Plan to make it to Bakersfield by Noon on Friday October 20 and meet members of 139th Street Quartet honored by the Harmony Platoon. The Platoon and their new quartet champion will be singing four songs created by 139th Street. Expected to attend will be Bass Jimmy Kline, Bari Peter Neushal and Lead Johnny Sherburn, who will be the judges for the final Plateoon contest at 11:00 that morning.
Platoon has chosen the 139th Street songs both because they are great songs to sing, but also to honor this fine FWD quartet. We’ve all enjoyed so many decades of their singing since winning the FWD championship in 1976 (not too long after forming) and won a second place medal at International within 2 years. They sang at the International Top Five Level with four different leads: Jim Meehan, Larry Wright, John Sherburn, and Dan Jordan. From starting the Collegiate Quartet Contest 25 years ago (which our own Flightline just won in Vegas) to bringing a Russian quartet over to the US, to Cheers appearances on TV, they have always been known for innovative quartet activity. So it is with great pleasure and no surprise that they are so supportive of the Platoon program.
You can join the Platoon and be singing these songs in Bakersfield:
- The Best Times I Ever Had – A fun arrangement about all the times with Dear Old Dad.
- Sing An Old Barbershop Song – It celebrates all those things found in one of “our” songs.
- 1927 – Remembering all the great things in that year from Babe Ruth to Rudy Vallee.
- My Alabama – What a beautiful ballad . . . you’ll really enjoy singing this one.
In addition, if you’ve attended prior Platoons you’ll have a chance to relive up to 20 of the Past Platoon favorite songs at a Thursday night “Tag-Out” Pizza Party song-fest.
Why not get started right now singing the four great 139th Street original songs for Platoon?