Friday, November 14, 2008

Looking Back on Nov. 11th Chapter Meeting

Looking Back on Nov.11th Chapter Meeting

(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. —Ye Ed.)

I heard there was a nice turn out for the Veteran’s Day gig earlier at a Middle School. Our guys had fun doing it and the students were enthusiastic in learning of our Nation’s past.

The warm up session at Durant was a serious one to get the guys ready for a good rehearsal. Then Director Joe worked on rhythm exercises by having the guys clap on a variety of rhythm signals from Joe.

Gary Plaag reviewed several important positions for the Hamonizers such as the correct singing position, the opening position for songs, and the basic three or four focal positions we use in our songs. Wow what a difference they can make on our entertainment.

Director Joe drilled on “New York New York” and he had the four sections of the chorus fix their notes and such by forming into clumps in front of the risers. Similar work was done on “Toy Soldiers” so the chorus can sing it for the marching solders (who worked on stage before the rehearsal).

Will Cox worked on revival of “Toyland” for the show.

Bob Rhome gave some basic announcements before break. The board will meet Mon nite at Lee Center. Sat Nov. 15th is an important personal leadership and music training session for our chapter. All are invited from 9 am – 12 at Kena Temple Annex, 9001 Arlington Blvd. The top notch presenter for this event is Paul Tamblyn. Then at 1:30 the chorus is needed for more education.

Secretary Buechler gave membership renewal cards to Tom Kraus, 2 years; and Kyle Blomgren, 2 years.

CAMERON STATION was recognized for their appearance representing the chapter.

There were reminders for the Holiday Show: sell tickets and see Steve Murane; wrap two boxes and bring them to the Fri show; get your costume approved by Roger Day. AND each guy is asked to bring FOUR dozen cookies or brownies or bar cookies. These will be used to provide a special dessert for the three performances. Bring your donation on Friday nite.

Membership VP Roger introduced a line of guests and welcomed back Pete Frank after being away and John Pence after his operation.

After a busy break doing chapter business, getting a coffee and saying hi to one of the guys, work continued on holiday songs. Some of the show soloists got a chance to try it for the first time with the chorus.

Director Joe thanked all of his assistant directors and told his chorus they should help him say thanks to those guys!!!

Until next time – editorjack!