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July 8, 2007

Barbershop's newest Champs!

Greg Clancy (tenor), Tony DeRosa (lead), Gary Lewis (baritone) and Jeff Oxley (bass) of Max Q took top honors tonight in Denver by winning this year’s Barbershop International Quartet Competition. The members can add these medals to their very impressive collection as Tony sang baritone in the 1992 International Champion Quartet, Keepsake and the 2001 Champs, Platinum. Gary was the first person to win a collegiate gold medal with The Real Deal and go on to win SPEBSQSA International gold with Platinum. Jeff owns two barbershop quartet gold medals, winning with the Rapscallions in 1984 and Acoustix in 1990, six gold medals with the Vocal Majority, and one gold medal as musical director of California's Masters of Harmony Chorus.

Plus there was great excitement in the chorus competition as there was a very rare tie for first place between the Westminster Chorus and The Ambassadors of Harmony. Barbershop Society rules state that when there is a tie the win goes to the group that garnered the most votes in the Singing category meaning that the 2007 International Chorus champions are The Westminster Chorus. Congratulations to all.

Here are the top five finalists in both categories:-

1. Max Q
2. OC Times
3. Storm Front
4. State Line Grocery
5. Flipside

1. Westminster Chorus
2. Ambassadors of Harmony
3. Sound of the Rockies
4. Northern Lights
5. New Tradition

Posted by acapnews at July 8, 2007 12:00 AM


FYI. Platinum won in 2000 here in Kansas City. Great article and thanks for the publishing the info.

Posted by: Mike Mathieu at July 10, 2007 8:48 AM

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