A new chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is being formed here. Men who have sung barbershop-style songs-or who might like to learn them, are welcome to visit the group and consider whether they’d like to join. This new Chapter of the Everglades meets each Thursday evening from 7:00PM to 10:00PM in a meeting room in Joes Crab Shack at 1355 Fifth Avenue South. (Also known as US 41 or Tamiami Trail East.) Interested men may attend a practice meeting, meet the members and join in the singing or just observe.
Barbershoppers are men who just love to sing. They sing for their own pleasure and for those who enjoy this style of music. They meet regularly to sing old and new songs and to prepare themselves to entertain others with their music.
The Barbershop Harmony Society is an international organization which was started in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1938. A few friends gathered on a roof-top garden of a local hotel to enjoy some singing harmony. By their third meeting, 150 men had asked to join in. Before long, the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) was born. Recently, in the interest of making its title more pronounceable, the organization modified its public name to the Barbershop Harmony Society.
According to Bob Dichter, the group presents concerts often on behalf of the Salvation Army. “Last year alone we donated over $3,000.00 to the Salvation Army. Over the years, close to $40,000.00 has been donated. A concert scheduled for December 10th at United Church of Marco will have a Free Will Offering as its admission price, whereas in March, a concert at Naples High School will have tickets at $14.00 each. It depends on the venue and the time of year, but the proceeds are donated.
The group has been around for a number of years and used to practice at Bentley Village in Naples until the complex was bought by a large developer. “We are always looking to add members interested in singing. Off season we may have 18-20 regulars attend our gatherings, in season that number can swell to 35 or more.
If you’re interested in singing old songs in four-part harmony, we’re seeking men who enjoy good sound and fellowship. All men are welcome. Call 239- 250-0457 for more information.