Written by: CSD Director of Marketing, Michael Pommier
Photo by: Stephen True
What does it take to earn CSD Barbershopper of the Year honors? If you ask 2020 recipient and CSD Immediate Past President Chad Schuetz, all you have to do is cancel everything.
The 2021 recipient really did quite the opposite, however. The 2021 CSD Barbershopper of the Year went to CSD Director of Events, Doug Brott. Brott’s nomination rose to the top of the selection committee’s list for his significant contributions to the district over the last year.
“Doug’s work was mostly behind the scenes conducting site visits, managing contracts as well as communicating with district teams and the host chapter,” Schuetz said. “He and his team have set our district on a great footing to be successful with our conventions for the next several cycles.”
Brott is a 22-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He began his barbershop harmony journey with the Overland Stage Chorus in Overland Park, Kan. before becoming a dual member of the Heart of America Chorus and Central Standard, both located in Kansas City. Throughout his barbershop career, Brott has served in many administrative roles including a general board member, executive vice president, president, music and performance vice president, and chorus manager. At the district level, Brott has served CSD as the Assistant Convention Chair, Convention Chair, and now Director of Events.
Being highly tuned in with the execution of a district convention, Brott was under the impression that the award was going to someone else. Needless to say, he was a little surprised when his name was announced.
“I was surprised and flabbergasted,” Brott said. “It really was not an award I expected or had given much thought to. On top of that, since I was involved in prepping awards for the contest, I was told the [award] was going to someone else.”
Brott said that receiving the award is a huge honor but recognizes that the work he was able to accomplish was not done on his own.
“Everything we do is a team effort,” Brott said. “I am, and have been, very fortunate to work with many, many teammates that are dedicated, smart, and willing to work hard to accomplish the goals that we all hope to achieve. I share this award with all of them.”
In addition to Brott’s presentation, the 2019 and 2020 CSD Barbershoppers of the Year were formally presented with their hardware. Jeff Veteto (2019) and Schuetz (2020) were recognized previously during virtual CSD House of Delegates meetings.