Presented by Larry Kellogg and Neal Siegal, Co-Chairmen of the North Carolina Harmony Brigade
The dream of Society motivational speaker, Chuck Greene, to provide dynamic opportunities to young, ambitious singers became a reality this January at the 22nd North Carolina Harmony Brigade, an organization he helped to create.
Through the generosity of NCHB members and supporters, eight motivated, talented young men received the first "Chuck Greene NCHB Memorial Youth Scholarships" ever awarded.
More importantly, the eight scholarship recipients (whose ages ranged from 18 to 28) enjoyed a weekend of nearly nonstop quartet singing in countless quartets they were spontaneously a part of, formed out of the other 120+ experienced quartet singers in attendance.
Scholarship Recipients: Justin Mauney, Andrew Notaro, Chris Kirkland, Matt Gorman, Justin Donegan, Tyler Carpenter, Stephen Barrie, Jeffrey Arians
The recipients came to Pinehurst NC from as far away as up-state New York and Iowa! Some had done little or no quartetting before; rather, they were experienced with collegiate choirs, modern a cappella groups, jazz ensembles and musical theater. Nevertheless, they were ready, willing and very able to sing their part on all 12 championship songs they were given months earlier. As a result, they were enthusiastically embraced by all with whom they sang. And clearly they had a great time.
Among the Scholarship men with quartet experiences, Jeff Arians of the Mason City Iowa Chapter shared, "when the door opened and I heard that barbershop harmony, I knew I was home. I was instantly greeted with smiles and by people who wanted to sing with me right away. The whole weekend had a barbershop convention feel to it, the late night singing, mixing up in every quartet combination you can think off, singing everything you know, and all in all just feeling at home."
Stephen Barrie of the Mohawk Valley, NY Chapter added, "I had an absolutely amazing weekend at the North Carolina Harmony Brigade!!!!! Non-stop barbershop singing from the minute I got there. I met some amazing people and they were a true symbol of what barbershop is all about. It's a brotherhood!" Matt Gorman, a member of the Heart of Carolina (Durham) Chapter effused, "It had to be one of the best barbershop experiences I've ever had before in my life. Hanging around with 120 like-minded "eXtreme Quartetters" is any barbershop nerds dream come true." Additionally, Andrew Notaro, from the Friends Of Harmony Chapter, NY, commented, "Ringing chords drive new guys to barbershop, and this gave me that "fix." I really enjoyed the nature of the lightheartedness during the quartet competition and that guys were open to singing with anyone."
On the other hand Justin Mauney, a collegiate ensemble singer from North Carolina State University, who had no substantive quartet experience prior to the Brigade, proved to be every bit the equal among the scholarship recipients as a man with whom everyone wanted to sing. Justin grew up in a barbershop family but even with barbershop in his blood, he said, "I was extremely nervous in the beginning and I was amazed how fast I was welcomed by not only the people checking me in but also all the other gentlemen who wanted me to sing with them. Overall, it was seriously one of the best weekends I've ever had."
Presentation of Proclamation at NCHB Show in Pinehurst, NC (L to R) Larry Kellogg – Co-Chairman; Bev Greene; Neal Siegal – Co-Chairman; Charlie Rose – NCHB Founder; Curtis Kriner – NCHB Membership Chairman and Larry Triplett – NCHB Music Chairman
The scholarships offer men an expense-paid, retreat-like, weekend of fun and the opportunity to expand their quartetting skills, broaden their repertory and increase their network of fellow quartet singers and new friends. Without scholarships some otherwise very qualified applicants face financial limits. Chris Kirkland, a member of the Research Triangle Park Chapter in Raleigh, NC, said, "As a grad student, money is definitely an object and it was highly doubtful that I would have been able to attend if not for the generosity of everyone involved with this Scholarship program." Chris and rest of the first-time recipients made every minute count by adding, "Over the two and half days I was in Pinehurst, I only slept 6 hours (4 of those on the Friday night) so that leaves around 50-60 hours of non-stop quartet singing of which I took full advantage!"
Matt Gorman was the official "last man standing" after Saturday night's show, contest and pizza party. Matt called it quits at 6:15 AM . . . Sunday morning (basically because everyone else had gone to bed)! Matt summed his experience up by saying, "When the weekend was over, for the first time in my life, I felt like I had my fill of barbershop. I was finally able to quench my thirst for tags and songs and those iconic 7th chords."
So, how can you (our BHS family) build on Chuck's dream?
Let your young associates know about the Brigade and our scholarships. If you or someone you know is between the ages of 18 and 27, avidly sings and has strong musical experiences (even if it's not with Barbershop), contact us or write to:
The benefits of having more young quartetters experiencing a Brigade weekend will go a long way towards securing a brighter, stronger future for quartet singing, your chapter and our Society.
Jeff Arians summed it up by saying, "This was the best barbershop weekend I have had to this day. I am already looking forward to next year's brigade and will be trying to save the pennies to make it out there again!"
Through youth scholarship programs like the Chuck Greene NCHB Memorial Youth Scholarship, our friend Chuck Greene will sing on, inspiring countless young singers for generations to come.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 February 2014 16:22 )
The second World Championship for mixed quartets "World Mixed" in Dortmund, Germany, has closed its registration.
Last Updated ( Friday, 17 January 2014 18:27 )
For further information please go to www.barbershop.de
The Order of Appearance at the Semifinals
Semifinals will be held on Friday, March 7, 13.00h-15.45h,
Finals on Sunday, March 9 from 11.00h - 12.20h at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany
This is the order of appearance for the Semifinals:
1. 4ONCE (NL)
2. Jigsaw (UK)
3. TranceMission (NL)
4. Pastor Hannes Kör (Sw)
5. Klangküsse (Ger)
6. Double Date (USA)
7. Patchwork (UK)
8. TONIKUM (Ger)
9. Double Trouble (UK)
10. Singcerity (USA)
11. Tarzan & Jane (Sw)
12. Hopplösa Fåglar (Sw)
JERRY ORLOFF (1/16/31 - 10/25/13)
Jerry Orloff, an internationally known barbershop quartet singer and teacher, passed away at his home in Aptos on October 25 after a lengthy struggle with vascular dementia. He was 82. Jerry, who shared his passion for four-part harmony with his wife, Kim, was inducted into the International Barbershop Society's Hall of Fame in 2011. As a member of the Mixed Metafour Quartet (a unique coed mixed barbershop quartet with his wife plus Bev Wesley of Aptos and several other men who sang the lead part between 1984 and 2012), Jerry performed and shared his love of singing throughout the world, with appearances in New Zealand, Australia, England, Sweden, Wales and Russia as well as across the United States. In 2001 Jerry and Kim created an additional quartet with another couple, Brian and Holly Beck, of Dallas, Texas. This quartet, Hao Yun Qui, was specifically formed to teach the barbershop style in China; they made several trips there from 2001 to 2003, teaching at universities and senior organizations in Northern China. The quartet taught standard American songs in English as well as several native Chinese folk songs which they had arranged in barbershop style and learned in the original Mandarin.
Jerry was also a member of the local Santa Cruz Chapter of SPEBSQSA, also known as the Gold Standard Chorus. He participated in many of their shows (both in the chorus and with his quartet), as well as singing "Valengrams" every February, and Christmas carols in shopping centers every December.
While music was the center of his life, Jerry also was a devoted father of four who shared his love for the outdoors and fishing with sons Dan, Randy, Mike and Barry. From the time they could walk he went with them on fishing and houseboat trips... a family tradition which continued throughout his lifetime. He was no stranger in the kitchen, making fantastic chicken matza-ball soup and sharing with all his sons his unique talent for pickling cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and whole watermellons. Jerry's other passions included photography and anything Minnesota - often torn between his love of the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers. He was an avid hockey fan, and was a play-by-play radio announcer for the St. Paul Saints in the early 1960's. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jerry moved with his family to Daly City, CA in 1963. There he owned and operated a paint and art supply store with his parents Solly and Florence Orloff for nearly 20 years. He moved to Aptos in 1983, and soon thereafter retired from sales in order to work full-time sharing the joy of singing harmony.
Jerry's family will join many local barbershop singers for a musical celebration of his life at 2pm on November 23 at Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton CA. Besides Kim, his wife of 30 years, Jerry is survived by his first wife Terry Martin of Santa Clara, CA; his sons and their wives, Dan and Sherené Orloff of San Jose, CA; Mike and Julie Orloff of Greenville, CA; Randy Orloff of Alameda, CA; his grandsons Lieutenant Benjaman Orloff and his wife JoEllen Orloff of Ridgecrest, CA; Nate Orloff, of Los Angeles, CA; Travis Orloff, of San Jose, CA; his great granddaughter, Ella Rose Orloff; and his brother and sister-in-law, Mickey and Sue Orloff of Foster City, CA. He is also survived by members of his barbershop quartet family: Mixed Metafour/Mixed Bag leads Paul Eastman, Elmer Fairbanks, Ed Tyler, Steve Sammonds, Steve Bishop, and Bill McCain, baritone Kim Orloff, and tenors Bev Wesley and Jackie Bishop. Jerry's harmonies also continue on in the lives of many barbershop singers throughout the world. If you would like to light a candle and share your condolences with his family, please visit www.pacificgardenschapel.com
Remembrances in his name may be made to Young Men in Harmony/Harmony Foundation International (www.harmonyfoundation.org
) at 110 7th Ave North, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203.
Making a Difference Through Music
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:19 )
A small number of gentlemen are making their way through the halls of a childrens hospital on a Thursday morning in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The bright and colorful artwork adorning the walls and windows of the Chris Evert Childrens Hospital reflect the lives of the precious young children that fill the rooms. But this morning, something just as colorful will soon be reverberating off the walls, filling the halls with music and filling those at the childrens hospital with the joy of song.
Steve, David, Lew, and Zach are the four members of a barbershop quartet representing the Miamians Music Medics, and like many others across the Society, they are taking advantage of an opportunity to lift the spirits of those in need through the gift of music. For a brief moment in time, hallways filled with medical equipment tethered by wires and cords give way to hallways filled with the sounds of four-part harmony.
From room to room they went, wherever they were invited in, visiting individuals and singing a song or two for anyone who were able to listen. In one instance, a quietly sung rendition of Happy Trails caused a precious bedridden young boy to break a smile and show a palpable positive increase in vital signs from the monitors attached to his body, exciting the nurses who were standing close by. And this isn't an experience unique to just these individuals. All across the country, similar stories emerge of lives continually being touched and enriched through the power of simple harmony.
While barbershop is by no means the only form of artistic expression being used around the world to bring joy through song, those who have experienced the thrill of singing barbershop first hand will tell you that it truly is a joy unlike any other. And it might be fair to say, from the perspective of a barbershopper, that the artistic expression of singing in four-part barbershop harmony is never a chore and never work, but rather a natural reaction much like breathing or using the senses. It simply must happen. And once freed, it takes on a life of its own much to the delight of any and all sympathetic ears.
But most of all, barbershoppers and all musicians alike will probably agree, when it comes to expression through music, it's about giving the gift of song, and receiving a gift much bigger in return. And it's about making a difference through making music, and being irrefutably changed in the process.
Said Miamians Music Medics representative Ernie de la Fe, "I'm convinced that visiting these area childrens hospitals will be one of the best things we've ever done as a chorus." Thank you, gentlemen, for giving your time in such an unselfish manner, and here's to the many others who are doing the same across the world.