|The New MexiChords went to downtown Albuquerque this year for the annual convention and contest of the Barbershop Harmony Society's Rocky Mountain District. It was a little different for us this year, just driving in from our homes rather than being a group for the weekend.|
As I have come to recognize as normal, there was a lot of preparation to be done. One piece was the on-stage walk-on. Each chorus gets a specified time a specified SHORT time so its members can at least get to see how to get on the stage, where to move to, and how the hall sounds all shepherded by a group of excellent volunteer folks.
Of course, the walk-on doesn't look like the performance. That looked more like this.
We sang well, but "out of the money". The problem was, our warm-up was better than our performance. Guess we let our adrenalin get the better of us.
Two of our quartets were in the quartet competition. One was Rio Bravo.
. . . and the other was the Harmonikats.
There was also a quartet of members from our chorus and Los Alamos' Lads of Enchantment.
They sang well as always. (Now if we can just develop a few more quartets like them . . . .)
All in all, a lot of good singing. A lot of enjoyment. Now we've begun working toward next year's contest in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!
The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.