Thank you to The Harmonet for providing a valued
resource for friendship, communication and options for
attending barbershop functions and recently The Denver
I can only speak for myself, but had it not been for
my special friends and The Harmonet in particular...I
never would have been able to go to this year's
International Convention at all. Thank you so much
for your ticket suggestions, offers for a roommate and
other helpful resources including The Big Sky Shuttle
The Harmonet came through with several options that
made making this last minute trip possible.
Some of you may or may not know that I lost my job in
April of 2006. After looking forward to attending The
Cardinal District et al in Indianapolis for the 2006
Convention...I just couldn't attend it in person,
which means I had to miss out on seeing The Vocal
Majority win last year in Indy. (Gosh, I really
wanted to be there. Boo hoo Roz!) :(
Steve Tremper phoned me last summer over the
convention weekend in Indy to give me the highlights.
Without a computer at home...it wasn't possible to do
The Webcast and I am grateful to Steve for his insight
and contest observations. (These barbershoppers are
great color commentators, aren't they?) Wink!
On June 16th, 2007 I accepted a job offer which meant
I could now financially start getting back on track,
but the dream of actually attending the Denver
Convention was more of a fantasy than a reality until
Gary Steinkamp contacted me.
Some of you know that The Steinkamps and I have been
friends for many years, but having Gary Steinkamp as
my brother in barbershop is like living in a secure,
safe zone. We remember the same quartet and chorus
contests, he thinks I can sing and asks me to woodshed
with him and we know all the same people. It's all
When my new job gave me the time off to attend
Denver...it meant I had to work through and including
July 4th, and then off to Boston Logan Airport to fly
out to Denver first thing on Thursday, July 5th.
My plane touched down on Thursday around 4pm. I
caught that Big Sky Shuttle and met Gary, Jill and
Judy Steinkamp and their friend Dave for dinner before
we all went to The AIC show on Thursday night.
Wow! What a show. I've seen a lot of AIC shows, but
this year the AIC Chorus from the very first song was
electric and exciting to be singing their show
I'm not trying to hurt the feeling of previous
producers or performers, but the show theme was The
Music Man "You've Got to Know the Territory!" and
these AIC members showed up and gave a great
Though I mentioned it before, we are all very lucky to
have Jay Giallombardo in our midst. Jay has a very
special talent in his ability to write complex
arrangements that take you to a new and exciting place
The AIC chorus performed his stunning arrangements and
the crowd stood up for several minutes applauding the
finesse and sound that Jay directed and that the AIC
performed with ease.
I can't tell you how many times I've wished that The
AIC had put out a recording of their show...but I
really hope this year's show is put on a video or
DVD/cd so that everyone can share this experience. It
was truly thrilling.
FRED. How many times have you seen Jared get
clobbered during "Coney Island Washboard" and you've
wanted to take the drum stick out of Rick's hand and
yell "Stop hurting that poor man!"
I laughed till I cried; my sides hurt and I laughed
again. It's not the first time I've heard them sing
"That's Amore" and it won't be the last...and I still
got some of their musical question and answers wrong.
The woman seated to my left at The AIC Show and I
giggled and tried to come up with the musical answers
and I think I got one right - "That's a Mall A." Fun
The Musical Island Boys from New Zealand, last year's
popular College contest winners were featured on The
AIC show along with the other AIC quartets and they
were a happy addition to the show.
These young men were very professional, animated and
sang great. If you didn't know they were from New
Zealand ... you never would have known it from their
singing. It was like watching Michigan Jake or The
Four Voices. I couldn't have been more proud of their
performing on The AIC Show if I had been their mother.
This is a perfect example of how our barbershop hobby
has truly reached out around the world.
Kudos go to all barbershoppers out there who travel to
foreign lands to spread four part harmony and to teach
the barbershop style to young men (and women) to
nations large and small. This performance by The
Musical Island Boys is a compliment to all your effort
and hard work.
Of course, it reminds me of all the teaching and
singing Gary and his father Lloyd Steinkamp have done
for years, most recently in Japan before Lloyd's
illness. Barbershop is truly an International hobby
and it was very visible throughout the Denver
convention how many International travelers and
competitors attended this year's convention. It makes
me proud to see the network that will keep our hobby
alive and well for generations to come.
More later folks.
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