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Hal Maples

Hal Maples has been a musician and singer for many years, performing as a child and student in church choirs and as a soloist; playing guitar and singing in rock & pop bands, and as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He has sung with the Southern Gateway Chorus, The Mississippi Valley chorus, and with the past Illinois District Champion Federal Reserve Notes quartet. Since 2001, he has performed with the Ambassadors of Harmony in St. Charles, Missouri, where he is a Bass Section Leader, and holds 7 chorus medals including two Gold. He also sings with the Sounds of Harmony chorus in Belleville, Illinois, where he is Bass Section Leader and backup Director. He has arranged for several quartets including Crossroads, Progression, City Nights, Pitch Invasion, Gateway Edition; and for the Ambassadors of Harmony. His web site is

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off is an arrangement of a song by George and Ira Gershwin with a parody lyric satirizing the differences in speech between the U.S. and the U.K. It was performed by the Ambassadors of Harmony at the 2006 BABS Convention in Harrogate, England. It is available from BHS. A performance clip is included on the arranger's web site.

Accen-chu-ate the Positive - written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen - A fun rhythm piece with a bustin' tag - challenging. It is available from BHS. A MIDI clip is included on the arranger's web site.

One For My Baby is a bluesy ballad written by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer - From The Sky's the Limit - Jazzy, low, lazy & cool. This is available from the arranger.A MIDI clip is included on the arranger's web site.

Ruby - written by Mitchell Parish and Heinz Roemheld, from the movie Ruby Gentry, and popularized by Ray Charles. This chart is available from the arranger. An optional 5th part is available. A MIDI clip is included on the arranger's web site.

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