ESCANABA - There's a storm front coming in and it has nothing to do with a change in the weather.
But there will be plenty to smile about when the comedy quartet, "Storm Front," 2010 International Barbershop Champions, take the stage at the Harvest of Harmony '12 Barbershop festival scheduled for Saturday at the William Oliver Auditorium.
All second-generation barbershoppers, tenor, Jeff Selano; lead, Jim Clark; baritone, Darin Drown; and bass, Syd Libsack, have managed, through trial and error and lots of coaching, to create the perfect balance of extremely talented singing with the type of "schtick" that all but guarantees plenty of laughs from the appreciative audience.
Both Selano and Libsack make their homes in Atlanta, Ga. Clark and Drown are both from Denver, Co. The group placed third in international competition in 2007, sixth in 2008, and third again in 2009, which prompted them to write and perform the parody, "We've Grown Accustomed to 3rd Place." During their competitions, the quartet stood out in the humor category amidst mostly traditional and several contemporary barbershop quartets.
Other performers will be "Perfect Timing," Land O' Lakes Senior Champions, The Next Generation Quartet, Menominee River Sweet Adelines Chorus, and the Remnants Barbershop Chorus under the direction of Ed Boehm.
Saturday's performance will be the first in Escanaba for "Perfect Timing." The group formed in 1999 when four members of the former Pride of the Valley Barbershop Chorus of Appleton, Wis., began singing as a quartet. Since that time, they have won the Land O'Lakes District Seniors Quartet Championship and qualified to compete in the International Seniors Quartet Contest nine times, most recently in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2011.
Tenor Ed Boehm is a retired music teacher and award-winning arranger. A resident of Marinette, Wis., he is not only the director of the Remnants Chorus, he also directs the Menominee River Chorus.
Bob Thiel, lead, holds a degree in music education and is a retired insurance businessman. He is the musical director of the Hartland Harmonizers, a barbershop chorus in Florida where he makes his winter home. When in Wisconsin, he and his family live near Clintonville.
Bob Lemkuil, bass, is a retired special education teacher and coach. He and his wife spend the winter in Mission, Texas, and their summers in Waupaca, Wis., where he sings with the Winnebagoland Barbershop Chorus of Oshkosh and the Sawdust City Slickers quartet.
Lynn "Ole" Anderson, who sings baritone, owns and operates Anderson's Party Time Fundraising along with his wife, Patti. He also sings with the Sawdust City Slickers and the Winnebago Barbershop Chorus. He makes his home in Neshkoro, Wis.
Harvest of Harmony is presented annually by the Delta County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Tickets for the performance are $20 and are available at Walgreens in Escanaba or from any Remnants Chorus member. Following the concert, an afterglow will be offered at Holy Name School for an additional $5.