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Barbershopper of the Year  

           
            2016                



right- Bill Gibson -

Hall of Fame inductee

 

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Director Dave awarded Barbershopper of Renown Distinction at 2016 Convention


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Seaforth Harmony Kings are 2016 Ontario District Chorus Champions

The Harmony Kings finally did it. They achieved their goal of winning the chorus competition at the 2016 Ontario District Spring Convention. After placing a very close second last year,the Kings were determined that they had what it takes to win the trophy. Thanks to director Dave and some lessons learned from Paul Ellinger, the Kings were able to place themselves in the WW1 era and soldier on to win the battle.

 

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Dave Campbell is the latest inductee into the Seaforth Harmony Kings Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame

Our Director, Dave Campbell received the award from last year's recipient, Doug Procter, at the annual Harmony Kings Christmas Dinner and Dance. Dave has been a member since 1984 when he was a high school student. His achievements include singing in seven registered quartets, winning the Ontario District Quartet Championship 4 times. He also won five International silver medals while singing with the Toronto Northern Lights chorus.

Dave not only serves as a patient director and superb coach of our own chorus but also does the same for the Forest City Fire chorus in Middlesex Centre and has helped numerous other choruses and quartets as a coach.

We are so fortunate too have him as our leader in every sense of the word.  

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Seaforth chorus finishes points race in tie for FIRST at 2015 Ontario District Convention - has to settle for second

One more point and we would have been the Ontario District Champions for 2015-2016.

As the big day approached, we all agreed that we were singing better than we ever had and that coaching by Paul Ellinger had really made a difference. However, probably none of us, with the possible exception of Director Dave, had the confidence to predict that we could actually win the contest. Maybe that was our downfall.

After all, who would expect that the tiny town of Seaforth with a population of less than 3000 could produce a chorus that not only would defeat choruses from much larger cities such as London, Niagara Falls, Scarborough, Guelph and Kingston but also put a larger number of men on the risers?

The answer is largely due to great leadership, particularly from Dave Campbell, and our commitment to improving our singing above all else.

Next year, we'll be ready to sing like champions.

 

Harmony Kings win 2015 Western Division Chorus Competition

The Seaforth chorus again came up victorious in the Western Division contest on Feb. 18 in London. Our VLQ, Wishful Thinking finished a very respectable second while our innovative quartet, led by Bill Nixon, was the most entertaining quartet in the competition. Congratulations to all competitors.

 

 

Our director, Dave Campbell, wins prestigious Paul Tamblyn award

Dave Campbell, our director, has been awarded the Paul Tamblyn Music Educators award. The award was presented by John Wilkie, Board Member for Sing Canada Harmony, at the Western Division Charity Christmas Concert in early December.

The award is a perpetual endowment within Sing Canada Harmony, seeded by the bequest of a very special Ontario district barbershopper, the late Dr, Paul Tamblyn. Tamblyn's lifetime passion for excellence in training for choral and barbershop leaders and directors lives on through his endowment and the endowment continues to grow as family and friends honour Tamblyn’s name with additional gifts to Sing Canada Harmony. The Endowment currently supports an annual scholarship award of $1000.00. The Dr. Paul Tamblyn Music Educator Scholarship is awarded to a choral director who has made a significant impact on the development, promotion and improvement of choral directing and performance in Canada, with preference given to those involved with a capella choral groups.

Campbell was unanimously selected by the Board of Sing Canada Harmony adter reviewing this year's nominations. A 29-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Campbell attended Harmony College in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1990 majoring in chorus direction. He has sung in and directed numerous choruses in the Ontario District and currently directs the Harmony Kings Chorus of Seaforth Chapter and Forest City Fire Chorus of Middlesex Centre Chapter. He has become well known in recent years for his excellence as a trainer in Chorus Director Workshops held throughout the Ontario District.

Seaforth VLQ enjoys performing at Buskerfest

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 "Wishful Thinking", a group consisting of about 10 members of the Harmony Kings mostly from the Grand Bend area, became buskers on June 22. Joining a large number of other musicians, they performed for passers-by on the Main Street of Grand Bend on Saturday evening. Although they were only scheduled for one performance, they had so much fun that they stopped several times for impromptu interludes along their way to dinner at the Growling Gator. Although money was not the object of the event for the VLQ, a total of $55 was donated by the appreciative audience, all of which will benefit our charity, Harmonize For Speech.  


Harmony Kings Place 3rd at 2014 District Spring Convention

  

In its highest placing ever, the Seaforth chorus came third in the Ontario District competition following Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. Although director, Dave Campbell, and all of the chorus members were disappointed in our score, part of the reason may have been attributed to the ice storm in the Seaforth area that prevented several members from attending.

It is encouraging for all of our members to see our membership numbers gradually increasing and our placing in the District rising.

 

Seaforth Wins 2013 Western Division Chorus Contest

 The Seaforth Harmony Kings are the proud winners of the London Connection Trophy as the top competing chorus in the 2013 Western Division competition. Director Dave Campbell and President Shawn Semple accepted the trophy on behalf of the Harmony Kings. The London Men of Accord placed second and the Strathroy Vocal Federation placed third in the chorus competition held at Montcalm Secondary School in London on Saturday, February 23.

Singing Valentines

On Valentines Day 2013, 12 members of the Seaforth Harmony Kings surprised several local businesses with a visit to their stores where they sang "love songs" to female workers and shoppers. At one point they stopped and sang for a young woman as she walked down the street. Armed with roses for the ladies, the barbershoppers made quite a hit.

The event was organized by Harmony Kings member Jim Lee, owner of Cinnamon Jim's cafe, who did it as a Valentines gift to the village of Brussels.

 

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