Welcome…

The Sunshine District is an association of Florida Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society and is committed to the promotion of Barbershop music to the public and to the musical and administrative training and education of its membership. Member Chapter choruses and quartets are encouraged to perform throughout their communities in support of worthwhile civic, cultural, educational, and charitable endeavors.

The Sunshine District is comprised of over 1800 members in Chapters from Miami to Pensacola. The Sunshine District leads the nation in promoting the musical excellence of Barbershop harmony in our schools and communities. “Singing is Great in the Sunshine State!”

August 17th, 2015

Your 2015 Fall Convention is now available for early bird registration and hotel room booking. The dates are Friday Oct 9th and Saturday Oct 10th at the Orlando Airport Marriott-Lakeside.

  • Early Bird All-Event Pass pricing will be available from now until September 20th.
  • Hotel rooms must be reserved by September 17th to get our group discounted rate ($109/night)
  • Fifty-year members: you may now register yourself AND one (1) guest at the discounted rate.

Please spread the word, and visit the Sunshine District Events/ Conventions http://sunshinedistrict.org/events/conventions/ webpage for more information, and for links to register and book your room. Or, you may use the blue buttons on the right sidebar menu on any page on the http://sunshinedistrict.org website to register for the convention and/or book your room(s). More than ever, we need EVERYONE at Convention this Fall!

See you in Orlando!

Chuck Steiner
SUN VP Events

Bruce Checca
SUN Convention Chairman

P.S. we are currently looking for a Convention Action Shot Photographer. This person takes still photos of performers during competition. If you are willing to share your talent (and equipment) with your fellow SUN Barbershoppers, please let us know by emailing Convention Chairman Bruce Checca directly at conventions@sunshinedistrict.org

July 23rd, 2015

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It is with great sadness that we report that Sunshine District’s own Gene Cokeroft, Tenor of the 1961 International Champions, The Suntones, passed from our midst today. He was perhaps one of the most influential members of our Barbershop organization in Florida and the rest of the Barbershop world. His work with the youth Barbershop movement in Florida is legendary. The Sun is definitely not shining in Sunshine District today. Rest in Peace, brother.

Following is a tribute from Tim Waurick which includes Gene’s last recording with Tim:

The recording is here: https://soundcloud.com/tim-waurick/when-the-world-was-young-gene-cokeroft-tim-waurick

A Tribute to my friend Gene Cokeroft.

Simply put, but not overstated: Gene Cokeroft is the greatest of all time. A giant in the barbershop world, a kind and gentle man.. Gene is my mentor, confidant, hero and friend. Gene and I have been close for many years. But it’s not just me – there are many many many people who Geno has taken under his wing, mentored and befriended.

The highlight of my Pittsburgh convention was my time with Geno.. I spent time with he and Iris in their hotel room.. Vocal Spectrum rehearsed “It’s You” in Gene’s room right before we walked to the stage. I dedicated “Go The Distance” on the AIC Show to Geno, which appears to be the last barbershop show he ever attended. These are cherished moments which will remain with me forever.. but most important is the quiet time talking with Geno.

Gene and I recorded a song together 2 years ago for an album that I’m working on. I want to share this with you all, with the permission of his wife, Iris – who played this recording for Gene this afternoon.

He sounds amazing on what will be his last recorded song.. which I take great pride and honor in. I start off on tenor until the 2nd verse, which Gene rightfully takes over on tenor for the rest of the song, cue goosebumps! :). I’m singing the baritone, while Gene is singing bass!! I hope you enjoy this recording as we all celebrate Gene’s amazing and impactful life.

Geno told me in Pittsburgh that he had a lot more to do. Well Geno, you have done more than enough.. You changed my life and the lives of countless others through your music and who you are! God bless you, Geno.

July 13th, 2015

Barbershop shows with the best talent in the world, Golf, poolside lounging in the Florida sun, Theme parks within minutes….sound like fun?!?

Labor Day Jamboree is right around the corner and rooms are filling up! Hosted once again at the Orlando Airport Marriott, LDJ 2015 promises to be one of the best ever!

Like the finest barbershop quartets from around the world?… straight from the International Contest, BHS silver medalist, Forefront; bronze medalist, Throwback; Semi-finalist, Signature and LDJ crowd favorite Boardwalk are sure to put on two amazing shows!  Along with the amazing BHS quartets, some amazing SAI foursomes will be joining us including the most recent Queens of Harmony, Bling! And runner up and voted “Crowd Favorite”, Speed of Sound.  Purchase show tickets at LDJ TICKETS. You can also purchase tickets on our Event Tickets page.

Like golf?…sign up HERE for the Dave Labar Almost-Classic Classic at the beautiful North Shore Golf Club near the hotel. You can also sign up on our Event Tickets page.

The Labor Day Jamboree also is the site of the Grapefruit League Novice Quartet Contest at 4:00 pm on Saturday, so put together a new quartet and join in the fun.

Bottom line….you won’t want to miss LDJ in SUN!!  Make your reservations to attend now!! (click HERE for reservations).

If you have any questions, please contact me at byronpoore@yahoo.com.

See you in Orlando!

Byron Poore
2015 LDJ Chairman

July 13th, 2015

You are invited to…
THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE!

This Fall, Harmony Foundation International and the Contest & Judging program are again teaming up to auction off the Best Seat in the House. So if you’ve ever wanted to test out your judging chops, you can bid on a seat in the Judge’s pit at your District Contest and be a ‘Judge for a Day’.

Register on the BSITH website (http://BSITH.Harmonize.com) and bid for as many contest sessions as you wish.  Winners will sit with the judging panel, will be able to (unofficially) score contestants, will discuss the contest afterwards with the judges, and will participate in the evaluation sessions that follow. They will be afforded the same access and privileges as the official panel.

Funds raised by the BSITH program will be applied to the programs and projects supported by Harmony Foundation.

Contact: BSITH@harmonize.com