Seneca Land District
Barbershop Harmony Society
Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America
Vision:  "To be an ever-growing fraternal singing organization that is ageless, colorless and dedicated to the average singer having fun creating and preserving extraordinary music in the barbershop style. A Brotherhood known in their community for making a difference through singing."  This is partially expressed in our two theme songs:  "We Sing to Feed Them All" and "Keep the Whole World Singing!"
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Smoke Signals

Our Mission:

"Make Life Better Singing Barbershop Music"

To accomplish this we:

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  1. "Promote brotherhood, fellowship and friendship among men of good character."
  2. "Perpetuate, celebrate and preserve acappella harmony in the barbershop style."
  3. "Provide the opportunity to experience the joy of 4-part Barbershop singing."
  4. "Sustain music in the lives of people in our community"
  5. "Serve others through our Music"

If you love to sing and want to help your community what better way is there to serve?

The Seneca Land District(SLD) is one of seventeen districts in the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS); the modern name de plum for the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA). SPEBSQSA started in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1938 Founders O. C. Cash and Rupert Hall found two other singers to form our first quartet. The rest is history. SPEBSQSA grew to a nationwide organization numbering about 38,000 in less than three decades.

Seneca Land District, encompassing Upstate NY and NW PA, is comprised of 33 chapters and approximately 50 registered quartets that perform throughout the United States and around the world. Seneca Land is one of the smallest districts in the society but proudly nurtured the most famous International Champion Quartet, the Buffalo Bills who, of course, were the centerpiece in the play and movie "The Music Man" . In addition we are the home district for five past SPEBSQSA presidents.

Four times a year the Seneca Land District publishes a feature-rich magazine called Smoke Signals. With only a few interruptions this publication has been sent to our members since 1955. (see "Archives" in the menu above and you can peruse publications going back 60 years.

The following statement is in Smoke Signals Volume 43, Issue 1, Jan 2015: "Communication is imperative for any organization to remain strong. The imparting or exchanging of information or news is and always should be our number one goal for any member, chapter, district, society and as well to the outside world. The best case scenario of communication is a constant circular input/output of information." For barbershoppers the world of communication is usually punctuated with the joy of song.

The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give your gift away.
Our gift is four part harmony singing.

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We’re your new co-webmasters and we look forward to continually enhancing our district website to best serve you. Your suggestions for improvement as well as your corrections are very welcome. Bob Paul, Todd Simpson

Kudos to Bob Weekley and Jay Holman who toiled many hours to create our district website.  We owe them a large debt of gratitude.
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