One of the most unique things about this affiliate to the Barbershop Harmony Society, is that it is a mixed organization. Most barbershop-centric organizations are either all male or all female (both choruses and quartets). BinG! expands this idea and truly brings barbershop into this century having the aforementioned options as well as mixed quartets and choruses (male and female singing together). This last March, BinG! hosted the very first International World Mixed Barbershop Competition held in Dortmund, Germany. Competitors came from all around the world (Germany, Canada, U.S.A, Sweden, Australia, to name a few) and went head-to-head in this initial competition...the next one being in 2014 (anyone interested in competing with me?). It is no surprise that mixed barbershop singing is catching on everywhere.
I see mixed barbershop singing as a real opportunity. An opportunity for families and friends to sing together, for educating more people about this wonderful hobby, and of course building stronger communities through music and song. It's amazing what can happen when people start to play outside of the box and create something perfectly unique...and thankfully share it with the world!
Thanks to BinG! once again for your generosity, hospitality, and more than that, your desire to continuously learn and grow. My life is so much richer with the experiences you have given me.