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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.

Jeremey Johnson

Jeremey Johnson hails from central Indiana where he has been an avid barbershopper since the age of fourteen. With a music education degree and twelve years of composing and arranging experience in many genres, Jeremey is the founder of High Note Music Industries. He particularly enjoys arranging songs that have not been done before in the barbershop style. Audio and visual samples of Jeremey's work can be downloaded at

A Matter of Policy is a comedy number that has been around for a long time. Very popular in Christian circles, the song points out many of the flaws that are common in denominational churches today. The lyric is brutally honest, but presented in a tasteful way that is sure to bring a smile to even the most smug pew warmer. It is a lead feature with all four parts joining in at the chorus. A nice medium-easy arrangement that will improve the repertoire of any group that regularly performs for church crowds.

Oh Promise Me is an old chestnut from 1887. With a lyric that is quite touching, it was very popular in wedding ceremonies for a long time. Arranged at a medium level of difficulty, this ballad is rich with classic barbershop harmonies. A fresh treatment of a cherished classic that is suitable for the contest stage for your chorus or quartet.

Come See What's Happenin' in the Barn was made famous by Bill Gaither and his Homecoming series. If your chorus is looking for a barn-burner (pun definitely intended) to open up your next holiday concert or recording, look no further. This arrangement falls under the category of difficult and it pushes the ranges for lead, tenor, and bass, but it will be a number your audiences won't forget. And just think about the thematic opportunities: a farm setting for a holiday program. Now that's unique! Simon Rylander has created masterful learning tracks to help your group prepare this chart. Come listen to the demo at

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