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Barbershop Quartet encourages singing for all

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The Barbershop Quartet Society started in 1938 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with almost thirty guys.

"Eventually got kicked out because all the traffic down on the street level stopped so they could listen to them singing," Lubbock Singing Plainsmen Lead Nathan Gutschke said.

The First in Texas, the Lubbock chapter will be celebrating 75 years in August.

Whether it's the quartet or chorus, Gutschke said both are equally enjoyable.

"It doesn't matter if you're in a group or a small group, or even if you're just in the shower, sing, it's good for you, even if you sing badly, sing," Gutschke said.

Since COVID-19, practicing has become more difficult, but adjustments have been made to make it happen.

"Our society has done is they've just simply have available on their website three people singing and you can fill in with whatever your part is just so you can be able to sing with another quartet," Gutschke said.

Virtual meetings through ZOOM have been interesting.

"Not everyone has the same quality of internet connection, so the parts don't always line up," Gutschke said.

Each member of the "Quarantine Quartet" has their own favorite part about being in the group. 

"There are very few situations you get in that are better for close harmony than barbershop music," Lubbock Singing Plainsmen Bass Dave Bender said.

"When you see somebody you know who is on hospice and they've got the biggest grin on their face while you're singing to them, you've done something good," Gutschke said.

"You practice and improve together, but you're also enjoying just each others friendship and each others company," Lubbock Singing Plainsmen Baritone Derek Oler said.

"I just love that entertainment part of it," Lubbock Singing Plainsmen Tenor Rick De Lung said.

The Singing Plainsmen have more performances on their website.

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