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San Antonio Youth Barbershop Festival (SAYBF)

Four-part barbershop harmony made its debut at Roosevelt High School Saturday, September 19th, as 250 high school and middle school students converged on the campus for an all-day festival sponsored by the Chordsmen Chorus and funded by the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs.  Packets containing music, learning CDs and promotional material about the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines International were provided to local and area music educators prior to the event.

  The day-long event included physical and vocal warm-ups, craft sessions, section rehearsals and individual and combined rehearsals of the boys and girls.  Mary Ann Wydra, Master Director of the Alamo Metro Chorus and her Music Team took the girls through their paces and Steve De Crow, tenor of Glory Days Quartet and Brent Dunavant, Director of the Marcsmen were clinicians for the boys. These young men and women worked hard throughout the day with only lunch, dinner and snack breaks.

Excitement mounted as these talented young men and women donned their matching T-shirts that

evening and prepared to sing in their first barbershop harmony concert. Their efforts were rewarded as they filled the auditorium with a wall of sound as each group performed four songs and joined forces to do a combined number that brought the crowd to their feet in a standing ovation! Also appearing on the show were the Alamo Metro Chorus and three of their quartets, Flash! Starburst and Prelude; the Marcsmen Chorus and Varsity, a collegiate quartet. Dwayne Cooper, SWD President of the BHS served as Master of Ceremonies.  Special thanks to Jim Rountree who spearheaded the entire event and worked tirelessly for its success.

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