The 2016 Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival has surpassed itself with over 1000 vocal students, a packed Morrison Center with two fantastic clinicians, Deke Sharon and Adam Scott!
Deke Sharon, the Father of Contemporary A Cappella, brought 4 of his arrangements for students and teachers to chew on. The boys were amazing with Deke’s arrangement of John Legend’s “All of Me”, the girls showing a bunch of attitude “My Lovin’ (Never Gonna Get It) by En Vogue, a Deke favorite, then the boy/girl combined song “Drift Away” an arrangement of a Dobie Gray hit from 1973 that rocked the house! Click on the pictures below the article for videos of the performances.
Deke’s 4th arrangement, for the TEACHERS, was “Gone, Gone, Gone”, originally sung by the Everly Brothers in 1964 and recently covered by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. They did a credible job with our featured quartet, Flightline, adding the needed touch.
Adam Scott, arranger, composer, former Barbershop Harmony Society star and all around good guy, brought his arrangement of “Hallelujah” for the girls as their barbershop song. The comments we got from the girls boiled down to, “I never thought barbershop could be so cool!”
We had 10 student quartets all together that sang some great barbershop! The Boise Chordsmen started both evenings with their renditions “Black Bird”, “All the Way”, “Swing Down Chariot” and God Bless America”
As always, ADMISSION & PARKING WERE FREE!
Boys and Girls combined choir singing Drift Away
Boys Choir singing All of Me
Girls choir singing Never Gonna Get It
Boys Choir singing Crazy 'Bout You Baby
Girls Choir singing Adam Scott's arrangement of Allelujah