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The Music Men of Dubuque’s 66th Annual Show, Anytime!

The Music Men of Dubuque’s 66th Annual Show, Anytime!

Get Into the Music with the Music Men of Dubuque

by Joel Gorun

The Music Men of Dubuque, a 501c3 not for profit organization, celebrates 66 years of bringing the quality and joy of barbershop singing to and within the Dubuque area.  Under different names during these 66 years, the excitement and energy of ringing chords in barbershop harmony by a male music group was and continues to heard and enjoyed in the Dubuque community (tens of thousands over our 66 years).

We are a small yet active group who enjoy barbershop harmony, singing our hearts out whenever and wherever, getting continuing updating of skills, and flaunting the joy and fellowship we find in making harmony come alive.  The Barbershop Harmony Society and The Music Men Barbershop Chorus brings men together in harmony and fellowship to enrich lives through singing.

The Music Men participate in the Central District (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas) of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  The chorus has been represented in several Central States District quartet competitions over the years. We also meet, although irregularly, with other Barbershop Harmony Choruses in Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, Elkader and Decorah. In addition, once a year, we gather for some education and fellowship with men from all the states of the Central District.

Over 35 quartets have been drawn from the membership of the Music Men throughout their 66 years of existence. Since 1995 we are well represented by Youse Guys, our own, local barbershop quartet. Three members of the Music Men have been singing for over 45 years. We all love to hit the stage and wow the crowd.  It is what we do., what we are and known for.   

Whether it is a chorus of over 70 men, a quartet, a chorus of 14 or 15 men, all male or mixed barbershop quartet, or chorus of women the message is always the same: the joy of singing and ringing chords in four-part barbershop harmony brings fellowship, friendship, good will, delight and satisfaction to members and listeners.

The Music Men Chorus, in the aftermath of the October, 2014 Annual Show and prepping for the October 17, 2015 Show has been very busy enhancing lives through Barbershop Harmony at a number of different venues.

A sense of what we did from November, 2014 – October, 2015 includes raising funds for the Dubuque Rescue Mission through Christmas caroling at Walmart and Main St. Galena, participating in the annual community block party of The Community Foundation, singing Valentine Day greetings for couples and small groups at close to 50 different locations and providing music for a Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce special event. Additionally, we performed shows at Woodland Apts., Manor Care, Oak Park Place, the Dubuque Retirement Center, enjoyed the Singout at the U.D. Heritage Center with the Dubuque Chorale, entertained at Taste of the World 2015, Juneteenth 2015, added several songs for the 2015 Tree of Life organized by Hospice of Dubuque and supported the teaching of barbershop singing and music to young people by offering a reduced price student ticket for school groups at our 2015 annual shows.

The activity does not stop with performances and rehearsals. The Music Men are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society which has a membership of around 22,000 men with headquarters in Nashville, TN. They are also connected with many like groups in the Central States District of the Barbershop Harmony Society that includes Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Arkansas and Nebraska. As a result of these memberships and connections a number of the Music Men get a chance to participate in many events for enjoyment, singing enhancement and coaching.  As you can see from our above list of activities we love to sing for any sized group.  So, also consider giving us an opportunity to visit and entertain your organization with barbershop harmony.

Visit our website at  and like our Facebook Page: Dubuque Music Men for a virtual experience of our group and the effort we put forth.  Come to our show at the Grand Opera House on October 17, 2015.  And/or come to one or more of our weekly meetings at Summit Congregational Church across from Eisenhower school on JFK Road to greet and see us  as we rehearse the music we love to bring to others.  Think seriously about joining us in bringing the joy of harmony and the experience of fraternity. We provide a doable and enjoyable opportunity to not just listen to music but to participate in and bring it to others!

The Music Men of Dubuque present their 66th Annual Show, Anytime!

October 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The Grand Opera House

The Music Men are proud to celebrate their 66th annual show at The Grand Opera House the site of its most successful Annual Shows and largest audiences.  This year’s show, ANYTIME, showcases the Music Men who are excited to share an upbeat and new repertoire. Songs include Ride the Chariot, Anytime, Nevertheless/I Don’t Know Why Medley, America, and a few surprises.

The featured quartet in the show has its roots in the Midwest. As the 2014 Central States District Quartet Champions BoomTown from Kansas blends their young energy and exciting style into the world of Barbershop Harmony. The other guest quartet hails from the Des Moines area and sings with the Pride of Iowa Barbershop Chorus. The four gentlemen making up Vintage Sound enjoy combining the old songs with a new sound.  And yes the Music Men’s own quartet, Youse Guys, will perform as usual. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. The Music Men are grateful to the DRA, the City of Dubuque Arts and Culture Commission and Mediacom for their ongoing support.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students with an ID. Parking is available on the street or in the city parking garage for free across 8th Street from the theater. Tickets are available at the Grand Opera House box office, online at or call (563)-588-1305. Afterglow, featuring more performances by the quartets, follows the show and will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 781 Locust St., call 563 552-7064 for tickets and/or ticket info.