Harmony Brigade Returns to Area
The North Carolina Harmony Brigade (NCHB) is returning to the Sandhills for the 20th consecutive year, to sing in close, four-part harmony, barbershop-style.
The 140-man a cappella chorus will perform on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Owens Auditorium on the campus of Sandhills Community College.
The chorus, which is made up of men from all over the United States and several foreign countries, meets here one weekend a year to sing to an audience that follows the rich tradition of all-male a cappella-style singing, which has been a hallmark of the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Golf Capital Chorus.
A featured quartet performing this year is the Reen Quartet. The Reens are a family of eight children all trained in classical instrumental music.
Father Steve Reen holds a doctorate in music and has added four-part close harmony to their musical training.
Steve and his three oldest sons, Stephen (13), Dominic (11) and Bernie (10), joined the Barbershop Harmony Society as a quartet in the spring of 2010.
Within a few months, the Reens won the Novice Quartet Award in the Cardinal District Fall Contest.
In October, they were awarded the 2011 Cardinal District Quartet of the Year and have appeared as a guest quartet with the Kentucky Vocal Union, and 2008 Gold Medalist Champions, OC Times.
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