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  • Thomas Arneberg
    ... Here is the full text of the article, for those who don t have access ... Pub Date: Friday, March 30, 2001 Four Part Harmony Scores Musical Win `Sleeps
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 31, 2001
      > Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 00:59:01 -0600 (CST)
      > Subject: [bbshop] High School Quartet News Story...
      > From: Bruce Sellnow <bsellnow@...>
      > This URL was forwarded on to me by Jerry Lovell and Jan Tavares. If you're
      > *still* wondering about what all the hype is with High School kids and
      > Barbershop, you GOTTA read this....
      > http://www.the-signal.com/zone/0301/033001a.html
      > Uncle Lloyd, we thank you for your vision, your perseverance, and your
      > love of these kids. We're definitely on the right track...
      > PS - It really is "SINGS With The Fishes", but we won't knock them for
      > such a great story!

      Here is the full text of the article, for those who don't have access
      to the web:

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      Pub Date: Friday, March 30, 2001

      Four Part Harmony Scores Musical Win

      `Sleeps With the Fishes' barbershop quartet named Far West
      District High School champions.

      Singing in perfect harmony does have its advantages. Just
      ask four fabulous 17 year olds, Garrett Finley, Casey
      Theule, Robert Davis and Matt Walberg.

      They've taken barbershop quartets to a new level by
      becoming the first group from the Santa Clarita Chapter of
      the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of
      Barbershop Quartet Singing in America in 28 years to win top
      honors at the "Far West District High School Barbershop
      Quartet Champions." The talented foursome, better known as
      "Sleeps With the Fishes," competed among 13 other high
      schools at the Far Western District Spring Convention held
      in Fresno on March 17 and 18. In addition to winning the
      championships, Finley and the barbershop quartet will be
      featured on KABC Channel 7 at 9 p.m. Sunday.

      Prior to winning the competition, Finley, a junior at
      Valencia High, was nominated by his dad Greg Finley, and
      chosen to be the "Cool Kid," of the month on the station's
      special "Cool Kid," segment of the show hosted by newscaster
      Henry Alfaro. The crew of Channel 7 paid a visit to Finley's
      home on March 5, where all four boys were interviewed by
      Alfaro. As a reward for being chosen as "Cool Kid," of the
      month, Finley will receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

      Finley's mom Patti Finley said she couldn't be happier with
      the success of the boys and their barbershop quartet. "It
      was just a coincidence that Garrett was chosen as the `Cool
      Kid,' at around the same time the boys won the competition,"
      she said. "I'm so proud of them." Finley explained that the
      boys were sponsored by the Santa Clarita Chapter of the
      Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber
      Shop Quartet Singing in America (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.).

      "All of their hard work and rehearsals have paid off and
      now offers are coming in for them to perform as the guest
      quartet at other S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. chapter shows," Patti
      said. "Now they're ready to take their act on the road."

      The boys were equally as enthusiastic about their success.
      Finley said winning the contest in Fresno was a great
      thrill. "We knew we had a good sound and I think the reason
      we won is because we put so much of our heart and soul into
      the music," Finley said. "We showed the audience the love we
      have for the music and they really picked up on that. The
      harmonies are so great, and the people you meet in
      barbershop and the S.P.E.B.S.Q.A. are the kindest,
      friendliest people around."

      Finley first met up with the members of the
      S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., during his freshman year when he was a
      cast member in "The Music Man." As one of the barbershop
      quartet singers, Finley received coaching from the local
      chapter of the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Later, Finley formed his own
      quartet at Valencia High School with the help of an outreach
      program geared toward introducing students to the art of
      barbershop quartet singing.

      Meanwhile, at Canyon High School, Walberg and Theule formed
      a quartet of their own. Both groups met with success at The
      Far West District competitions held in Fresno last year.
      Finley, Theule and Walberg would learn of each others'
      mutual interest while appearing in the Canyon Theatre
      Guild's production of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dream
      Coat," during the summer. During the breaks, the three would
      break out the pitch pipe and sing in harmony together.

      The trio would later recruit bass singer Davis to round out
      the group. They began preparations for this year's Fresno
      Competition in February with the help of singing coach,
      Keith Goudy, of the Santa Clarita Barbershop Chapter. They
      also received the help of professional singers, Jerry Lovell
      and Kelly Shepard of the barbershop quartet, "Countdown."

      Canyon senior Davis said he has enjoyed his experience as a
      Barbershop Quartet singer as well. "In retrospect, I don't
      at all regret the vigorous rehearsal or late nights that we
      spent preparing for the contest," Davis said. "Joining the
      quartet has brought me some of the most enjoyable times of
      my life."

      For Canyon High School junior, Theule, becoming a champion
      barbershop quartet singer has been a dream come true.
      "Singing barbershop has been one of the greatest things for
      me," Theme said. "It really trains a person musically and
      the friendships you develop along the way are incredible,
      and hopefully life-long."

      Walberg, a senior at Canyon High enjoyed his experience as
      well. "It was amazing and exhilarating experience to sing
      with such a mature sounding quartet," Walberg said. "It made
      me feel like we were a professional quartet, which in
      reality, we now are." Walberg explained that the foursome is
      already being booked for some paying gigs coming up in the
      future. For now, the boys will continue to practice their
      craft, while encouraging others to give barbershop singing a
      try. "Anyone can do it- guys, girls, young and old-everyone
      should try it," Walberg said. "Singing in a quartet has been
      one of the most enjoyable experiences I've ever had."

      "Cool Kids" will air on KABC Channel 7, Sunday at 9 p.m.

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