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October 18, 2007

Barbershop in Space

Press release:

International Barbershop Quartet Champion and super group, Max Q, is set to perform at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on October 23rd, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. EDT, prior to the launch of the Harmony node aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. Max Q is the Barbershop Harmony Society’s most decorated quartet champion in the history of barbershop singing.

Among the four pedigreed members, tenor Greg Clancy owns the most gold medals with 11 chorus and one quartet gold medal; lead Tony DeRosa is a three-time quartet gold medalist; baritone Gary Lewis has two quartet gold medals; and bass Jeff Oxley owns three quartet gold medals and seven gold medals in chorus competition. All four men grew up cutting their teeth on barbershop harmony. Ironically, the name of the group is taken from aeronautical term, “Max Q,” which is the point of maximum dynamic pressure from the atmosphere experienced by an ascending spacecraft.

“We are humbled and honored to represent “harmony” and the Barbershop Harmony Society at NASA’s launch of the Harmony node,” says Max Q member, Tony DeRosa.

Putting a song in the heart of every person on Earth just might be the key to harmony in international affairs. “Keep the Whole World Singing” – the motto of the Barbershop Harmony Society – just might be the key to peace in our time. This musical art form is preserved through the Society’s mission of enriching lives through singing and through its dedication towards preserving music in our schools and communities.

“We are honored to have the world champion barbershop quartet Max Q perform at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for thousands of guests from around the world in honor of the Harmony module” said Tom Olson, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Director of Marketing.

Harmony is the next piece to be added to the International Space Station. The Harmony node was named by U.S. school students in a competition that included 2200 students ranging from kindergarten to high school from 32 States.

“This module will allow international partner pieces of the station to connect together, so it is really wonderful that kids recognize that harmony is necessary for space cooperation,” says Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for space operations.

Posted by acapnews at October 18, 2007 10:35 PM

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