Originally published in the Capitola Soquel Times
“Community News That Makes A Difference”
Jerry Orloff has brought more men into barbershop singing than any other member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The national Society rewards its members with a “Man of Note” pin in the shape of a music note inscribed with the number of new members sponsored. Jerry’s pin is the only one ever issued with the number 200.
Jerry brought in an additional 38 members but “gave” the man-of-note credits to associates for their work for the Society.
Since his first pin in 1965, Jerry has received many, many pins. Wife Kim Orloff felt that number 200 deserved a special pin, so she designed one made of gold with 13 diamonds along the stem and flag of the note, and “200” engraved on the note itself.
Jerry’s formula for success: “I just ask people I meet if they like to sing… and take it from there. I love barbershop, so I’m just sharing something I love. It’s brought such joy and fun into my life, that I’d like others to have the same wonderful experiences.”
Kim and Jerry are currently rehearsing for the Gold Standard Chorus’s Cabaret Show, to be presented May 15, at Felton Community Hall. Call 818 7954 for information.
Kim and Jerry Orloff are incredible barbershoppers and live in Aptos. Their lives revolve around singing barbershop. Kim and Jerry met through barbershop singing; she was a member of Sweet Adelines, he a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). Together they formed half of the mixed quartet MIXED METAFOUR and made CDs. They founded an association of mixed (male/female) barbershop singers, and edit its newsletter -sing each year in the Monterey Dixieland Festival – have organnized and led barbershop cruises, many times – have taught barbershop in China and Russia (and when they visit local Chinese restaurants, they go back to the kitchen to sing for the chefs in Chinese) – both currently sing with the Gold Standard Chorus, Santa Cruz chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
If you would like to sing barbershop or just visit the Gold Standard Chorus, call Jerry at 688 0909, or visit www.scbarbershop.org.