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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.

Dennis Driscoll

Dennis ("Denny") Driscoll first began arranging for his teen-age barbershop quartet in the late 1940's, and was first published by the Barbershop Society, as well as commercially, in the 1960's. Since then a continuous stream of arrangements has sprung from his creative genius, arrangements for both men and women, arrangements in four, five, and even eight parts, arrangements that run the gamut from purely classical to modern to (of course!) barbershop.

During his time as an arranger in the Barbershop Harmony Society, he has become known for turning out fun arrangements with stackable chords and voice leading that is very singable. He's had numerous arrangements directly published by the Society, and has many others that he distributes directly. Be sure to check out the offerings on his website.

Cruisin' (Along) in my (Old) Model T - This is an edited version of a composition and arrangement by John Hill, who, as I remember, contributed his talents to our Society in the 40's and 50's.

After you get what you wanted (you don't want it at all) - Early (1920) Irving Berlin, who never wrote better songs for barbershop.

It's a beautiful day for a ballgame - Have your chapter do a "Baseball Game" show theme. This fits perfectly.

It's the same old shillelagh - Or, do an Irish-themed show, or be better prepared for St. Paddy's day.

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