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Twice each month a different Barbershop arranger will be featured, along with 3-4 of his/her recent works. One of them might be great for your chorus or quartet.

Bob Brock

Bob Brock has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1951 (59 years); he has actually been singing barbershop for 64 years, but they wouldn't let him join back then until he was 16. He grew up singing barbershop with three of his sisters in the Singing Brocks who appeared on many barbershop shows from coast to coast in the 1950's. One of Bob's sisters in the family quartet is Ruth Ann Parker who sang baritone with the 1968 International Quartet Sweet Adelines Queens of Harmony, the Hurricane Honeys.

Bob has a B.S. Degree in Music from Brigham Young University. He won two bronze medals in International quartet competition with the Impostors, finishing 5th and 3rd in 1964 and '65. He has also directed two choruses in International Competition, the second one being the Bellevue Washington Chapter, whom he directed to a 10th place finish in Kansas City, MO in 1989. In addition, Bob directed the Bountiful, Utah Sweet Adelines chorus to two Top 5 finishes in the Adelines International Chorus Competition in the 1960s.

Bob also holds the distinction of being tied with Joe Liles as the two judges who have been certified the longest in our Society, both since 1971; He was originally certified in the Arrangement category, then in the Music category. Bob has also coached many top choruses and quartets in both organizations.

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? was arranged by Bob earlier this year. His quartet, the Cascade Four, recently competed with it in the 2010 Evergreen District quartet contest.

Ain't Misbehavin' was arranged by Bob a couple of years ago. Somewhere In Time, a quartet from Salem, Oregon, competed with it in the 2010 Evergreen District quartet contest and made it to the finals with this arrangement.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was arranged when Bob resided in the Illinois District quite a few years back. This arrangement is currently in the Christmas repertoire of Bridge Town Sound, a Portland chorus.

Last Night Was The End of The World was arranged by Bob when he resided in the Cardinal District where he grew up. Bob's tag in this arrangement has become one of the all-time classics. Bob's quartet, the Hoosier Statesmen, won the Cardinal District with it in 1960.

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