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“Colfax Crossing Quartet” awarded first place at the 43rd Annual Bloomer Bash Quartet Showcase

COLFAX Crossing Quartet took first place in the 43rd annual Bloomer Bash Quartet Showcase. Group members from left to right are: Dennis Ruda, Black River Falls; Neil Segerstrom, Mondovi; Andy Heren, Eau Claire; and Dan Heike, Mondovi. —photo submitted

On September 18th, the Dunn County Barbershoppers held their 43rd Annual Bloomer Bash Quartet Showcase in Bloomer, WI.

It was a night of harmonizing in 4 part A cappella singing, quartets that the guys had randomly formed. It was pretty exciting to have 20 out of 28 active chapter members plus two non-members perform in various quartets. Some of the singers even decided to perform out of their element, learning a voice part that they don’t normally sing.

The judging was close, but Judge Steve Zorn decided on three (3) quartet ribbon winners.

1st place went to “Colfax Crossing Quartet” Dennis Ruda, Black River Falls; Neil Segerstrom, Mondovi; Andy Heren, Eau Claire; Dan Heike, Mondovi.

A Peoples Choice Award was also given to the most favorite quartet, voted by the audience.

2nd Place “ FORE! ” Gary Johnson, Menomonie; Terry Hoepner, Eau Claire; Darrell Hoepner, Bloomer; Pat Mulheron, Durand.

3rd Place “River Boys” Barry Dietsche, Bloomer; Don Hayden, Durand; Andy Heren, Eau Claire; Dave McNaughton, Menomonie.

Peoples Choice Award “Passed Me By” Dennis Ruda, Black River Falls; Dalton Bradford, Colfax; Darrell Hoepner, Bloomer; Phil Schector, Lebanon, Indiana.

The Dunn County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is welcoming men of all ages to visit us as guests. Chapter rehearsals are open to the public and invite all men who enjoy singing to join the Dunn County Chapter and experience a variety activities in a cappella singing. Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesdays beginning at 7:00 pm in the Colfax Lutheran Church basement, 600 Balsam St., Colfax, WI. A great musical experience in 4-part a cappella harmony, a great community service, great fellowship and fun! For more information, contact Tom Casey (715) 495-1070, or visit or Facebook: Dunn County Barbershoppers. The ability to read music is not required; the willingness to share with others and to enjoy good fellowship and close harmony is essential. 

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