July 3-July 10, 2016
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are the Ches-Mont Jubilaires Barbershop Chorus,
a chapter member of the Barbershop Harmony
Society of Nashville,TN....entertaining the Greater Pottstown, PA
community in the Barbershop Style for over 2 decades.
of the Year
of the Month
Thomas Walker, III
The Ches-Mont Jubilaires
are members of the Western Division of the Mid-Atlantic
District of the Barbershop Harmony
Society representing the Western Montgomery, Southern Berks County
Pennsylvania and North-Central Maryland areas. Click
Here for a brief history of our chorus.
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to know us.......
love to entertain you!
"Singing creates a habit of moving inner feelings to accessibility;
to a place where other people can share them. And in order to move then
out, you have to encounter them, forge them into words and melody and
send them forth in all their harmony and beauty"
Moments In Between:
The Art Of A Quiet Mind
of the Pottstown, PA Chapter, J-103
By Sylvester Buszta, Charter Member
An organizational meeting to form a Pottstown Chapter of SPEBSQSA was
called by Barbershopper Tony Petro, a member of the Reading, Pa. Chapter,
20, 1983 in the Community Room of the First Federal Saving and Loan Association,
High and Hanover Street in Pottstown.
Also assisting with organizing the chapter were the PennTonics quartet,
tenor, Tony Petro; Lead, Kenneth Walker; bass, Harold Breisch and bari,
and George Gross and Richard Hoch; all from the Reading Chapter.
After a few meeting the required number of men increased to apply for
a license to charter a new Pottstown Barbershop Chapter. First chapter
Petro, president; Program VP, Charles Specht; Membership VP, Robert
Stahl; Secretary-Treasurer, Jack Dorfler; Public Relations Officer, Sylvester
Buszta and board members Forrest Kreiger, Elwood Meeker and Art Simonds.
Gross was named Music Director and Harold Breisch, assistant Music Director.
During our first meeting we were entertained by the Lansdale, Pa. Chapter
and their quartets. The Lansdale Chapter became our sponsoring chapter.
membership at this time was 38 and we expected to charter with 40 members.
With the overwhelming spirit shown by our members, it was time for a barbershop
chapter newsletter. Sylvester Buszta accepted the challenge to be editor
and publisher of Jubilaires Sounds which he still continues to do.
Our first uniforms, maroon blazers and maroon checked trousers were bought
from the Lansdale Chapter. Our first chorus performance was at the Coventry
The Ches-Mont Jubilaires Chorus was the name given to our newly formed
Ches-Mont representing Chester and Montgomery Counties. Jubilaires is
word meaning expressing or showing joy.
Over the years chapter meetings were held at Pottsgrove Intermediate School,
Pottsgrove High School, St. John’s UCC Church, Pottstown and Emmanuel
Over the past 20 years our music directors were: George Gross, Tony Petro,
Eric Phillips and Tony Russo.
Chapter presidents included Tony Petro, Charles Lehman, Paul Lahr, Donald
Reigel, Edward Wood, Richard Breen, Ron Roth, Bruce Loud and Bob Roebuck.
- 1992 Appalachian
Division Most Improved Chorus award
- 1998 and 2001
Western Division Small Chorus Champions,
Tony Petro director. and most Improved chorus award.
- 1985 International
Public Relations Award
- 1985 Public Relations
Mid-Atlantic District Public Relations Award to Sylvester Buszta.
Bulletin Editors awards
- 1994, 2000 International
Bulletin Editor of the Year .
- 1988, 1990, 1992,
1993, 1994, 1997, 2000.Mid-Atlantic District Bulletin Editor of the