District News

Fall registrations open

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Far Western District Fall Convention, October 19-22 in Bakersfield, Calif.  Early-Bird pricing is available until September 21, $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for...
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Double Match Challenge

Lloyd Steinkamp Endowment Fund for FWD Harmony Camps Double Match Challenge The primary purpose of weekend long Harmony Camps is to introduce a cappella barbershop harmony singing to high school age boys....
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Don Gubbins

JUNE 3, 2017 — It is with great regret that we need to inform the district of the passing of Past District President Donald Gubbins. Don was also the lead in...
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Fall Contest Lineup

FWD Fall Convention & Contests in Bakersfield, October 19-22, 2017: There was a lot of great singing at the five Divisional Contests this Spring. Northeast and Northwest Divisions were held in...
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International Contest Lineup

BHS International Convention in Las Vegas, July 2-9, 2017: Five quartets and four choruses will be representing the Far Western District at the BHS International Convention in Las Vegas. FWD quartets Flightline,...
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SE/SW Division - Quartet...

EL MONTE, Calif., Saturday, May 13 - EIGHTEEN quartets competed in the combined Southeast and Southwest Division Quartet Contest this evening, eleven from Southeast and seven fron Southwest. FIVE of those...
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SE/SW Division - Chorus...

EL MONTE, Calif., Saturday, May 13 - SIXTEEN choruses competed in the combined Southeast and Southwest Division Chorus Contest earlier today, nine from Southeast and seven fron Southwest.  FOURTEEN of those...
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SoCal Comedy Quartet Contest

The Orange Quartet Chapter hosts the annual SoCal Comedy Quartet Contest  Saturday, August 12, 7:00 PM  First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton • 838 N Euclid St, Fullerton, CA 92832 Registration & Tickets
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Arizona Division Chorus...

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....
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Arizona Division Quartet...

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...
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2017 FWD Spring Convention -...

March 11 - McClellan Conference Cneter, Sacramento, Calif. Here are the results of the Quartet Semifinal (Friday) and Final (Saturday) Contests: NORTHEAST DIVISION (Top 5) Capitol Ring • 901 • 75.1% Dynamix • 888...
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2017 FWD Spring Convention -...

March 11 - McClellan Conference Cneter, Sacramento, Calif. Here are the results of the High School Quartet Contest: The Four Chorsdmen Split Decision Three and a Half Men The Canal Boys 2017 FWD Spring, HS Quartet...
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2017 FWD Spring Convention -...

Saturday, March 11 - McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento, Calif. The results of the Northeast and Northwest Division Chorus Contests are as follows: NORTHEAST DIVISION California Delta • Voices of California • 972 •...
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2017 FWD Spring Convention...

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...
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2017 NorCal Novice Quartet...

Here are the results from the 2017 NorCal Novice Quartet Contest held in Walnut Creek earlier today. Western Harmonics is the NorCal Novice Quartet Champion Extravaganza! is the NorCal High School Quartet...
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2017 International Las Vegas

2017 International Las Vegas July 2-9, 2017 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...
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photo Gubbins DonJUNE 3, 2017 — It is with great regret that we need to inform the district of the passing of Past District President Donald Gubbins. Don was also the lead in the 1975 Far Western District Quartet Champion San Francisco Storm Door & Whale Oil Co. and a Presentation Judge.

Donald Whitney Gubbins died peacefully at his home in Cameron Park, CA, on June 2, 2017, at the age of 83. Don is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Gubbins; his four children - Deborah Curlanis (Mark Harvis), Taffi Ozenne, Donald W. Gubbins, Jr. (Nancy), and Pamela Imbesi (Frank); his 6 grandchildren - Hilary McDaniel (Jeff Armbrecht), Dominic Ozenne (Nicole), Jacob Gubbins, Kirstin Shipe, Lucas Gubbins, and Parker Shipe; and by his four great grandchildren, Hayden and Ethan Ozenne and Declan and Keller Armbrecht.

Don Gubbins on Westunes Cover, Jan-Feb 1994
Don Gubbins with Carl Truman, March 30, 2003 Don Gubbins Sr & Jr, 2017 Spring Convention

A fourth generation Californian, Don was born January 12, 1934 in Stockton, CA, to John and Jeneffee (Morrison) Gubbins. He attended Stockton High, Stockton College and San Francisco State University.

In 1954, Don married his high school sweetheart Joan Kline. The family moved to the Bay Area in 1972, and in 1989, Don and Joan moved to Cameron Park, in El Dorado County where Don retired in 1997 after 21 years with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

After his family and friends, Don's greatest loves were sports and music. In younger years, he loved bowling, baseball, and basketball. Don was a member of the Stockton YMCA 1954-55 basketball team. He was especially honored when the team was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Don was an active and dedicated 48-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in the Vacaville, Stockton, Peninsula, Placerville and Sacramento Chapters over the years. Don was most well known in Barbershop for his many years as lead with the San Francisco Storm Door & Whale Oil Company.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for August 13, 2017, 12:00 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park, CA 95682. Lunch will be served.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations "In Memory of Donald W. Gubbins" to The Harmony Foundation, 110 7th Avenue North, Ste. 200, Nashville, TN 37203 or via their website at www.harmonyfoundation.org.

The family would like to thank all of Don's amazing caregivers at Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County for their care and dedication in Don's final weeks.

 

A video tribute to the San Francisco Storm Door & Whale Oil Co. (1975)

Video courtesy of AFWDC

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