Quartet Preservation Association
Quartet Festival, Tempe AZ 7-10 April 2010.
The chords are still echoing around the halls and corners of the
Embassy Suites in Tempe, AZ. And the 2010 Spring Festival for the BQPA
is now history. Judging from the unanimous positive comments that I
received from the attendees, I think the weekend can safely be declared
a success. That’s not to say that some things could not have been
better and some changes not needed.
Everyone agreed that this hotel with the upgraded 2 room suites, the
extensive and complimentary hot breakfast and the open bar Manager’s
Reception makes this a far superior venue for us than last year. So we
have contracted with Embassy Suites again for 2011. Same dates as this
year, the second weekend in April.
We had an estimated 150 attendees over the three days with the biggest
increase being in Thursday attendance. A nice increase was in the
attendance of many more of the ladies. I would guess that the blue
Arizona skies and the pleasant temperatures could be an appeal.
Several BQPAers arrived on Wednesday to attend the regular meeting of
the Arizona Quartet Chapter who hosted a special kick-off evening of
quartet singing, following a spaghetti dinner. The same plan will be in
place for 2011. Come on and join us !! It’s a great way to begin our
Thursday and Friday mornings saw the golfers leaving early to play
pasture pool. Jim Milner set up the golfing times. There was singing on
every tee and not one complaint came in from the neighboring houses.
That we heard about anyway. A few dogs were howling, but no complaints.
Friday was the beginning of the serious quarteting (well, not really
that serious ) The traditional ‘out of the bag’ pickup quartets were
drawn and the random foursomes had a few hours to refine their sound
and polish the stage presence. The tongue-in-cheek ?contest ?? was MC’d
by Pioneers/BQPA founder Tom Neal, as only Tom can do it.
Saturday was a continuation of the quartet singing with every corner
and the outside pool area ringing with Barbershop chords. The Saturday
night show, produced by Paul Ludwig, had 15 quartets come across the
stage to entertain a nice crowd that included many from the public. The
show was MC’d by Past International President Terry Aramian.
It was a great weekend and could not have been possible without the
hard work and support of many members such as :
Jim Milner - Golf
Shel and Rosie
Rosenthal - Registrations and pickup quartet contest management
Stu Willcox - Sound
Tom Neal - Friday
Frank Fliszar - Name
tags and membership roster.
Joe Salz - Chairman
Barney Griffin -
Sound System transportation
Paul Ludwig -
Saturday Night Parade of Quartets show.
Rick Ives -
My most sincere
thanks to all of these ‘can do’ folks and any that I may have
See you in Chicago ??