LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—650 singers will gather in La Crosse this weekend for the Barbershop Harmony Convention.
La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen host the convention and will compete on Saturday.
They're not the typical barbershop quartet, rather a barbershop chorus of 30 men from all walks of life.
"17 to I want to say 77," Eric Sorenson, Co-Director said. "All are singers. Nobody is a dead weight and they all enjoy their time here."
Sig Rudser has been in the chorus the longest.
"For 4-5 years my job took me away," Sig said. "And then I came back and because of the great bunch of guys we have."
Since 1974, his enthusiastic grins have been adding to the show.
"It's kind of like a set of laws that you have to be a person of character to be a member," Sig said.
Barbershop helped Nushoua Xiong find his character.
"I used to sing with out good posture," Nushoua said. "I was afraid of singing but once I joined, I felt singing could be done by anybody."
Directing such a wide variety of men can be challenge.
"The younger kids like to move at a very fast pace with things," Brian Berg, Co-Director said. "Sometimes with older men you have to go over it several times."
"The day will probably come someday my voice will give out and I'll have to take to something else," Sig said.
But until then, they'll keep singing their hearts out.
You can hear the La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen and barbershop quartets on Saturday at the La Crosse Center.
The public is invited to the competition:
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