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Barbershop superstars join Harmony Kings

t Show proceeds support vocalists

For the Mirror

The Federal Way Harmony Kings barbershop chorus will put on its 44th annual show May 20-21 at the Sumner Performing Arts Center, sharing the stage with an internationally acclaimed barbershop quartet.

The show will feature Gotcha, the current international quartet champions.

Also featured will be Northwest Spirit Quartet, former Evergreen District champions, and Country Squires Quartet, the 2000-01 district senior champs.

When the Federal Way chorus’ director, Tom Wilkie, worked with Gotcha at a coaching clinic last June, he got a verbal okay from the group to headline the Harmony Kings’ show. A week later, Gotcha won the gold at the international competition in Louisville, Ky.

The Harmony Kings’ annual shows are their main fund-raiser. Proceeds help support the Harmony Foundation, a national charity that encourages and supports vocal music in public settings andchools. Also, the Kings will send as many as six youths to the Harmony Explosion camp at University of Puget Sound in July.

Barbershop singing is a uniquely American style employing close harmony and matched voices for a characteristic ring.

Originally aimed at preserving tin-pan alley tunes and ballads, the style has evolved to include more modern songs.

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