Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Barbershop March 23rd in Colby

Tumbleweed program features the Newfangled Four

From Southern California, The Newfangled Four is one of the top barbershop quartets in the world. Formed in the fall of 2012, this foursome quickly bonded through their involvements with the Westminster Chorus and Masters of Harmony, two well-renowned choruses in the Barbershop Harmony Society.

The Tumbleweed Chorus presents their 42nd Annual Show at 2 p.m. central, Saturday, March 23 at the Colby Community College Cultural Arts Center. Also featured is the Hays High Plains Chorus and the women’s Prairie Rose Chorus.

Combining old fashion slapstick humor with their quirky offbeat comedy, The Newfangled Four merges their talents as top-notch harmony singers and world-class entertainers. In 2013, the quartet won the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest and the Far Western District Quartet Contest, and most recently finished 6th place in the world in 2023.

Over the years they have developed a reputation not only for their fine singing and showmanship, but also for their work and involvement in the youth movement as clinicians and educators, leading countless workshops for young singers.

The Newfangled Four has appeared on Buzzfeed, Hallmark’s “Home and Family show,” the new “Gong Show,” “The CW Christmas Carolers Challenge,” and has recorded tracks for the Lifetime Movie Network. With millions of views on their YouTube performances, they are proud to introduce the barbershop art form to aspiring young singers around the world. Entertaining audiences is their priority, and they can’t wait to entertain you. They are Jackson, Joey, Jake, and Marcus: The Newfangled Four! Visit newfangledfour.com for complete information.

The Tumbleweed Chorus will be combined with the larger Hays High Plains Barbershop Chorus in “We Believe in Music.” Songs performed will include: I Believe in Music, When She Loved Me, Ring of Fire, Let It Be, For the Longest Time, It is Well With My Soul, Sixteen Tons and America the Beautiful Overlay. 

Western Kansas men’s quartets featured are: Uncalled Four, Prairie Timbre, Genuine Gents and Big Creek.

Max Befort, is director of the combined men’s shows in Colby and Hays, and Garrett Cole, is assistant director. Thomas Annis, Oakley, is the director for Prairie Rose Harmony. Annis also is director of the Tumbleweed Chorus. 

 “Our mission is to bring people together in harmony and fellowship to enrich lives through singing,” said Dan Obrien, president of the Tumbleweed Barbershop Chorus, Colby.

For Tickets, see any local member or call 785-694-3057. All Colby show tickets are $10. Tickets will also be available at the door. A short afterglow is being planned on CCC campus. Location and further details to be announced.

Hays Barbershop shows April 6

The Hays High Plains Barbershop Chorus Preparing For 56th Anniversary Show "We Believe in Music" to be presented April 6, 2024, at the Beach-Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State campus. There will be two shows: 2 pm and 7 pm.

Show Chairman this year is Roger Day and the chapter coach, Dr. Terry Crull, the Director of Choral Activities at Ft. Hays State University, will be emcee for the event this year.

Joining the Hays High Plains Chorus on stage for this 56th anniversary show will be the Tumbleweed Chorus from Colby and chapter quartets: Uncalled Four, Prairie Timbre and Big Creek.

The headlining quartet will be “After Hours,” an American barbershop quartet that won the 2018 Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Championship held in Orlando, Fla., with an overall score of 94.7%. They are the highest scoring quartet to win since the change in scoring in 1993. Visit afterhoursqt.com

After March 15, tickets for the Hays show may be purchased for $15 in advance at online at: https://rb.gy/8743sx

For more information see: www.facebook.com/groups/Haysbarbershoppers/

Tickets may be purchased at the door just prior to each Hays show as seating availability allows.

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