By CRISTINA JANNEY
VICTORIA — The High Plains Barbershop Chorus will be supporting an all-women's Sweet Adelines chorus starting Thursday, April 21.
The new chorus and the men's barbershop group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hays.
The Hays men's group has about two dozen members from across western Kansas.
The chorus recently joined the Colby chorus for a show in Hays. The Hays chorus in turn performed with the Colby singers in Colby.
The High Plains Barbershop Chorus celebrated Barbershop Quartet Day at Victoria Elementary School on Monday.
Max Befort, High Plains Barbershop member, is the chorus teacher at the school.
"Music is something that's lifelong — that you can always do, even if you're just jamming out in your car," he said. "My theory on music is it should impact lives. As you can see, it's impacted all of our lives. The students can see this is something they can do their whole lives."
He said singing with a group also helps create lifelong friendships.
Vance Chartier, barbershop member, said music helps teach students discipline and focus, which helps them in their other studies.
You can follow the group on Facebook at Hays High Plains Barbershop Chorus.