Here is a perspective on LDJ from the district’s new social media manager, Melissa Klotzbach.
A Whole New World
By Melissa Klotzbach
New District Digital Marketing Consultant under Roger Smeds
My husband, Jack Klotzbach, is a barbershop singer. We recently married in June 2022. I have been to a few of his singouts – Christmas at the Mall in Destin Commons was my first. Oh boy was I hooked! He has been telling me “wait ‘til we go to LDJ!” We had intended on going last year but due to COVID-19 it was cancelled. We even bought matching outfits for the event. I had been anxiously waiting for the time to come. Then it was time…
Once we entered the corridor to the resort we could hear them. My husband’s face lit up with pride, “They’re here.” There were singers in the halls rehearsing their “tags,” — a new term for me. I could listen to this beautiful exchange for hours.
The novice contest was Disneyland for my ears. Each quartet had a unique style. Some were funny, some were melancholy, and some were almost operatic. What a treat!
Then they sang at the pool and in corners of the hotel. It was a barbershop lover’s dream.
The final night of performances was full of surprises. I quickly found my favorites. This is a whole new world for me. I have found a new love, it’s called barbershop.
Sunshine district was well represented in the Quartet competition where “Throwback” brought home 3rd place bronze medals with a score of 8283 or a 92.0% average.Scoresheets for the Finalist quartets are here.
In the Chorus competition, the Tampa “Heralds of Harmony” finished just out of the medals in 7th place with a score of 2676 or an 89.2% average.
Also representing Sunshine District was the Sunrise chapter “THX” who came in 35th place with a score of 2253 or a 75.1% average.Scoresheets for the chorus competition are here.
Dear Sunshine Members,
The Sunshine District was faced with yet another tough situation with our convention this Spring.
We contacted our District Chapters and Quartets to check on their status given the ongoing pandemic. Results overwhelmingly indicated scant interest in attending due to Covid-19. Based on these circumstances, it is impossible to hold our Spring Convention.
We realize this creates an issue for quartets looking to qualify for International and alternate options are being explored. Unfortunately, BHS and SCJC are not allowing video submissions and SUN quartets may need to compete in another District.
SUN Events Team
Watch this space for information on the 2022 Spring Convention!Spring Convention Info
2022 Leadership Academy/Harmony College/Top Gun Quartet Coaching is January 7-9, 2022
This event is for all chapter officers, future officers and members interested chapter business. Also for quartets who would like some great coaching to help hone their skills. Hotel reservations for the event are the responsibility of each individual attending and to get the special rate pricing, you must reserve by December 24, 2021.
Reserve Hotel Room for LeadAC
Register for LeadAC/Top Gun Coaching
More information and LeadAC Schedule
After careful consideration, The Sunshine District, along with The AIC and Harmony Foundation have decided that, despite our best efforts to make LDJ as safe as possible, we simply cannot. As we all know, the delta variant continues to ravage the country, and especially Florida. We had hoped that it would peak and then quickly drop. That has not happened. Florida continues to be “the epicenter” for this, and we acknowledge that despite our best efforts to make it happen, we cannot do so safely.
All Labor Day Jamboree events, including shows, the novice contest and all official gatherings have been cancelled.
We have heard that many people still plan to hang out and fellowship, and enjoy the Omni resort. We only ask that you do it safely, and please consider following the protocols and guidelines that had been put into place, and protect each other’s health.
SUN, AIC, and HFI all worked diligently in an attempt to make this happen, for many reasons, and the decision to cancel is for so many other reasons- more important reasons. But one of them was certainly the financial impact of cancellation. Flights, production deposits, safety equipment, etc. all are non refundable and pose a strong negative financial impact for all three organizations. If you still intend to gather at the Omni, or are just feeling compassionate for the situation, please consider contributing your registration cost to help mitigate the losses on this event. Any gifts would be greatly appreciated.
Unless you notify us otherwise before September 10th, all registration purchases will be rolled over to LDJ 2022.
Since the event has been canceled, we will also honor refund requests. Please note – All refunds are returned to the original method of payment. If you bought yours from another individual and/or had a registration transferred from someone else, you’ll need to contact the person that sold it to you. To donate your registration cost or request a full refund, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/cfwfAMb6EC2Lw4sM9
The LDJ block at the Omni ChampionsGate resort has a five day cancellation policy, so if you are not attending, you MUST cancel your room by calling the hotel at (407) 390-6664, OR you may cancel online from the reservation confirmation link that was emailed to you by the Omni when you booked your room.
We all want to sing together again. So badly. We apologize that it took this long to cancel, but your well-being and safety must be placed above all else. Even with proof of vaccination and negative PCR tests, masks, and distancing, the activities outside of our control that take place at LDJ, although discouraged, would have introduced more risks that we were not willing to take.
We know that some will be upset by this decision, some will applaud it, and some will be angry that it took this long. But we would rather deal with those emotions and anger than the possible fallout from a super-spreader event. We hope that we can all can agree on that.
We will try again next year! Same location. Until then, friends, thank you for supporting LDJ and thank you in advance for your understanding.
Please- if you haven’t, consider getting vaccinated so we can be together again!
Thank you – the LDJ Team
Regrettably, SUN will not be holding a Spring 2021 Convention in St. Augustine. After a discussion with the Board and House of Delegates, we feel that since quartets are qualifying for Cleveland via video submission, and the choruses from Los Angeles as well as those that had a high score will be automatically invited, there is no reason to hold an in-person convention that would most likely be sparsely attended. This is disappointing, but we cannot risk the expenses it costs to hold a convention if we have no chance of even breaking even. This is trending among most Districts. We look forward to when we can meet and sing in person again!!