If you have ever been to a classic-looking barbershop, then you may find some barbershop quartets are playing for you while you’re getting a shave. As part of a tradition, barbershop quartets sing for people and practice a sound that’s unlike any other.
Barbershop quartets have been around for decades in the United States, so why not celebrate them? Barbershop Quartet Day aims to show appreciation for the art of harmonized singing, their history and seeks to keep the long-standing tradition alive for generations to come.
History of Barbershop Quartet Day
Barbershop quartets have been around since the 1800s, forming from a mixture of both African American and Caucasian influences. African Americans during this time would harmonize recreationally. according to their long-standing traditions. These sounds would become part of what most people would consider the barbershop style.
Caucasian ministries would them mimic the sound and eventually brought it to the recording studio. Because of the popularity of the hybrid sound produced, these ministries were credited for the music at the time sealing in the stereotype. Although it has its roots in African American culture, the barbershop sound came to be known as a favorite genre of entertainment.
While their popularity began to fade during the 1920s, the Society of Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing founded Barbershop Quartet Day to help preserve this art.
The barbershop revival movement began during the late 1930s. During this time the society helped bring popularity back through a song fest held at Rupert Hall. The first festival saw about 25 men gather together for a friendly competition of quartet singing.
Now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society, today thousands of groups now form and perform to people all over the world, keeping the tradition alive and well in the world.
How to Celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day
Want to celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day? Show off your appreciation by taking the time to listen to some old-time barbershop quartets. Learn about the past by researching into some of the original quartet groups of the time.
If you believe you can sing, then why not join a quartet. Take your group of friends and travel to some of the best tourist places in the United States and play your songs for people. You can also join a competition and see if your group can win first place. Share this history with your friends and family and let them know that today’s Barbershop Quartet Day!