Mid-Atlantic Southern Division Convention brings recognition to Roanoke’s Virginia Gentlemen in 3 categories
Roanoke’s Virginia Gentlemen A Capella Chorus came away from the Mid-Atlantic District’s Southern Division Convention held in Roanoke May 25 – 26, 2012 with top honors and more. Over forty quartets and choral groups representing the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia competed for Southern Division titles. The Virginia Gentlemen, directed by Tim Service, placed number one in their AAA “plateau” with a score of 69.3 percent and third place overall in the competition finals. The plateau is based on the group’s previous performance experience.
Additionally, Roanoke Quartet “Ben and the Boyz” consisting of Virginia Gentlemen members, Jordan Trusdale (structural engineer), Jim Sherman, M.D. (pediatric pulmonologist with Carilion Clinic), Dave Lloyd (financial advisor with Merrill Lynch) and Ben Sherman (local high school student and son of Dr. Sherman), competed for the first time winning the Novice Division in the quartet finals of the competition.
The competition was held at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center bringing over 500 quality vocalists and their guests to downtown Roanoke.
The success of the competing chorus’ is the result of their passion for the music they sing, its power, and the positive influence on the lives of others. Through weekly practices, these dedicated vocalists strive for perfection.
The Virginia Gentlemen is the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a premier male a capella singing organization in Southwestern Virginia. The Chapter’s Virginia Gentlemen chorus appeals to men of all ages seeking to be part of a high quality vocal performing group known for its fun, fellowship and harmony. The organization is a 501(c) 3 and contributes a portion of its performance proceeds to the John Tully Memorial Scholarship Fund to aid local college-bound high school students and to The Harmony Foundation, providing grants promoting vocal music education in schools and communities.
To learn more about The Virginia Gentlemen, visit www.vagents.org. And visit www.midatlanticdistrict.com to learn more about the Southern Division Convention.
Submitted by Lisa Soltis