Barbershop Old but New Again

March 16, 2015 | Dave Byers

What’s Up in 2015 (VIDEO)

Harmony Express will be performing all around Montgomery County this year. We will be doing our usual quota of charitable concerts at retirement villages from Rockville to Silver Spring. As far as public concerts is concerned, the chorus is already scheduled to sing at festivals in Gaithersburg, Takoma Park and Burtonsville, and every day at […]

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January 7, 2015 | Dave Byers

Harmony Express Chorus

Our Slipping Demographic

Given the popular image of barbershop singing, you’d think Harmony Express’ demographic, the age profile of our members, would be slipping toward the past.  In fact, it’s leaning into the future.  Our two most recent members are 15 and somewhere around 35.  Of the guys currently preparing for auditions, one is about 50, the second […]

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November 18, 2014 | Dave Byers

Harmony Express Annual Show a Winner

I’ve been neglecting this blog of late, under the pressure of other business.  Just can’t keep up! I’m happy to say that Harmony Express’ Annual Show, given in matinee and evening sessions at Leisure World was (a) a lot of work and (b) a great success.  Our men sang well both in costume as Depression-era […]

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August 28, 2014 | Dave Byers

photo of Harmony Express Barbershop Chorus

Harmony Express Annual Show Set for Sept. 13

Montgomery County’s Harmony Express will present its second annual show on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Show times are 2 and 7:30 p.m. The location is Leisure World, Clubhouse 2, 3330 N. Leisure World Blvd, Silver Spring Maryland 20906. This year’s show, entitled “Rags to Riches,” opens with a skit set in the Great Depression and […]

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June 12, 2014 | Dave Byers

The Glen Echoes

Most barbershop choruses have embedded quartets that perform with the chorus and on their own.   Singing in a chorus requires some natural gifts, and some skill and training.  Singing in a quartet is a step beyond, requiring skill plus the commitment to spend hours every week refining your craft. Harmony Express is fortunate to have […]

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May 1, 2014 | Dave Byers

Handsome Reward

Most barbershop choruses have embedded quartets that perform with the chorus and on their own.   Singing in a chorus requires some natural gifts, and some skill and training.  Singing in a quartet is a step beyond, requiring skill plus the commitment to spend hours every week refining your craft. Harmony Express is fortunate to have […]

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April 22, 2014 | Dave Byers

photo of Harmony Express at fair in 2013

Harmony Express Summer Performances

Harmony Express will be doing its a capella-in-the-barbershop-style thing at several community festivals this summer. Everyone within the sound of this blog is invited to come see if we really exist, and are really as good as I make us out to be! First up is Kentlands Day on Saturday, May 3.  We kick off […]

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April 9, 2014 | Dave Byers

photo of WPA poster on barbershop contest

Barbershop Harmony: The Context

Harmony Express is a barbershop chorus with deep roots in the history of American music.  While the roots of barbershop harmony are not entirely clear, scholars suggest that it emerged from the African American community in the late 19th century, about the time that same creative community gave birth to jazz and the blues.  Is […]

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March 29, 2014 | Dave Byers

The Barbershop Harmony Society

Barbershop is one of the three most colorful threads in the fabric of a cappella harmonizing in America.  Religious a cappella (“in the manner of the chapel”) music goes back many centuries (see my 3/19 post), and the repertoire of thousands of choirs across the country still includes such unaccompanied pieces.  High school and collegiate […]

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March 19, 2014 | Dave Byers

Barbershop is A Cappella

There’s not a piano, guitar, fiddle or orchestra in sight when barbershoppers do their thing.  Singing without musical accompaniment is called a cappella, an Italian phrase meaning “in the manner of the chapel.”  It refers to an early Christian belief that God’s praises should only be sung, not sounded on instruments.  Over the centuries, both […]

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