What a great weekend we had in the Sunshine District! We had 19 quartets in the Quartet competition and the top ten competitors in the Finals all scored 71% or higher. A great accomplishment for the district! Also, eleven of the nineteen quartets were new in that they had not competed previously.
Taking top honors was Three and a Half Men with score of 2244 or an average of 93.5%, in second place was Tonal Fusion with a score of 1901 or an average of 79.2%. Of note was that Joseph DeRosa sang Tenor in Three and a Half Men and Baritone in Tonal Fusion! Placing third in the competition was Suite Life with a score of 929 or an average of 77.1%.
The quartet competition also selected Sunshine District’s representative to International Senior Quartet Competition to be held in January 2024 in New York City. Right on Q won the honors with a score of 863 or an average of 72.0%.
Complete score sheets for all sessions are HERE.
In the Chorus competition for the right to represent Sunshine District at the International Chorus contest in July 2024 in Cleveland, OH, Heralds of Harmony under the direction of Tony DeRosa and Clay Hine, took the honors with a score of 1084 or an average of 90.3%. The Big Orange Chorus under the direction of Daniel Pesante, took second place honors with a score of 898 or an average of 74.8%. Third place was secured by the Miamians directed by Alex Rubin and Eddie Mejia with a score of 892 or an average of 74.2%.
2023 Fall Convention coming!
Join us for the 2023 Sunshine District Fall Convention October 13-15, 2023! Hotel reservations and registrations for the convention are now open! Please see the relevant sections on the home page or on the District calendar for more information!
Join us in celebrating the anniversaries of some of our past District Champion Quartets!
Interested in hearing about how a quartet gets to the top levels? Join Wildfire for an hour chat!
Think you can select the winners better than the judging panel can? Listen to one of them explain what it is they actually do at our “So you want to be a Judge?” session!
Sunshine District Mass Sing will return!
2023 Spring Convention was a success!
Three and a Half Men win the right to represent Sunshine District in the International Quartet Competition in Louisville, KY, July 2-9, 2023.
The quartet took the honors in the International Quartet Preliminary contest in Sunshine District with a score of 2075 or an average of 86.5%.
Right on Q won the Sunshine District Senior Quartet competition with a total score of 869 or 72.4%
Orange Blossom Chorus won the Sunshine District Chorus Championship as well as the Sunshine District Most Improved Chorus Award.
The Chorus took top honors with a score of 853 or a 71.1% average.
Chuck Steiner III named Sunshine District BOTY for 2019
Paul Agnew named Sunshine District BOTY for 2022!
Sunshine District held it’s first ever Mass Sing!
Congratulations to “The World According to AARP” for placing 14th in the Barbershop Harmony Society Seniors Quartet Championship at Mid-winter Convention in Daytona Beach!
The quartet members are Dave Jacobs Gainesville chapter president, Roger Smeds – SUN District VP Communications, Paul Agnew – SUN District VP Contest & Judging, and Steve Culpepper – SUN District VP Music & Performance. The quartet scored 1269 points or an average of 70.5%.
Photo credit: William McCombie (live shot)
Photo credit: Sydney Agnew (lobby shot)
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