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  • CARoling Rehearsal 120520
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Dec 8 2020

    A cappella group hosts Christmas ‘Car’-oling event

    Da Upper Yoopers’ Barbershop+ Chorus maximize tech to recreate a holiday singing tradition drive-in style
    Published: Dec. 6, 2020 at 1:24 AM EST

    MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Virtual caroling is a safe option to join others and sing this holiday season -- but how about doing so from inside the safety of your car?

    Da Upper Yoopers’ Barbershop+ Chorus hosted their their ‘Drive-in CARoling Rehearsal’ at Marquette Hope Church.

    Members of the a cappella group drove in first and began a singing sequence led by their musical director, Pete Stephens-Brown.

    Popular Christmas melodies such as ‘Silent Night’ were sung by Da Upper Yooper’s Barbershop+ Chorus as they and participants also parked in the church lot had their their radios tuned to the live broadcast on 107.1-FM.


    Once issued a mic, participants were able to sing along and interact amongst each other with, virtually, no delay.

    Da Upper Yoopers’ Barbershop+ Chorus practiced and test ran the equipment several months in advance to recreate an actual caroling experience in time for the holiday season.

    “We’re inviting everyone who misses singing together to sing together with us. We can do this. We can get a chance to hear each other through the radio live. All the awkwardness, human interaction and all the giggles -- that happens. And you can’t do that over Zoom, it just doesn’t happen,” said Musical Director Pete Stephens-Brown.

    Stephens-Brown explained that their broadcast and routing system is completely mobile, with plans in the works to host ‘CARoling’ events at other locations in town such as nursing homes -- a true Christmas caroling experience.


    To stay updated on upcoming events, visit: da Upper Yoopers’ Barbershop+ Chorus Event Calendar

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  • Spread Goodness Day
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Mar 8 2018
    This event is to inspire a global day of goodness by encouraging individuals, businesses & organizations to take one action of goodness, large or small, on this one day. It’s an action. It’s an event. It’s a movement. Too often, I hear the words “nothing I do will ever make a difference.” This day is to prove that one act of goodness multiplied by hundreds, thousands, and maybe millions can, and always will make a difference. (
    See more here.)

    Da Upper Yoopers' Barbershop+ Chorus (UYBC) will be spreading goodness & joy through music. We will be giving a free performance for our vets & friends over at the Gwinn VFW on Friday 3/9/18. Check our
    event listing for more details. 

    Join the UYBC in fulfilling our mission to increase harmony in our communities (near & far). Wherever you are, please spread some goodness & let the 
    coordinator know so they can tally the awesome actions of our communities. 
    Facebook: @spreadgoodnessday
    YouTube Video URL:
  • UYBC at US Naturalization Ceremony 5/25/17
  •  Date Posted: Sat, May 27 2017
    On Thursday, May 25, 2017, seven of our UYBC members had the honor of singing The Star-Spangled Banner (mostly Val Hicks' arrangement) and America The Beautiful Overlay (Joe Liles) at the U. S. District Court in Marquette, Michigan. Our songs welcomed 10 new Americans at their Naturalization Ceremony.

    It was both a humbling and motivating experience for all of us, especially looking around and seeing the judge, assembled dignitaries and friends of our new citizens singing their part (of the Overlay). The room, our hearts and ears were full. If you get the chance to do this in your area, we definitely recommend you do so.

    The UYBC would like to thank The Honorable Timothy P. Greeley and Ms. Carole Poggi for allowing us the honor of attending this ceremony. Also, special thanks to Ms. Melissa Moffatt for assisting with photography.

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    Members attending: Mel Last, Barb Budinger, Marlina Martínez, Colleen Carlyle, Pete Stephens-Brown, Amanda McLeod and Roger Rhodes.


  • SpringFlingSing '17
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 4 2017
      SpringFlingSing '17 ad logo
    Join us for this year's SpringFlingSing '17
    3:00 PM, Saturday, April 15
    At the Peterson Auditorium at Ishpeming High School
    Tickets only $15
    Featuring special guests Frontier, M.E.M.E., and St. Croix Crossing

    With performances by the Ishpeming High School Chorus and 
    da Upper Yoopers' Barbershop+ Chorus

    Purchase tickets at, call 906-869-9659 & at the door beginning 1:30 p.m.

    Afterglow at River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center (in the Country Village).

    $5 Afterglow tickets available with show purchase (limited availability).
    UYBC-Bringing harmony to the central UP and supporting local schools' singing programs.