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July 11, 2005

Results of Barbershop Society contest

Realtime are 2005 International Barbershop Quartet champions.

With roots in three countries, Canada, the United States and Australia, Realtime is a group with an international flair that performs all around the world. Home base is Vancouver, British Columbia, although one member lives across the border in Lynden, Washington. They are the 1st champions ever from Western Canada and one of the youngest groups to win this prestigious event. Members are Tim Broersma, John Newell and brothers Mark and Tom Metzger. Max Q came in 2nd, Metropolis 3rd, Riptide 4th and O.C. Times took 5th place.

The Masters of Harmony, under the direction of Mark Hale, is the 2005 International Chorus Champion. Based in Santa Fe Springs, California, the 100 voice chorus, incepted in 1985, has won six international championships and numerous other recognitions to their credit. The Masters of Harmony was inducted into the Barbershop Hall of Fame in Sharon, Pennsylvania in September 2002. Canada's Northern Lights took 2nd, New Tradition 3rd, Alexandria Harmonizers 4th and Minnesota's Great Northern Union was 5th.

This was a great year for Canadian groups and helps add a more international flavour to an event that has been dominated in the past by American groups.

Posted by acapnews at July 11, 2005 10:16 PM