The Atlantic Harmony Brigade is weekend of wall-to-wall, chord cracking, barbershop quartet singing. If you are a fast learning, experienced 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 dozens of quartet combinations. This is an invitational event. You must apply to be invited.
In early April, participants will 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. The cost for the weekend is all-inclusive, covering registration fees, hotel accommodations at the Crowne Plaza, meals, and all the learning materials. The cost is only $299.
Quartet Contest: 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. This past year's judges were the 2016 MidAtlantic District Champs, Route One.
Dance Card: All participant receive a "Dance Card" with the names and voice parts of all other participants. The men use these cards to document everyone they sing with. Men that sing with all the other participants receive special recognition.
The Big Show: The AHB presents a show to the public to educate about and entertain in the Barbershop Style. Participants sing as part of a 100+ man chorus and have the opportunity to audition to appear on the show in a quartet, as well. A headliner, guest quartet, or other vocal act usually entertains, as well.
Informal Quartetting: If you love singing in quartets and enjoy trying various combinations of voices, this is for you. The heart of the Brigade is hours and hours of informal quartetting. Since everyone knows all 12 championship style arrangements cold, there's no problem finding lots of songs to sing. The AHB is non-stop quartet singing from Friday to Sunday morning. They only time you'll want to stop is to eat! Our attendeess consistently say that their least favorite activity of the weekend is sleeping!
The Masters Class: Spend an hour with a barbershop hero, learning tips and how-to's, and getting the low down on some barbershop history or just hearing some great stories. This is a weekend highlight.
Scholarships: A number of full scholarships are available each year for talented young male vocalists. Barbershop experience is helpful, but not required. Scholarship applications are available on or about December 1 for the coming year's Rally.
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Elected Leadership Team for 2017
President: Doug Brown
Immediate Past President: George Korch
EVP: Larry Klein
Music VP: Jason (JT) Thompson
Membership VP: Richard Townsend
Marketing VP: Erik Contzius
Logistics VP: Paul Santino
Secretary: Garry Warlow
Treasurer: Ken Hicks
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Scholarship VP: Mark Ream
Members-at-Large: Ben Hawker, Lynn Hineman, Tom Riordan
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