Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Looking Back on the Aug 17th Market Square Show in Alexandria          

It was a great nite!  According to producer Greg Tepe, we had 52 singers on the risers.  The sore throats and sickness going around took its toll on our tenor section and we were down to four. But with some coaching from the music team about not overpowering them with bass sound, we did a great job.  And we all thought the audience was larger than usual with our own family crowd and lots more non-family folks.

The rain held off and so there was no sudden end to the show to rush getting sound equipment put away.  Some folks went out for dinner in nearby Old Town or to an afterglow with friends.

Bob Blair drove the Harmo truck, and several early arrivals helped with the risers. Good job guys. Thanks to Tom Kern for having new travel shirts available for guys who have been away on vacation and came to sing the show.  Audience and family members all thought the new look, with the black “camp” shirt and jeans, was great.

Scipio Garling, Craig Kujawa and Terry Reynolds covered the emcee duties. Associate director Tony Colosimo did the warm ups inside city hall, sang the solos in “Jersey Boys” and was also the pitch man for the show. Director Joe Cerutti was keeping a watchful eye on the rain clouds overhead.  He had his assistant directors Tony and Terry do some songs too.

Neat to have our own a cappella group, TBD, on the show with us.

Happy to see members Dick Dangel, Dick Hall, Carlos Barillo, Bill Sowers and Jerry Te Paske in the audience for the show.  (Wonder who YeEd missed?) Keith Jones was on hand to take attendance.  Great to have Kellen Hertz back on the risers after wrapping up his school work.  And great to see Shawn Tallant performing “NYNY” on the front row. Thanks as usual for John Pence sending the song boards for the stage (and delivered by Austin Cotton)!

Did those of you who sang the show see the memorial plaque in the foyer of city hall with the picture of former Harmonizer president 1951-52, Frank Mann?  He was city mayor years ago. 

This was one of our free performances for the City of Alexandria each year in appreciation for their support of our chapter.

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 with the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.)

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