The Johnny Appleseed District
The Johnny Appleseed District comprises all of Ohio, parts of West Virginia, the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, and one enlightened chapter in Kentucky. It’s one of 16 districts in the United States that form the Barbershop Harmony Society.
JAD is made up of over 50 chapters, each of which includes a chorus, made up of all or most of the chapter’s members, and usually several quartets – although a quartet sometimes includes members from more than one chapter.
To complicate matters, some barbershoppers just can’t get enough barbershopping, and are members of more than one chapter – dual membership is allowed by our organization. A dual member can sing and compete with more than one chapter.
The chapters within JAD are also organized into Divisions – groups of chapters served by Division Managers, who are tasked with providing better liaison between the district board and the chapters.
The Barbershop Harmony Society
Every member of JAD is also a member of our parent Society, the Barbershop Harmony Society, also sometimes called SPEBSQSA, or the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber ShopQuartet Singing in America.
Where is the District headed?
There’s a constantly evolving plan that reflects the JAD Board’s vision of where the district should be going, and how we think we want to get there. Here’s where you can read the most recent strategic plan submitted for your review here on the Web site.
There’s also a document that reflects the district’s Statement Of Policy (SOP), which you can view by clicking here. This document, in PDF format, was last updated in 2004.
Since you are the most critical part of the means to make the plan work, we’d appreciate your looking the plan over and commenting on it if you’ve got some constructive things to say, by sending email to JAD President Bari Courts at