Thursday Northwest Star preview: SaddleBrooke barbershop singing group hits high note

2014-01-01T13:00:00Z Thursday Northwest Star preview: SaddleBrooke barbershop singing group hits high noteBy Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Members of the Cañada del Oro Barbershop Chorus are relieved to see pop culture embrace their style of unaccompanied singing, saying they feel as though they helped keep a fading art form alive for a new generation.

Movies such as “Pitch Perfect” and TV shows including “Glee” and “The Sing-Off” make a capella singing seem fresh and topical, inspiring groups of young singers to sprout up, while singers such as Cañada del Oro’s Don Bott are still refining the craft they have worked on for decades.

Bott is happy to see the renaissance.

“I was worried the style would suffer its demise,” said Bott, 81, who has been singing since his college days. “But in fact it’s growing. It’s a rebirth of good, fun harmony. We sing the good old music that people remember from the good old days.”

Bott and more than 30 other members of the all-male group, most of whom are in their 70s and 80s and live in SaddleBrooke, rehearse for two hours weekly and perform in concerts in SaddleBrooke and other retirement communities.

For the rest of the story, check out Thursday's Northwest Star.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.

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The Star's Northwest team, Tiffany Kjos and Phil Villarreal, write this blog, which focuses on all of northern Pima County, including Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley, Oro Valley and Catalina; and SaddleBrooke in Pinal County. They welcome contributions via email at

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