MESA, Ariz., April 22 — Five choruses competed in the Arizona Division Chorus Contest held at Mesa High School this evening, with FOUR qualifying for the Fall Contest in Bakersfield. Or put another way, 80% of them men who were on stage tonight will be going to Bakersfield for the big show.
Here are the results:
Salt River Valley - A Cappella Syndicate (934 - 77.8)
Mesa - East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers (857 - 71.4)
MESA, Ariz., April 22 — The Arizona Division Quartet Contest featured twelve of Arizona's finest. For the last several years, Arizona has led the District in the number of quartets it sends to the Distict Fall Contest, and this year is no exception, with SEVEN quartets qualifying for Bakersfield this coming October.
Friday, March 10 - McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento, Calif.
Due to multiple, overlapping contests going on simultaneously, results from the Friday Quartet Semifinals will not be announced or published until after the Quartet Finals on Saturday, as the Friday results would reveal scores for some quartets who will advance to the Finals round.
Here are the quartets advancing to the Saturday Quartet Finals (in order of appearance):
Some Friends of Mine
The Front Line
The Newfangeled Four
Flightline will sing after the quartet finalists; they are scoring to qualify for the International Youth Quartet Contest.
For the first time, all of our shows and contests will be walk-in ready — the minute we arrive at the Axis Theater, everything required for a sensational show is already in place. This premium space was built for the demanding needs of music industry superstars like Britney Spears, J-Lo, and the Miss Universe finals.
Great ready for our incredible performance venue for 2017… The stunning AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
After many years of seeing Membership Programs come and go, I decided to take a closer look using my years on the District Board and my experiences with my SW Division Chapters. It seems that the Programs coming out of Kenosha and later Nashville required many steps, reports and effort to make them produce. This in itself isn’t bad, but for small chapters who are struggling, it is very frustrating. It seems that the required program elements were geared more for larger chapters with plenty of men to help. Smaller chapters don’t have that luxury.
So as I planned last year’s Membership class in Las Vegas, I decided to ask the attending chapter members to help out by designing a new program that would be easy to run yet effective. I asked them to keep it simple with the idea of each man in the chapter having a key role.
We came up with “Each One Bring One” as our motto. This could be used by chapters — small and large — with each man being challenged to bring in one new member during the next year. Chapters could roll out the program anytime during the year. Prizes or incentives could be added for additional motivation. One suggestion was for the Chapter to buy the member with the most new recruits a registration to the Spring or Fall Convention.
At the wrap up meeting in Las Vegas, the Tucson Chapter had a change for our motto that was gladly incorporated. Our motto became, “Each One, Bring One, WE WON”.
Bringing in new members is certainly a lofty goal, but once they have their certificates we must make sure our retention program is well oiled. We’ll examine member retention in a later article.
The Far Western District provides leadership and assistance to our members and chapters, while maintaining our status as an innovative district, in order to perpetuate barbershop harmony and encourage vocal music in our schools and communities.