SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 2, 2018 — Tickets for the Peninsulaires 2018 Platinum Reunion Event are now available. On March 10, 2018 at San Jose City College, the Peninsulaires Platinum Reunion Chorus will delight audiences of all ages with a performance of "The Baritones." Come watch what happens when a modern Barbershop Harmony Chorus is discovered by The Baritones–the keepers of all things barbershop.
Headlining the second act is 2011 Far Western District Senior Quartet Champions and 2014 Los Angeles Harmony Sweepstakes 3rd Place finalist: The Velvet Frogs.
In May 2018, the chorus will open their doors to the seventh annual Free Voice Lessons. This free workshop runs seven weeks from May through June, ending with a joint session with another local chorus. Peninsulaires Assistant Director and Vocal Coach, Paul Eastman joins Peninsulaires Musical Director Sean Abel in leading weekly sessions ranging from the fundamentals of breath control, range expansion, and more. The Free Voice Lessons will help any singer, from the karaoke master to the bathtub baritone. Many successful graduates of the Free Voice Lessons are now performing members of the Peninsulaires Chorus. Registration is now available at https://www.freevoicelessons.net/.
The Velvet Frogs
The Velvet Frogs Barbershop Quartet is the 2011 Senior Quartet Champion of the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.). The quartet members represent chorus chapters from all over the Southern California area & have been singing together for eight years. The Frogs have competed 5 times at the international level in the senior division, placing as high as 3rd in the world. This popular group of singers perform the “old songs” in the “old style” reminiscent of the early 1900’s, and have been selected “audience favorite” in the past 4 regional competitions.
Craig Ewing, tenor, joined the Frogs in 2015 and is a three-time Far Western District quartet champion (Musician’s Choice 1988, Rhythm & Rhyme 1993, and Hi-Fidelity 2005). Hi-Fi are the Harmony Sweepstakes 2007 National A Cappella Champions. Craig has been the musical director of the Orange Empire Chorus in Fullerton, California for 16 years, and has won 4 gold medals singing with the Masters Of Harmony. He has been a barbershopper for 40 years, and is a Certified Singing Judge. Craig and his very patient and supportive wife, Marie, have four daughters, eight grandchildren, and four “greats”.
David Livingston, Lead, has been singing Barbershop Harmony for 57 years. David graduated from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Born and raised in Southern California, he lived in Connecticut for 6 years, and in Switzerland and Germany for another 6 years. While living in Europe, David even sang with the Zurich Switzerland Barbershop Chorus. David is retired from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, after 15 years of service.
CJ Sams, Baritone, is a 47 year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and has lived in Long Beach, CA all his life. CJ sang tenor with Four Points West, Margerry Shardons Favorite Barbershop Quartet, and lead with the Stage Hogs and has won 3 international chorus champion medals with the Masters Of Harmony barbershop chorus. A retired computer programmer, CJ plays cornet and tuba in numerous Dixieland bands and is half of a fabulous tuba/banjo duet called CJ & Katie! His wife Marlys joins them on some tunes to form a trio reminiscent of the Boswell Sisters.
Bill Wilson, Bass, is a second generation Barbershop Quartet Singer and a 53 year Society member. He sang in one of our organizations most famous and popular show quartets, Yer Fadders Mustache. Bill twice won Chorus Gold Medals with the World Champion Masters of Harmony. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Upland, CA and have lots of fun with their Beautiful 57 Chevy.
The Peninsulaires Chorus was founded in 1948, making it one of the longest continually running barbershop choruses in the Far Western District. The Far Western District encompasses the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and a portion of Utah, and is one of seventeen districts of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA). Founded by Owen C. Cash in 1938, the organization quickly grew, promoting barbershop harmony among men of all ages. Just under 25,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of this national organization whose focus is on a cappella music.