BHS Quartet Champions: A Look Back

While the style and presentation of barbershop has evolved overtime, the end goal of perfectly executed close harmony remains and the cream still rises to the top. Here's a look back at the last ten champions and songs from their winning sets - who will join them this year?

2018 - After Hours (Illinois District)
Orlando, FL

Leading the pack from the starting line, After Hours finished with a record-breaking score.

Finals Scores: 94.7
Semifinals Score: 95.2
Quarterfinals Score: 94.3

Songs: Butter Outta Cream, The Sound Of Music, The Next Ten Minutes, You're A Heavenly Thing, The Coffee Song, Honeysuckle Rose


2017 - Main Street (Sunshine District)
Las Vegas, NV

Finishing 3rd overall in 2016, this group of Dapper Dans lead by legend and two-time gold medalist Tony DeRosa used comedy and charm to match their impeccable blend to edge out Signature for 1st place.

Finals Scores: 92.8
Semifinals Score: 92.2
Quarterfinals Score: 92.2

Songs: Pop Songs Medley, There's Nothin' That I Haven't Sung About, I'll Take You Dreaming, Life's A Happy Song, Razzle Dazzle, Smile


2016 - Forecast (Cardinal District)
Nashville, TN

After a near miss in 2015, Forefront returned to the contest stage to definitively win, starting strong and widening their lead over former Collegiate Quartet Champion Lemon Squeezy and later champion Main Street with each round.

Finals Scores: 93.3
Semifinals Score: 93.5
Quarterfinals Score: 93.3

Songs: Hit Me With A Hot Note, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, Georgia On My Mind, I Got Rhythm, It Only Takes A Moment, Ring-A-Ding-Ding!



2015 - Instant Classic (Cardinal District)
Pittsburgh, PA

Coming from behind after finishing 2nd place in quarter and semifinals, Instant Classic stunned the crowd in the finals to win by just 11 points and 0.1% over Forefront.

Finals Scores: 92.7
Semifinals Score: 92.1
Quarterfinals Score: 91.5

Songs: I Won't Send Roses, This Could Be The Start Of Something Big, Spend My Life With You, 'Til I Hear You Sing, How Could I Ever Know?, Love Me Or Leave Me


2014 - Musical Island Boys (NZABS)
Las Vegas, NV

With contest packages full of feel goo songs, MIB slowly inched their score up to outdo both Forefront and Main Street to win the first ever gold medal for New Zealand after spending three years at 2nd place.


Finals Scores: 89.5
Semifinals Score: 89.4
Quarterfinals Score: 89.2

Songs: Somewhere Out There, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Childhood, Ain't Too Proud To Beg, Now It The Hour, Hakuna Matata



2013 - Masterpiece (Far Western District)
Toronto, ON

The clear winner from the start, Masterpiece finished 39 points ahead of their nearest competitor, the 2014 champions, Musical Island Boys.

Finals Scores: 89.3
Semifinals Score: 89.5
Quarterfinals Score: 89.4

Songs: Drown In My Own Tears, Where've You Been?, Tennessee Waltz, Oh Susanna, Sweet Lucy Brown, Old Friends



2012 - Ringmasters (SNOBS)
Portland, OR

Traveling to the US West Coast all the way from Scandinavia, Ringmasters rang in a 90+ score to win out over future champions Musical Island Boys, Masterpiece, Main Street, Throwback, and Forefront.

Finals Scores: 91.7
Semifinals Score: 91.8
Quarterfinals Score: 90.9

Songs: Lazybones, I Love Being Here With You, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Love Me And The World Is Mine, So In Love, I Can't Give You Anything But Love



2011- Old School (Mid-Atlantic District)
Kansas City, MO

A definitive win by 120 points and 1.4%, Old School topped a field of strong competitors, after being edged out by Storm Front for gold in 2010.

Finals Scores: 89.9
Semifinals Score: 89.7
Quarterfinals Score:  89.3

Songs: Little Town in Ould County Down, I Want A Girl, As Time Goes By, Ma She's Making Eyes At Me, Forgive Me, Yes Sir, That's My Baby/Ain't She Sweet? (Medley)



2010 - Storm Front (Rocky Mountain District)
Philadelphia, PA

This comedy quartet surpassed Old School in the Finals to take home gold with parody and laughter.

Finals Scores: 91.3
Semifinals Score: 90.6
Quarterfinals Score: 89.2

Songs: As Time Goes By, Ma! (She's Making Eyes At Me), You're The Flower Of My Heart, Sweet Adeline, I Want A Girl, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (Parody), Jukebox Saturday Night (Medley)



2009 - Crossroads (Central States District)
Anaheim, CA

Scores at this level wouldn't be seen again until Forefront in 2016. The now legendary Crossroads took the gold over Old School with a score of 8433 - winning by 213 points.

Finals Scores: 93.7
Semifinals Score: 94.4
Quarterfinals Score: 93.9

Songs: Mean To Me, A Little Patch of Heaven, That Lucky Old Sun, Mobile Medley, Daddy's Little Girl, Georgia May


To jog your memory of all the past champions, AIC documents it quite well for the barbershop nerd in all of us.

Hot Pursuit Crowned 2019 Harmony Queens

It was a strong afternoon of singing at the Harmony, Inc. Quartet Finals, where Hot Pursuit was named the 2019 Harmony Queens. Scoring an 81.5%, Hot Pursuit now joins the welcome company of the Association of Harmony Queens.

Record Breaking Chorus Contest at Harmony, Inc.

With a score of 83.7% (1507) A Cappella Showcase took home their third gold medal at the 2019 Harmony, Inc. IC&C with the second highest chorus score ever. As expected, the chorus contest was exciting and hotly contested with runners-up Northern Blend finishing just 7 points behind A Cappella Showcase with an 83.3% (1500). It was the first time Harmony, Inc. saw not one, but two scores above an 83% in the same contest. 

Harmony, Inc. Names Top Ten Quartets

The stage lit up all day Thursday in Sandusky with 31 international qualifiers in the Harmony, Inc. quartet semifinals. After seeing a parade of heavy hitters, big personalities, and lots of ringing chords, the coveted top ten were announced. These 10 quartets, plus a mic tester, will take the stage on Saturday at 12:30 pm EST for the quartet finals.

Supporting Barbershop Via Video: An Interview With BHS CMO Holly J. Kellar

Source: BHS.org

Hot Chorus Contest Coming at #HI2019Sandusky

This Friday will be a clash of the titans in Sandusky, OH as the choruses of Harmony, Inc. take the stage.

Unprecedented Quartet Contest Expected in Sandusky

With less than a week to go, the excitement surrounding the 2019 Harmony, Incorporated International Convention & Contests is palpable. The contests kick off on Thursday morning with 33 qualifying quartets expected to take the stage at Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Celebrating 60 Years of Harmony, Inc.

In 1957, a significant shift of needs and ideals in the women's barbershop community led to the creation of second organization. After a struggle of meetings and debate, the Melody Belles of Rhode Island were the first chorus to officially split from Sweet Adelines, followed closely by four more choruses to pursue a different direction. These 150 women propelled the creation of what became Harmony, Incorporated.

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AcaOpen Returns to Carnegie Hall

On October 5, top groups from around the world will head to New York City to take the stage at Carnegie Hall for the third annual International Championship for A Cappella Open, better known as the AcaOpen. The Varsity Vocals contest for all ages will welcome back the 2019 ICCA Champions, the N'Harmonics, and the 2019 ICHSA Champions, InTONEnation to compete against the Open Regional winners.

Two Nights, Two Shows, WATCH LIVE from Harmony University

   Harmony University is well underway in Nashville, TN. Students of ALL ages are actively learning and performing for the best of the best. Honing their skills in singing, performing and leadership. This week brings together barbershop singers, music educators, music students, arrangers, doctors, lawyers and MANY more from all over the world for a once in a lifetime experience. At the end of the week two amazing shows feature performances ONLY to be found at Harmony University.