-brother” image
Tim. I knew instantly, this show was going to be a hit!
The chorus’s performance of the arrangements had its own
unique quality and texture. The quartet overlays were extremely
effective (once we got the mic-ing in order, always a delicate
point). Individual songs, “Over the Rainbow”, and “Pretty Girl
Medley” were majestic. The soft moments were totally engaging;
tags were huge, astounding, as only the AIC can do. I thank you
for those moments and for the feelings of pride and exhilaration
as the music rolled off the stage. It was wonderful and awe-
inspiring. All I can say is “thanks” ... but words can hardly
express the feelings of admiration and pride that I hold for our
The backbone of the AIC chorus is our fabulous show quartets.
This year the show quartets gave performances that rose above
the usual “great” to “amazing” and innovative with a special
energy, timing, new material, and total mastery. We watched
each of you just knock out the audience with standing ovation
that brought a tear of joy to my eye. We also added some artistic
after standing ovation. The cameo appearance that each quartet
touches to the tag that were executed with perfection. How great
made in the opening segment sets the tone for even greater things
The Finale came off perfectly, exactly what we had envisioned.
I certainly appreciate (and hope that we all recognize) the
The gals looked great and the emotion was genuine throughout.
continued contribution quartets make on behalf of their AIC What a proud moment for the ladies. I hoped that they felt what
brothers that come to sing in the chorus. Our show quartets do so we truly feel about “our” AIC gals. We know that we could not
much during the week, yet they find the energy and effort to sing do this without their support. It is only fitting that they get to
with their brothers as well. This is a remarkable statement. The stand on “pedestal” from time to time and receive the rich
show quartets go beyond the call of duty in this regard, and it applause they deserve. The standing ovation that ensued was
sends a very strong message, often more than we realize, to see immediate and unequivocal, not only for the finale, but for the
the current active champs in this context. So, from the bottom of entire show.
our hearts, we say thank you.
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JG Says Thanks (continued from page 6) A Final Note Your Executive Producer
I saved my last “thank you” for Ken Hatton, show production It Takes a Village
chairman. Ken had the awesome job of seaming the music By Kenny Hatton
together to make the entire show. His creativity in that regard is (editor’s note: edited down from 2,473 words / the complete version appeared on
unparalleled. His instincts to employ the skills of TNT quartet in the AIC Yahoo Group)
the MC work proved a total success. And, Ken then had the grace
to trust me to do “my thing” with the music and still work within The Friday AIC breakfast is never long enough to express
that context to provide enhancements and staging ideas. gratitude with adequate profusion to those whose effective efforts
are vital to our mission. Also, some of those folks are not
The show production chairman has a huge responsibility. By his members of AIC, and are not present at the meeting anyway. As
actions, he makes us all look great. It’s often a no-win situation in Executive Producer the onus is on me to call them to your kind
that if ALL goes smoothly, it’s the performers that seem to get attention.
the credit. And, if by chance something goes wrong (usually out
of the control of the SPC), he gets the blame. Well, this year… Jay Giallombardo: Our arranger, director and the proverbial
we all looked great and it was due to Ken’s tireless behind-the- front man of our band never ceases to amaze. We are blessed to
scenes effort to make this one a great show. Even though it may have the benefit of his dedication and his abundance of talents.
have looked like Ken and I “butted heads” ... we actually did Thank you, Jay!
not! And for a couple of “pit bulls”, I think we did pretty well John Miller and The New Tradition: I knew we were going to
together. We discussed every aspect clearly and professionally have a great show when I received the advance copy of the script
and made compromises here and there for the benefit of the written by John in April.
show. So, my hat is off to Ken Hatton for a super job, well done.
Dave Duncan, Doug Maddox and Jim McClellan: Our Stage
I am happy to announce that the board has asked me to continue Manager, Technical Advisor and Stage Designer this year
on as your musical director for 2010 AIC Show in Philly. I brought many years of experience to the table, and their
graciously accept the position. I hope I can call on our many relationships with Society folks and stage crew were vital to our
talented directors to help out. And we seek your creative success.
thoughts for show themes and music. Often ideas for show
themes come from our members, a simple suggestion, or idea that Tim Waurick: Our learning tracks were (again) timely and
is then developed. But for now, we rest a bit and then look to the expertly provided by our resident wonder-boy. Tim's respect for
future. I look forward to working with my good friend, George the music is evident.
Davidson. He is assembling a strong production team. So, I George Davidson, our Associate Producer. His insight and
believe we remain in good hands. experience prevented certain errors on my part, and enabled us to
I encourage every man to come to Philly. One year, just one hit deadlines that otherwise would have been missed. Those
time, I envision a time when we open the curtain to a 100+ corrections along the way added to the quality of the show and
chorus. Maybe it will be in 2010. I encourage every AIC man on helped control expenses.
stage to be with us again in Philly. And for every man that had to John Schneider; Our Society's Director of Conventions, was a
miss this year, please make this year special with your joy to work with this year. We wish you the best in your
participation on the 2010 AIC show in Philly. If you plan now, retirement in Austin, Texas.
we can make it a reality then.
Dusty Schleier secured appropriate accommodations for our
Let’s have 100 or more in Philly. Together, we can make it celebrity guest performer, Dick Van Dyke.
Rick Spencer was instrumental in providing me a DVD of the
Dapper Dans Honored Rapscallions.
The famous Dapper Dans were awarded the Barbershop Quinn Mackin helped by reducing the estimated cost of ushers,
Harmony Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Anaheim. ticket-takers, security and box-office personnel.
Following a special
Holly Beck: Our Ticket Manager & Administrative Assistant has
performance prior to the been dedicating many hours each week to the furtherance of AIC
quartet finals about 40 goals since 1991. She continues to handle the ticket distribution
alums joined the Dans on with patience. Three of the gals that helped Holly with ticket
stage for the presentation. sales were Carolyn McShane, Lee Kingdon and CarolAnn
Congrats to these Dapper Bagley ... there were others.
Dans / AIC members; Tony Helen Giallombardo, Theresa Weatherbee and the Pretty
DeRosa, Royce Ferguson, Girls: The efforts of the better half of our Music Director were
Dan Jordan, Kevin Miles, crucial to the realization of his vision for our finale number this
Roger Ross, John year. The final result of their joint efforts painted the exact
Sherburn, Garry Texeira. picture we had in mind
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Hatton Says Thanks (continued from page 7) Grady Kerr: Our Medallion Editor and Webmaster did his usual
spectacular job on the video honoring our 50th Anniversary
Larry Antemann & the New Tradition Chorus: The New
Champions, The Four Pitchikers. Grady also posted our sheet
Tradition Chorus stored their Gershwin Stairway in his shop for
music, schedule and learning tracks on the webpage within
several years, and met me on an early weekday morning in
minutes of them being finalized.
Chicago to load the material into my van for the trip to Anaheim
through Nashville. Doyle Cline: The Society's volunteer video reviewer checks out
all videos to be shown in the main venue, and transfers them to
FRED: The 1999 champs jumped in to provide needed visual
the desired format. His review and his ability to respond quickly
action during the chorus performance of “Singin' in the Rain.”
to changes requested late in the game were valuable.
Their antics required props, which they provided.
OC Times: Our 2008 champs were gracious as headliners of our Vince Winans: Kind Barbershopper answered “yes” to my
show. They delivered a stirring performance that showed why request to serve as driver
they were our reigning champions. and bodyguard for Dick
Van Dyke. Vince was
Other Active Quartets: The Happiness Emporium, Realtime,
standing by at the Hilton
Vocal Spectrum, and Max Q each brought special elements of
and the Honda Center with
performance acumen and professionalism to the stage.
a car from Wednesday
Wendy (Wilson) DeCrow: The acclaimed singer and daughter of morning until Friday
Harlan/sister of Todd was contacted months ago to serve as afternoon, and he saw to the
understudy to Shirley Jones for the performance of “Will I Ever VANtastix's needs upon
Tell You” by Dick Van Dyke & the VANtastix and the AIC request.
Chorus. Miss Jones had been asked to appear but as the
Dick Van Dyke & the VANtastix: Gentlemen in every sense of
convention approached, it became evident that she would not be
the word. They demonstrated patience and professional behavior
able to make it. Wendy had been prepared. She didn't even cry
all during their presence at our convention, and delivered a
when Harlan and Todd presented two dozen roses to our leading
performance that met the expectations of our sophisticated
lady. What a pro!
audience. The quartet was even more gracious to agree to an
Brian Beck and the VLQ: Several of our guys had the squeeze interview with the web cast folks immediately following the
put on 'em to learn a special back-up part so the VANtastix could VANtastix's performance.
perform their arrangement of “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.”
Dave Kindinger: Our Events VP did his usual great job in
They all came through like champions
providing space, food and drink for our cast and crew at the
Rapscallions: Our 25th Anniversary Champions demonstrated Honda Center before the show, and the afterglow was classy and
class with their entrance in the middle of the video performance fun.
of “Toyland,” followed by a rousing performance of “Mr.
Dick Johnson: Our go-to guy for print ad art did his typical great
Touchdown USA.” It was great to have all four guys present for
job, and charged us less than it was worth again. The ads and
posters looked great, and they were delivered on time in whatever
Associate Directors Royce Ferguson, Tony DeRosa and Jeff formats were necessary.
Oxley: provided expert warm-up sessions during rehearsals that
John Devine; Our Marketing Vice President directed some ads to
got our voices ready to sing at just the right pace.
be stuffed into the Society's ticket mailings, and worked to utilize
Bill Raikes: The video editor at Pro Media Group in New our Web site for show promotion.
Albany, Indiana was insightful and efficient with respect to his
James Harper: This Denver barbershopper has contributed his
work on the walk-in video and the 25th Anniversary video. He
considerable knowledge and skill to set up our online sales so that
kept our costs down, and delivered quality products.
patrons can buy tickets at any time, day or night.
Jim Bagby The baritone of our 1986
champions, the Rural Route 4, applied Chad Guyton: 4 Voices baritone was heading up video this year
his immeasurable skills to the under Jim McClellan and working with George Davidson. The
production of our show program. He images looked good, and the camerawork looked top-notch.
delivered it to the house in advance of
the show. It was a beautiful program, It was my pleasure to serve you guys this year, and there were
and it added more professionalism to some great memories I'll treasure.
Lyle Rolofson: Jim's barbershopper pal
in Kansas City provided a great deal on
the printing of the program.
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August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
COUNTDOWN to 2010 BHS and The Tonight Show
by George Davidson 2010 Show Producer From Kenny Ray
firstname.lastname@example.org - 303-770-3447 Conan O'Brien and his crew were shooting remote footage in
Harmony Marketplace at the Hilton Anaheim. I had occasion to
Ladies and Gents ... I'm so thrilled to have been asked to produce speak with the floor director of the video crew, and he advised
another AIC Show ... I helped out with quite a few from the ‘80s, that he knew Dick Van Dyke was attending the convention.
‘90s and ‘00s... I expect this upcoming AIC Show to be nothing Bodyguard Vince was dispatched to wake Mr. Van Dyke, and he
less than the “BEST EVER”... appeared within a few minutes. Mr. O'Brien interviewed him on
Please make plans to join us in Philly, won't you? camera for a solid 6 minutes. In addition, our own Tim Waurick
was captured by the cameramen singing tenor with the Alley
Quartets and Chorus members can expect to hear a lot more from Cats and Mr. O'Brien.
me in the coming months.
Mr. Van Dyke was very complimentary about the Society during
If you have an idea for a show theme you’ve been wanting to the interview, while Mr. O'Brien was respectful, albeit
share, please forward to me ASAP. entertaining. If the interview airs, it will be great for
Looking forward to a great year. barbershopping, and could be a real shot in the arm for the
VANtastix. Mr. O'Brien invited them to appear on his show in
the near future, and Mr. Van Dyke accepted.
Photo by Lorin May
RR4 - SWTC Angels
The Rural Route 4 and Don Kahl stepped up in a gold medal
way to “sponsor” the AIC’s Sing With The Champs. There was
a plea for the funds to cover the expense of DVD equipment and
The “Vans” Say Thanks talent to operate it. Treasurer Bob Dowma received a check
courtesy of our ’86 champs in the amount of $650.
by Mike Mendyke - Bass, VANtastix
I want to express my sincere gratitude to the AIC for the honor Philly will be #49
bestowed upon The Vantastix by inviting us to share the stage
with them at the AIC Show in Anaheim. For the little boy who AIC Shows through the Years
started his first quartet in sixth grade back in Appleton, WI, it A little historical Research project took place prior to the
was a real thrill, and one I will long remember. convention. The question was posed ... “Which AIC Show is
As an cappella "generalist", I have dabbled professionally in this?”
many genres - classical, jazz, and contemporary, in both all-male After much digging and compiling facts from Harmonizers,
and in mixed groups from four to over 100 singers. But there is convention programs and even old AIC Show programs, Society
really no musical expression that can beat ringing chords with Historian Grady Kerr determined the 2009 show was our 48th
three other guys. There is a paradox to be found in the "complex annual AIC Show. A complete list with lots of info will soon be
simplicity" of the blending of four voices. But mostly it just posted on the AIC Webpage. If you wish to add info to the list
makes you feel good. Perhaps I've been away too long. contact your editor/webmaster.
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 11
Anaheim College Contest May I Have Your Autograph?
So. Cal. Vagrants Win Matt - the Autograph Hound
Collegiate Many of you have met
Matthew Trusner. He’s a
1. The Vagrants 7 year barbershopper from
2. Swedish Match the Bloomington, IL
3. On Demand chapter. If you see a nice
5. Go Fish!*
young man with a great big
5. 4-Way Stop * smile awkwardly toting
around a large poster
* tied for fifth
board, that’s Matt.
His ultimate goal is to Matt gets two rare signatures
Colin Plain (baritone), Joey Buss (tenor), David Meye (bass), Jonny Tillery (lead) collect signatures of ALL Four Pitchikers 1959
195 living AIC members.
Collegiate Quartet Scores He’s confronted many of you with his request. Anaheim was a
http://www.barbershop.org/PDF/INTL20090704_QF.OSS1.pdf very successful trip for Matt as he explains:
Randy & Jolene Loos Make Donation I got 25 more autographs while in Anaheim! That raises the
total to 125 signatures. Three special autographs stand out in
New College Quartet Trophy my mind.
The original College Barbershop Quartet Championship Trophy, I finally met Doug Harrington and Jamie Meyer. When
generously donated by Hal Purdy and the 139th Street Quartet, I found out that zero8 was coming to international, those guys
has been retired as it has run out of room for any more were on my “hit list” immediately. Airfare to Sweden isn't
cheap. I saw Doug outside an AIC rehearsal and he was nice as
champions. This year, they unveiled new CBQC trophy that has can be, so I asked him if I could sit in on a zero8 rehearsal and
room on it to last us through 2063! The new trophy was humbly he said, “Of course”. This was a win-win situation for me. I got
donated by Randy and Jolene Loos. Thank you to the Loos to hear zero8 perform and I got to meet Jamie.
family for your generosity and continued selfless support of the
The third autograph was a complete surprise. After buying the
Barbershop Harmony Society. new Crossroads and Max Q CDs, my friend and I were
walking out of Harmony Marketplace and talking about past
The Busiest Man in Anaheim? champions who would be very hard to get. One name that came
up was Bob Spong. Suddenly, I
Jordan Gets Around, Round, Round see a man walking into Harmony
Dan Jordan, lead of The New Tradition (‘84 champs), continues to Marketplace with a gold medal
perform and share his talent with as many people as possible. Here’s a around his neck. I couldn't put his
brief itinerary from his convention week. face with a name (this is rare for
Saturday (prior to the start of the convention) me). I rushed over to him
Attended big AIC whing-ding at the home of John and Sharon Miller. and glanced at this name tag
Tuesday and laughed. I said, “So you're
Dan sang in three quartets at the Larry Ajer gathering: Hi-Fidelity, The Bob Spong. My friend and I were
New Tradition, The Perfect Gentlemen just talking about you. You're the
Wednesday baritone of Happiness
He competed with Hi-Fidelity. They did a very entertaining “Elvis” set Emporium.”
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday Obviously blind-sided, he said, “Yes, but I don't sing with them
Participated in the AIC rehearsals and emceed the big show with John anymore”. I said, “I know. That's why I'm so happy to meet
Miller, John Sherburn and Bobby Gray Jr. He also got to rub elbows you.” He was confused so I properly introduced myself to him
again with Dick Van Dyke and VANtastix. and explained my “champs board”. He was more than happy to
Friday sign it and we had a great talk (he talked and I listened) about
The Perfect Gentlemen were featured performers at the Harmony barbershop life in general. That's what I love: the stories.
Saturday I also had a great privilege to hear the Rapscallions sing
“Last Night was the End of the World”. After they finished the
Volunteered to emcee at Sing With The Champs. His work prior to the
crowd that gathered began clapping. Then this slow,
convention paid off gathering up former Dapper Dans. He was on stage
thunderous clapping came out of nowhere. We turned to see
for the presentation of the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tom Felgen with a huge grin on his face. I swear on a stack of
Sunday bibles that I saw something rarer than a leprechaun riding a
Ended the week with another party. This one was hosted by Jimmy unicorn. I saw Jeff Oxley blush!
Kline with several AIC brothers in attendance. Dan had the honor of
driving Gene and Iris Cokeroft to the bash. There are 195 names on the AIC roster so he’s only got about 70
to go. Good luck, Matt, See you in Philly.
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 13
Anniversary Quartets “Win” Again
Anaheim was a great week for two historic AIC quartets. The
Rapscallions and the Four Pitchikers were well represented and
celebrated. First, there were the historical booths showing photos,
recordings, sheet music and interesting facts for each quartet.
These were painstakingly researched, designed and set up by
AIC/Society Historian Grady Kerr. A special Meet and Greet
was successful and popular for both old friends, fans and the
Lots of leg work went into coordinating the two surviving
members of the 1959 Champs to attend the convention. The Raps
were showcased on the AIC Show with footage from their 1984
contest set. The Pitchikers and several family members appeared
on stage following a special video Saturday night.
Keith Young and Keith Keltner visit and reminisce about the “old” days in their
historical booth displaying photos, their uniform and the original trophy.
A Note from the Pitchikers
Words cannot express how grateful we are for the opportunity to
participate in the convention in Anaheim. It was the second
biggest event in our lives. The first, of course, was Chicago 1959.
It was an unforgettable experience that we will remember always.
What a thrill to attend all the events and hear that beautiful
harmony once again!
Special Thanks, to Grady Kerr, Holly Beck, and John
Schneider for their help and assistance to enable us to be there.
The video was researched, written and produced by Grady with To Brian Beck and Shawn York for helping Keith Keltner and
the help of voice-over veteran Christopher Baker of Florida and
me to relearn and perform the tag to “Wedding Bells.”
edited by Doyle Cline of Denver.
Both Keith Keltner and Keith Young were overwhelmed with God Bless and Keep America Singing.
the reaction and thrilled to see so many friends after being out for Keith Young
nearly 46 years. They vow to be in Philly next summer. Four Pitchikers
A Note from the Raps
Now that we are all back from our visit in sunny California, we’d
like to say thank you for helping us celebrate our 25th
anniversary in such a meaningful way.
When we won the international, we were, for all intents and
purposes, a college quartet that may not have been able to
continue much longer. Timing is everything! We certainly didn’t
yet understand the significance of the honor. Standing on stage
with all of you brought to our hearts and minds how truly special
it was. We were extremely grateful to have your assistance in
bringing us together one more time.
Dave Smotzer, David Wallace, Tim Frye, Jeff Oxley
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
In the meantime Jeanette showed signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Thomas J. Keehan Tom was in and out of hospitals with his diabetic problems,
May 12, 1927 – May 30, 2009 which led to the amputation of his right leg at the knee (he later
sang with a pickup quartet called the “Seven Foot Four”). They
By Lefty Parasson - LParasson@aol.com sold their motor home, the house and all their belongings and
It is with great sorrow that I pass along moved to a special care facility with an Alzheimer’s ward. About
the information that Tom Keehan, the every 6 -8 weeks we would take a quartet over to sing for
great lead of the 1962 Champs, the Gala Jeanette and she would come out of her semi-coma state and
Lads, passed away on May 30, 2009 at mouth the words with us.
the age of 82.
During Tom’s last days he was on conflicting medications that
I sang with Tom in a senior quartet, Senior Edition, and we got caused him to lose control of his electric wheelchair, and he ran
to be the best of friends. He was one of the most likable guys in into a tree, severely breaking the knee bones on the amputated
the society and had friends worldwide. leg. He had already been on dialysis for well over a year and
Tom was born on a farm in Brown, Wisconsin on May 12, things continued to get worse. He called in the family and told
1927. He met his future wife, Jeanette, in 1946; she was in the them he made a decision to cut off all medication along with the
Army (WACs) while living in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He joined dialysis. The family concurred with his wishes.
the Society about that time also. They married and had three boys
that accompanied them every year to the conventions. About a week before Tom died, Buddy Yarnell and I visited him
(in a hospice care facility). Tom had been sinking fast and hardly
recognized either of us. Tom got a cell phone call from Eddy
James and could not communicate, so Buddy took the phone. In
the meantime the nurse asked of our connection to Tom and I
said we sang in a quartet together. Tom came out of his semi-
delirious state, sat up and sang “Heart of my Heart” with as
strong a voice as ever!! It amazed everyone.
Gala Lads won the gold the very first time they cracked the top
five at International. Tom won his gold at the age of 35 and wore
it proudly alongside Dave Panther (tenor), Gordie Lees (bari)
and Bill Cockrell (bass).
He sang with a seniors’ quartet in Northern California called the
FOGS (four old guys singing). In a couple of years they changed
their name to the FROGS (four really old guys singing). He Singin’ With Tom - Bill Myers, Larry Owen, Lefty Parasson and Tom Keehan
retired from Masterlock about 1995.
I sang with him in the Senior Edition and we knew we were In Memory of a Dear Friend
going to win the 1996 Seniors Contest (we came in 8th). By Jerry Orloff
His physical problems started in about 2002 when he went into Almost 18 years ago, our FWD Senior quartet, The Erin Boys,
the hospital for a stent. While there he got a staph infection (with Tom Keehan, lead, Hector Rivas, bari, Clark Daniels,
which kept him immobilized for weeks until they got it under tenor, and me on bass), won the first FWD gold medal, 1991. At
control. In the meantime his sugar balance went out of control the International Seniors competition, in 1992, we took 4th place
and led to a series of problems. in Honolulu, HI.
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 15
Justin Miller directs
Westminster Wins “Choir of the
World” Honor in Wales
Southern California's Westminster Chorus traveled to
Llangollen, Wales for the 60th annual International Musical
Eisteddfod - one of the most prestigious choir competitions in
the world - and won the title “Choir of The World” and the
festival's most coveted award, The Luciano Pavarotti Choir of
The World Trophy. The chorus also had won the Folk and
Barbershop subcategory competitions earlier in the week. They
were lead musically by Justin Miller, son of John and Sharon
(bass, The New Tradition ’85 and Grandma’s Boys ’79).
Patrick Claypool (OC Times) also sang in the winning chorus.
Eisteddfod unites thousands of singers and dancers who descend
upon the beautiful Welsh town of Llangollen to compete in some
20 competitions and perform for as many as 50,000 visitors. The
competition is broadcast in video on the internet and on BBC
radio network to thousands across the world.
Of course, Westminster had previously won the BHS
International gold in 2007, directed by Royce Ferguson; and
they appeared on NBC's America's Got Talent in 2006.
Justin and company will be up against a fired-up Vocal Majority
next summer in Philly. Terry Waite, President of the Eisteddfod, presents
For more info see: an excited Justin Miller with the Pavarotti trophy.
www.WestminsterChorus.org or www.llangollen2009.com or www.lluniaullwyfan.com
AIC’s Facebook Page
Champs Support HEP Schools
From Jim Kline - VP Quartet Development - Gotcha! bass
700 Fans So Far
by Alan Gordon email@example.com Nightlife completed the CAR HEP school July 10-12
As you may have noticed in Grady's last wonderful Medallion, the AIC OC Times did the EVG Harmony College Northwest July17-19
now has a “fan page” on Facebook. Since some of you may be computer Gotcha! with Gene Cokeroft will be doing NED HEP Aug 6-8
savvy, I wanted to offer some details so you may be able to provide a
The PowWow for SLD scheduled for July17-19 was canceled.
First of all, here is the link to the page:
Thanks to Happiness Emporium for their availability.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/The-Association-of-International-Champions-AIC/72037036129 Similarly, Vocal Spectrum's appearance at the FWD Aug 21-23
If you are a member of Facebook, please “become a fan.” Harmony College West was canceled.
The page was used to advertise the AIC Show in Anaheim. The page That concludes the activity for this year's HEP schools. In
itself is being used to attract current barbershoppers, and a separate paid
November I will be posting to the Music VPs in each district to
(but very cheap) advertisement has been targeted to non-barbershop
Californians who have various associations with “Dick Van Dyke,”
see how they can use our services.
“Disney,” “A Cappella,” etc. So far, that ad has resulted in many people
clicking on the ad for more details. Thanks to all of you AIC quartets who have given of your time
and talents to further the development of our craft. I am sorry we
In the long term, the page can be used for announcements of quartets were unable to schedule schools for all of our active quartets.
going to schools, maybe show dates, other news, whatever the board You will get first choice next year.
Thanks for letting me serve the cause.
Thanks for your help, and let's see how our initial dive into the 21st
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
ended up giving the gold to some of the best champs, singers and
OC Times Says Thanks friends in barbershop. Congrats to Fred, Mike, Brandon and
*The MoH Swan Song. Singing with our heroes, friends and
mentors. Westminster, Masters, Nightlife and Mark Hale have
consistently been where we learn, grow and refine our craft and
they have all been our biggest supporters for so many years.
What an amazing song that Jay G. wrote and arranged “The
Dream Is Carried On” specifically for this performance. It
captured perfectly the tremendous bond that exists between these
groups, and the common bond we have in wanting to pass this
special thing we lovingly call barbershop on to others. It's far
more than winning gold medals, rather, it's about the impact we
have in the lives of others.
*Ringmasters, zero8, Musical Island Boys, VocalFX and The
Vagrants. The message of the Masters’ swan song “The Dream
Anaheim was a busy week for us; so many moments and Is Carried On” was exemplified perfectly with the tremendous
incredible performances that we were blessed to be a part of. performances from so many young groups that we have played a
There were so many fantastic performances throughout the week, small part in encouraging and maybe even inspiring. For these
but a few stand out in my mind: groups to do so well, to perform with such passion and
*The AIC Show was a dream come true. Stepping up to the innovation, to go out and give something to the audience and “put
risers and seeing so many of our heroes standing there with us it all out there” - it makes us swell with pride.
was a surreal moment.
*The World Harmony Jamboree was a fantastic event. We To see the youth movement in barbershop spreading like wildfire
were honored to see Vocal FX (from New Zealand) perform the – the college quartet contest, the youth chorus contest, youth
haka - a traditional Maori dance. Anyone in the audience for the choruses competing at international, young quartets in the top 10
show will surely not forget it. - it reminds us of the profound impact that singing a tag with a
*Sing with the Champs was a really cool event. We were new singer, offering a few words of advice, or encouraging others
honored that so many people wanted to sing with us (I was to have a dream and go after it, can do. To see our brothers and
especially glad most of them were basses!) Two young men even friends achieve their own dreams and such great success is
camped overnight to be the first in line to sing with us - wow! something we didn't expect to see so soon. We're so proud of
We're flattered that you all would want to get up there and ring a them. You all should be proud too - their successes are a direct
few with us! result of your generous giving through the Harmony Foundation
*The Harmony Foundation Show. Simply put, this was the and other venues, your support of young singers and the youth
greatest barbershop show ever and that is no exaggeration. The movement, and the encouragement you provide in so many other
day after a landmark chorus contest with incredible performances ways. Thank you.
across the board, two choruses who had previously duked it out
head to head stood next to each other on the risers and offered Congrats again to the Yorks, Crossroads, the Ambassadors,
their gifts as brothers. No other competitive event offers anything The Vagrants, and all the competitors at Anaheim, and to you all
like this camaraderie - and that's the hidden beauty of barbershop for making so many dreams possible. We're looking forward to
that so many don't know about when they first join. It was our many more years to come singing as OC Times, and to seeing
distinct honor to sing under three of the greatest directors, with you at a show, youth harmony camp, harmony college, rehearsal
two of the greatest champ quartets and three of the greatest or convention in the near future. Until then ...
choruses in the history of barbershop. Moving, unforgettable,
awe-inspiring, dynamic, impassioned... words can't express what Humbled, honored, and proud to be your (past) champions,
a privilege it was to be a part of this show.
*Giving the gold to Crossroads. I always dreamed of one of my OC Times
heroes - Jim Henry - giving me a gold medal someday. I never 2008 International Quartet Champions
imagined I would be giving a gold medal to him! Turns out we all www.octimesquartet.com
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 17
Helping Kids through Music
Vocal Spectrum Performs in
Realtime Has Real Heart
St. Louis Music Man Production Our 2005 Champs recently showed “real”
from the Harmonet and John Donehower - Dubuque, Iowa heart and what a quartet can do to help
others. Realtime (Tim, Doug, Mark &
Tim Waurick, Eric Dalbey Tom) produced a benefit show for a local
and Chris Hallam (Vocal orphanage funding organization in May.
Spectrum) along with Rich The organization is named Kidstown
Knight (Gas House Gang) International and was started in Bellingham, Washington to help
performed as the School fund and support orphans in Romania. It has since spread to India
Board Quartet in a St. Louis and Nepal.
production of The Music
Man at the world famous Growing to nineteen orphanages, through this organization over
Muny. They performed for 450 orphans are sponsored. Lead, Doug Broersma writes: “I
around 60,000 theater goers. have been a sponsor of several of the orphans for several years,
Waurick (Jacey Squires, tenor), Knight and one of the things that I like about the organization is that
(Ewart Dunlop, lead), Hallam (Olin
Britt, bass), Dalbey (Oliver Hix, Check out the following link 100% of all the sponsor funds go directly to the orphans. All
baritone) from The Muny's 2009 for the story and a YouTube administrative costs are raised through fund raising events.”
production of The Music Man. audio clip of the superstar
Photo by Larry Pry. quartet. They found a desperate need for bunk beds for ten of the
orphanages. Realtime decided to produce a benefit show and
raise money for this project. The show included Sterling Dietz,
the 2007 national youth champion magician also from the
Bellingham area. The show was called “A Night of Music and
Metzger’s little boy Magic”.
Ryan got to sing with
a quartet for the first Realtime and Sterling performed separately as well as together.
time - Rocky Top was Sterling choreographed a magic ring act to one of the Realtime
his musical choice - songs. “It was a lot of fun.”
He did really good,
with a little help, of The show was very well attended and raised enough money to
course. That’s Tom's
send 50 sets of bunk beds to Romania India and Nepal, helping
other son Tyler
100 orphans get a better night sleep.
A New Masterworks CD
Chiefs of Staff
1988 International Quartet Champions
This newly re-mastered recording includes the best 25 songs from their
collection, such as “Looking At The World Through Rose Colored
Glasses”, “Every Tear Is A Smile In An Irishman’s Heart” and the
incredible voice of Chuck Sisson singing, “What Kind Of Fool Am I?”.
to get YOUR copy
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Doug and Holly’s Little Girl
Pat Spirito RIP
Youngest Ever SAI Quartet Competitor Tom Spirito's beloved wife
If you wanna see “cute”, check out Pat passed away from cancer
SAI Competitor #36. This coming June 9, 2009. She had been
October 21 the Sweet Adeline undergoing chemotherapy for
Convention in Nashville will two years when she took a
witness the youngest competitor turn for the worse and died
ever. three days later. Needless to
say Tom is heartbroken.
Sylvia Harrington sings tenor
with Paper Dolls. She first made Tom has since relocated back
SAI history at age 6 with her debut to Boston where he lives with
performance in the Region #4 his daughter Lisa and her family.
quartet competition on April 11,
2008 in Covington, KY. The Paper As most know Tom is an associate member of the AIC as a
Dolls captured the 3rd place medals! replacement lead with the Boston Common. More substantial is
his stint with the two-time silver medalist Four Rascals and
Sylvia happens to be the daughter of Doug and Holly Harrington. inspiration to many quartets (including the BC).
Doug made history in 1989 singing lead with Second Edition.
Holly sings baritone in the quartet with Tawni Miller on lead and He had reservations and plans to attend Anaheim but just
Karen Johns singing bass. couldn’t force himself to go. Tim Broersma encouraged him to
subscribe to the webcast. Tom sat and watched the entire thing
At contest time she will be SEVEN years old. and was ecstatic with the contests. He was especially thrilled to
see his dear friends, Crossroads, win the gold. “They had it from
Visit their Web site and check out the SAI webcast to see history the start!”, he says.
Crossroads dropped by his house following a show in Ft. Myers,
FL in June. They sang for several hours. There aren’t many
Lucky Day for Jay Hawkins barbershoppers who can command such a private concert by the
soon-to-be-champs. Tom can.
Lucky Day announces their new bass, Jay Hawkins, the double
gold medalist bass of Interstate Rivals (1987) and Marquis
Thanks to Roger Ross, there’s a secret movement afoot to send
(1995). He now joins Roger Ross (tenor, Keepsake), Eric Bell
Tom some AIC quartet CDs and well wishes letting him know
(lead) and Paul Gilman (bari, Marquis).
how much we love and miss him. Tom’s daughter will be putting
these CDs on a special iPod just for him.
Jay most recently competed with Four Aces. Even though Nick
Aiuto and Ed Cazenas competed with Full Tilt in Anaheim,
Please send your CDs ASAP to: Lisa Whyte, 26 Range Heights
Four Aces is still doing selected shows with Jay.
Terrace, Lynn, MA 01904 - firstname.lastname@example.org
In Anaheim, Lucky Day placed 21st and performed as mike-
testers for the semi-final round.
1957 Champ Gets His Medal
Its members bring to the stage five quartet Gold medals, over 100
years of barbershop performance experience and over 25 Danny Aycock, lead of the Lads of
International competition appearances. Enchantment ’57, recently got his
gold medal presented to him by his
Lucky Day will compete in the Sunshine District fall contest in family. He had apparently lost it
Jacksonville, FL and is available for show bookings! For more some years back. The “new”
information, please contact Roger Ross at (407) 595-5359 or replacement medal was generously
email@example.com provided by the AIC.
Lucky Day You see how happy he is, can’t you?
Roger, Eric, Paul and Jay
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 19
Max Q Releases New CD The song of the '07
by Grady Kerr convention - arranged by
Clay Hine - This is even
I just had to tell you about this NEW CD I got my hands on. I'm lucky to better than the live version.
be listening to an advance copy of the newly completed and just released Worth a good cry and the
Max Q recording entitled ... JOURNEY. price of the CD.
*Somebody Loves Me
What a journey it has been for these guys. Greg Clancy (Tenor), Tony Another great Clay Hine
De Rosa (Lead), Gary Lewis (Baritone) and Jeff Oxley (Bass) have chart - perfectly done by the
spent the last few years singing all around the world and performing for boys - Doesn't get any better
thousands making new fans along the way. I suspect the most common than this.
question has been ... WHEN? *Windmills Of Your Mind
One of the best on this CD -
It has been a few years since their blockbuster release “For the originally done by The Arbors (a popular group in the 60s) -
Children” and, for me, it was time for another Max Q addition to my Breathtaking / Incredible / Awesome / fill in the ________________.
iPod. *Don't Rain on my Parade
They saved this special David Harrington chart for last - had they not
Holy Cow! This one is SPECIAL. As they say here in Texas ... “That been too busy they would have done this years ago. Worth the wait.
Dog'll Hunt!” Max Q has once again proven why they were on top
during their entire JOURNEY through the contest years. They are STILL This will be the most played CD on MY iPod (and probably yours too) -
one of the most popular quartets on chapter shows and corporate gigs. but it leaves me wanting more. Thankfully, still available are their first
two ground breaking recordings, “Discovery” and “For the Children.”
As good as they are on the stage live and in person, they really show
their expertise on this beautifully mastered studio recording. I predict JOURNEY will be heralded as the “recording of the year”.
JOURNEY includes many songs never released with some classics from You'll find it available via the Max Q Web site; www.maxquartet.com
their historic winning contest sets in 2007 that earned them the gold There you can also hear MP3 samples of every track and see just what
medals. I'm ranting on about.
Almost all of this CD is true-blue SOLID Barbershop. Their sound is If the question is still “When?” ... the answer is NOW! Get this CD!
clear, crisp and full. I believe this recording shows Tony as one of the
best quartet lead singers of all time. You'll notice, as I did, they prove
themselves as masters in the recording studio and outstanding balladeers.
The uptune and swing numbers are flawless too.
Here's what to expect on JOURNEY:
*Put your Arms around Me Honey/ Them Girls Medley
(Arr. Aaron Dale) The intro alone makes this the perfect opener for
*Take Me Home, Country Roads
I can remember this favorite done by The Dealer's Choice. It is
STILL a great Renee Craig arrangement.
*Somewhere (from West Side Story)
An incredible arrangement and original verse by Greg's “ole man”.
*Steppin' Out with my Baby
Arranged by Clay Hine of FRED - What an Outstanding tag!!
*Royal Garden Blues If you love the Dapper Dans,
Arr. Greg Volk - a snappy, jazzy tune with Max Q drive - done by
many - never this good. you'll LOVE the HUMDINGERS!
*I Heard You Singing
Oh my! I've always loved this one. It was originally done by Available for shows throughout
Grandma's Boys (arr. Jay Giallombardo). What a joy to see this one
stolen ... err ... borrowed ... err ... PRESERVED! the world!
*Rhythm Medley (I Got Rhythm/Crazy Rhythm/Fascination Rhythm)
Roger Ross - firstname.lastname@example.org - (407) 595-5359
Another Aaron Dale masterpiece - Outrageous - A perfect fit with the
Max Q personality.
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Introducing Kainoa York Upon our return to Denver Sunday, just after getting home, her water
broke. Still exhausted, it took another day for our son Mike to be born.
Today he turns 30. He's grown up to be a great singer and barbershopper.
Exciting news! We're proud to announce an One of his heroes is OC Times.
addition to the OC Times family! (You may Long live OC Times!!!
have seen that Shawn's wife Lani was very,
very pregnant at International. Turns out she's a
trouper and made it through the week!) Jay Giallombardo Retires as NT
Sex: Boy Musical Director
Name: Kainoa John York
Stats: 8lbs, 13oz - 20.5 inches
Born: 12:31pm on 07/08/09
To: Shawn and Lani York
Voice Part: Tenor
Kainoa John York (8lbs,
13oz - 20.5 inches) was born
at 12:31pm on 07/08/09 to
Shawn and Lani York.
Both mother and son are
healthy and happy. Many of The Northbrook, IL - based New Tradition Chorus announces with
you saw the Yorks’ daughter regret the retirement of its longtime Musical Director Jay
Kalea make her big debut Giallombardo. A prolific arranger, international champion with the
on the AIC with Lani; we Grandma’s Boys quartet, and currently bass of one of the top quartets in
the Barbershop Harmony Society, Voce, Jay has decided to focus on his
know she'll be a fantastic big
many other musical outlets. Jay directed the New Tradition for 26 of our
sister. first 27 years, which included achieving 18 medals (inclusive of a gold
championship in 2001) in Barbershop Harmony Society International
We're so excited for the chorus competitions. The group was founded on Jay’s vision of the
Yorks and this addition to our family!! (We'll be teaching him his pursuit of musical excellence and has never wavered from that mission,
first tag in the next couple of weeks.) Pictures are available on the thanks in large part to his steady hand, incredible drive and artistic talent.
OC Times blog: www.octimesquartet.blogspot.com
The New Tradition Chorus formally thanks Jay Giallombardo for
making us what we are today, and for so many, many great times and
special memories. He provided artistic vision, amazing musical
A Special Welcome and Memory arrangements and countless hours of creative time. Jay helped us to push
From George Davidson, bari, Classic Collection, '82 the envelope creatively on the international contest stage, and we like to
think some of our past performances had a tiny influence on other
Despite what others may say, I think you are great guys! It's really hard groups. Jay has always pushed us to take risks. He is and always has
to quantify the impact your quartet has had on the YOUTH of today, but been a wonderful barbershopper, and we will miss having him in front of
it's awesome! the chorus.
Congrats to Shawn and Lani, and welcome Kainoa. We have a strong music team which Jay helped to nurture and build, and
we will do what we have always done – work together in unity to make
I have similar memories. In 1979 in Minneapolis MN, where the Classic wonderful music and theatre!
Collection first cracked the Top 10, my wife, Sally, was 9 plus months
pregnant. Of course she was at the convention, and wandered around ‘til (Editor’s Note: JG currently holds the record for the MOST medals of
all hours of the (Saturday) night with our quartet. She wouldn't have ANY director in the Society’s history with 18).
missed it for the world.
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 21
Jay Bond Doing Very Well Dog For Sale!?
Jay Bond (bass, Orphans ’54) is reportedly doing very well Shirley Bradshaw is doing well. Just before Anaheim she was
under the circumstances. He has moved into an assisted living out one morning walking her dog and tripped. When she fell she
facility in Derby, Kansas. He still battles Alzheimer's but is landed on her elbows and broke them both. More embarrassed
accepting of this fact and describes it as; “It’s just my brain that than hurt, she got medical attention and continued to recover
has gotten tired”. His kids are providing a lot of love and more each day. Currently one elbow is already back to near 100%
support. and the other will soon be.
Husband Ted cancelled his trip to International to stay home and
care for the wife. Asked if he had to learn to cook while she was
healing, Ted laughed out loud and said ... “Are You Kidding? It
wasn’t THAT critical!”
We’re sorry Ted missed the International but happy to hear
Shirley is doing fine. They celebrated their 52nd anniversary on
Jay singing again with friends. Greg Yarnell (far left), Byron Brittian (second
from left), Frazier Allen (fourth from left) and Jay Bond (blue shirt, “Bass)
He enjoyed attending Byron Brittian's (The Four Cavaliers
An Update on Lindsey Irving
From Bob and Sue Franklin
bari) 90th birthday in May and got together with some
barbershop friends at the facility to do a bit of singing.
Beloved son-in law Lindsey was
stricken with a seizure August 10th. He
An Alzheimer's association counselor told them that the last part
was taken by helicopter to Johns
of the brain to be affected by the disease is the part that controls
Hopkins hospital. Currently he is on a
breathing apparatus (intubation) and
doctors are determining the degree of
Daughter Karen says, “God has blessed him with the ability to
neurological damage suffered. Sue is at
keep singing for a long time. The staff at the facility in Derby, just
the hospital along with Lindsey's
love him. He's still a jolly ole' guy who is very much trying to
parents and other family members. I'm
adjust to a very emotionally hard time in his life with as
holding down the fort in Vero Beach.
gentlemanly charm as he can muster, with God's help”.
Please pray for Lindsey, Amy and the
He would REALLY love to hear from his AIC brothers. If you’d
like to contact Jay and send your wishes, he can be reached
We had been waiting on an update regarding and finally got some
through his daughter at email@example.com
answers. Lindsey’s MRI did NOT show any tumors, it showed
that there is a lot of inflammation in the brain from two surgeries,
Or send a card to Jay at: J W Bond, co Sterling House, Room
chemo/radiation; chemo wafers that were planted in the brain
120, 1709 E Walnut Grove Rd, Derby, KS 67037
during the first surgery, continued chemo and a lot of steroids.
He had begun experiencing headaches ergo the brain scan and
MRI. They will try to get him off the steroids and hopefully
improve his quality of life. They had started a new and somewhat
experimental drug, Avastan, however it has shown to reduce
inflammation and get rid of cancer cells that might be hiding in
the brain. This is given thru an IV drip. So, he will get the
Avastan every two weeks and continue his chemo pill routine of
5 days on and 23 days off.
Kelsey continues to “do her thing” going to school, playing ball
and enjoying her life. We pray that God will continue to grant our
Jay performing for his new friends at Derby with some old quartet buddies from
his Wichita quartet, Thick N Thin. prayers for both of them.
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Greg Wright Gets Some Airplay Where’s Wendell?
From Greg Wright – bari, Chicago News ‘81 Our best wishes to Wendell Heiny (Tenor, Four Hearsemen
firstname.lastname@example.org ‘55) who as recently moved from his assisted living apartment to
a skilled nursing unit. He’s now at St. Andrews in Aurora,
I wanted to bring you up to speed Colorado.
with what I've also been doing in a The best way to contact him would be by snail mail at:
professional direction. While I have St. Andrews Village
been absent from the barbershop 2670 S. Abilene Street West Bldg. room 204,
scene, for a few years I have not been Aurora, CO 80014
inactive in the music business. I have Wendell sends his best to his AIC brothers and congratulates
taken up the guitar and am actively Crossroads.
writing country songs. I've written
about 20 and recently had three
professionally “demoed” down in
Nashville with various country
Chilton Price Honored
vocalists. by Kenny Ray Hatton
I’m just bustin’ at the seams to
Recently, one of my songs, “A Hat Don't Make You a Cowboy”, share this exciting news. My
has gotten some airplay on a Milwaukee country station (WMIL friend, mentor and collaborator,
106.1 FM). What a blast!! I've been getting some real positive songwriter Chilton Price, will
feedback. be honored by Kentucky
The song is also available online. You can go to the site and Governor Steve Beshear at a
listen to the new artist / songwriters and cast votes (1 to 5 stars) public ceremony in the Capitol
for their favorites. Once you click on the song to hear it, a row of Rotunda in Frankfort, KY on
stars appears which you can click on to vote. Tuesday, October 6th at 10:00
www.fm106.com/new2/artists/gregwright AM. There, she will be presented with the prestigious 2009
“Artist Award” in recognition of her lifetime achievement in the
I’m hoping you all may want to circulate this news and go online arts. Eight other Kentuckians will be similarly honored in other
give it a listen and cast a vote. categories of the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Governor’s Awards
in the Arts,” including actor George Clooney and jazz pianist
and composer Harry Pickens.
Fairchild Named to FWD Hall of Fame Chilton suffered a serious injury resulting from a fall in
By Maureen Fairchild – Proud Wife
April. However, she is recovering very well, and is expected to
return home from the rehab center within a week or two. We had
I am delighted to announce that
our weekly Tuesday visit earlier tonight, and she was in good
Jerry Fairchild (tenor, ’64
Sidewinders) was recently
honored as the newest Far
I sincerely hope some of you will want to attend this
Western District Hall of Fame
celebration. However, if you can’t make it, but wish to send a
member. He has worked hard
note of congratulations, you can send e-mail messages to her,
for many years for the FWD.
care of me at this e-dress. You can send cards or notes via snail
His most recent contribution to
the District was his very
Ms. Chilton Price
successful 4-year stint as
c/o Ken Hatton
District Music & Performance Fairchild receives FWD Hall of Fame
award from Dave Briner 2415 Bradley Ave.
VP/Chairman and Dean of
Louisville, KY 40217
Harmony College West. He is the first FWD Hall of Fame
member to have won a quartet gold medal.
I am very proud of him as are our family and friends.
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 23
The Perfect Gentlemen Very Busy Hall of Famer – Gene Cokeroft
Congratulations to Gene Cokeroft who was named to the
Society Hall of Fame in Anaheim. This is what was printed in
the convention program:
Gene Cokeroft was born in Alabama and has been a resident
of south Florida since 1941. He has been an active quartet man
continuously since grade school days, and he and his wife, Iris,
share and provide mutual support in their many barbershop
harmony achievements. As the incomparable tenor of the
Suntones, 1961 International Champions and one of only four
quartets installed in the Society Hall of Fame to date, he has
made an indelible mark as performer, arranger and song writer.
Working closely with producers, directors and writers for major
organizations outside our Society, his influence in the recognition
and acceptance of our art-form has been significant. Gene has
Dan Jordan and his show quartet, The Perfect Gentlemen further distinguished himself as a tireless supporter of, and
appeared on A&E Sunday, August 9th introducing KISS rock contributor to many facets of the Barbershop Harmony Society's
star, Gene Simmons to start the episode entitled “Rootin' Tootin' activities at the chapter, district, and Society levels. He has
Gene” of Gene Simmons’s “Family Jewels”. It was taped many excelled for decades as arranger, chorus director, certified judge,
months ago. clinician, YMIH mentor, and a willing participant on numerous
committees. In short, he has devoted a lifetime to "giving back"
TPG has been very active with shows for Sounds of Aloha
to an organization he feels has given him so much.
chapter in Hawaii; Holland America's Rotterdam Cruise Ship
in the Caribbean from Barbados to St. Barts to Ft. Lauderdale;
World Premiere of Disney/Pixar's movie “UP” at the El Capitan
Theatre on Hollywood Blvd;
the “Stars and Stripes '09” More Honors for the Buffalo Bills
event to raise funds for the Mr. Dick Grapes (original bari of the Buffalo Bills) has been
“Wounded Warrior Project” selected for induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. The
at the Playboy Mansion; The induction gala is scheduled for October 8th at the Tralf Music
All American Boys Chorus Hall in Buffalo, New York where he and the Bills will be
annual show at the Irvine honored.
See the article here: http://www.buffalonews.com/185/story/734941.html
All this was just in May.
The nomination was submitted by barbershopper, Paul
Ellingson, bass of the Empire State Quartet. Part of the
application process included a radio show about the Bills entitled
Congratulations to Harlan Wilson who
attended his 51st CONSECUTIVE
International Convention this summer in
Anaheim. He won his gold medals in
1961 with the Suntones and 1965 with New Roster Online
the Miamians. The Updated / Outdated AIC Roster is now online. Many thanks
to Holly Beck for the doing the impossible task of keeping this
info as current as humanly possible. If you have any updates /
corrections / additional info contact Holly at Hbeckbari@aol.com
We’ll try to keep a Word doc online with corrections between
updates. The Roster is available in two formats; Excel File / PDF
file(s). You can access this info on the Members Only site.
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
A New Guide to Singing A Proud Papa
Basic Group Singing by David Wallace
Techniques If you enjoy progressive jazz,
By Gary Parker check out my son-in-law's newest
release: it's not in the stores for a
few more weeks, but is available
Jim Henry on iTunes and Amazon right now.
Gary brings a lifetime of experience as a singer and musician of the His artist collaborators on the CD
highest order to bear in this elegant book. He has a knack for taking are really top-notch, too.
the most daunting concepts and explaining them in a way that even
beginners can understand.
Search for artist:
Dr. Ben Ayling Bobby Selvaggio
An excellent text for the beginning choral ensemble, singer and direc- and album “Modern Times”
tor. Gary’s home-spun approach toward explaining critical singing is- (Arabesque Recordings)
sues is both easy to understand and masterfully written. What I enjoy
most about this book is its broad usefulness that can be employed by
amateur and professional musicians alike.
The fundamental elements of vocal techniques and musicianship that
helped propel the Vocal Majority from inception to almost immediate Modern Times is Bobby Selvaggio’s fifth CD as a leader and a
international prominence has been compiled into a simple, easy to read major step forward for the saxophonist. Filled primarily with his
and understand, reference book. I strongly recommend this to anyone new compositions, many of which were written specifically for his
who inspires to become a better singer and overall performer.
sidemen, this set is a major statement in modern post bop jazz.
Only $14.99 and volume discounts are available. - Scott Yanow
Copies can be purchased at Pardon the plug, but I'm
or call 1-800-876-SING
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 25
Marty Mendro Retires – Again!
That’s right - but this has to do with my stock
Reminiscing With the
Mid States Four
I’m closing out – shutting down – and selling off
the remaining copies. When they’re gone, so am I!
As an added incentive to buy I’m offering – FREE
– a bonus copy of one of two recorded live
performances of the quartet – Elgin, Illinois or
Pekin, Illinois (with the Schmitt Brothers
quartet). Also available is a digitized CD of our
two LPs, Memories and Madness and On Stage
Order now while supplies last.
(plus $2 S&H)
Make your check payable (US Funds please) to:
Marty Mendro - 317 Poorman Creek Road - Twisp, WA 98856
Remember to indicate your choice of a FREE CD.
Also available are four copies of my three hole punched album (minus cover) containing the History of the Mid
States Four, including copious quantities of pictures, score sheets from our early contests and a complete set of
18 arrangements charted by Buzz Haeger, Walter Latzko and me, complete with a CD “As arranged and sung by
the Mid States Four”.
Songs like: Never Go Wrong With a Song, Let’s Harmonize, Rockin’ Mockin’ Bird, Finger Prints on the Window
Pane and I’m the Last One on the Corner
Good Old Fashion Barbershop Harmony by the 1949 International Quartet Champions.
Songs arranged in the inimitable and unique style of the incomparable Forry Haynes and Marty Mendro.
Marked down to $25.00 each
All Proceeds from the Sale of M/S 4 CD's will be be donated to the YIH program in Buzz's name
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
You too can PARTY on Halloween @ The Playboy Mansion
Barbershop, Bunnies & BUCKS
From Dan Jordan
After a very successful fund-
raising event at the Playboy
Mansion in May, where my
quartet The Perfect
Gentlemen performed, I have
been asked to assist with
another event at the world-
famous house that Hefner
I will be supplying some musical acts, gathering items for placement into
the event goodie bags, and the reaching out to several close friends,
business associates, and companies for sponsorships and the purchasing
of individual tickets to attend this event. Even if you're unable to attend,
your sponsorship or purchase of individual tickets helps deserving
members of the military attend this event due to your gracious
This event is a fund-raiser for the Wounded Warriors Project. This
association continues to support the men and women who have given so
much of themselves to keep our nation free and to protect our country on
a daily basis.
The attached materials will outline the entire event, the levels of
participation / sponsorship that will gain you entrance into to this event.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to party at the Playboy
Mansion.....don't miss it.
Saturday - October 31, 2009
The Playboy Mansion / Holmby Hills, California
7:00 pm till 1:00 am
* Everyone attending must come dressed in costume
I want to make sure that your evening is all you dream of. To make sure
that the ticket(s) you purchase, or the sponsorship you select is taken
care of immediately, send your reservation and payment to me directly
so that I can deliver these directly to the event director. Make sure to
mark your ticket order or sponsorship forms as follows: Referred By
If you have any questions, drop me an e-mail or call me directly on my
cell at: 818-395-3868.
I'll see you at the Playboy Mansion!
Featuring the “A” List of Look-A-Likes, Models, Tribute Shows and
Post Office Box 1031 - Montrose, CA 91021
Tel: (818) 244-4361 - www.1234productions.us
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX 27
Notes from Your Society Board Member • Fewer members translate to less dues revenue, reduced
Anaheim Wrap-Up, Financial Harmony Marketplace sales and lower convention/event
attendance. It’s a downward spiral.
Challenges and Thanks • We need funds to support existing and planned initiatives
By Gary Parker – bass - Dealer’s Choice ’73, AIC Past Prez, that will reverse our declining membership trend.
Society Board Member • The Harmony Foundation is the mechanism for accepting
tax deductible contributions to support these growth
Wow! What a fabulous international convention in Anaheim. For initiatives.
those of you who weren’t able to attend, you missed one of the • Please help raise awareness of these challenges in your
best ever from my perspective. It was a great location, great chapters and districts, and if you are able, provide financial
weather, great venue, great contests, great shows, and most support as well.
notably our own memorable AIC show. • There are many different ways and levels you as an
individual or your quartet can contribute. Sean Devine can
The AIC breakfast was once again laced with an appropriate level help determine what will work best for you.
of fellowship, fun, frivolity and foolishness. As expected, O.C.
Times sang rather poorly, but were good sports and somehow In the last Medallion I mentioned the new Membership Growth
squeaked into membership. The AIC afterglow and new champs Task Force Society President Bill Biffle recently formed. Tom
reception were both first class all the way. Many thanks to Dave Metzger and I are serving on the eight person team. We are
Kindinger. focused on strategic growth opportunities, in process of gathering
data, and identifying and executing quick hits. We can grow the
Once again kudos to all those responsible for making our show Society in two ways: recruit more new members and retain more
the highlight of the week – Jay Giambalaya’s arrangements and of our existing members. We are addressing both opportunities
direction, John (Groucho) Miller’s creative script and emceeing in a variety of ways, both inside and outside the box. You will
along with the comedic support of the New Tradition, Tim hear more about our efforts over time both directly and indirectly.
Waurick’s exceptional learning tapes, Ken Hatton and his If you have strategic ideas, no matter how farfetched, Tom and I
tireless and flexible show production team, our active champ would love to hear them. Just send us an email.
quartets, and on and on.
It was so great to see all of my heroes, mentors and “mentees”
Congratulations to our new champs, Crossroads. They won five once again in Anaheim. Getting together one time a year is just
straight contest sessions over two years, probably a first. Since not enough. I hope to see many more of you at Midwinter in
these guys are all existing champs, in order to avoid AIC Tampa this coming January. If you haven’t been in a few years,
“shrinkage”, AIC member deaths are hereby banned for the the rapidly growing Youth Chorus Festival has transformed it
coming year. Further congrats go to Jim Henry for his record- into an incredibly energizing weekend full of tag singing and
breaking Ambassadors of Harmony direction and performance. woodshedding. Florida in January isn’t too bad either.
What a week for Dr. Jim.
Finally, a personal thanks to one of my heroes, Brett Littlefield,
The Harmony Foundation show was arguably the best barbershop for giving Ruth Ann and me a ride from the airport to the hotel on
show ever assembled. Max Q, Vocal Spectrum and O.C. Times our arrival in Southern California, and for letting me borrow three
showed why they are true champions, and it’s nice to have two of his current and former quartet guys to sing a few DC tunes late
AIC members, Mark Hale and Jim Henry, directing two of the Saturday night. You were my idol when I was growing up, and
three (or four) best choruses on the planet. Even the combined you still are.
choruses were pretty darn clean. The AIC was definitely well
represented throughout the week.
John Devine and I talked about our beloved Society’s current
We Get Mail
financial challenges at the AIC breakfast. Just to reinforce and I've said it before, but I have to say it again, to you, personally.
remind you of the gravity of the situation: I just read the Medallion. WOW. What an absolutely
• Over 80% of Society revenues come from the combination magnificent job you do. I know we don't say it often enough,
of dues, Harmony Marketplace sales and conventions/events. but I'm also certain that you are deeply appreciated by all the
• Total membership peaked in the mid 1980s at 38K and has guys, maybe more than you know.
been declining steadily ever since. We are now in the 26K
range. Membership has dropped by almost a third in the last In harmony,
20+ years. Drayton Justus
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Laughter, Love and a Barbershop Song Mike: I think we actually sang a song at the 2004 convention in
Louisville. It was so special for Jim he has no memory of it.
An Interview with Crossroads When did you first sing together and say ... “this could
Continued from page 2 become something special”
Brandon: It was truly overwhelming. Just when the applause Jim: We’re STILL waiting for that day.
started to die down, you could hear a second wave of applause, Brandon: No, the very first time we got together was Memorial
that was louder than the initial explosion, roll over the entire Day in rented cabins in the Great Smokey Mountains. We had
auditorium. our families with us for the weekend and we all laughed, played,
shared stories, and just had an immediate and genuine connection
as people. The singing was actually pretty bad, but we connected
where it mattered the most.
Mike: It was Jim who came up with the name, Crossroads.
How do the wives feel about the win?
Jim: We haven't told them yet.
Fred: (Stop it) ... they are all thrilled to be on the arm of a
champion once again. It has been a long time for a couple of
them and they have been getting a little restless, let me tell you!
Jim: Yes, the ovation after Lucky Old Sun was surreal. We had Mike: And this was the first time that Jim’s, Brandon’s and
no idea when to start - or, for that matter, how in the world we Fred’s kids got to see them win.
were going to be ABLE to start - the second song. Did we even Brandon: Fact is, Fred's kids thought he was tone deaf until we
sing a second song? I don't even remember a second song. Well, started singing (I'm not convinced he isn't).
if we did sing a second song I'm sure it was a lot crappier than the
first song. Anyway, that's a memory that I will take to my grave. OK, I get it. It’s a family affair ... kinda like Power Play.
The kids seem to be an important part of this quartet. Is
Whose idea was this and how did this quartet get that true?
Jim: We are definitely a family-oriented quartet, but not like
Fred: Well, Brandon and Mike were together at a HEP school in Power Play in the sense that we actually LOVE the people in
January of ‘07 and at the time both of their quartets were coming OUR families.
to an end. They both had filled in with the Gas House Gang and
so Jim was on their radar and the obvious choice for bass. Brandon: Actually, we can't stand our kids. We use the quartet
as a means to get away from them on weekends. We only talk
Jim: Yeah, they called me that evening ... actually, it was about about them this much because it really helps us move product.
three in the morning! ... and they asked if I would consider trying
it out with them. I, of course, told them “no,” reminding Brandon
of the restraining order I had against him and demanding that he
stop calling me. But they were persistent, so we decided to get
together to give it a whirl.
Jim: We had no tenor the first time we got together so we asked
Tim Waurick (the hack) to stand in with us. It sounded
terrible. But we didn't care. We made a list of possible tenors, and
Fred rose to the top of that list (after we had been turned down
by the first 8 or 9).
Mike: Fred had more money than anyone else on the list.
Brandon: Jim and Geda and Kim and Fred had been good friends
for years. Geda campaigned for Fred to be the tenor. Geda now
has to live with this guilt every day of her life.
Jim: We got together with Fred, and we still sounded
terrible. But we still didn't care. We were having a great
time. Our wives loved each other, our kids loved each other, the
four of us in the quartet loved the same kind of food. It was a
match made in heaven.
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Fred: Seriously ... family is an extremely important part of this I’m guessing one of the challenges of being a long
quartet. We are truly blessed to have 4 of the greatest wives you distance quartet is finding time to rehearse and get
could ask for. When they ask, “How many in your quartet?” we coaching.
can honestly answer “EIGHT” because we have so much fun
when the four couples get together. We all married up in a big Brandon: We actually didn't get to simply rehearse going into
way. Also Jack and Kitty Slamka were in Anaheim with us as Anaheim. All of our rehearsing was scheduled around shows. We
well as Jim’s mother Rose, Fred’s mother Katie, sister Peggy, would have loved to have just a weekend where we rehearsed,
brother Mike, and niece Eileen. but we couldn't work out the schedule.
Mike: We did travel to Finland for 10 days in May, and got to
The Crossroads Family sing a lot!
15 kids and one grandkid Fred: That was supposed to be a rehearsal “boot camp” of sorts
for us, but we had so many performances while we were there
that we didn’t get in the contest rehearsal that we were hoping
Jim & Geda Henry for. Even though Jim and Brandon now both live in St. Louis and
Lydia (27) Mike and Fred now live in Ft. Myers, finding rehearsal time is
Married to Martin Hlinka (a Slovak who challenging.
plays professional hockey in Germany).
Brandon: When we do get to see each other we are always
They have a son, Henry, 11 months old
working on new music or tweaking our current repertoire. We've
Gea Rose (10)
developed a pretty good internal coaching system that involves a
Isaiah (7) great deal of duetting and trioing while we take turns coaching
Brandon & Noemi Guyton
OK, time to drop some names, whom do you want to
credit here for the help you DID get.
Isabella (3) Jim: Let’s let Brandon answer this one as he got most of the
Kadence (Born July 17th) coaches' attention.
Brandon: Thanks ... we have worked with Jean Barford, Randy
Mike & Traci Slamka Loos, Aaron Dale, and David Wright. David has been our main
Michaela (16) coach and mentor. Of course, our wives might be our best
Mackenzi (14) coaches. They don't seem to like anything we do so our next goal
Madison (11) is to try to do something, anything, that makes them happy. We
were also blessed that many of our rehearsals were in and around
Fred & Kim Farrell St. Louis so the Vocal Spectrum guys are also good sounding
Olivia (16) boards.
I’m sure you know a lot of people were pulling for Old
School and Masterpiece.
Lilly (5) Mike: Who????
Brandon: I'm sorry. I'm not familiar with their work.
I understand y’all celebrated at Disneyland Sunday Jim: Wonderful guys ... Terrific quartets ... Dear friends ...
after convention. How’d that go? (Who’s he talking about?)
Mike: It was a blast. There were 24 of us. Do you agree that your previous gold played a large
Fred: We all hated to say goodbye on Sunday after Nashville and part in this win through that experience and work
we vowed that we would stay in Anaheim until Monday so the ethic?
Disney trip was planned for quite a while.
Fred: Absolutely. We all learned so much from our previous
Brandon: We finally got to bed around 6 a.m. only to get up at quartets and the great singers we all sang with prior, and we are
10. all very proud of the accomplishments of our previous quartets.
We had hoped to poke some fun at those guys in Anaheim with a
Jim: Yeah, sleep-deprived and energy-depleted, we all went to
funny parody we devised but we were unable to get the song
the “Happiest Place on Earth,” and then decided to break up.
cleared. Thank you Bourne Music!
Jim: Work ethic???? Hahahahahahaha
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
Fred: Let me try to be serious here for a minute. We can’t say Mike: No, they gave us each a GREAT
enough about Jim as a person and as a musical talent. It’s a gift. It was a FlipShare personal video
privilege to get to sing with him and what he has accomplished recorder. Very cool.
with the Ambassadors of Harmony is just incredible. You’ve
Fred: Yeah, It was perfect! So far we
never seen a nicer bunch of men in your life, and they all know
have loaded it with footage from
what Jim means to their organization. We feel like we are a part
Disneyland, our recent trip to Anacortes,
of a wonderful family with the Ambassadors of Harmony, and we
Washington, and the Ambassadors’
are so incredibly proud to say that we get to sing with Jim Henry.
victory party. We would like to thank
He is a special person.
them publicly for their thoughtful gift.
I would also like to take this opportunity to apologize to Acoustix
for leaving you guys ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in the trophy in
Mike: Perhaps you could now make it right by sending them one
of your old combs?
You released your first CD before International, quite a
challenge for a long distance quartet. How are sales
Mike: CD sales have been great! Actually, they’ve been pretty
steady since around April.
Brandon: One major goal we have is to record often. We would
like to have a new CD every 18 months.
President Biffle Presents Jim With Chorus Trophy Fred: Our first shipment was in April, and we’re just about ready
to order our 3rd run. And we still have plenty available at
Brandon: As a quartet, we made the chorus our first priority for
the week. We knew how hard so many people had worked to
make the Ambassadors’ set possible and we wanted to make sure
that the chorus came first. If you would have told us that we had
to pick between quartet and chorus gold, we would have picked
the chorus, hands down.
That week had to be a mental and physical challenge for
you, Jim, would you recommend it to anyone else?
Jim: I absolutely WOULD recommend it. It's the greatest feeling
in the world to share that experience with 160 of your best friends
and quartet members. But, yes, it IS exhausting so, like me, you
have to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape.
Fred, how does it feel to now hold the record and be the
answer to the Barbershop Trivial Pursuit question:
“Who has longest span between gold medals (20 years)?”
What’s it feel like to no longer be a “has-been?”
Fred: A very nice little distinction I have to say. I thought I was
washed up. Also a very sad reminder of how fast the last 20 years
has gone by.
I hope I’m not revealing a secret here BUT,
traditionally the outgoing champs hide something in
that secret hiding space inside the trophy. What did OC
Times leave you? Every good quartet has members who fill specific
Brandon: Oh yea, OC Times left us an autographed 8X10 needs ... administrator, music leader, distribution,
glossy of them, shirtless. Fred has it hanging over his desk at jokester, etc - Who fills what role in this quartet?
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Brandon: I think we do a good
job at spreading it around. We
have all contributed great ideas
for music. When we rehearse,
we all are coaching and
contributing. Fred has been the
contact man, but we now have a
good friend of the quartet, Hal
Maples, who is taking that role
over for us.
With 20 past champs in this contest I’m sure you’ve
Fred: Yeah, it’s a nice mix. We
all share the same sense of heard the comments from those who feel gold medalist
humor and we laugh more than should NOT be allowed to compete again.
we sing. No shortage of comedic Mike: Gold medalists have been competing again for over 40
material within this quartet. I years. There’s no reason to stop now.
handle a lot of the admin work
since I can’t sing very well. Brandon: I think that everyone should be able to enjoy the hobby
Everybody understands his role the way they want to enjoy it. I’ve been barbershopping 16 years
pretty well but everybody is and have been in 2 official quartets. Jim, Fred and Mike, have
really open-minded and easy to work with, so no real strong been singing longer, but have also sung in only a few quartets. I
personalities that dominate things within the quartet which is know that we are in this for the right reasons. I think we are doing
really nice. Jim is a very talented artist who did all of the graphic what every barbershopper in history has done, try to find a fit.
design work for our CD, and Brandon shared the mixing of the Everyone looks for a vocal fit, personality fit, musical fit, work
CD with David Wright and did all the mastering. ethic fit, family fit, and any other fit you can imagine. We have
found that in each other. The gold medal isn't even a factor, and
As new champs I’m guessing your schedule is getting let's be honest. I'm not sure Power Play's gold really counts.
pretty full? Any highlights?
Fred: If you look at it statistically, it’s just not a problem. People
Jim: Well, I’ve got a dentist appointment on the 12th and a hair tend to forget that we are also just dues-paying members who all
stylist appointment to get highlights done on Monday, and then seek out the most rewarding personal quartet experience possible
I’m going to ... just like everybody else, and if by doing so the bar is raised, and
great music is being made, who suffers from this? Diluting our
Fred: (Can’t somebody stop him?)
product in the name of fairness or whatever would be short-
Jim: Oh ... sorry ... SHOW schedule?? I have no idea where changing everybody involved, most especially our audience and
we're going. potential new members. Competitors who may be affected by us
competing don’t have a problem. If they win, they want it to be
Fred: The Central States District has decided to alter the
against the best. Nobody wants a gold medal handed to them. The
normal schedule and put on a show Saturday night of the
people who raise this complaint for the most part are not even
convention in October featuring the Ambassadors of Harmony,
active competitors from all we’ve seen and heard. This is a
Crossroads and Vocal Spectrum. So we get to do a whole show
debate we’ll gladly engage in with anybody, at anytime.
for our great home district along with the Ambassadors. Should
be a wonderful weekend all around! With that in mind ... Will this quartet last? Any talk about
how long you want to keep this one together?
Brandon: Definitely not. We are already looking for other
OK, before we’re done here – would you like to take combinations to go and win more golds.
this time to say thanks to the AIC?
Fred: We are all in complete agreement that this is our last
Jim: Are you kidding?!? What did they ever do for us? quartet, and we are all done competing. We certainly hope that
Fred: Yes, we WOULD like to thank the AIC for everything, we’re singing and still going strong 15-20 years from now. I
especially the champs reception in Anaheim. They had no such don’t think we’re in any danger of getting complacent and not
thing in 1989 and when Second Edition was done with pictures wanting to work to get better and learn new music. We are
the only people left in Kemper Arena were the union guys tearing always on a quest for new music and new challenges. We still
down the stage. We are really looking forward to Philadelphia feel like there is so much more improvement ahead of us and
and we can’t wait to be on the AIC show. there are so many great song ideas we are excited about. David
Wright is excited as well and ready to do some serious arranging
Mike: We appreciate the support we’ve gotten from everyone, for us which we are thrilled about. We hope to be around for a
including members of the AIC. It was humbling to hear the very long time.
anticipation of the crowd prior to all of our performances in
Anaheim. Truly remarkable! Mike: Yep, this quartet was built for longevity ... at least until
Jim and Fred decide to form a seniors quartet.
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blessed to have introduced it, and we owe David a lot for this
Crossroads Contest Songs one. I mean that literally - we owe David a LOT for this
one. (Check's in the mail, David.)
Mobile Medley - David Wright
This was David first arrangement for us, although we made some
changes and shortened it so David might not want to claim it as
his anymore. Singing this was also Mike's idea, one of his few
good ones. Jim has vivid memories of Earl Moon singing this
tune at Harmony College, and we always think of him when we
sing this song. David inserted "Down Mobile" in the middle
which was the FIRST song sung at the FIRST Society meeting in
Tulsa in 1938, April 11.
Daddy’s Little Girl - David Wright
We decided to do this in honor of our daughters. We had 11 at the
time, now 12 (that we know of) and introduced it at last year's
International. Our favorite performance of it, however, was the
first time we sang it for all the girls. We gathered them together
in the main living room of a cabin we had rented for Memorial
Day weekend and sang it right to them. Afterwards they rushed
up and gave us hugs. Not a dry eye among the four of us. Then
the girls asked for money. Finals
Georgia May - Aaron Dale
Mean To Me - David Wright
An obscure, fun, Fats Waller tune we introduced in Nashville.
Jim: I've wanted to sing this tune for about 20 years, since the
We LOVE singing this one. In fact, we love singing it more than
first time I saw Nell Carter perform it in the Broadway musical
the audiences (and judges) love hearing it apparently.
“Ain't Misbehavin'.” Honestly, I have never seen anyone put so
much honest emotion into a song as Nell Carter does in her per-
formance. Check out her rendition on YouTube and you’ll see
what “presentation” is all about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=LjnEhZReAj0 Though now that I've witnessed Mike Slamka's
treatment of it, I have to say that I have never seen anyone put so
much honest emotion into a song as Nell Carter does in her per-
formance. David, for his part, was masterful in capturing the
bluesy style of Nell's performance while staying within the rules
of contest. He's a really smart guy.
A Little Patch of Heaven - Aaron Dale
Fred played us a recording of SAI champs, Swinglish Mix, sing-
ing a non-contestable version of this song and we absolutely
loved it. Mike knew it from the animated movie Home on the
Semi-Finals Range. It had all the hallmarks of a great barbershop tune, so we
asked Aaron to
That Lucky Old Sun - David Wright arrange it for us
as a contest
Inspired by the awesome Buffalo Bills version (with Vern Reed number. Our
on solo). Mike suggested this one and we fell in love with it im- first Aaron Dale
mediately. We only had this one a few weeks before International arrangement. He
but sang it all over Finland. It is truly one of the special songs did his usual
that don't come along very often in one's life. David Wright hit fantastic job.
this one out of the park for us. It is ideally voiced for us. We feel First Song As New Champs
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OC Times entertain our ladies at their breakfast Noemi & Laura Guyton
Pookie and John get ziggy with it Rick & Tony LeRosa Jeff, Kipper and Rob compare shirts
Molly Gordon, Melody Hine,
The Incredibles with two cartoon characters Sara Littlefield & Becki Hine
Laura & Brandon
Rob Menaker, Steve DeCrow & Jimmy Kline Tim & Van Dyke Dan Jordan, Iris & Gene Cokeroft
August 2009 - Number 3 -Volume XX
CEO Ed Watson with Marty Mendro Cindi &Alan Gordon Clay Hine and Friends
Jimmy Kline & Pat Menaker Becki Hine & Eileen Smotzer Brandon & Chad Guyton
Johnathan Littlefield, Aaron Clay, Camden Hine, and Tony LaRosa Grady’s New Best Friend
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Official Disclaimer: The information gathered here was taken
mostly from each quartet’s Web site. Few of these quartets pro- High Fidelity – Pan Pacific Champs
vided this info directly (as requested). Please confirm the info www.hifidelityquartet.com
below with the host or performer. We take NO responsibility as Jun 13 – “Go for the Gold” Show - Fullerton, CA
Jun 30 - Jul 4 – BHS International Convention - Anaheim, CA
to the accuracy of this data.
Jul 11 - Private Party - Lakewood, CA
Acoustix (1990) Aug 1 - Live at the Coffee Gallery Backstage – Altadena, CA
Oct 8 - 11 - FWD District Convention & Contest - Sacramento, CA
Oct 23 - Mansfield Univ. Young Men’s Festival Chorus & Concert -
ACOUSTIX 20th Anniversary Tour
March 6 - Central Florida Chapter - The Villages, Florida (BHS)
Nov 7 - Mission Viejo SAI Chorus Show – Mission Viejo, CA
March 27 - Tumbleweed Chorus - Colby, Kansas (BHS)
April 17 - Calgary, Alberta Canada (BHS)
Hot Air Buffoons
Crossroads (2009) www.hotairbuffoons.com
August 29 - Chord Rangers Annual Show – Austin, TX
March 13 – Capitol City Chordsmen Annual Show – Lansing, MI
August 15 - Harmony Camp - Columbus, OH
April 17 - Fort Dodge Harmony Brigade Ann. Shows - Fort Dodge, IA
September 12 - Grand Rapids, MI (2 shows)
May 1 - London, ONT Canada Annual Show - London, Ontario, Canada
October 3 - Escanaba, MI (1 show)
October 9-11 - CSD Fall Contest Lincoln, NE
November 13-14 - Stone Mountain, GA (3 shows) Masterpiece
November 21 - GNU – Minneapolis, MN www.harmonize.com/Masterpiece
December 11-13 - AOH Christmas shows - St. Louis, MO (5 shows) September 4-7 - Labor Day Jamboree - Orlando, FL
January 30 - Midwinter Convention –Tampa, FL October 9-11 – Far Western District Convention – Sacramento, CA
March 27 - Defiance, OH (2 shows) March 6 – Visalia Chapter Annual show – Visalia, CA
May 1 - Santa Fe Springs, CA (Masters of Harmony-2 shows)
May 15 - Harmony Celebration Chorus (1 show) Northern NJ
July 1-5 - International Barbershop Competition – Philadelphia, PA
Max Q (2007)
No dates on website
Eureka! (2008 Senior Champs) Aug 29 – Richtones (SAI) Show – Richardson, TX
Aug 15 - Houston Tidelanders Show – Houston, TX
Aug 29 - Shreveport Show – Shreveport, LA
OC Times (2008)
Oct 23-25 - SWD District Convention, Little Rock, AR
September 16-20 - NZABS Convention - Wellington, New Zealand
September 26 - Granite Statesmen Show - Nashua, NH
FRED (1999) October 17 - Brothers in Harmony Show - Hamilton, NJ
August 15 - Mills Tones BHS Chorus – Goldthwaite, TX Old School
November 21 – Asheville, NC Annual Show 7:30 p.m. www.oldschoolqt.com/
May 8 – Nashville, TN "All Comedy" Barbershop Show Aug 15-25 - Russia Tour
Oct 2-3 - Mid-Atlantic Dist Fall Contest - Lancaster, PA
Glory Days Nov 7 - Simcoe Gentlemen of Harmony - Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
www.glorydaysquartet.com Dec 5 - Private Event - Naples, FL
September 12 - Fort Worth, TX April 24 - Fostoria Lake Plains Chapter Show - Fostoria, OH
August 21 - Goldthwaite, TX October 9 - Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus Show - Pittsburgh, PA
May 7 - Keystone Capital Chorus Show - Harrisburg, PA
Happiness Emporium (1975)
www.happinessemporium.com Our Town
August 9 - Bethel Lutheran Church - Northfield, MN No website
August 12 - Grace Lutheran Church - Apple Valley, MN Sept 28 - Hanover Chapter Show - Hanover, NH
August 30 - Christ the King Lutheran Church - New Brighton, MN Oct 1 - Liberty Belle Chorus SAI - Arlington, MA
January 23 - Dover Barbershop & Gospel Show - Dover, OH Oct 10 - Schenectady Chapter Shows - Schenectady, NY
March 27 - Oshkosh Chapter Barbershop Show - Oshkosh, WI Oct 17 - Morris County Annual Show - Madison, NJ
May 14/15 - Twin Cities Gospel Quartet Convention - Lakeville, MN Oct 23/25 - NED Fall Convention - Burlington, VT
July 17 - Seneca Land District HEP School Weekend – Rochester, NY Nov 8 - Norwich Chapter Show - Norwich, CT
Nov 21 - Farmington Valley SAI – CT
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October 3 - Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Bellingham, WA
October 6 - Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
October 9 - Realtime Opens for Take Six
October 17 - Tune Town Chorus Show Nashville, TN
October 31 - Evergreen District Show Whistler, BC
April 10 - West Central Connection Chorus Show Wilmar, MN
August 7/9 - Middlebass Barbershop Weekend - Middlebass Island, OH
October 2/4 - Cardinal District Contest and Convention
October 16/ 18 - Johnny Appleseed District Contest and Convention
The New Tradition (1985)
May 7-8 – Nashville, Tennessee Chapter with FRED and Lunch Break
June 11-12 - South Bay, California Chapter (3 shows)
June 28-July 4 - 72nd International Convention – Philadelphia, PA
Vocal Spectrum (2004)
October 3 – BinG! Convention: Dortmund, Germany
October 24 - Silver Dollar City Weekend: Branson, MO
December 12 - Ambassadors of Harmony Annual Christmas Show - St.
Am I the only one to notice
the huge Crossroads Logo
Photo by Lorin May