Looking Back on the February 28th Chapter Meeting
Back to Durant this week, but a work-crew took action to switch new risers to the truck from under the stage so they could be used next week for the recording session.
Early in the evening we heard from Paul Dolinsky with the Masonic Foundation, and our host for the George Washington Birthday celebration and our concert in the theater at the Temple. He repeated his enthusiastic appreciation for the chorus work and effort to give a great performance on the 22nd. He also reiterated his proposal that his group will want to cooperate with the chapter for future appearances at the Temple and an effort to create our own local venue. And on top of that he presented an additional cash contribution from the guys in the Federal Lodge #1 for our use with our Youth Harmony Festival work.
Also Director Joe Cerutti was back from serving as instructor/leader at youth festival in another district. He thanked all for their good work for the show. Then he paid off the $5 he owed Scipio Garling as a result of Scipio knowing the answer to a music question at a recent chapter meeting – HEMIOLA! Google search says “in rhythm, hemiola refers to three beats of equal value in the time normally occupied by two beats.” Who even remembers the word, at this point, but at least all financial matters were settled!
After musical warm ups by associate director Tony Colosimo, the chorus went to work on the contest package for Southern Division contest in Roanoke, Saturday morning, May 28th. (There will be a quartet contest on Friday evening with a crew of our guys involved too.)
Geri Geis and Royall were with us and Geri worked to renew the visual plan for “Sweet Georgia Brown” from 1995. Before we sang, the music team repositioned the chorus on the risers. Goal was to get the mini-choruses close to each other on the risers. Those mini choruses will often perform, will be the qualifying units for contest packages, and have their own music team coach. Detail-guy assistant director Terry Reynolds headed up this task. He will also be adding a bunch of new men to the riser chart.
It went well and with a number of drills, most guys were getting the new visuals. (Guess it helps that about 30 of us [that is YeEd’s guess] performed it before.)
Joe also had the chorus perform the contest ballad for Geri too.
Next week the chapter meeting and rehearsal will be a recording session at TC Williams Hi School, 3330 King St. in the Orchestra Room D106. We can park in the new parking facility that is where the old school was. We should use Entrance No. 1 and security staff will direct us. Riser crews will be there at 6:30, chorus at 6:59. Thanks to Bob Rhome for getting us all these details in advance since the school is a completely new complex that most of us have not been in. Metro riders need to plan ahead and get a ride.
Goal is to record “Great Day,” “No More Sorrow” and “Ob La Di.”
We reviewed those songs or at least some “hot spots” that Joe pointed out as needing our attention before next Tues. nite.
Ops vp Scott Kahler conducted the weekly chapter meeting. His announcements included details as above about next week.
Secretary Chris Buechler announced he has provided renewal cards to guys who are not regular singers but continue membership: 51 years for Ron Rich and 58 years for Bob Bowman.
Membership vp Phil Ashford welcomed a group of guests. First there was a welcome to Joe’s parents, Joe Sr. and Janet Cerutti; Jim Lake’s friend from MI; Dean Rust and Chris Yates back with us. Other singing guests included David Des Portes, Doug White and Tom Fredericks – all applicants. First-time guest was John Plotts who is a member of the BHS in Georgia.
Jack Cameron was quick to step up and director the Harmonizer welcome song since Will Cox was not present this week. Thanks Jack.
The chorus then took a 10-minute break for coffee and goodies, quartet planning and organizing (word is out that a bunch of quartets are forming for the Southern Division contest mentioned above), scrip and 50/50 sales, and some applicants making a test run with three other guys in order to be ready for their audition.
After break, Nick Leiserson, spring show producer, announced the theme for that show – Gold Medal A Cappella. Our guest quartet to be OLD SCHOOL.
Then Tony conducted this week’s craft session – “lay it on top of the shelf” concept to improve our singing.
Next Joe and team lead us thru a hard work out session on “Jersey Boys” medley. YeEd thinks you can tell the guys are lovin this new tune and eager to perform it for a crowd. Wonder if we will do its début at Southern Division?
Gotta give a shout out to TBD with congrats for representing us in fine style at the recent Harmony Sweeps at The Birchmere on Sat. Feb. 25th. Jeremy Richardson, Tom Kraus, Noah Van Gilder, Ken Rub, Scipio Garling, Josh Roots, Chris Clark and Nick Leiserson were the eight guys on stage. About 45 folks from the Harmonizer family were on hand to cheer and yell for our guys. Thanks to Craig Kujawa who helped organize a large ticket purchase for our chapter members.
It was also great to have DA CAPO there as last year’s winner and host for the nite – Ryan Griffith, Tony Colosimo, Joe Sawyer and Wayne Adams. Tony reports that they will also be going to CA to host the finals as last year’s winner of that event too. Contest winner was GQ – Katie Gillis, Katie Macdonald, Amanda McNutt and Ali Hauger girls quartet. Another competitor was EPIC quartet with Christina Lewellen as tenor in a Harmony Inc. group.
Until next time – editorjack!
(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week at an Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter meeting. —YeEd.)