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Barbershop Pioneers Convention--Something Old, Something New

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    You ve heard of the expression, old wine in new bottles. The Barbershop Pioneers Conventions are something like that. They preserve the old style of
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2006
      You've heard of the expression, "old wine in new bottles." The
      Barbershop Pioneers Conventions are something like that. They
      preserve the old style of harmonizing, the old camaraderie &
      informality, & the old judging system, but these conventions have been
      held for only 25 years, & the organization that promotes them, the
      Barbershop Quartet Preservation Association (BQPA, now a subsidiary
      of the Barbershop Harmony Society), is only a couple of years old.
      These conventions are a far cry from the Society's International &
      Midwinter Conventions, though they're as firmly rooted in barbershop
      tradition as the big gatherings.

      The Midwest Barbershop Pioneers Convention will occur Sept. 7-10 at
      Midway Motor Hotel,1600 East Oakton Street, Elk Grove Village, IL (a
      suburb northwest of Chicago). The dates are always the Thursday
      through Saturday following Labor Day. Admission/registration is
      free, but if you plan to stay overnight, you'll want to reserve your
      hotel room at our special rate of $69/night.

      Most importantly, the Pioneers Convention is probably the only major
      barbershop convention that will be held in the Chicago area during
      the foreseeable future.

      Find out more at http://www.bqpa.com/events.html -- I plan to be
      there (tho' I'll be busy vocalizing & dancing with New Tradition at
      their pre-contest retreat all day Saturday).

      Hope you can make the convention!

      --Joseph Schlesinger
      zinger99 @ juno . com (backup: schlesmail @ yahoo . com)
      member North Wave Chorus (www.northwavechorus.com)
      member New Tradition Chorus (www.newtradition.org)
      founder Barbershop Harmony Chicagoland (www.bbs.singer.as--needs
      updating)
      847/328-0921
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