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Voices takes third in its plateau
at Dixie District Competition

     Voices of the South members traveled to Atlanta October 7 to perform at the 68th Annual Dixie District Fall 2016 Barbershop Convention and Contest.
      The two-day event at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Dunwoody featured a Quartet Semi-Final Friday night, and the Chorus Contest, and the Quartet Finals on Saturday. 
      Director Matt Powell, who has been preparing the chorus for this contest for almost four months, said, “I thought the chorus was well prepared. We practiced week after week while continuing to do other charts. With this being my first time as the Voices director at a competition, I was excited with how we performed even though it was not the best score the chorus ever achieved, I thought it was a good baseline for us to grow on."
      Thirteen choruses from across the district performed — Athens, Ala.; Birmingham; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Atlanta Metro; Greater Atlanta; Lake Lanier, Ga.; Marietta, Ga.; Roswell, Ga.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Cleveland, Tenn.; Germantown, Tenn.; Greater Knoxville, Tenn.; and Memphis, Tenn.
      Voices of the South put 23 men on the stage. The chorus received a third place in its plateau. The group sang two pieces, “It Rained Last Night” and “Skylark.”
      Silver Lining, a registered quartet of Voices of the South, performed on Friday night in the preliminaries where they scored in the top 10 quartets from a field of 24.
      Daniel Hipps, lead; Ed Wharton, bass; Matt Powell, baritone; and Alex Garrison, tenor, make up Silver Lining. They sang “Recipe for Love” and “When I Fall in Love” in the semi-finals.
      Wharton was impressed with the group’s performance. “We felt good both nights about what we did compared to what we felt like we could do. You always want to leave everything you have ‘on the stage’ and with the audience. We felt like we did just that.”
      The group then performed a second time in the Quartet Finals Saturday night. They sang “From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye” and “Bare Necessities.”
      “We were very pleased with our scores and our placement,” Wharton said. “We picked up good and to-the-point coaching in areas we can improve our performance. In the end you just cannot ask for more than that.”

It’s not too early to buy tickets!

      You need to get your show tickets now while great seating is still available! You get to hear Voices of the South presents Christmas at the Lyric while enjoying the newly restored Lyric Theatre in downtown Birmingham. Make your plans now! 
   The show is Saturday, December 17, at 7 p.m., at The Lyric. 1800 Third Avenue North. You can select your preferred seating. Go ahead. It’s time to hit the button. Buy Tickets. See you at the show!

Want to get to know ‘em?

      Want to get to know these guys? Just click on a name below and you’ll navigate to the e-Voices archives of Then, click on the month the Spotlight ran and… Voila! Enjoy!
      The smiling face, top row left, is Lincoln Parrot. He’s a baritone, who is also the Vice President of Recruitment for the chorus. His Spotlight ran in August 2015. Tommy Brown is next to Linc. Tommy sings bass and lead for Voices. He is also the group’s Secretary. His Spotlight, September 2015. Larry Jones is next. Larry is Voices Treasurer. He sings bass. His Spotlight, October 2015. 
Daniel Hipps, Vice President of Music, is the second guy to the left in the top row. He’s a lead and the
lead-section leader. His Spotlight appeared in November 2015. His Spotlight, November 2015.
   Voices President Ed Wharton completes the top row. He’s a bass, but is also a former director and a front line director of Voices. He sings all four parts. He is the bass section leader. His Spotlight, December 2015.
   On the second row from left to right are — Karl Turner, Darrell Mansfield, Sonny Holt, Matt Powell and Frank “Knarf” Buttler.
   Karl is the Immediate Past President of Voices of the South. He sings bass. His Spotlight ran in January 2016.
   Darrell sings tenor in Voices. He is the Web Editor of His Spotlight, February 2016.
   Sonny sings bass in Voices. His Spotlight, March 2016.
   Matt is the Director of Voices of the South. This is his first year as Voices Director. He sings baritone. His Spotlight, April 2016.
   “Knarf “sings baritone in Voices. His Spotlight, May 2016.
On the third row from left to right are — Frank Holmes, Butch Goldblatt, Jim Phillips, Garry Claypool and Andy Hogue.
   Frank is the Vice President of Marketing for Voices of the South. He sings bass and is a front line director. His Spotlight ran in June 2016.
   Butch sings bass in Voices. His Spotlight, July 2016.
   Jim sings lead in Voices. His Spotlight, August 2016.
   Gary sings bass in Voices. His Spotlight, September 2016.
   Andy is a Board Member At Large, who sings tenor. His Spotlight, October 2016.

Voices performs for Jeff State choir members

   A ten-member ensemble from Voices of the South carried the message of barbershop harmony to the choir at Jeff State Community College on October 24.
   The ensemble received a rousing response from the students in the choir. After getting over their surprise at hearing the group start to sing the theme song from Two and a Half Men, they enthusiastically began to clap to the rhythm of the song.
   That song was followed by a stirring performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  One of the female students said, “I got goose bumps all over me when you sang that big chord at the climax of the song.”
   Not only did the ensemble make the students aware of Voices and the Barbershop Harmony Society, they also encouraged them to continue to be involved in some type of music once they’re out of school.
   Many thanks to Michael Thomas, the Jeff State choir director, for allowing us to be a part of his choir’s practice.

Quartet sings for St. Vincent’s dinner

   A quartet from Voices of the South performed October 11 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at an appreciation dinner for St. Vincent’s Hospital Lay Eucharistic Ministers
   Lay eucharistic ministers volunteer to take Holy Communion to patients at St. Vincent’s Hospital who wish to receive the sacrament. The church hosted the dinner as a thank you for the volunteers who provide that ministry.
   The quartet, Darrell Mansfield, Tommy Brown, Frank Holmes, and Frank Buttler, provided the evening’s entertainment.
   “No rotten vegetables were thrown, and no shepherd’s crooks were employed,” Frank Holmes said. “It must have been a success. Everyone appeared to enjoy the performance.”
"From the first hello, to the last good-bye..."

Firehouse Brigade, contest participants sing ‘Last Goodbye’ as group retires from district

   The Roswell (Ga.) Firehouse Harmony Brigade was the final chorus to take the stage at the 68th Annual Dixie District Fall 2016 Barbershop Convention and Contest in Atlanta, October 7 and 8.
   Not only were they the last chorus to perform Saturday afternoon, it was their retirement performance from the Dixie District.
   They performed the first song of the two they were to sing, and then, in an unprecedented move, the Firehouse Brigade dismissed the judges. Next, they invited literally, everyone, including the judges, to join them on the stage for an emotional rendition of “From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye.”
   What appeared to be the majority of the audience moved from the hall floor to the stage. The risers were packed and people stood on either side of the stage.
   What a final performance! Listen to the final 30 seconds of the “Last Goodbye” above.
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