by Roger LaPoint
The 2017 Oshkosh Barbershopper Of The Year was recently awarded to Don Gibson. Gibson has been a barbershop member for more than 44 years with many of those years in the Oshkosh chapter. He is currently our chapter historian and has headed up our annual dinner concert along with being a member of our board of directors. Don was a unanimous choice to receive this prestigious award.
Written by Roger LaPoint
The Winnebagoland Barbershop Chorus recently sang at the World War II Hall in Wautoma, Wisconsin to help a fundraiser for the Wautoma Area Fire District Water Operation/Dive team. Proceeds went for equipment and to train the members of their team.
The chorus entertained the dinner audience and also donated $250 for this great event.
The Winnebagoland Barbershop Chorus takes pride in its many service activities and giving back to the communities that support us. On an annual basis, we help support two or more local charities from our fundraising events. Charities are chosen by a committee that assesses many contenders and makes selections after extensive research and discussion. We also award college scholarships to students (guys and gals) majoring in music education (a scholarship application can be found on our Contact Us page). We have also helped provide funding to high school students attending Young Men In Harmony camps.
Our barbershop chorus has members from not only Oshkosh, but Beaver Dam, Berlin, Fond Du Lac, Hancock, Neenah, Neshkoro, Ripon, Waupaca, Waupun, Wautoma, and Winneconne.
We are always looking for new members and welcome any man with an interest in singing the barbershop style of music to attend our rehearsals. See the Contact Us page for rehearsal location and membership information.
Written by Roger LaPoint
Originally from Little Chute Wisconsin, Chris Vander Pas learned about barbershop from a friend in High School and joined with the Fox Valleyaires when he was doing his undergraduate at UW-Oshkosh.
Chris just started his career teaching middle school and high school choir in Lomira, Wisc.
While at UW-Oshkosh, he got into a quartet called “SuperNova” – past Packerland Division Champs, and most recently “Vocal Fury” – Land O’ Lakes District Finalists, both singing Baritone.
Chris has been furthering his barbershop studies by attending Harmony University for the past two years in the Directors College branch. In the last few years, he has been a part of the Youth Barbershop Festivals as a teaching quartet member and has also been directing with the Appleton chapter.