Denver-based quartet wins international Barbershop competition

Philadelphia, PA. (July 3, 2010) – Storm Front of Denver, Colo. created plenty of thunderous applause and light-hearted laughter as they won the coveted Gold Medal at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2010 International quartet contest on the evening of July 3rd at the PennsylvaniaConvention Center in downtown Philadelphia.  Storm Front stood out in the humor category amidst mostly traditional and several contemporary barbershop quartets.  Out of thousands of competing quartets from around the world, 51 quartets qualified to participate in the Society’s 72nd Annual International Convention, traveling from as far as New Zealand, Sweden, and England.

Storm Front’s members are lead Jim Clark and baritone Darin Drown of Denver, CO and tenor Jeff Selano and bass Syd Libsack of Atlanta, GA.  All are members of the Denver Mile High Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society also known as the Sound of the Rockies Chorus.  Storm Front placed third in international barbershop competition in 2007, sixth in 2008, and third again in 2009, which prompted them to write and perform the parody “We’ve Grown Accustomed to 3rd Place”. They also performed a medley entitled “Car Song” and received the “audience favorite” award given out prior to being announced as contest champions.

Every year, thousands of quartets and choruses worldwide spend countless hours rehearsing and preparing for district, national, and international level competitions hosted around the world for the chance of being crowned champions. Once a quartet wins the International Competition, that quartet officially retires from competition, allowing for a brand new champion each year.   The last time a quartet from Denver won the International competition was in 1982.   The popular Classic Collection from Denver performed around the world for nearly 30 years after their historic win and is the only other quartet from the Rocky Mountain District to be crowned International champion.

The Sound of the Rockies chorus took 4th place in the chorus competition also held in Philadelphia, PA on July 2nd.  The chorus is open to men of all ages and hosts two annual shows (Christmas and Spring) at The Newman Center for Performing Arts at The University of Denver, at which Storm Front regularly performs.  For more information on the chorus, Storm Front, and their many quartets, visit www.soundoftherockies.com.

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About the Barbershop Harmony Society:  Founded in 1938 in Tulsa, Okla., the Barbershop Harmony Society (originally named the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America – SPEBSQSA) is the largest all-male singing organization in the world with nearly 30,000 members including 1500 quartets in 800 chapters. Another 4,000 barbershoppers are members of affiliated organizations in Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden. BHS is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and is home to the Old Songs Library, the world’s largest privately held collection of sheet music, containing 750,000 sheets and 125,000 titles from the heyday of Tin Pan Alley. The Heritage Hall Museum of Barbershop Harmony, also located in Harmony Hall, serves as a repository for barbershop memorabilia, early recordings, costumes, research materials, and historical documents tracing the roots of the barbershop style. www.barbershop.org

 

About barbershop-style a cappella music:   Barbershop harmony is a uniquely American musical art form. It is known for its four-part harmony and the “expanded sound” created by its unique chord.