Friday, December 5, 2008

Looking Back on Dec. 2nd Chapter Meeting

Looking Back on Dec. 2nd 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.)

Warm ups and extra practices on stage were underway to kick off this week too.

Director Joe was back from his trip to Europe (fighting a time lag) and ready to work hard on this busy nite. Early on the chorus sang the two song they will perform with the Woodbridge Dance Academy on our show (and on their show on Dec. 20th). It will be a great addition to our show format. (I understand Ike Evans has family in the group and they had done a dance piece using our “Happy Feet Medley” for a dance competition.)

Jack-in-the-box, Terry Reynolds, and his Elf Supervisor, Scipio Garling, will be a fun part of the show and will lead the chorus members into all sort of antics and reactions to the all-too-corny jokes and gags. It will bring lots of laughs.

Bibens and K. Jones and Joe helped the members understand how they will be involved in serving the meals, and getting back and forth to the stage, and leading their tables in singing “Twelve Days of Christmas.” The chorus practiced marching about and singing the presentation song.

Roger introduced guests and then it was a busy break with tickets to buy and sell, and ornaments to get, and pictures to pick up from contest, and a little visiting, and try to get a cup of coffee to warm up.

Meeting items included a welcome back to former member Carlos Bermudez and his wife and daughter in town from Tampa for work; President Stamps sharing letters from the students who attended the Veteran’s Day event when the chorus sang; Secretary Buechler presented new member card to Josh Roots and renewal cards to Jeremy Knobel for 2 years, Drew Fuller for 19 years, and Len Dornberger for 24 years; invite from Alan Wile to attend the Tuba Christmas event at Kennedy Center on Mon. Dec. 8th at 6 pm.

Show announcements included reminders about bringing two wrapped boxes and 4-doz. cookies or fruit with you to the show Friday nite. Come help Roger decorate on Friday after about 11 am. An important DRESS REHEARSAL is set for Thursday nite, Dec. 4th at 7 pm at First Baptist! Elf and Toy characters should wear their costumes that nite. Sign up for the tables you want to serve or you will get assigned one, for each of the three shows.

Did you see all the many references to our chapter and lots of Harmonizer faces in the recent Harmonizer magazine. Too many to even try to list here.

Great to see the work by many guys in adding the press to the start of each song and working at adding holiday facials as suggested by Chuck McKeever’s visual team. His work behind the scenes to add these useful tools for the chorus members is right on target to help make shows and performances truly entertaining.

All the sound effects created by Scott Kalher for the show made the evening extra fun. He used the trumpet fanfare for the call to the risers at 7 pm!

Until next time – editorjack!