Sunshine District needs new Risers!

The Sunshine District is in need of new risers! “SUNrisers”, if you will.

We will need these as we host BHS International in Orlando in July 2018…but then they’re ours to use at our conventions.

The risers are SICO brand, and are the foldable, stadium style kind. Very nice, easily maneuverable…but also expensive. About $1200 per section. We need 11 sections.

We will keep them after International and use them for our District Conventions for many years to come…so this will benefit all SUN choruses! Help us purchase them today! Your donation is tax deductible. You can use the button below to go to a page on Eventbrite where you can donate any amount you wish to the project.

Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the SUNriser project

If you or your Chapter would like to discuss purchasing/sponsoring a full section of these risers, please contact Treasurer Dave Kannberg at

Fall 2017 Convention – Come for the competitions, stay for the shows!

In addition to our regular mix of Quartet, Mixed Quartet, VLQ,  and Chorus Competitions, this fall will feature Shows on both Friday and Saturday night after the competitions are over. On Friday, the Sunshine District Association of Quartet Champions (SDAQC) show will feature Keepsake who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary of winning International Gold along with Rooftop Records and the SDAQC Chorus. On Saturday, along with the newly crowned Quartet Champions, and our International Qualifying chorus will be Main Street, our current International Quartet Champions. Our other International medalist quartets, Signature and Throwback may also be in attendance. So, come join us for a great weekend of Barbershop at it’s best!

Spring 2017 Convention just around the corner!

Gentlemen (and Ladies!). It is that time again. Yes, it really is! A Spring Convention just around the corner. The CJ-20 system is now ready for you to sign up for Spring 2017. So don’t delay, get your entry in to Spring sing! Remember, mixed quartets and combined choruses need to use the SUN web site to register while BHS quartets and choruses need to use the CJ-20 system on the BHS web site (ebiz/members only). The cutoff date for registering to sing is February 10, 2017. I know it is holiday time and everyone is busy but get thinking about it now and sign up! I will send out a note at the first of the new year to remind you but at that point you barely have a month left to sign up. Make your plans now! And have a wonderful holiday season!!


Stephen Janes,
SUN VP for Contest and Judging

Fall 2016 Convention a great event despite Hurricane Matthew

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.