I’ve been a Barbershopper ever since I was in high school. As life has gotten busy, I had less and less time for official singing. I would always sing as often as possible, but couldn’t seem to get a quartet together for long. This is the story of an amazing experience that fits my current life situation. It is the story of the unique long distance quartet, Second Wind, and how we have made this wonderful hobby fit into our very average busy lives.
Two years ago I lived in Arizona. I sang with the Phoenicians as often as I could. The Phoenicians have had their ups and downs lately. But one thing they excel at is weekly afterglows.
That’s where I met Chaz Chesser. Chaz is one of those guys that can sing virtually any part. He didn’t grow up singing. But then he saw Vocal Spectrum on YouTube, found out they belonged to BHS, did some research and then walked into a chorus practice one day saying he wanted to join. He’s 22 years old, and has more tags and songs memorized (in all four parts) than anyone his age.
Chaz and I sang songs and tags at the afterglows. We always talked about being in a quartet one day, but, 1) there were only two of us, and 2) we both had no history of international quartetting, so the “good guys” kind of looked us by.
Towards the end of my time in Arizona, Matt Allen joined the chorus. He had just graduated from BYU-Idaho, where he discovered barbershop through the yearly barbershop festival there. Because of the festival, he had pretty much been spoiled all four years there, having met and sung with Intl. champions year after year. Gosh, one year they had both Ringmasters and OC Times! We realized the three of us had quite the blend! However, there were only three of us, and we were all pretty busy…
Well, I moved away to Salt Lake City. My schedule now allows me to sing with the Saltaires, which is where I ran into an old friend ADAM HAGGART. ADAM has one of those magical voices that makes everything sound smooth and easy. His quartet had just broken up after having won the RMD districts… Funny how sometimes that happens! Anyway, 2016 districts was coming up, and we didn’t want to go without a quartet. We started thinking.
Late that night, I made the connection. What if Chaz and Matt in AZ were willing to throw something together with ADAM and I, just for fun, and sing at RMD districts?
We discussed it, and discussed our time restraints, and decided to just meet up and try it out.
We met midway between AZ and UT, in a small apartment of a fellow Barbershopper in Las Vegas. This was three weeks before the RMD competition.
We sang until 4 a.m. that first night. Not only did we make amazing sounds, we also found that we really got along. And the love for the hobby overcame our interest in sleeping.
Thus the name “Second Wind” was born.
We competed three weeks later, with only that one official practice under our belts, and scored third at districts with a 73.
A few months later, we competed in Arizona Divisionals and scored a 77.9. We most recently qualified for 2018 Intl’s.
We continue to get together for shows and competitions. It is tough and challenging to be in a long distance group. Funds are always tight, and the chances to practice are few and far between. However, we have had an amazing adventure together so far, and we continue to improve. So, as we see it, as long as it suits our schedules, why stop?!
If you’d like, you can follow us on Facebook @ Second Wind Quartet.