Tasmonics

Tasmonics have just returned from representing the Nelson/Tasman region, competing at the National NZ Barbershop Convention (7th-9th Oct), which was held at the new ASB Theatre in Blenheim. The chorus is very proud to announce, that under the musical direction of Andy Rolfe, they came away with Silver Medals in the Small Chorus category. Andy has done a fantastic job, being both firm and patient during our rehearsals to get the songs up to competition standard. Along with some much appreciated additional coaching and guidance from Celia Rodley, we were able to fine tune the songs to give them that little ‘extra something’ to help make us stand out from the other competitors.

The weekend was full on and tiring but all the guys agree it was well worth the effort.

Attaining Silver Medals is quite an achievement, as MiA were the smallest chorus competing, with only 11 guys singing on the risers. Their score even beat one of the other larger choruses of twice as many singers.

During the very positive evaluations by the judges, Tasmonics were congratulated on how good they sounded for such a small group. You can imagine how great that made them all feel!

Competing at the Convention has been a wonderful team effort and an experience that Tasmonics will remember fondly in years to come. The support and camaraderie amongst the guys has been so uplifting, we truly are a band of brothers.

Being at the Convention was an amazing opportunity to hear the very best choruses in the country, with the 2016 World Champion Quartet “Forefront”, all the way from the USA, as headlining guests for the weekend.

Tasmonics also had success with the Quartet representing them at the Convention. They go under the name of ‘The Hemispheres’ (the Bass & Baritone being from New Zealand and the Lead & Tenor originally from the UK). The Hemispheres brought home the Iraia Te Whaiti Trophy for the “Most Entertaining Quartet” as voted for by the audience.

It was the first time the chorus’s quartet had entered the competition, competing against 19 other quartets, winning that section was a great achievement for them. The Hemispheres will now have their names added to the trophy, alongside past winners, including those of previous World Champion Quartet, “The Musical Island Boys”. How cool is that!

Now competitions are over, it’ll be business as usual for Tasmonics, rehearsing on their regular Tuesday evenings 19:15 at Club Waimea, Lower Queen Street, Richmond.

Winning the silver medal has been a huge boost for Tasmonics and we’re now looking to swell their numbers by recruiting new members. So a message to all you guys out there who can hold a tune, if you’re looking for something different to do on a Tuesday evening, we encourage you to come along and try the experience for yourselves, to see how much fun four-part harmony singing can be.

For further information about Tasmonics, please feel free to pop in and see us at Club Waimea, or alternatively, visit our website at: www.tasmonics.nz or call Dave on 540 2178.

Tasmonics are happy to perform at both public and private events. To check our availability, please feel free to contact us via our website.

Tasmonics, Nelsons only 4-part harmony barbershop chorus, are busier than ever this month. We’re currently rehearsing on our regular Tuesday evening at Club Waimea, along with some planned additional nights, as on the 7-9th October we’re competing in the National Barbershop Convention.
This year’s Convention will be held in Blenheim in the Marlborough Civic Theatre and is hosted by the Sounds of Marlborough Chorus.
The chorus is in the process of finely tuning and polishing our two competition songs, one ballard and one up-beat number which we’ll perform in front of a panel of international judges.
The conventions are always a highlight in the New Zealand Barbershop calendar and this year even more so as Men in Accord also have a Quartet competing. the Quartet only last week heard that the video audition they submitted in June had been judged with an appropriate score allowing them to compete.
The Quartet have named themselves (rather appropriately) The Hemispheres as the Bass & Baritone are from New Zealand and the Lead & Tenor are originally from the UK. It’s also their first time competing together. The Hemispheres have something rather special up their sleeves for this years competition and have been working hard perfecting their songs.
If you are interested in seeing the nations Barbershop Choruses and Quartets competing at Blenheim both the competition sessions and the Saturday evening show are open to the public. Tickets are available on the door at the Marlborough Civic Theatre.
(Once competitions are over, it’ll be business as usual for Tasmonics rehearsing as normal on Tuesday evening ‘s 7.15 pm at Club Waimea. We encourage you to come along and join us and experience for yourselves how much fun singing can be. We’re always looking out for new members.
For further information about Men in Accord and what Barbershop music is all about, please feel free to pop in and see us or alternatively visit our website at: men-in-accord.nz or call Dave on 03 540 2178
Tasmonics are happy to perform at both public and private events. To check our availability, please feel free to contact us via our website. www.tasmonics.nz

Tasmonics are a relaxed and friendly men’s a-cappella, barbershop, 4-part harmony chorus based in the Nelson / Tasman area.

Our current members are from all walks of life and professions, we even have a singing Policeman!

We rehearse most Tuesday nights at Club Waimea starting at 7pm and give a warm welcome to all men who have an interest in singing four part harmony. We encourage you to come along and join us. You’ll be invited to sing with us, however, doing so is not a requirement. If you’d prefer to just listen, that’s fine.

Our rehearsals are friendly and fun and usually start with a few vocal warm-ups and then are generally focused on learning new songs or improving performance of our existing repertoire. Our rehearsals can also be tailored to suit newcomers.

Men in Accord are lucky to have a number of experienced members with good musical knowledge who pass on valuable techniques on how to strengthen and improve the quality of our sound.

We cap the evening by relaxing in the Club Waimea lounge with a drink and (of course) a song!

So come along on a Tuesday evening and experience for yourselves how much fun singing can be.

For further information about Men in Accord and what Barbershop music is all about, please visit our

website at: www.tasmonics.nz

Tasmonics are happy to perform at both public and private events. To check our availability, please feel free to contact us via our website.

Another Waimea pairing which caused some upsets was that of Mark Friend and Shane Geddes. Seeded at 23rd due to them not having played together at any previous event, these two proceeded to knock off several of the top sides in their section before falling to the 10-time champion pair from Dunedin in the quarter-finals.

Our other four teams all had their moments of success, mixed with tight games which went in the favour of their opposition. Without exception, a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by the Waimea players and a good representation at next year’s tournament at the Woolston Club in Christchurch is assured.

The Snooker section at Club Waimea was formed in 1992 and has established itself as a major player in the sport in the Top of the South. While some members are focused on serious competition, both locally and throughout the country, many others are merely social players who enjoy the companionship of like-minded enthusiasts.

Newcomers are most welcome to join in with our activities,

Contact: Brian Wood 021 183 3703