Atlantic Harmony Brigade
August 14-16, 2015 in Wilmington, DE
What is a Harmony Brigade?
Its weekend of wall-to-wall, chord cracking, barbershop quartet singing. If you are a passionate, fast learning, experienced, and competitive quartet man, and you yearn for good, challenging quartetting with a network of solid, like-minded, and accomplished quartet men, the Atlantic Harmony Brigade may be for you. The AHB Rally is a weekend event of non-stop quartetting and quartet partner switching on twelve great international competition level songs. Participants sing in hundreds of quartet combinations. Up to 124 men arrive in Delaware, solidly prepared and ready to spend the entire weekend formally and informally quartetting! While the Brigade is not for beginners, you don't need to be an International Champion, either. The object of the Brigade is to provide an exciting venue for strongly committed singers to sing together and provide opportunities for public performance and outreach.
There are two rounds of good-natured quartet competitions (with randomly selected quartet members and randomly selected songs from those provided). Judges are well known BHS coaches, singers, or quartets. There is also a show presented to the public on Saturday night. The Brigade participants perform selected songs as a chorus and there is a parade of quartets made of auditioned volunteers from the Brigade. There is usually a headline quartet or other top notch group on the show, as well.
In early April, participants receive their music and high quality part-dominant learning tracks for the songs to be used in the rally. Men count on each other to be 100% prepared, with all the notes, words, and interpretations fully memorized. There is no leaning whatsoever in this event. Every man commits to being 100% prepared. The cost for the weekend is all-inclusive, covering registration fees, hotel accommodations, meals, and all the learning materials. The cost for 2015 is$299.
The 2015 Atlantic Harmony Brigade Rally is scheduled for August 14-16.
MAYHEM will be 2015 AHB Rally Guest Quartet and Contest Judges.
The AHB is thrilled to announce that MAYHEM, 2013 M-AD Quartet Champions will be our guest quartet and judges for the 2015 Rally. Welcome back, Pookie!
Brigade Honors and Awards
Grand Prize: The Guy We Were Glad We Sang With Award: The object of the Brigade is to come prepared to be the guy everyone was glad they sang with. The top award, an engraved loving cup, is voted on by all participants. It is given to the man that not only came so well prepared that he made his quartet partners sound good, but he helped (more than anyone else) make their attendance rewarding and fun. The winner of this award is invited to return the following year FREE.
The Quartet Tramp Award: This award is earned by the man (or men) who quartets in the most number of quartets during the weekend. Upon arrival, everyone is issued a "dance card" and 126 of his own personalized stickers. After singing in a quartet, the members exchange stickers and place them on their own dance cards. These stickers also serve to allow singers to contact each other after the Brigade rally should they wish to form quartets after the main event. The winner of this award is also invited to return the following year FREE. In the case of ties, one FREE scholarship will be divided equally among the winners.
The Quartet Contest Awards: After two rounds of competition, each member of the three top scoring quartets is awarded accordingly, a "genuine" simulated Gold, Silver, or Bronze (suitable for framing) certificate acknowledging his accomplishment and his luck of the draw.
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Elected Leadership Team for 2015
President: George Korch
VP: Larry Klein
Music VP: Garry Warlow
Membership VP: Jim Hvidding
Marketing VP: Open
Logistics VP: Paul Santino
Secretary: Jason (JT) Thompson
Treasurer: Calvin Schnure
Conservator of Operational Culture (COOC)
Members-at-Large: Tom Riordan, Joe Hustegge, Lynn Hineman, Jon Vickers
Founders: Neal Siegal, Charlie Ross, Mike Stoll