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Local rep attends barbershop singing forum

November 27, 2011
Messenger News

Mike Scott represented the Fort Dodge chapter when the Barbershop Harmony Society held its annual Leadership Forum the weekend of Nov. 4-6 in Dallas, Texas.

Society leadership from the United States and Canada spent the weekend developing strategic plans and goals expanding its promotion of a cappella singing, which is once again becoming popular with younger male singers in those countries, as well as England, Germany, New Zealand.

The Harmony Brigade chorus/chapter is a member of the Central States District of 57 chapters. CSD represents the states of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Scott, from Emmetsburg, is a member of the Algona chapter and represents the Fort Dodge chapter. He also serves the Central States District as vice president of membership development.

"One of the catalysts creating the new spark of excitement in a cappella style singing - no musical instruments - is due to the new TV shows emphasizing singing talent," Scott said.

"Our younger Society members have a strong desire to sing in a quartet today, but most surprising is that the older '50s and '60s style music is very popular with them. 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight,' 'Under The Boardwalk' and 'Hello, Mary Lou' and 'In The Still of The Night' are at the top of the list. They're fun and easy songs to learn.

"One of the benefits of singing with the chorus is the voice training that you receive. Ninety percent of the chorus members can't read music so 4-track learning CDs are provided to our chorus members. This makes a big difference and allows everyday singers to come out and have fun singing and really enjoying their night out," Scott said.

The Fort Dodge-based Harmony Brigade a cappella/barbershop chapter welcomes all male singers of all ages who enjoy fun, camaraderie and hearing their own voices contribute to four-part harmony.

The Harmony Brigade chorus rehearses 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening at the Congregational Church on 1611 Williams Drive.



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