In 2010 the quartet qualified once again (and for the last time) to represent Dixie at the International Quartet contest in Philadelphia, PA. In July 2010 the Dixie District officially split with North and South Carolina, forming the new Carolinas District. Because the members of the quartet were all members of the new District, this change made them eligible to compete again for a whole new District Championship, and in October 2010 they were honored and humbled to win the first ever Carolinas District Quartet Championship in Myrtle Beach, SC. What a ride it's been!
In March 2011 they were once again honored to win the first ever Carolinas District International Quartet Prelims contest, and traveled to Kansas City, Missouri in July to represent the new District for the first time on the International Quartet Contest stage. They moved up the rankings to finish 33rd out of the top 50 quartets in the world. There's nothing like the thrill of being on the same stage with the Society's greatest performers!
The year 2012 was a year of weddings and performances for the quartet, and due to financial and time constraints, the quartet decided to sit out competition for the year. At the end of March, Joe’s son David was married near Winston-Salem, and a few weeks later in April, Greg’s daughter Lindsay was married at Holden Beach. Then again in early August, the quartet celebrated Joe’s daughter Jill’s wedding up in Chicago! So the quartet was busy traveling and singing, and the Dads were quickly going broke paying for it all, but it was such a privilege to be part of these wonderful family celebrations.
The quartet continued to perform, however, headlining the Myrtle Beach chapter show and singing at the Winston-Salem annual dinner and installation of officers in January, performing on the Winston-Salem chapter show in May, as well as the Greensboro chapter show in September and headlining the Pinehurst chapter show in November. Another highlight of the year was being invited to the Atlantic Harmony Brigade weekend to serve as judges for the contests and to perform on their show Saturday night. What a blast that weekend was! They also appeared at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration, and performed in several holiday shows in December. All in all, a very full and fun year for Let’s Sing!
Steve joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in Vermont in 1981, singing Lead, until IBM moved him to North Carolina in 1987. Since then he served as President of both the Research Triangle Park and Central Carolina (Durham) chapters, competed on the International stage with the General Assembly Chorus, placed in the International top 20 with bass Greg Zinke in The CrackerJacks (1991), and has sung tenor in many other Dixie quartets over the years. Steve is a certified Contest Administrator in the BHS judging program, and serves the Carolinas District as Vice President for Contest and Judging.
Mark and his wife, Lisa, both North Carolina natives, live in Old Salem in an historic home that they have lovingly restored. Mark has been a member of the BHS since 1984, and lends his voice and talent to Triad Harmony Express, the chorus of the Winston-Salem chapter, singing lead. Mark is a past Chapter President as well. He sang with the 2001 Dixie District Champion Quartet, Crescendo, and the 2004 International Quarter-Finalist Quartet, Genesis.
Joe has been a member of the Society since 1974, singing multiple parts in several quartets along the way, including tenor with the 1983 Dixie District Champion and two-time International Quartet Quarter-Finalist, Blue Ribbon Edition. From 2004-2005 Joe sang with then 16 year-old son David in Sweet Mother of Harmony. Joe is active in the Winston-Salem chapter and he and his wife, Juli, live in Lewisville, NC.
Greg is originally from New Jersey and has been singing harmony for over 30 years. Greg and his wife, Kim, live in Greensboro, where Greg has directed the Greensboro Tarheel Chorus since 1999. He has competed at the international level with four different foursomes, placing in the Top 20 semi-finals in 1987 with the Mid-Atlantic District Champions, Northeast Extension, and in 1991 with Steve in The CrackerJacks in the Dixie District. He and Mark sang together in several quartets in recent years, including International Quarter-Finalist Genesi.