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Busman is secret weapon for Miner Chords

Jim de Busman puts Kevin Prout, Gordon Dryden, Howard Kennedy and Trevor Remphry from the Miner Chords through their vocal scales ahead of the barbershop National Titles.
Jim de Busman puts Kevin Prout, Gordon Dryden, Howard Kennedy and Trevor Remphry from the Miner Chords through their vocal scales ahead of the barbershop National Titles. Claudia Baxter

IPSWICH barbershop group The Miner Chords is seeking help from the other side of the pond in its tilt at the upcoming national titles.

Fresh off their performances at last weekend's Barbershop Harmony Championships in Toowoomba, the city's a cappella chorus has invited acclaimed American singing coach Jim de Busman to ensure they are pitch perfect.

The four-part harmony group, consisting of about 20 members who share bass, tenor and solo responsibilities, has been practicing hard every Wednesday night at the old Ipswich court house, with its sights firmly focused on the Perth nationals in October.

Bass singer Howard Kennedy said the group enjoyed practicing its craft at public events, particularly those that helped local charities.

Jim de Busman visiting from the America will be putting Gordon Dryden and the Miner Chords singers through their vocal scales ahead of the barbershop National Titles. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Jim de Busman visiting from the America will be putting Gordon Dryden and the Miner Chords singers through their vocal scales ahead of the barbershop National Titles. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

 

"The group has been together since about 2006 but the members have changed quite a bit since then," he said.

"The only thing you really need to do barbershop is a background in enjoying singing.

"Anyone can come along and listen in and stand with us - it's the sound of those chords that really sucks you in."

Mr de Busman, a member of the Music City Chorus barbershop group in Nashville, Tennessee, said the standard of singing in Australia was generally very high, and the Ipswich lads were doing their city proud.

The Miner Chords welcome visitors to rehearsals and hope that some of them take up the challenge to join them as they pave their pathway to Perth.

For further details phone 3389 3555 or 0431 689 054.

Topics:  barbershop harmony championships, howard kennedy, jim de busman, miner chords


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