Press Release for Friday, July 18, 2008

UNF Student Places Second in Collegiate Quartet Competition

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

University of North Florida student Jamie Breedon, a 21-year-old junior majoring in sociology, and his barbershop quartet, On Demand, placed second in the 2008 Bank of America Collegiate Quartet Contest recently held in Nashville, Tenn.

Breedon, an Orange Park Resident who sings bass, and On Demand were among 23 quartets that competed during the contest, which was held July 5 as part of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 70th Annual International Convention. Competitors were from the United States, Canada, England and Sweden.

Additional members of the quartet include Tristan St. John of Lake City, Paul Saca, who lives in Miami, and Amos Velez of Orlando. The collegiate barbershop quartet sang “All the Way,” a 1950s pop song made popular by Frank Sinatra, and “Cry Me a River,” a jazzy blues tune also published in the ‘50s, originally written for Ella Fitzgerald.

During the preliminary contest for the collegiate competition, which was held at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, On Demand also qualified to compete in a free-for-all contest, the Society’s International Quartet Finals Competition. Breedon and the all-male singing group placed 28th out of all the barbershop quartets in the world.

The Barbershop Harmony Society is the largest all-male singing organization in the world with nearly 30,000 members, including 1,500 quartets in more than 800 chapters. There are also eight official foreign affiliates of the Society.