Main Street, U.S.A. is rooted in deep tradition. One of the most soothing traditions one can experience there is the superb four-part harmony of our very own a cappella ensemble – The Dapper Dans. The term “dapper dan” is a turn-of-the century phrase referring to a well-dressed gentleman. Well, our famed barbershop quartet not only looks great, they SOUND great. (that might be due to lots of practice) … Considering the fact that they have been performing at Walt Disney World since 1971, that would add up to around 1,026,208 songs sung, four notes at a time.
The global barbershop music family maintains a core group of a dozen or so “polecat” tunes that everyone learns, but the Dapper Dans possess a song list that numbers around 100. They have performed one of their more popular requests, “Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby” approximately 50,000 times.
While you might enjoy beautiful barbershop music performed by many talented vocal ensembles throughout the world, you will probably never see any of them playing three-octave, antique organ (or shaker) chimes, made in 1901 by the J.C. Deagan & Co. of Chicago. And, without a doubt, you won’t find any group of song-and-dance men anywhere, striding briskly down a sidewalk while playing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” on hundred year-old instruments. My, oh my, what a wonderful day … (Find the two hidden Mickeys in this image).