2006 Participating Groups
| Swing Shift|
Swing Shift is not your father’s barbershop quartet. Let’s settle that right away. Have a listen, and you’ll understand. Rich harmonies, lush arrangements, and finger-popping rhythms make this group one of the most artful exemplars on the contemporary a cappella scene. This stylish vocal jazz group specializes in jazz standards from the 30's on as well as popular songs from the 60’s, and 70’s. You’ll also hear their unique sound on contemporary pieces and music from Hollywood and Broadway. Aside from appearances at the usual venues: clubs, churches, malls, libraries, and private parties, Swing Shift also appeared as one of the featured a cappella groups on KLCS’s television series “Mosaic.” Appearing in both the 2004 and 2005 Los Angeles regional Harmony Sweepstakes, Swing Shift won best arrangement honors in 2004 for its 6-part version of “Where is Love?” from the musical Oliver! If you love rich sounds, complex harmonies, and creamy-smooth blend, you’ll love hearing this group. And bring your ear muffs: these guys make a huge sound. (Gosh, maybe they are a barbershop quartet…)
Members: Tyler Azelton, Michaela Page, Linda Richter, Solomon Katz, Andy Wolf, Phil Azelton, Richard Gilinsky
Vybration was formed in 2001 to perform at Disney's California Adventure under the name "Groove 66". The band quickly became the park's most popular atmosphere group. Its members are some of the most powerful, versatile, and in demand vocalists in all of Southern California with resume credits spanning from broadway, television, and film, to orignial rock bands, and pioneering modern music projects. Vybration is unlike many acapella sextets out there, covering a variety of music that includes traditional jazz tunes like Blue Skies and Fly Me to the Moon, rock n roll songs like Lenny Kravitz's Fly Away, pop hits such as Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Startin Something and many many more. All that have witnessed the magic in music that Vybration creates can tell you that, "Vybration is a force to be reckoned with!"
Members: Heather McMasters, Laura Dickinson, Tomasina Abate, Terron Brooks, Michael Washington, Bryan Chadima
Hi-Fidelity is considered to be one of the top a cappella show quartets in the country with a locked sound, creative packages and an extremely unique sense of humor (perhaps twisted?). Hi-Fidelity is the current Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society's Far Western District. They have also taken top honors at another national "mixed" a cappella contest in 2002 when they were crowned the Buckeye Invitational Grand Quartet Champions. Their CD, "Almost Live" has been a big hit, and one cut (Blackbird Parody) was nominated for a CASA award in 2005. You may have seen them in some commercials too! Either as the Roto-Rooter plumbers or promoting the popular X-Box game "Tao Feng, Fist of the Lotus" (a very "painful" commercial - Check it out at www.hifidelityquartet.com). The guys are also members of the current International chorus champions, Masters of Harmony.
Listen to: Blackbird | Listen to: Addams Family
Members: Craig Ewing (tenor), Tom Moore (lead), Gregg Bernhard (baritone), Martin Fredstrom (bass)
| Forever Paisley|
The name - whimsy: the sound perfection. Singing together since 2002 Forever Paisley have already earned the reputation as a classic quartet who knows how to keep the troops happy!
Members: Sarah Hamor, Caroline McLean, Kate Walker, Jan Wyckoff
Scatitude is the newest jazz vocal group to hit the Los Angeles area. In just two months the group has established a repertoire of five challenging arrangements. Group members include a mix of seasoned professionals and gifted up and coming vocalists who are new to vocal jazz ensemble singing. The group is currently seeking new members. Interested singers can contact Beth Rohde at (310) 213-5299.
Members: Beth Rohde-Chantel, Farah Kidwai, Marti Deters, Nicholas Hiegel, Patrick Storey
| Vocal Ease|
Vocal Ease is the University of Arizona's premeire women's a cappella ensemble. This year, Vocal Ease is 7 members strong and performing a wide variety of music, including pop, gospel, R&B, jazz, and country. Vocal Ease has a reputation for being one of the hottest all-female a cappella groups around. The VE ladies released their first full-length album in December 2004, and followed that with the release of an EP in February of 2006. Vocal Ease just competed in the West region's ICCA quarterfinals at the University of Southern California, where they took third place honors. Vocal Ease is very honored and excited to be involved in Harmony Sweepstakes again .
Members: Aubrey Arrington, Tamara Bill, Jennifer Blodgett, Alison Davis, Lauren Freed, Julia Higgins, Kelly Montoya
||Dan Jordan |
Dan Jordan is an international Gold Medalist and a lead vocalist with the group ³New Tradition² (1985), a four time Bronze Medalist, and lead vocalist with ³The Grand Tradition² (1980, 82, 93), as well as with ³The 139th Street Quartet² (1992). He is well knows for his musical contributions on the multiple Gold and Platinum Records with Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, and The Simpson¹s. He is an owner and a music producer for Global Entertainment Management Services. Dan co-founded World A Cappella Association, and proved with his long-standing commitment to be an leading member of AFTRA, ASCAP, NARAS, SAG, and SPEBSQSA.
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The South Bay Coastliner Chorus has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) for over half a century. For the last 15 years, the Coastliners have sponsored the Los Angeles Regional Harmony Sweepstakes program. As such, they are the only BHS organization involved in this competition. During their sponsorship, the Los Angeles Regional is proud to have produced 5 National winners & 2 second place finalists.
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