The Fall 2016 Convention was a success despite the efforts of Hurricane Matthew. Kudos to Sunshine Events VP Chuck Steiner, Convention Chairman Bruce Checca, all the members of the Convention Team, as well as the host chapter, Orlando, for putting on a successful convention under the difficult conditions caused by Hurricane Matthew that required delaying the contest for 3 weeks.

In the quartet contest, top honors were captured by Rooftop Records who took the 2016 Quartet Championship with a score of 1981 or an average of 81.7%. In second place was Fuego with a score of 1819 or an average of 75.8%. Third place was Back Street 4 with a score of 1728 or an average of 72.0%.

All score sheets for the contest are available HERE.

In the International Preliminary Senior Quartet competition, Easy Street won the right to represent the Sunshine District at the International Senors Quartet Contest to be held in San Antonio next January. They scored 871 points in a single session or an average of 72.6%.

In the Mixed Quartet contest, Mixed Tricks took first place with a score of 845 or an average of 70.4%.

In the chorus competition, the Tampa Heralds of Harmony took top honors with a score of 1002 or an average of 83.5%. Tampa will be the Sunshine District Representative to the International Chorus Competition in July of 2017 in Las Vegas.

Orlando achieved a Grade Improvement of C+ to B- and is the Sunshine District Most Improved Chorus. Winter Park is the Sunshine District Very Large Quartet Champion with a score of 887 or an average of 73.9%.

Alex Rubin was inducted into the Sunshine District Hall of Fame for 25 years of exceptional service to Sunshine District.

A new Sunshine District award the “Martin Rubin Award” was created this year to honor individuals who may not be BHS society members. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions in support of the Sunshine District over a period of time, regardless of membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society. It may be presented by the District President at the Fall Convention to give credit and recognition to that individual for his or her efforts in their continuous support of the Sunshine District and its activities. The award was presented this year, posthumously, to Martin Rubin for whom the award is named.