Quartet Preservation Association
2010 festival of the BQPA “Pioneers” was held in Chicago on
September 8-11, with about 100 enthusiastic quartet singers ringing
chords everywhere. The Ramada O‟hare “Woodshed Room” was alive with
sound on Wednesday evening with a dozen early arrivals.
morning had a quartet on the Mt Prospect golf course arranged by
Dave Brady in his usual competent fashion. In the afternoon, the
BQPA/Pioneers Board of Directors had its semi-annual meeting while
more singers were arriving.
The “Woodshed Room” was full of
quartetting for the rest of the evening. On Friday, 4 foursomes
played the Mt Prospect golf course, singing on every tee, and 3 or 4
putting the very fast greens that Dave Brady warned us about. What a
great golf outing! Thanks, Dave.
Friday afternoon had the
“Luck-of-the-draw” quartets forming and practising for their big
chance at the contest. The evening show had about 75 in the audience
as the 12 quartets sang. The FUN 4 (Tom Noble, tenor; Tom Parrish,
lead; Don Doss, bass, and Jim Milner, bari) won with a spirited
rendition of “Wait „til the Sun Shines, Nellie”. There was lots of
interesting themes in the contest, and great fun was had by all. The
woodshed room went on „til all hours.
Saturday had the woodshed room
active all day, and the Parade of Quartet show was very entertaining
as always, with MC Ray Henders and his inumerable Irish jokes. Six
quartets entertained: IMPACT, a Sweet Adelines quartet preparing for
International contest in Seattle. ARBORS, GADZOOKS, HEAT WAVE, JUKE
BOX, filled out the program. The FUN 4 did their acceptance/swan
song with “Lida Rose”, and Tom Noble‟s wife, June singing the
obligato an octave low.
The BQPA/Pioneers had 10 new
members-for-life sign up, and now has a membership of over 230.
Although attendance was down somewhat from last year, the enthusiasm
for old time quartet singing is high, and we look forward to the
festival in April, 2011, in Arizona.