(WXOW) – April 11 is National Barbershop Quartet Day!
Chordsmen representative Eric Sorenson said the holiday dates back to April 11, 1938 when a group of 26 singers joined together with Rupert Hall and O.C. Cash first joined together to form the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Harmony in America. The title of the organization has since been consolidated to Barbershop Harmony Society.
Locally, the Chordsmen keep the music style alive and well both across the generations. Sorenson said they had four high school quartets perform at their last concert. They also work on and off with 15 schools around the area.
When it comes to showcasing their talent, the Chordsmen have a pair of National Anthem events lined up. The Chordsmen will sing at the June 8 Loggers game at Copeland Park and for the fourth year now at La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park on June 27.
On Thursday morning, Dustin joined the group as an “Honorary Chordsman.” News 19 wishes everyone a Happy Barbershop Quartet Day!