Greetings Fellow Barbershoppers!
On the weekend of September 14-15, a major event in the world of Barbershop
and a cappella will be making its debut in NED. Almost one hundred
barbershoppers, most from NED but some coming from as far away as Texas,
will descend on Central Massachusetts. They will arrive having learned 12
new songs note and word perfect, in four months, arrangements so difficult
that they are sung only by the top quartets in the world. That's more than
most choruses learn in two or three years but these men have persevered,
meeting in small groups to practice after having learned their part
thoroughly from the music and learning tracks. They are practicing and
perfecting these songs for a weekend of Extreme Quartetting called a Harmony
Brigade. Get ready NED; the New England Harmony Brigade has arrived, and
it's a first for our district!
On Friday, the 14th, these men will be randomly placed in quartets and
assigned one of the 12 songs they learned. They will have an hour to
rehearse with this "new quartet" and then they get to sing their song for a
panel of judges and for the rest of the guys. Winners will be proclaimed
but the fun has only just started because they will be singing all of the
other songs with all the other guys for the rest of the weekend, bringing
"pick-up quartet singing" to a new level.
Most of the weekend is a private affair with quartets singing everywhere,
but on Saturday evening, the 15th, the Brigade will open its doors to the
public with a massive show displaying some of the quartets formed that
weekend plus a Chorus of all the men attending.
Our very own Men in Black will be headlining the show, fresh off an 8th
place finish at International in Portland, Oregon. Also on the program will
be a Senior Quartet from the Dixie District called Village Green, who have
flown here from the Southeast. These guys have competed in the Senior
International Quartet contest several times, finishing as high as seventh
This will be a show like no other you've ever attended because it will be
guys just like you and me who love quartetting and have decided to try
something new. Will you be joining us? I'm one of those guys and would
love to have you see what the Brigade is about and maybe be part of a
Brigade next year?
New England Harmony Brigade
WHAT: New England Harmony Brigade - Saturday Evening Show
WHERE: Assabet Valley Regional Technical H.S.
215 Fitchburg St., Marlborough, MA
WHEN: Sat, September 15 at 7:30 PM
PRICE: Adult ($15.00), Student under 18 ($10.00)
HOW TO BUY TICKETS ONLINE:
Go To www.nehb.net and click on the Show Poster
YOU CAN ALSO MAIL TICKET REQUESTS TO:
42 Dalton Road
Holliston, MA 01746-2417
If you have any questions, or need to contact someone, please send email to:
Jeff Forman, jmitchinc@...
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