Nice write up Tom!
It might be good to consider sending this report on to the district
bulletin editors i.e.
FWD, RMD, AND ILD. I suspect you are one step ahead of me and are doing
this as I speak ;-). We might want to send it to LOL also, since we got
such a large group of guys that attends our festivals. Oh yes, also to
Lorin May for Harmonizer.
I shared fellowship with Marty Monson our new Society CEO this past weekend
at our Dixie District Convention in Tunica, Miss. Nice guy and I feel he
will be good for the Society.
Thanks for editing my history submission. I think Jim did and excellent job.
On Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM, tsnobleiv <popziv@...> wrote:
> Well, another excellent Festival of "do-it-yerself" quartetting in the old
> style has chordially come, and alas, gone. Close to 75 singers and guests
> populated the BQPA/Pioneers' room at the Hillside Best Western, just
> outside of Chicago, for our traditional "pick-up" quartet contest Friday
> evening, the 7th of September, and nearly 100 were on hand for our Saturday
> evening parade of quartets.
> Folks arrived even earlier than Wednesday of the Fall Festival week
> (always the long weekend AFTER Labor Day) to permit a visit to the Village
> Vocal Chords (Harmony, Inc.) rehearsal Tuesday evening. Wednesday saw the
> arrival of the golfing barbershoppers who would be leaving for the links
> early Thursday morning. Registration opened Thursday afternoon, and
> quartetting really got underway, with folks putting their names in the
> voice-part bags for the pick-up quartet contest to be held Friday evening.
> Friday itself dawned very wet, but as soon as the golfers decided not to
> play, the weather cleared. So some of them left for late tee-times, and
> professed to have had good rounds when they returned late in the day. By
> that time, the pick-up quartets had been drawn, so golfers and everyone
> else scrambled about, trying to find their other three voice-parts.
> Rehearsals for the competition then continued until moments before the
> contest started.
> The competition was fierce and well-fought, resulting in the presentation
> of medals to the champs, who were very well-received. Woodshedding and
> other informal quartet singing then resumed and went on into the wee hours.
> On Saturday evening, seven quartets appeared in a parade which featured
> Easy Days (LOL District), from Greendale, Wisconsin. Most of the other
> groups were from the local Chicago area, although one, Random Sample,
> consisted of gents from the Minneapolis area who regularly attend our
> The next BQPA/Pioneers Festival was announced for the Spring of 2013. It
> will be held at the Embassy Suites in Tempe, AZ, April 10th through the
> 14th. If you enjoy singing in quartets, with no pressure or assigned music,
> please join us in Tempe. You can find details on the BQPA/Pioneers website,
> www.BQPA.com. Come join us next April!
> Tom Noble, President
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