The Marcsmen Earn Automatic Berth to 2019 International Contest in Salt Lake City
DALLAS, TX (October 6, 2018) – Following their best performance at the 2018 Barbershop Harmony Society International Competition, the Marcsmen, a local a cappella chorus from San Antonio, competed this past weekend at the annual Southwestern District competition in Dallas. The chorus won the competition for the second time in their 10-year history. The first-place win is the second District Chorus championship for the Marcsmen since winning the chorus’ initial District Chorus title back in 2012. Led by their Director, Brent Dunavant, the chorus earned a score of 83.4 (out of 100 possible points) with a chorus record 51 men on stage.
“With an almost 100% increase in membership in only 3 months and only 8 rehearsals to prepare the chorus for the contest, I’m most proud of how the guys worked together to make winning a reality” said Dunavant, on the growth of the organization. “What I’m most proud of is the fact that our very new members have embraced our core values of professionalism, pursuit of excellence, integrity, and brotherhood” said chapter President, Paul Turner.
Along with the championship, the chorus earned the District’s automatic berth to the 2019 Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Contest that will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah next July. It will be the fifth time that the Marcsmen will be a representative of the Southwestern District at the international level. In Utah, the Marcsmen hope to improve upon their 13th place result achieved in Orlando at the 2018 international contest. “We’ve always been driven to be the best at what we do. And with more time to prepare for the International Barbershop Competition in July of 2019, we are planning to be among the top 10 choruses in the world” said Dunavant.
The Marcsmen were one of 11 choruses who participated in the Southwestern District contest. Other choruses competing hailed from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and other Texas cities.
In addition to their championship win, the Marcsmen were honored in part with one of their own members, bass Jack Stevens, who was inducted into the Southwestern District Hall of Fame. Established in 1987, the Hall of Fame recognition is the highest achievement for a barbershopper in the Southwestern District. Jack Stevens has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for the past 36 years with a few military deployments during that time. And for that last nine years he has been with the Marcsmen. Stevens joins three members of the Sterling Quartet as the only Marcsmen members to have been awarded this great honor.
“It was a real honor for me, and truthfully, I never imagined that I was doing the kind of work to deserve that level of recognition” said Stevens. “I was just doing what I enjoy. I always felt like one of the guys just doing a job.”
The Marcsmen now turn their focus towards their holiday show in December and preparations for the international contest next summer. Follow the group on their social media sites for more information about upcoming events!
The Marcsmen are San Antonio’s premier men’s a cappella group, and members of the Barbershop Harmony Society! Rehearsals are every Thursday from 7:00 – 10pm at
702 Donaldson Ave
San Antonio, TX 78201
On July 6th, The Marcsmen performed in the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Finals and finished 13th in the world! This ties our highest finish ever in the competition, but this time, we had our all-time highest score in the chorus’ history.
Here is the press release we sent to local media outlets, that resulted in appearances on local TV shows such as KSAT-12’s SA Live:
ORLANDO, FL (July 6, 2018) – The Marcsmen, a local a cappella chorus from San Antonio, competed last week at the 2018 Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Contest in Orlando, FL. The group placed 13th overall, tying their best placement at an international competition, out of 30 choruses competing which included choruses from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. The Marcsmen earned a score of 84.3 (out of 100 possible points) besting their previous high score of 82.0 at the 2013 International contest in Toronto, Canada. The chorus has competed at the International Contest in three previous years: 2011, 2013, and 2015 – all three were top 20 finishes, including 13th place in Toronto in 2013.
“It was wonderful to return to the International stage as a competitor,” said Brent Dunavant, Director of the Marcsmen. “Sharing the stage with some of the greatest choruses in the world was quite an honor. We put 29 men on stage and competed against ensembles with 150 men on stage and still came in 13th in the world. We are immensely proud of that accomplishment.”
With almost 700 registered choruses in North America alone, the Marcsmen were one of three choruses from the Southwestern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society to compete in Orlando. The other two choruses were Space City Sound (Houston, TX) who placed 14th, and The Vocal Majority (Dallas, TX) who finished in first place taking the gold medal.
“The chorus membership and musical expectations are continuing to steadily grow,” commented Dunavant. “We accept members throughout the year and more and more singers are finding us and falling in love with what we do.”
Now through Sunday, November 26th at midnight, get tickets to the Marcsmen Afterglow featuring Main Street on Saturday, December 16th after the Marcsmen Christmas show. Tickets for this afterglow, which include full access to the open bar, food buffet and with performances from The Marcsmen, Main Street and others, are $20 at the door.
However, this weekend only, get your Afterglow tickets for just $15 online by clicking on the buy now button below. You will receive your Afterglow tickets by email within 24 hours of completion of your order.
With the beginning of a new year upon us, The Marcsmen are making a change to our rehearsal schedule.
We are switching our rehearsal night from Tuesdays to Thursday nights. The rehearsals will still be held at The Radius Center, and are always open to guests. Visit our Sing With The Marcsmen page for more details.
Our friends at the Alamo Metro Chorus are pleased to announce their upcoming show, “Music Con – The Power of Music” on Saturday, November 5th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Antonio. There will be two shows: a matinee at 3:00 pm and an evening show at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.
For more information on what should be a fabulous show, click on the Music Con image to the right to see the entire show flyer, or visit www.alamometrochorus.org for more details on the show.
The Marcsmen are pleased to announce that we are partnering with The Playhouse of San Antonio to present All Is Calm, The Christmas Eve Truce of 1914. This show will run from December 2-19 at the Playhouse.
On Saturday, December 17th, there will be a special Double Feature, with All Is Calm followed by A Marcsmen Christmas with Vocal Spectrum. Click Here for more details on this exciting one-night event!
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Tickets for the upcoming 2016 Marcsmen Mother’s Day Show, entitled Embrace, are now available. Click Here to reserve your seats today!
Marcsmen Youth Chorus
We’ve posted a new video that answers a question that we commonly hear from our audiences: How did the Marcsmen get their name and what’s with the unique spelling?
Most people don’t know that there’s actually a geographical connection to the spelling of the name, The Marcsmen. The image shown here is from the 2008 Barbershop Harmony Society’s inaugural Youth Chorus competition, which the Marcsmen won. The group was formed for that competition, but they had so much fun that they wanted to continue as a full-fledged chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Watch the video to learn all about how the name and unique spelling originated.
It’s Valentine’s Day. Around this great country of ours, thousands of lucky people will be recipients of a Singing Valentine from a loved one, including many here in the San Antonio area who have ordered a Singing Valentine from The Marcsmen to serenade their sweetheart. Here is a terrific article about the history of this unique Valentine’s Day gift:
The 2016 Marcsmen Mother’s Day Show will be entitled, Embrace, and will be held at San Fernando Hall, 231 W. Commerce Street, San Antonio Texas at 1:00 PM on Sunday, May 8, 2016. The dinner show will feature a delicious catered meal from Heavenly Gourmet. All-inclusive tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children. Visit the Show Page to reserve your seats today!