Bossier City/ Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker and Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover have proclaimed April 7-13, 2013 as “Barbershop Harmony Week” in concurrence with the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
On April 6, at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Walker will present the proclamation to River Cities Jubilee Chorus, Northwest Louisiana's chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, while they perform at Bossier Power Equipment for their annual open house.
For more than 60 years the River Cities Jubilee Barbershop Chorus has been making sweet harmony in the Shreveport and Bossier areas
This year the chapter celebrates a landmark occasion, the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
“We’re going to celebrate the way our singing society started,” said chapter Vice President of Marketing Steven Klein. "In April of 1938, O.C. Cash in Tulsa, Oklahoma, invited a few acquaintances to get together to sing one evening, and the idea blew up out of control literally overnight.”
Twenty six men attended that first meeting and within a year the idea spread like wildfire to more than 2,000 members from coast to coast and Canada.
Today, 75 years later there are more than 24,000 members of the Barbershop Harmony Society plus singers around the world in organizations from New Zealand, Sweden and more. Sweden, in particular, has become a leading incubator of top talent.
The current quartet champions, RING MASTERS, hail from Stockholm, as do the college champs, Lemon Squeezy and chorus medalists Zero8.
“We’re part of something really special,” says Klein.
On Thursday, April 11, the chorus will be singing with a lot of other friends. Quartet Champs, RING MASTERS will be appearing on NBC’s Today show to start the day and there will be celebrations across the continent with choruses and quartets performing in government and civic locations everywhere.
Full details of the history of the Barbershop Harmony Society, vintage footage, photos and history notes can be found at www.barbershop.org. If you want to join our group of men for fellowship and great harmony singing, find us on the web at www.shreveportharmony.org. The society currently meets every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in Shreveport.