Last Saturday afternoon and evening (03/31/01) I had the extreme
privilege of being the Emcee at the Bozeman, Montana, Annual
show -- held this year in Belgrade, MT, a few miles to the West.
The theme of this years' show was "The Phantom of the Barbershop",
a locally written and produced take off on the program by the
same name published elsewhere.
I have never been a part of such a wonderful program -- a good mix
of good Barbershop and a few selections of other styles. The
Bozeman Chapter and The Chord Rustlers Chorus deserve accolades
of the highest degree for their production and performance.
Included were performances by the area Sweet Adelines --
Bridger Mountain Harmony Gals (OUTSTANDING!) plus regional
and area High school Quartets. Also, a Middle School Chorus
of talented youngsters (The Gallatin Valley Children's Choir)
was on the program. The Bozeman Chapter, by the way, made
contributions of over $2500 to aid area school Music programs
this past year.
The local/area Bozeman Quartets (Par Four/One Time Only/
Gallatones/Treble Makers/Doodle Dandies) added to the
enjoyment of the audience. And 15 year old Mark Dehn,
as the mysterious and hilarious "Phantom", made for a
The firm of Hassler, Lyon, Hodge and Wilkie (as Dorothy,
Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion of "The Wizard Of Oz" fame)
completed the festivities. The "firm" is also known to all
of us as "The Most Happy Fellows" -- 1977 International
Champions -- who redefined the term "TOP ENTERTAINERS".
What a terrific show these guys put on!
After the HAPS were on the "Retired from the Show Circuit" list for
a few years, Tom Wilkie was asked to fill the spot vacated by the
death of Ken Hawkinson. the original bass. His voice is a perfect
blend with Hodge/Lyon/Hassler with most extraordinary sound
being the result. Both the afternoon near capacity crowd, and the
evening sell-out audience were thrilled with this now famous
Wizard of Oz package.
Great Show! Great Fun! Great Barbershop!
Great Falls, MT