National anthem at the Storm Stadium

singing the national anthem at the start of a ball game - barbershop style

It's that time of year again when the Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium allows us to start off the ball game by singing the National anthem. It's always an honor to sing our Nations anthem the style we love to sing. Thank you Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium for giving us this opportunity, we deeply appreciate it.

Support the team, and lets go Storm. PLAY BALL!

Game schedule: http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t103

Website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t103

Honoring a Union Civil War Veteran

Our quartet was called upon to help honor the Civil War veteran.

(in the red shirts) L to R - Mark Lewis (baritone), Adam Massey (bass), Nas Khan (lead), Jordon Malbrough (tenor)

Photo credit - Allen Prosser

Union Soldier Honored - In the Barbershop Style!

These men dressed in full Civil War regalia gathered, accompanied by our barbershop quartet, at Odd Fellows Cemetery to honor a Union Soldier by the name of William Pittinger. According to the Center of Military History, he was the 5th ever recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the Great Locomotive Chase, which he later chronicled in a book.

The quartet provided period music that would've been heard frequently in the 1800's. Classic 'Barberpole Cat' music was floating through the air - songs like Sweet Adeline - the 1904 Summer hit!

Whether or not Mr. Pittinger would have sung quartet music in his life is utterly unknown to us. But it's a nice thought.

L to R - Mark Lewis, Adam Massey, Nas Khan, Jordon Malbrough

Just Settle on One!

L to R - Stephen Secules (baritone), Samuel Irvin (bass), Sang Park (Lead), Arthur Sauls (tenor)

L to R - Stephen Secules (baritone), Samuel Irvin (bass), Sang Park (Lead), Arthur Sauls (tenor)

There were many names to choose from - they just had to Settle on One!

That's the story of our newest quartet. Chorus members Samuel Irvin, Stephen Secules, Sang Park and Arthur Sauls sang first at a talent show at Great Oak High School (where Sang and Stephen teach). Introduced first as 'Mr. Park and his Crew', the quartet chose their new name because of the elusiveness of consensus; it seemed as though there wasn't a name that they all liked.

As Temecula's second registered quartet, watch out for Settle on One!

Opening Day is Here for The Storm

Gotta Wear Shades is proud to be on hand for Opening Day of the 2015 season of The Lake Elsinore Storm at The Diamond as the California League, Single A Minor League Baseball gets under way.

Game Time: 6:30
Shades perform outside the park: 5:20 and 6:00 pm – just getting fans in the mood for the Great American Pastime!

Come out on April 9 and support The Storm all season long.
More Storm info at: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t103

Best Audience Ever at 9/N Dine

A great day on the greens and fairways of North Golf Course, Sun City was followed by relaxation with friends, food, and Gotta Wear Shades.

Our very own Tom Teunissen was gracious enough to invite Shades to sing for his gang of golfers who, once a month, meet for 9/N Dine. Truth be known, Tom WAS the entertainment, hosting a karaoke night with tracks, speakers, microphones, and monitors – and he bribed Shades with some golf and food to bring some barbershop tunes. As it turned out, Erik, our bass, represented on the links taking 2nd place with his partners and adoring groupies. Tom was also able to sing a couple of tunes with Shades and offer up the silky warmth of his lyric baritone! Thanks, Tom! 

Best audience ever!!! This group already likes each other and loves to joke around both on and off the golf course. A great group to sing for as they sing along, ooo & ahh, and laugh, hoot, holler! The room was filled with love for all things music and acappella – but a special dose of “bass love” left the ladies swooning. They wanted to know when Shades would return. Shades says, anytime!

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