- It's funny how quickly the anti-KIB movement decides that Barbershop can't be
marketed, but generic singing can. Heck, most of our chapters, mine
included, already sing tons of non-barbershop on our shows.
Let's get on with marketing what we've already got: the best singing society
on the planet! I agree that we could do that better, and the Marketing Plan
has a lot of great ideas. I just don't believe we have to throw the baby out
with the bathwater!
If SPEBSQSA won't promote, preserve and market real Barbershop, who will?
Boise Valley Chordsmen
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- on 08/01/2004 6:44 AM, Bunkley@... at Bunkley@... wrote:
> If SPEBSQSA won't promote, preserve and market real Barbershop, who will?- - - - - - - - - -
I can think of about 40 names of men who would like to have
the opportunity to try.
PS: To ALL H@net men, posters, lurkers or otherwise:
If you'd like to be included in (or added to) that number,
PLEASE respond privately ASAP. Like Santa Claus, I'm
making a list and checking it (at least) twice!
DJ in MT
- Why not connect with the company that owns the rights to The Music Man
and ask them to include brochures on the various 4-part Barbershop
Harmony Societies? How many productions are done throughout the US
(The World) where the society could take an ad in the show journal?
You could advertise in some and not all, but a business-card ad would
run you $50 to $200 in most community theater productions. You get a
lot of exposure in communities and areas that you choose!
You might even be able to simply search the web for where this show is
being produced and follow up that way... How much is each new member
- At 06:40 PM 8/1/2004, David M. Dantowitz wrote:
>Why not connect with the company that owns the rights to The Music ManGreat idea, David!
>and ask them to include brochures on the various 4-part Barbershop
>Harmony Societies? How many productions are done throughout the US
>(The World) where the society could take an ad in the show journal?
>You could advertise in some and not all, but a business-card ad would
>run you $50 to $200 in most community theater productions. You get a
>lot of exposure in communities and areas that you choose!
>You might even be able to simply search the web for where this show is
>being produced and follow up that way... How much is each new member
Music Theater International is the company which controls performance
rights when entities rent the musical scores and produce the shows for
Unfortunately their website is unresponsive at this time.
- Helen Giallombardo
- I figure I'll promote my Chapter and the Society. Once I (finally)
get a guy in the door and singing, the preservation of the old songs
SHOULD take care of itself (I hope). I enjoy singing some of the more
recent arrangements, but I also really like doing the old stuff. I
have sung "Nellie" who knows how many times, but when our director
had us sing it as a chorus, with a little different interp, it was
like I was rediscovering the song. Instead of just blowing a pitch
and going, we "PERFORMED" it. What a gorgeous song! What great
Now, I don't have any men of note, but it's not for a lack of
asking. One of the things I keep running into is the misconception
that I'm hanging out with a bunch of guys that smell like a nursing
home. They "think" the music is old and tired, and we have to break
that cycle. I remember the uproar over Phish singing Sweet Adeline a
few months ago...and ya know what....I wasn't impressed. I thought
they butchered it. But a lot of folks seemed to have the thought that
any exposure is good for us. I tend to disagree. BAD exposure is BAD
for us. I think the person who suggested getting Gotcha! and Vocal
Spectrum on Letterman (or a similar national show) had a great idea.
Get our best out in front of the people. How many of the people who
are telling their stories about joining keep saying "I had no
idea....". We need to put an end to that also.
So, quick summary.....Old songs + Our top performers + National
attention = increased awareness + increased membership.
John Centamore, Jr.
Lansdale (PA) NorthPennsmen
P.S. DJ, you can add me to the list you are checking twice!!
> -----Original Message-----I agree with 2/3 of the left side of this equation. But I think that if we really want to attract the maximum # of people we need to make sure that our top performers are singing contemporary songs in the barbershop style. Yes, some (we'll call them Group A) WILL be hooked by hearing the old songs. But I suggest that there's another group (Group B) that will NOT be attracted by hearing the old songs (no matter how well sung) but WOULD be attracted by hearing well-sung contemporary songs *in the bbshop style.* I further suggest that GROUP A would be attracted either way--by the old or by the contemporary songs. So that by going the old songs route you attract A, but by going the contemporary route you attract A + B. So you don't lose any prospective new bbshop lovers but gain a whole lot more. As I've said before I (and many current SAI's that I know) would definitely fall into the Group B camp. And further, most in group B, once hooked, would then develop an appreciation for the old songs. But then perhaps there are some out there who would prefer that I and those like me had never discovered the joys of bbshop and they don't want to continue diluting the gene pool . . . amz
> From: airdale15@... [mailto:airdale15@...]
> . . .
> So, quick summary.....Old songs + Our top performers + National
> attention = increased awareness + increased membership.
SAI Region 21