|Year||Chapter Name||Chapter President||Award Text|
|2017||Walnut Creek||Ken Hitch||
Chapter of the Year 2017
Walnut Creek, California
In Memory of Owen Edwards
2017 Northwest Division Plateau A Champions and Most Improved Chorus, the Devil Mountain Chorus is hereby named the Far Western District Chapter of the Year.
Awarded for partnering with two other choruses to support the Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival, performing benefit shows for the U.S. Coast Guard and a local food bank, and supplying the community with quartets who have entertained locally throughout the year. Further for developing relationships with local high schools encouraging barbershop quartet singing and sponsoring young men who have participated in the Youth Harmony Camp
Presented by the Family of Owen Edwards
Irvine, California - March 2017
|2013||California Delta||Stan Trumbull||"For their ever-growing pursuit of musical excellence, reaching out as an ambassador of barbershop harmony and encouragement to its members...present and future.
Presented by Russ Young, FWD President
March 2013, Lodi, California
|2012||Santa Rosa||Allan Jones|
|2011||Bay Area||Greg Titus||For its continuous contributions to the Far Western District - exposing our art form to Northern Californian and European audiences, hosting contests, cooperating in efforts to educate youths in the field of music, and performing at the highest levels at Division, District and International chorus contests.|
|2010||California Delta||Rich Brunner||Presented to the California Delta Chapter in recognition of the chapters many accomplishments in its first year, including bringing in 28 men to the Society, competing successfully, sponsoring a youth chorus, holding a charter show, supporting Harmony Foundation, and recording a CD, and all while maintaining friendly relations with neighboring chapters.
Presented by the family of Owen Edwards
|2009||Santa Fe Springs||Kirt Thiesmeyer||2009 Chapter of the Year Award As President of the Far Western District for 2009 it is my pleasure to recognize one of our Chapters for its outstanding performance in many areas and for representing our District in the most positive way.
I dont know where to start in this chapters accomplishments because everything they do from performance to competition to community service to working with our youth is done with a skill resembling that of a professional.
They started out 2009 with a sterling performance at the Societys Midwinter convention in Pasadena closely followed by the 9th Annual edition of their Young Mens Harmony Festival bringing the over 200 young singers into the barbershop family.
They continued during the year with several concerts performed to mostly sell-out audiences. Then, in July, they hosted the Societys International Convention in Anaheim, and somehow managed to also participate in several outstanding performances during the week.
They continue to produce exciting, musical quartets that are not only entertaining, but also very successful on the contest stage.
They are active in their support of their community with shows and quartets participating throughout the year.
They also are a source of leaders for our District with members serving on the Board of Directors, the District Management Team and other administrative and leadership positions.
They are literally what all chapters aspire to be and are an inspiration to all of us.
So, it is with great pride that I recognize them at this time by awarding the honor of Chapter of the Year for the Far Western District for 2009 to the Santa Fe Springs Chapter and their chorus, the Masters of Harmony, under the direction of Mark Hale.
Presented to the Santa Fe Springs Chapter.
After many years of success, the Masters of Harmony continue to perform at the highest level and represent our District in the finest possible way, both to our Society and to the general public. Whether its hosting International Conventions, providing training and inspiration for our youth, or touching the hearts of their audiences, they always operate with professional skill and a warm, personal demeanor. Therefore they are hereby proclaimed Chapter of the Year for the Far Western District for the year 2009.
|2008||Carson City, NV||Rook Wetzel||Providing a well rounded barbershop experience, strong youth outreach, public performances|
|2007||Santa Cruz, CA||Dan Jett||For outstanding efforts during the past five years (1) in introducing high school students to barbershop harmony, (2) by raising money for school music departments and (3) to publicize the chapter as a supporter of schools in the community.
In Memory of Owen Edwards
|2006||Conejo Valley, CA||Alfonso Schettini||For extraordinary YIH fund raising|
|2005||Pasadena, CA||Stephen Peacock||For re-creating excitement and chapter growth|
|2004||Fremont-Hayward, CA||Kevin Smith||Special show to raise funds for the Tsunami victims|
|2003||Placerville, CA||Keith Eckhardt||For outstanding efforts in membership development, active participation in Division and District events, total involvement in music education for youth outreach and musical service to its community.|
|1995||Las Vegas, NV|