Moffat County High School senior E.J. Hall accompanies a performer during the MCHS talent show last year. Hall is a member of the Die Hard Acafellas, Craig's chorus group that will be traveling to Florida this month to compete in an International competition.

Photo by Darian Warden

Moffat County High School senior E.J. Hall accompanies a performer during the MCHS talent show last year. Hall is a member of the Die Hard Acafellas, Craig's chorus group that will be traveling to Florida this month to compete in an International competition.

Craig's Die Hard Acafellas chorus group to compete in Florida

Fundraising Dates

Dec. 22 to Jan. 9: Aussie Pie and Butter Braid Sales

Monday: Restaurant night from 5 to 8 p.m. at Vallarta's, 1111 W. Victory Way, inside the Centennial Shopping Mall in Craig

Feb. 5: Restaurant night from 5 to 9 p.m. at Carelli's, 465 Yampa Ave. in Craig

To place an order, donate or for other questions, call director Chelsea Asmus at 303-917-6824

The Die Hard Acafellas, the newly formed youth barbershop chorus from Craig, is hoping to be a group contender at the International Youth Chorus Festival in Orlando, Fla., this year.

The competition, which features chorus groups from around the world, takes place from Thursday to Sunday, but the group still is trying to raise funds to cover the cost of plane tickets and meals.

The group formed in October 2012 under the direction of Chelsea Asmus, who’s grown up living and breathing, or rather singing, barbershop.

The group has members ranging in age from 13 to 28 years old and includes men from Alaska, New York, Canada and Colorado.

Asmus said the core of the chorus group comes from Craig with five members, but not all will be able to go to Orlando, which is why members from other areas will be joining the group to compete in Florida.

“It’s really a blessing of a trip,” Asmus said. “The average age of all choruses is 25 and under. Our main base is in Craig, mostly high school guys. It’s just a really cool opportunity and a big deal for these guys to go.”

Asmus said singing barbershop is one of the best music training, ear training and sight singing tools a musician can do.

“This competition provides a platform, not only to add to college resumes, but the opportunity to sing with guys their age from all over the world,” Asmus said.

Asmus is confident in her group's ability to perform, saying “When we take the stage, it will be so much fun. These guys are so passionate for what they do.”

Moffat County High School senior E.J. Hall is one of the members from Craig and said he’s excited to travel to Florida, having been to five states at the most.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Florida, so this is like one of my dreams come true. So help us out,” Hall said with a laugh.

Although Hall said he’s excited to go, he’s a little nervous about performing with the guys from other areas for the first time, hoping they’ll be good.

“I’m really banking on the people coming from Alaska and New York to be really good,” Hall said. “Right now, I can’t say as much for the group in Craig being as solid as I want it to, but we’ll do whatever we have to.”

In order to raise funds, Asmus and her group are holding a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Vallarta’s, 1111 W. Victory Way, inside Centennial Shopping Mall in Craig.

A percentage of all proceeds from the restaurant’s guests will go straight to the group.

The chorus is selling Aussie Pies and Butter Braids, as well as another restaurant from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 at Carelli's.

“It’s a big deal. If everyone would show up between 5 and 8 p.m. at Vallarta’s, that would be the biggest help,” Asmus said.

To make a donation or order Aussie Pies and Butter Braids, call Chelsea Asmus at 303-917- 6824.

“We appreciate the community support that’s happened so far,” Asmus said.

Darian Warden can be reached at 970-875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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