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 11th, 2014

Once again, there will be an auction for the “Best Seat In The House” at our 2014 Fall Convention. “What’s that?”, you ask? Click HERE for more information, or HERE to enter a bid for our convention, or watch the video below:

Proceeds from the auction benefit the Harmony Foundation.

August 10th, 2014

Hello Sunshine District members. It is getting to be that time of year again….election of officers for the year 2015. Remember to start thinking now of those current officers who are able and willing to come back for another year and also think about replacements for those moving on. Ever think ¬†about training people as back-up to your current officer rosters…..those people who will learn the job from those already in that position ? It is for that reason that I am here to let all know, our next Leadership Academy is scheduled for January 9/10, 2015. Yes, you are seeing right, your Sunshine District Board voted to go back to a once-a-year format consisting of a weekend of fun.

Based upon class reviews from past leadership academies, some participants felt that there was not enough time to devote to the issues needed to be addressed. They felt that providing a weekend line-up would address those concerns. We therefore need your input. What classes are you willing to attend? Do you have ideas for class subject matter? What drives/motivates you? Any and all ideas need to be sent to me, care of my e-mail: mcgofftenor@centurylink.net.

As of this article, plans are being made for a location in the greater Orlando area. If you can not reach me, consider contacting someone else on your District Board. We are there for you.

July 30th, 2014

Registration is now open (on the members only site at BHS) for our Fall Convention. Don’t miss out, the cutoff date for registration is September 12th. You must register before September 12th if you plan on singing this fall!. Remember, this is not only where we select our Chorus Representative for Pittsburgh in 2015 but we also select a Seniors Quartet for the Mid-winter Convention held this coming January in New Orleans. Or maybe you just want to be our next District Quartet Champ! It’s all there this fall but you must register for a chance to win!! So don’t delay, do it today.

Click here to register your quartet or chorus.

July 7th, 2014

Sunshine District was once again well represented at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention and Competition this year.

It all began with two of our two collegiate quartet representatives in the medals after the Harmony Foundation Collegiate Quartet competition on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Congratulations to The Academy who took 1st Place honors with an average score of 80.9, followed closely by The Sunny Boys in 2nd place with an average score of 79.7. Frim Fram Productions made a respectable showing placing 20th in a field of 27 collegiate quartets with an average score of 70.7. Score sheets for the Harmony Foundation Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest are available here.

Just prior to the announcement of the Collegiate competition winner, Tenor Andrew Lujan of The Academy was featured by the Harmony Foundation in the moving video included below:

In the International Quartet competition, Sunshine District was again well represented. In the medals was Main Street who took 3rd place bronze medals with a score of 89.1. Throwback with virtually a new combination of voices placed 7th with an average score of 86.4. It should be noted that the “new” Bass of Throwback, Michael Skutt, is also the Bass of the 1st place Collegiate quartet The Academy. Also representing the Sunshine District well in a field of 53 quartets was The Society, who placed 46th with an average score of 77.1. Score sheets for all the sessions of the quartet competition are available below.

Quarter-Finals score sheets (21st – 53rd place)

Semi-Finals score sheets (11th – 20th place)

Finals score sheets (1st – 10th place)

In the International Chorus competition, our representative, T.H.X. from the Sunrise chapter, placed 18th in a field of 31 choruses with an average score of 83.2. The chorus competition was quite a show with the top 6 choruses scoring an average of 92.2 or better. Score sheets for the chorus competition are available here.