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					                                             Official	Publication	of	the	Pioneer	District			May/June	2006			Volume	57,	Number	3
                          The	Society	for	the	Preservation	and	Encouragement	of	Barber	Shop	Quartet	Singing	in	America,	Inc.

Silver streak is broken!
Fermata Nowhere wins!                                                                                 By Joe Serwach               just one point.

Woodshed                                                                                                   Everyone loves
                                                                                                      winning but there’s
                                                                                                      always someone else
                                                                                                                                        Three quartets that
                                                                                                                                   became champions
                                                                                                                                   by narrowly beating

                                                                                                      who rates a little higher.   Fermata, this time
                                                                                                           Fermata Nowhere,        finished behind the
                                                                                                      the highest-ranked           new international

turns 50
                                                                                                      quartet in Pioneer           representatives.
                                                                                                      District for 2006, will            Fermata won with
                                                                                                      represent the district       1,770 points or 73.8
By Dick Johnson                                                                                       at International in          percent over Infinity,
   The Woodshed Contest, one of Pioneer                                                               Indiana after breaking       which represented the
District’s oldest traditional events,        Above: Second place no more. Fermata Nowhere             the district’s longest       district at International
celebrated its 50th April 7. One of its      scored far ahead of all competiors, including three      record for second place      in 2004 and 2005
original organizers, 92-year-old William quartets that defeated them for championships.               finishes.                    and won the district
                                             Below: In their first contest, Mount Pleasant finished
P. Pascher was present and started the       in second. In their second: No. 1.
                                                                                                           Between 2001            championship in 2003,
evening by directing “The Old Songs.”        Photos byTony Dugal. Order these and others at:          and 2004, the quartet        beating Fermata for each
    Members from eight chapters were                            finished second six times    of those wins. Infinity
present plus singers from Frank Thorne.                                                               and three of the four        this spring, however,
    Each of the 13 quartets that were                                                                 were part of Resolution,     with a new bass, trailed
formed according to the contest rules                                                                 which finished second        by 20 points, scoring
chose a song from the list provided                                                                   in 1997 and 1998. In all,    1,750 or 72.9 percent.
and sang it in front of the judges – the                                                              they had eight second            Party of Four,
Silverdomes (Russ Seely, John Wearing,                                                                place finishes, losing to    which won the 2005
Gene Bulka, and John Wade).                                                                           seven different quartets.    championship over
   The winning quartet, singing “I’m                                                                  Last fall, the Grosse        Fermata by two points
Forever Blowing Bubbles,” was Fried                                                                   Pointe Chapter quartet       last fall, this spring
Fish with Hank DeMars (Tenor, Grosse                                                                  lost by just 2 points. In    finished third with 1,745
Pointe), Mike Frye (Lead, Pontiac/                                                                    fall 2004, they lost by      Please see Quartet page 3

                                              New chapter new champ!
Waterford), Dale Petrosky (Bari, Grosse
Pointe), and Dave Anderson (Bass,
Macomb). Each was awarded a 50th
Anniversary Woodshed badge.                   By Joe Serwach                       it won the right to represent       on stage, Motor City Metro,
   Of the 23 past badge-winners who               Pioneer’s newest                 Pioneer in the International        which scored 807 points or
responded to the chapter’s call to celebrate chapter, the Mount Pleasant              chorus contest this July.        67.2 percent followed by
this anniversary, Gene Bulka (Grosse          Mountaintown Singers,                     Mount Pleasant didn’t          Grand Rapids, which won
Pointe) received the award for the having won the District Chorus                  compete last fall, making           780 points or 65 percent, and
the oldest Woodshed badge (1965), and Bill Championship this spring only the spring contest only their                 Traverse City, which scored
Pascher (Pontiac/Waterford) received          a year after finishing second        second contest and their first      770 points or 64.2 percent.
the award for having the most badges          during its first contest.            victory. In their first contest a        Rounding out the top 10
(10). Flint will be the 50th chapter name          With just 34 men on stage, year ago, they finished second           were Kalamazoo, Hillsdale,
added to the Carroll P. Adams Bennington Mount Pleasant scored 917                 to perennial winner Macomb          Windsor, Battle Creek and
trophy for having the highest percentage of points or 76.4 percent, besting        and won 842 points or 70.2          Grosse Pointe.
member participation (22 percent).            Lansing by 88 points and             percent.                                 The remaining chorus
Please see Woodshed, page 16                  scoring 24 more points than               Third place this year          competitors were Michiana
                                              Macomb scored last fall when         went to the smallest chorus         Please see Chorus, page 9
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 QUARTETS:                                                           How to form your own
 Fermata comes                                                       Doctors of Good Cheer
                                                                     quarteting groups
 outta nowhere                                                       By Jack Oonk
                                                                        One of Holland Chapter’s Doctors of Good Cheer quartets made a house
points or 72.7 percent. Wildcard, which beat Fermata by one          call to the Pioneer District’s Delegates meeting and the Past Quartet Champions
point to win the District championship in 2004, scored 1,739         meeting April 28.
points or 72.5 percent.                                                 Their singing brought applause and their jokes moans and groans as they sent
     The race for second among the 2003, 2004 and 2005               their message to those in attendance that the Doctors of Good Cheer promotion
champions was so close that only 11 points separated the second, could change the foundation of the entire Society.
third and fourth place finishers.                                       The Doctors of Good Cheer quartets are made up from Chapter members
      “We were trying to figure out whose fault it was that we       who are willing to go into the community to “cheer up” those who are hurting
broke our record,’’ quipped lead Tom Conner, a 30-year-              and need encouragement using peppy barbershop tunes and appropriate comedy.
member of the Society.                                                  Every chapter in the Pioneer District should take a long look at what this
       Fermata Nowhere includes two directors. Baritone Steve        promotion has to offer. Here are some reasons.
Pauling has directed Grosse Pointe for nearly a decade while         1. The Doctors promotion could add SERVICE to the public’s perception of our
Tenor Jeff Gougeon has directed Lansing and was recently asked Society.
to direct Huron Valley. Bass Pete Burns is a favorite in the         2. The Doctors promotion spawns NEW Chapter quartets. In the Holland
district and his wife and childhood sweetheart, Sally Burns, is a Chapter, we have, at this point, 20 guys signed up, giving us five new
Sweet Adelines champion who is a member of popular comedy            performing quartets. The men are members who were not singing in a quartet at
quartet Novelty Shop.                                                this time and others who never had the opportunity to perform in a quartet.
       Fermata’s spring score was 12 points higher than its fall     3. The Doctors of Good Cheer promotion caters to the older and retired
2005 score. This spring, Fermata came with new, sharper clothes members of our Society retaing their membership by giving them the
and a new arrangement of “Five Minutes More,’’ a Frank Sinatra Please see DOCTORS. Page 11.
song from the 1940s. That new song, their last, achieved the
highest score of their set.
      But the biggest change was the level of confidence and
comfort among the singers, which soared after their last narrow
       Rather than getting a chip on their shoulder over never quite
making it to No. 1, the group embraced their second place status,
singing a parody about their history and winning fan raves with
an afterglow and show favorite, “Here in right field,’’ a song
featuring Pauling describing a kid who was the last one picked
for teams and left alone playing in right field.
     Since more people are familiar with that Charlie Brown-like
feeling of never feeling quite good enough no matter how hard
you try, the fan base for Fermata simply swelled bigger with
each second place.
      Worry was replaced by the comfort and ease of winners and
now Fermata Nowhere is finally, a winning quartet. The crowd
went wild.
       Fermata Nowhere is, indeed a winning quartet with the
chance to compete for the International trophy. Despite now
being competitors on the national stage, they will have to
compete again at the district level next fall and win again next
fall to win the District Quartet championship.
      Their many runs for District wins, however, have given
them more total points over the past decade than nearly any other
Pioneer quartet.
       The remainder of the spring quartet contestants
included Journey, Something Big, Border Crossing, After
Intermission, Moxxy, Singing With Dad, Harmony Transfer,
Today’s Special, Port Authority and Grand River Serenade.                Pioneer Troubadour (USPS# P000-011) is published bi-monthly by the the Pio-
       The senior quartet contest, meanwhile, was won by the             neer District SPEBSQSA 275 N. Groesbeck Hwy., Mt. Clemens, MI 48043. Ap-
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Al Bonney inducted into the Pioneer
Hall of Fame in record time...
                                                                                                                Hall of Fame Information
By Raleigh Bloch                   job, Boston, New Jersey,          choruses and quartets and
Pioneer District President                                           funds for our schools, like        The Hall Of Fame has been the Pioneer
                                                                                                     District’s most coveted and honored award for 30
    At the Pioneer District                                          Harmony Roundup, Top
                                                                                                     years. The list of recipients reads like a “Who’s
Convention in Kalamazoo,                                             Gun, Bush League, etc.
                                                                                                     Who” in Barbershopping, not just in the District
with Hall of Fame members                                            District YMIH VP
                                                                                                     but in the Society as well. Still, there are many
             on stage, Al                                            Harmony Foundation              Barbershoppers who are deserving of the award,
             Bonney was                                              Grantwriter Trainer.            but have simply not been nominated.
             inducted into                                           Quartet Singer.
             Pioneer District                                        Consultant to our                   Generally, the requirements are: he must
             Hall of Fame.                                           International Board in          be (or was, if deceased) a member in good
                  The following                                      developing our new              standing of a chapter in the Pioneer District,
             is the presentation                                     organizational structure.       have a minimum of 10 years membership in the
given by District President                                          Harmony Foundation Board        Pioneer District and foremost as this is a District
Raleigh Bloch:                                                       Member                          award, he must have had service to the District.
    “Tonight I have the distinct                                     Pioneer District Director of    Service to his chapter and to the international
honor and the privilege of                                           Financial Development           Society is also considered as a part of the criteria
inducting a new member into        Minneapolis, Washington, DC,      Leader for the Bush League      of the award. This service is not limited to,
the Pioneer District Hall of       Lake of the Ozarks and finally,   Contest                         “administrative positions,” as you will note with
Fame. Once you know who                                              Taskforce Leader for the        the honorees such as Power Play.
                                   to our benefit, Traverse City.
                                                                                                     Method of Nomination to the Hall of Fame:
this man is I’m sure you will           It was there that he         Bush League and Harmony
                                                                                                         The committee chairman will send the rules of
agree that he is very deserving    became interested in              Roundup study and survey,
                                                                                                     eligibility and a nomination form to each chapter
of this award.                     Barbershop. By now I’m sure       which was presented at the
                                                                                                     president by 1/31 of each year.
    This man is a devoted          many of you have already          House of Delegates.             Chapters must return the completed forms
father of two children, a          guessed who he is, but let me        Just so you don’t get        and all other items pertinent to the candidate’s
loving husband and has been        tell you about some of his        the idea that all he does is    nomination to the chairman by 4/1.
married for 39 years.              Barbershop accomplishments.       barbershop stuff, he recently   The Chapter’s board of directors must endorse
     Music has always been         He is or has been a:              went to Biloxi Miss. with       the nomination.
a part of his life. He was the     Chapter President                 his wife Joan to help out       Members of the Hall of Fame Committee may
Director of his Fraternity         Chapter Chorus Director           the victims of Hurricane        also submit name(s) in nomination to the Hall of
Choir. In fact, he had some        Chapter Treasurer                 Katrina and is currently show   Fame. (4/92)
unusual ways of loosening his      District President                chairman of his local Rotary    Criteria for Hall of Fame Eligibility:
guys up on stage. You may          Chapter Grantwriter that          Club’s annual show.             Prerequisites
want to ask him about that.        attracted funds for the “Get          All this in just 11 years   The candidate has to be (or was if deceased) a
    As his children grew, he                                                                         member in good standing of a chapter(s) within
introduced them to music.                                                                            the Pioneer District.
When they moved overseas to                                                                          The candidate must have a minimum membership
                                                                                                     in the Pioneer District of 10 years, unless the
places like the Middle East,
                                                                                                     candidate is “truly outstanding.”
Greece and Germany, he
                                                                                                     General criteria (see nomination form)
took musical instruments for
                                                                                                     Administrative activities – contributions to:
his children and held talent
shows where they lived. This
resulted in his son becoming
a composer of symphony
                                                                                                   Music Activities – Contributions to:
music, which he does today.
                                   Northern Michigan Singing”        of membership in the          Quartet activities
His daughter is a marathon
                                   program that benefited            Society, WOW! He must         Chorus activities
runner and recently completed
                                   thousands of Michigan             be Superman. No he’s none Coaching, judging, and arranging
an Ironman (woman?) Tri-
                                   School children and gave          other than Pioneer’s own AL Service Activities – Contributions to:
athalon in Florida.
                                   barbershoppers a very             BONNEY!”                      Chapter assignments
    His wife is an
                                   positive image. The Harmony          Al was greeted and         District assignments
accomplished artist in her
                                   Foundation showcased this         welcomed by all the Hall of Society assignments
own right and paints murals
                                   program at our International      Fame members on stage and
and is currently working on
                                   Convention.                       the audience of close to 1000 If you have any questions regarding the Hall of
illustrations for two children
                                   District Grantwriter that has     barbershoppers and friends    Fame process please contact Raleigh Bloch at
                                   brought thousands of dollars      gave him a standing ovation.
    While living is the USA
                                   to you, as Pioneer District
he moved around with his
                                   members, for coaching of

Meet the REAL Pioneers
By Russ Seely                                    And demonstrate they did! Their                Starting in 1946 the quartet did a
    When the Michigan District was            efforts spawned many new Chapters and          NIGHTLY radio show on WJR for six
renamed “Pioneer”, some 30 years ago,         increased the size and strength of our         years.
one of the reasons for the name change        Society                                           That stint gave them the name of; The
that should have been included was
the pioneering efforts of our tireless
quartets who were truly ambassadors of
barbershop singing since their talents
were the basis of what we are today.
    One such quartet associated with
the Grosse Pointe Chapter actually
performed prior to the formation of
our Society. In the late ‘30s, The
Shrine Quartet (so named from the
controversial Father Coughlin’s Shrine
of the Little Flower Church) eventually
became the Banner Four, (the Bari
worked for Banner Linen).
    When they joined Detroit #1 Chapter
of SPEBSQSA, They finally became the
Progressives - following a few variations
of the name.
    The original Lead, Carl Restivo, Bari
Lyle McKerrell and Bass Mike Arnone
sang with at least two earlier tenors
until the end of World War I when, just
discharged from the Navy, Art Seely was
recruited at the tender age of 24 to be the
“Progressive Tenor.”
    It was also at this time that the
association with the newly formed
“Grosse Pointe” Chapter began. Art
and Ray McCalpin became not only                 In a single two year period, this quartet   Frankenmuth Four, for a brewery that
charter members but were awarded free         made over 500 appearances. Top that!           became their sponsor. They had gained
memberships as recommended by all-time        Because of such demanding activity, they       such popularity that Frankenmuth then
GP mentor, Mark Roberts, a Society            used several substitutes associated with       sponsored them, a first, for an 18-month
giant.                                        the GP Chapter; Mark Roberts, Leroy            term, to do a 15 minute weekly show on
    During the war years, the Progressives    McKinney and Glen Bennet to name a             WXYZ-TV.
represented the Detroit Chapter on many       few.                                               As a result, by the late forties,
USO Shows at Army Bases and hospitals.           As early as 1945, the Progressives had      barbershop clubs and Chapters were
Carroll Adams, one of our Society             a weekly radio show on WJLB where              springing up everywhere in Michigan. It
founders and Past Society President, sent     they were named The Farris Brothers            didn’t stop just in Michigan.
them out to entertain social and musical      Furniture Four (of course, their sponsor).     Please see Pioneers Page 6.
clubs to demonstrate “barbershop.”

  PIONEERS: The Progressives                                                                                Roundup set
Continued from Page 5.                 My introduction to              sounds                              for May 19
     The Progressive Four          barbershop was through this         created by two Italian rascals      By Matthew Tipton
shared billings with: Harry        revered quartet who epitomized      named Carl Restivo and Mike            Don’t forget to sign-up for
S. Truman, Walter Reuther,         “Pioneer.”                          Arnone, with a red-faced            Harmony Round-up! This year’s
Bing Crosby, Bob Hope,                 If you ever had the pleasure    full voiced tenor named Art         HRU is May 19 – 21 on the MSU
Senator Phil Hart,,                                                                          Seely along   campus and the line up really is
The Chordettes, the                                                                          with the      dynamite.
Buffalo Bills, Gov.                                                                          gentle Lyle       Bruce Odell will be returning
G. Mennen Wiliams                                                                            McKerrell     to Pioneer after running the Joe
and the list of political,                                                                   who           Barbershopper class at COTS. If you
entertainers and                                                                             seemed to     haven’t heard about this guy, talk to
quartets goes on and on.                                                                     glue their    anyone that was in that class.
     Their ventures into                                                                     sound              I’m sure they will all agree that
Canada were rewarded                                                                         together,     Bruce’s energy and approach make
by charters awarded to;                                                                      Then you,     for one of the most stimulating
Windsor, Chatham,                                                                            my friend,    classes you have ever had. anywhere.
Sarnia, Wallaceburg                                                                          have been     on any topic! Bruce will be the anchor
and Hamilton                                                                                 in the        instructor for the Regular track, but
Chapters. They also                                                                          company       no matter which track you sign-up
performed on all the                                                                         of real       for, you will get at least one of his
mentioned charter                                                                            pioneers.     sessions.
shows                                                                                                          Bill Rashleigh will also be
     This truly pioneer quartet                                                                            on hand anchoring the Frontline
performed in eight decades.                                                                                Directors’
     Of course there were                                                                                  track. If you know Bill, you know
several personnel changes due to                                                                           there won’t be any dull moments
relocation or deaths. The final                                                                            there.
version consisted of four Seely                                                                            More importantly, Bill has a wealth of
brothers; Art, who then teamed                                                                             information and a lively presentation
with, Ray, Hal and Ron who had                                                                             to get his point across.
all sung in various quartets or                                                                                So what are you waiting for? You
musical groups or choirs.                                                                                  can find out more about this event and
     To date, three of the Seely                                                                           *sign-up right now* on our district
brothers have passed away but                                                                              website. Just go to
the eldest, Art, is quite vital                                                                  
in spite of his 85 years. Sadly                                                                            District_Events/HarmonyRoundup/
though, the Progressives no                                                                                hru.htm to reserve your spot at this
longer exist.                      of hearing those robust, resonant                                       fantastic event!

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                                                For more information, please visit our web site, or call Kurtis at
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 The first Van Tassell winners:                                                                         Harmony Month and
                                                                                                        taxes – a singing
  John Wearing and the late Bill Wickstrom
By Russ Seely                                                       contribution to the District.
    Although the Pioneer                                                We petitioned Ray               By Al Bonney
Quartet Champions                                                   Starrette, trophy maker par             I’ve always used the Society’s birth date
Association is still a young                                        excellence, to design and build     (April 11, 1938) and Harmony Month to
group, we’re very proud of                                          the award.                          reflect upon my benefits in being a Society
some of the things we’ve                                                Among Ray’s many                member. The fellowship, the music, the
achieved in serving our                                             qualifications was the              performances, the trainings, the conventions
mission statement, which is                                         construction of the Hugh            (having just returned from Midwinter in
“to provide quality barbershop                                      Ingraham International              Sacramento) – they all bring joy to my life.
entertainment, to encourage                                         Quartet Trophy. Ray, again,             My feelings for the Society drives me to
formation and coaching                                              came through with a design          invest in Harmony Foundation, since they
to quartets and to educate                                          that included a portrait of         are the funding arm to keep Harmony Camps,
audiences in the art form of                                        Glenn which was provided            Youth Festivals, Directors College and other
barbershop harmony.”                                                by Glenn’s Gold Medal Bass,         music programs alive for generations. The
    In addition to that                                             Carl Dahlke.                        Harmony Foundation mission is “to preserve
challenge, we felt that           quarteting.                           When the final product          the musical legacy of the Barbershop
certain individuals should be         Prior to 1994, several past   was completed, it became            Harmony Society through support of
recognized as outstanding in      quartet champs said they’d        obvious that a replica of the       vocal music education in our schools and
helping us serve that mission.    organize a champs association     main award be given to the          communities.”
Because of the need to do this,   but it always failed.             recipients as a “keeper”, since         So, if you’ve ever considered “giving
we instituted an award which          When I became district        the award will be a traveling       back to the Society,” let me review a quartet
at its onset was                         president, I was told      trophy.                             of ways to invest in Harmony Foundation:
to be named the                          by Wick that he wasn’t         When this occurred we           Ambassadors of Song – a monthly sponsor
Legacy Award.                            going to continue on       then decided that Glenn’s           program where any level gift can be deducted
This would                               the District Board as      widow, Donna would also be          from your bank account or charged to a credit
honor those                              executive vice president   presented with a replica. Since     card to provide funds each month. Imagine
exceptional                              but would take whatever    we didn’t want to “ship” the        how easy $8 a month would be on your credit
barbershoppers                           assignment I needed.       award to Donna, we apprised         card and what $100 at the end of the year
who had given                               I asked about a         her of what had happened and        would do – You could sponsor one boy to a
so much to                               Champs Association, he     that family friend and QCA          Harmony Explosion Camp! Our district has
encourage quartet singing.        agreed to do something about      John Seemann, who resides           eight participants in this program so far.
    Sadly, during the             it and within a year, we not      in Florida during the winter,       Presidents Club – an annual giving program
construction of the award, a      only had an association but       would personally present it         beginning at $1,000 per year for those
Pioneer giant – Glenn Van         presented our first Quartet       to her. Donna’s award as well       who want to take a leadership giving role
Tassell, who won gold medals      Champions Show. Bill,             as Maureen’s has their name         - can also be paid monthly on a credit card.
in 1966 and 1971 –lost his        himself, was a multiple quartet   engraved, somewhat as a             Benefits include preferred seating and Gala
battle with ALS. It seemed        champ and made it “happen”        tribute, also, to these dedicated   Celebration at International and Mid-Winter
logical then, that the QCA            John Wearing is a 50 year-    widows.                             conventions, plus a free summer contest
would add Glenn’s name to the     plus barbershopper who has            The official presentation       recording. Pioneer has 11 donors involved.
award. It now stands as The       always been in at least one       took place at the spring            Donor Choice – what a concept! In either of
Glenn Van Tassell Legacy          quartet from the beginning        convention where many of us         the programs above, you can designate up to
Award.                            of his membership until           had difficulty maintaining dry      30 percent of your donations BACK to your
    The next BIG challenge        now. Stats will show that         eyes.                               district or chapter. What a great way to assist
was to find our first candidate   he has made more contest                                              in underwriting a program of your choice. We
for the award. We intended        appearances than anybody in                                           have 3 donors from PIO participating in this
to seek living candidates for     our District’s history.                                               program)
the award, but as we reviewed         At last count, it exceeded                                        Founders Club – the initial program started
names from the past, we soon      150 trips to the contest                                              in the 1980s to create an endowment. Those
realized that somehow our first   stage. He has won five                                                involved either provided an outright gift
President, Bill Wickstrom,        District (including Seniors)                                          (Now a minimum $10,000) or a planned gift
just couldn’t be overlooked.      Quartet Championships. He                                             (e.g. bequest, life insurance, charitable trust,
    And so, Bill became a         has represented the District as                                       estate). Pioneer has 23 members involved.
unanimous choice. However         both a quartet rep as well as a                                           And since Harmony Month and Tax Time
the vote was not complete. The    Chorus rep over 15 times at the                                       fall within the same month, remember that
committee then voted to also      International Convention.                                             these are taxable deductions (especially if
place John Wearing’s name             His membership in the                                             you itemize). Think about it – sing, deduct . .
on the award for his multiple                                                                           . . and preserve!
                                  Pioneer Hall of Fame is based
achievements in encouraging       primarily on his quartet(s)

  QCA Profile:
  Wild Card, 2004 champs share stories
                               the audience and seeing       life of a barbershopper and   Becoming lead of that         Curt Struyk, Bari
By Al Fisk                     the smiles or the tears       great human being. Bud is     quartet later that year.      Earliest Barbershop
    Wildcard formed            or people mouthing the        a icon in barbershopping      Person Most Influential       Memory: Ringing that
in July 2003. Our bass,        words along with us           in the district and           in Barbershop Career:         first chord with my first
James Masalkus,                energizes us and makes        continues to help me to       John Sasine (Nightlife).      quartet in high school. I
joined us in October           all of the long hours or      this day”.                    “During my six years in       had never experienced
2003. During our first         rehearsal worthwhile. We      Previous Competing            Salt Lake, John taught        that before--it surprised
contest (spring Prelims,       love you all.”                Quartets: Fermatta (1996      me smooth singing and         all of us!
April 2004 in Gaylord),        Coaches: Don Slamka,          Pioneer District Champs),     what it takes to be a lead.   Person Most Influential in
Wildcard placed fourth         Mike Slamka, Raymond          Happy with Anything           To this day, I still try to   Barbershop Career: Les
overall, after one of their    Schwarzkopf,                                                                                         Hale was a new
members succumbed              Ann Jarchow                                                                                          choral teacher
to laryngitis during the       and Ken                                                                                              when I was a
Saturday night set.            Limmerick                                                                                            senior in high
    This finish                    Pete                                                                                             school. He got
strengthened their resolve     Westers,                                                                                             me started in
and dedication. They           Tenor Earliest                                                                                       barbershop and
worked hard during the         Barbershop                                                                                           worked with
summer and fall of 2004        Memory:                                                                                              our quartet all
to very narrowly edging        First singing                                                                                        the way through
out Fermata Nowhere            valentine                                                                                            college.
(the one point heard           (1994), Have                                                                                         Previous
‘round the state).             been singing                                                                                         Competing
    Wildcard continues         barbershop                                                                                           Quartets:
to strive for musical          since January                                                                                        The Majors
excellence and                 1994. Sang                                                                                           (highschool and
entertainment. “This is        for a lady at a                                                                                      college, CSD),
the greatest district in the   hospital who                                                                                         Prizm.
society.                                                     Education: B.S.               emulate his sound.”
                               passed three days later.                                                                  Education: BS degree
    “The biggest thrill of                                   (marketing) St. Louis         Previous Competing
                               Kids said we were a very                                                                  in science at University
our musical lives has been                                   University (1989)             Quartets: None
                               bright moment on a bleak                                                                  of Northern Iowa 1965,
representing this district                                   Spouse: Judy (Sweet           Education: B.S.
                               day and helped make her                                                                   MD degree, University
for the past year and                                        Adeline, Quartet: Joyride)    (Pharmacy) Ferris
                               last days a little happier.                                                               of Iowa, College of
one-half. There are such                                     Children: Silas, Koby,        State University, 1990,
                                   Person Most                                                                           Medicine, 1969 Residency
great audiences around                                       Abbie                         Ph.D. (Pharmaceutics)
                               Influential in Barbershop                                                                 in Obstetrics and
this district. Every chance                                  Current Occupation: Real      University of Michigan
                               Career: Bud Kraft                                                                         Gynecology, Blodgett
we have to perform for                                       Estate Agent, Five Star       Spouse: Adrienne.
                               (President Great Lakes                                                                    Memorial Medical Center,
them is a real thrill” said                                  Real Estate, Grand Rapids.    Children: 11 cats and two
                               Chorus) “Bud embraced                                                                     and St. Mary’s Hospital,
lead Dave Miller. “We                                           David Miller, Lead         dogs (mastiff’s)
                               me and took me under his                                                                  Grand Rapids, MI 1972-
are honored to be able                                       Earliest Barbershop           Current Occupation:
                               wing when I first entered                                                                 1975.
to share our music with                                      Memory: Hearing the           Pharmacist. Owns
                               the hobby. He is a true                                                                   Please see Wild Card
them. Looking out in                                         Student Affair at Ferris      Keystone Pharmacy in
                               friend and personnafies the                                                               Page 9.
                                                             State University of 1988.     Grand Rapids

  Singing Pirates!!!?
WILD CARD:                        SINGING PIRATES!!
Our 2004                   By Dave Anderson
                               Harmony Happening 06 was
champs are                 a sight (and sound) to behold as
well-round-                64 young men dressed as pirates
                           invaded the stage and auditorium at
ed winners                                the Lansing Chapter
                                          Show at the Wharton
Contined from Page 8.
                                          Center for the Arts
Spouse: Nancy Children:
                                          at Michigan State
Sam and Cindy.
                                          University March 11.
Grandchildren: Xander
                                              These young
(5), Sophie (2 1/2),
                                          buccaneers then
Graham (6 mo).
                           captured the Capitol City Chordsmen
Occupation: Physician,
                           and “forced” them to sing “Yo, Ho,
Grand Valley
                           Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”
                               They followed this with “When
James Masalkus, Bass
                           you Wish Upon a Star.” The
Earliest Barbershop
                           audience loved them and the kids
Memory: Listening to
                           loved performing.
family records of the
                               Rick Spencer, our Society
Vagabonds in the early
                           Youth In Harmony director from
‘60’s. Person Most
                           Kenosha, was the head clinician and
Influential in Barbershop
                           was very ably assisted by Jessica
Career: Larry Wolf,
                           Thompson, director of the Capitol
Music Teacher at Oak
                           City Chordsmen.
Park High School.
                               The event started with
     “Larry’s passion
                           registration Friday afternoon,
and motivation towards
                           followed by a pizza party, and then
music and teaching was
                           the voice placement and learning
infectious. When he took
                           began at 6:45 p.m.
us on a field trip to hear
                               A teaching quartet (sometimes
the Oakland County
                           an octet) from Lansing came in and
Chapter in 1978, and
                           helped the boys learn the two songs.
I heard my first live
                               By 10:00, they had made good
barbershop chorus,
                           progress and had also learned a few
I was hooked. There
                           tags, which kept them going until
was no turning back”
                           curfew at 11.
James also recognizes
                               Saturday morning brought
Al Fisk for honing his                                            theater at the Wharton Center.          Foundation Grant made it very
                           breakfast at eight and singing at
barbershopping skills                                                 The HH-06 Chorus had a chance       affordable for the high school
while in the Rochester                                            to rehearse with the Capitol City       students.
                               Rick Spencer taught some neat
Hills Chapter (what a                                             Chordsmen and it was a treat to see         The show and the event were
                           vocal warming techniques to the
total suck-up!)                                                   the joy that they all shared in singing great successes and plans are now
                           teachers present and showed how it
Previous Competing                                                together.                               underway for an even bigger event
                           worked on this young chorus.
Quartet: The Great                                                    The feedback from the music         next year.
                               At noon, we broke for lunch and
Escape                                                            teachers was very positive and
                           then all moved over to the rehearsal
Education: B.S.                                                   financial help from a Harmony
Construction Engineering
from Lawrence
Technological University
(1983) Spouse: Kanetta      CHORUS: Mount Pleasant wins on its second attempt
Children: Joshua
Current Occupation:
                           Continued from Page 1.
Installation Coordinator,
                            Metro, Pontiac-Waterford, Gratiot County, Rochester and Monroe North.
Kodiak Construction in
                                 Lansing won the Plateau 2 championship while Windsor was the Plateau 3 champion and Monroe North won the
Grand Rapids and eating!
                           Plateau 4 championship.

Task force issues report on Bush League
    There has been much discussion and            League Task Force that you commissioned in            fellowship” collectively rank highest in the
excitement regarding the survey conducted         November of 2005.                                     respondents minds as characteristics of the
by the Bush League Taskforce. They have               We created and distributed a survey which         ideal Barbershop event. We believe that each
completed their task as charged and reported      served as our primary information source. We          characteristic needs to be present for the event
their results at the Spring House of Delegates    presented this survey to over 900 members             to be successful; that it may not be possible
meeting in Kalamazoo.                             of the district in January, both in hard copy         to concentrate on one characteristic at the
   Approximately one third of the Pioneer         form at COTS and as on on-line survey, via            expense of another.
District membership responded to the              the internet.. The survey asked two central                Promotion and communications of events
survey. This has made the information and         questions:                                            in a timely and clear manner came through
conclusions so relevant and compelling, that it       What are your experiences with and why            loud and clear as critical ingredients in
will be shared with each District President in    do did you choose NOT to participate in               getting on members’ calendars and competing
the Society and the Society Board.                the two key events we were asking about               effectively for their precious free time.
    It is now up to your Districts Management     supported by the District (Bush League and            Absolutely connected to this is the need for
Team to utilize this information to improve       Harmony Round-up)?                                    chapters to embrace and promote events
your barbershop experience.                           What would the ideal barbershop event             aggressively and in a positive way if members
     The following is the summary portion         look like to you?                                     are to believe the event will be worth
of the task force report. If you would like           Our report is a summary of the                    committing time and money to.
more details, ask your chapter president.         400 responses received, as well as our                    It was striking to us how completely the
The information is also relevant for chapter      observations and recommendation based on              respondents embraced quartetting. 91 percent
activities as well.                               those responses to the management team. Four said they sang or sing in a quartet at some
Bush League Taskforce Report                      key findings summarize the report:                    level or liked singing with three other guys.
     Attached is the report from the Bush             “Time Constraints” is the biggest single          We believe that this response is a mandate for
                                                        issue cited for not participating in both       chapters and the district to make it possible for
                                                        events. We believe that this issue would        and encourage quartet singing to flourish at
                                                        appear on a similar survey done by any          every opportunity.
                                                        organization. We see this as a mandate ������ Thank you again for the opportunity to
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                                                        for making an event “competitive”               serve our                                       ����������
                                                        within the priorities each member sets          Management Team will find success using our
                                                        for deciding how he will allocate his           work. It would be our pleasure to respond
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                                                                                                                                     FOR THE BUSH
                                                                                                                                     LEAGUE TASK
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  Gougeon to direct Huron Valley
                                                                Museum Studies.                      chorus.
   By Greg Humbel                                                   Jeff has been assistant               Jeff sang in his first quartet at the age
      The Huron Valley                                          director and sound/singing           of 17 and started directing men’s choruses
  Harmonizers have                                              coach for several of Pioneer         at 18. His quartet, Fermata Nowhere,
  selected Jeff Gougeon                                         District’s (choruses over            will represent Pioneer at the international
  as Chorus Director. Jeff                                      the years, including the             Barbershop Convention in Indianapolis this
  is a museum curator by                                        former Detroit #1 Chapter’s          coming July. They have also finished in 2nd
  profession but Music has                                      Motor City Chorus, one of            place four of the last five years—a Pioneer
  always been a huge part of                                    the district’s best choruses         District Record! He was also the original
  his life.                                                     ever. He is also a founder           tenor in the 1997 Pioneer District Quartet
      Jeff is an over-30-year                                   and former assistant director,       Champion The Detroit Sound Company.
  member of the Barbershop                                      music director, and sound/                Jeff has always sung tenor and is very
  Harmony Society. He is a                                      singing coach for another of         proud that his 4 year-old nephew Alexander
  single guy and comes from                                     Pioneer’s premier choruses,          gravitates to the tenor part when he sings
  a family of barbershop singers, including        Macomb County Chapter’s Harmony                   with quartet recordings. Unfortunately this
  his uncle, who brought in Jeff’s dad Jim and     Heritage Chorus, (now the Guardians of            doesn’t please Jeff’s brother Brad--Alex’s
  Jeff’s brothers Ron and Brad. In December        Harmony). Several of Jeff’s choruses have         father—because Brad sings bass/baritone.
  2001, Jeff received his M.A. from Michigan       excelled to their highest contest placement       Alex calls Jeff ‘UNCAS’ because he has
  State University in American Studies and         and earned accolades as ‘most improved’           another Uncle Jeff.

  DOCTORS: Holland figures new way to
  entertain, raise money
Continued from Page 3                              flyers, the ‘doctors’ black bags plus the items     considered if more performances were desired.
opportunity to satisfy their thirst for                                                                                      Receiving local media
performance while filling a social                                                                                           attention should be easy
need in our communities.                                                                                                     as TV, radio and print
4. A key to the success of                                                                                                   would enjoy reporting on
this promotion is that all the                                                                                               a project like this.
participating quartets learn the                                                                                             9. Each chapter could
same songs, (in Holland we are                                                                                               establish a performance
using five chorus tunes)… wear                                                                                               schedule that fit the
the same doctor smocks, share the                                                                                            number of
same doctor bags of items used                                                                                               performances they could
to ‘bring a smile’ and use similar                                                                                           handle. Some quartets
performance routines. This allows                                                                                            could perform once or
using a member from one quartet                    needed for the routines and the M&M pills and                             twice a week or once
to fill in for a member of another quartet who     containers totaled around $850.                     every two weeks or once a month. Some
is not available without missing a chord. This     7. We believe this promotion could spread into      quartets could perform more that others.
makes performance schedules much easier to         anniversary and birthday parties if the Chapter     The quartets made up of retired guys could
maintain.                                          decides to go down that road ( similar to the       perform daytime jobs as well as evening gigs.
5. There is no charge for performance, but         Valentines promo only year round)                   Most times when a quartet is out performing
as our advertising states…tax deductible           8. Advertising, we believe, could be as simple      they will have multiple jobs to perform in
contributions, made to the Windmill Chapter,       as letting the public know this service is          a ‘sing and move on’ routine. Having a set
are cheerfully accepted.                           available and how to contact us. The “Know          performance total will allow the Chapter to
6. We believe the promotion is financially         Somebody Who Needs Cheering Up?” flyers             advertise the fact that performances could be
sound. If the five Holland quartets total          are self-explanatory and our business cards are     limited and would be handled on a ‘first come,
30 performances a month and receive $10            easy to take along for future reference. Both       first served’ basis.
donations it would average out at $3,600 a         provide a phone number where information            If you have any questions regarding the
year. $20 donations would raise $7,200 a year.     is available. We will place our flyer and card      Doctors of Good Cheer promotion please
 The Windmill Chapter’s start-up costs             display units in churches, hospital waiting         phone Jack W. Oonk at 616 772 3982 or write
including the purchasing of ‘lab coats’ (a total   rooms, doctor offices, hospice, nursing homes       to him at 3126 Summer Grove Way, Zeeland
of 16)… the purchase of plastic flyer holders,     etc. High “people traffic” areas could be           MI 49464.
the printing of business cards, labels and

                      BUSH LEAGUE 2006
                   QUALITY INN – GAYLORD, MI
                      August 18 & 19, 2006

     Please complete this form and send to the Quality Inn – 137 West Street
     Gaylord, MI 49735

     Reserve room by calling (800)732-7540. Inform the reservation clerk that
     you are with the “Bush League” barbershop singers group.

     The cost is $61.15 per night for a two bed room when reserving two nights,
     which includes the local hotel tax.

     The hotel will quote the rate for other required/desired accommodations.

     PLEASE NOTE! The special “Bush League” rate for a two bed room is good
     thru July 31, 2006. As of August 1, 2006, regular hotel rates apply.

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Grosse Pointe hits
gold... for fund-raising
     Grosse Pointe Chapter raised nearly $3,000
in a three hour period of Christmas caroling at local
pubs in December.
    The annual fund-raiser is called the Pub Crawl
since nearly every bar and pub in or near Grosse
Pointe is visited by one of four chapter teams.
     They gave the Holley Ear Institute at St. John’s
Hospital $2,000 and the Skillman Foundation
matched that with a $1,500 gift., The chapter gave
another $1,000 to another children’s charity helping
kids with speech difficulties.
   Left: Ardis Gardella, president of the insti-
tute, receives the donation from Grosse Pointe
Presidnet Al Montag (center) and Grosse Pointe
Charities Chairman Nick Piccione.

        ��th June Night Of Harmony
           An Acappella Festival
        Some Jazz, A Little Gospel
           A Lot Of Barbershop
             Four Man Fish’n Tackle Choir
                            Along With
            The Trillium Singers with light classical
                 Vocal Montage with some jazz
                      At Corson Auditorium
                    Interlochen Arts Academy
                 Call for tickets: 231-933-9900
     Tickets also at The Captains Quarters, Traverse City
                  All seats reserved… $17.00
             Friday June 2nd & Saturday June 3rd
                         8:00 PM Sharp!
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Continued from page 1.
   Entertainment included the Silverdomes,
Singing With Dad, B-Natural, and the Big Chief Chorus, under the direction
of Dick Johnson and Fred McFadyen. After MC McFadyen officially closed the contest, singing continued until the wee hours.
    Wish you were there? Maybe next year. Mark March 30 on your 2007 calendar.

 Gratiot County pig
 roast celebrating ‘110
 years’ is July 29
    The Midstatesmen Chorus and
 Gratiot County. Chapter celebrate
 their 60th Anniversary Saturday, July
 29th at Woodland Park in Ithaca,
   A Pig Roast will be held at 1 p.m.
 with singing starting at 2 p.m. It will
 continue through the afternoon.
    Chorus activity, guest
 quartets, audience participation and
 more will be included.
     The local Sweet Adelines
 (celebrating 50 years) will be joining
    We call it .“Celebrating 110 years
 of harmony”. Everyone is welcome.
 --Woody Ely

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 and details, contact:

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               NEW DATE… LONGER CRUISE…
      The Detroit-Oakland Barbershoppers offer another
                 Join us FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006,
                     from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
                   as we Cruise the Detroit River
                Featuring lots of Four-part Harmony
     The Detroit Princess leaves her dock across from Cobo Arena garage at 8:00 pm

        $30 Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
            Weather not a problem; boat is both heated and air-conditioned.
       For further details, call Tom Uicker at (248) 559-7082 or
     check our web site:

Gaylord Chapter – Pioneer District Barbershop Harmony Society – Combined Bush
League Contest & Quartet Coaching Weekend – 8/18-20/2006 – Gaylord, MI

Quartet Name _______________________ Today’s Date ________
Contact ________________________________________________
Address ____________________ _________________ ________
                        Street               City      ZIP
Phone _____________________ e-mail ______________________
Tenor _____________________ Lead _______________________
Bari _______________________ Bass _______________________

Fri Master Class ____ Contest ____ Coaching ____ Sat Afterglow ____

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1. Cost Per Quartet - $50.00 - Checks & Credit Cards Payable to Pioneer Dist.
2. Master’s Class Friday 8:00PM-10:00PM – Quality Inn - “Mitchell” conf. room
3. Coaching will be at E-Free Church following the Contest and lunch break
4. Hotel Reservations – Use separate Hotel Registration Form.
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5. Meals – Quartet members are responsible for all meal costs.
6. Evening “Show of Champions” – Quartet members ���������� on the evening
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7. Afterglow – All Quartets are welcome and encouraged to sing at the Afterglow.

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send to: Erv Erickson – PO Box 19 – Oden, MI 49764

     “This program was made possible in part with the support of the Michigan Council for
     the Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Above: Mount Pleasant wins chorus contest

 Fermata Nowhere wins and accepts the honor from district officials.
 Photos by Joe Serwach

Upcoming	events
May 19-20
Harmony Roundup
May 13
Macomb Chapter Cabaret Show
May 20
Grand Rapids Chapter Show
May 21
Hillsdale Chapter Show
Ladies Night, hosted by Grosse Pointe Chapter
July 2-9
International Convention, Indianapolis
July 14
Detroit-Oakland Riverboat cruise
August 18-19
Bush League Quartet Contest, Gaylord
September 8
Kalamazoo Cabaret Show
September 30
Gratiot County Chapter Show
October 13-15
District Convention, Kalamazoo
October 28
Rochester Chapter Show
November 4
Pontiac-Waterford Chapter Show
November 11
Macomb Annual Show

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