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Spring 2010 • Volume 16, Issue 2  

Alumni Profiles

MICHAEL HANSEN ’83: Trigonometry? There’s an app for that! | NATALIE BARTUSEK BONETTI ’94: Bronze Star for Major Bonetti | DEAN BATOGOWSKI ’97: Recipe for success | After Hours barbershop quartet | JIM KELCH ’80: On air in Cincinnati | SUSAN FINN CARTER ’95: Top teacher | ANDREW NELCH ’05: Green engineer

 

after hours

From left, TIM BEUTEL ’09, KEVIN McCLELLAND ’11, DAN WESSLER ’08, and seated, BEN HARDING ’11 are members of After Hours,
a Bradley-based barbershop quartet.

By MELISSA VOGRIN ’10

Online

To hear After Hours perform, visit ahquartet.com/
media.html

Out of the 30,000 or so men in the United States and Canada registered in the Barbershop Harmony Society, Bradley has been home to a quartet since 2006. After Hours was founded by CHRIS DELBRIDGE ’07 with the intention of performing at a Bradley Chorale talent show, but the group has continued to sing together ever since. The quartet now features DAN WESSLER ’08, TIM BEUTEL ’09, BEN HARDING ’11, and KEVIN McCLELLAND ’11, all of whom met in Chorale.

Though the quartet’s primary objective is having fun, they also have a competitive side. In September, After Hours competed in the 2009 convention of the Illinois District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The quartets were judged on three categories: music, presentation, and singing. Out of the 20 quartets in attendance, After Hours claimed second place.

The quartet regularly performs with the Peoria Barbershop Chapter and at community centers in the area. They sang for Bradley University’s emeritus dinner last October. After Hours charges about $300 for a half-hour set.

After Hours’ goal is to attend the 2010 International Convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Only 40 to 45 quartets worldwide qualify for internationals each year. McClelland points out, “People think you just get up and sing, but there’s so much more than that.” In order to attend the competition in Philadelphia, After Hours must compete in the Illinois Spring District Contest and earn a qualifying score of at least 76 out of 100. In preparation, After Hours trains with several champion barbershoppers and practices together four hours per week.

After Hours will participate in the Illinois District Spring Contest in Peoria April 16–18, and if they qualify, they will compete in the international convention June 27–July 4. They will also perform at Bradley’s 24 Hours of Music on April 23.