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It's the beginning of a new year for everyone, especially the Garden Statesmen. Looking back on 2015, our performance unit test last year, which was made up of repertoire changes and combining with the Big Apple Chorus for performances has really paid off. In 2015, together with Big Apple and under the direction and guidance of Barbershopper Extraordinaire Jack Pinto, we won the Division Competition in Cherry Hill NJ in June of 2015 and we took 5th in the District Competition executing our plan and ending up exactly where we hoped we'd be. We had great coaching at a very successful retreat with Richard Lewellen as well as coaching from Joe Connelly during the year. It was a banner year.

Looking forward to 2016 we anticipate a banner year, growing both membership and revenue to rejuvenate the chorus and show we are a viable part of the Barbershop Harmony Society family. We will be trying some new things this year while shoring up the old things that need it but I think we're ready for the task. I'm excited about 2016 and so should you be, whether you're a member or a fan, good things will be happening this year.

I hope to see you come and sing with us or out in our audience cheering us on. I know those of us on the risers will be enjoying a great year of a-cappella singing and cameraderie with great friends.

Hope to see you there with us!

Tom Befi


The Garden Statesmen A-Cappella Chorus

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