Thursday, March 21, 2013

Looking Back on the 2013 Prelims in Parsippany NJ Mar. 15-16

Our chapter quartets represented us well at the M id-Atlantic District International Preliminary Quartet contest and convention in Parsippany, NJ, on a snowy weekend March 15-16.  Even tho it was a 4+ hour drive, there were also a good number of our chapter members there to cheer our chapter singers and many guys who helped make sure the weekend ran smoothly.


DA CAPO qualified to go to Toronto with Ryan Griffith, Tony Colosimo, Joe Sawyer and Wayne Adams with a great average score of 86.3.  The other qualifying quartet from our district was ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT.  Our friends in MAYHEM , Matt Fellows, Pookie Dingle, Mike Pinto and Ken White,  were just a couple tissue papers away from qualification with 75.8 average – just .2 below the qualifying level.  The audience gasped when the results were announced.


The contest began on Friday at 6 pm and then 10 quartets moved on to a finals session on Saturday nite. HANDSOME REWARD was the mic tester quartet, ranking 11th, for the finals round with our Michael Gilmore on the bass.


 During the day on Saturday there was a Youth in Harmony quartet adjudication for high school and college quartets – both guys and girls.  Joe Sawyer was emcee for that contest and DA CAPO sang for the youth singers as the rankings were determined.  Also there was a senior quartet contest held in conjunction with the prelims event.  AMERICAN IDOL won that one – they are several gents with medals from the past.


Harmonizer men included several district board members who were having meetings also during the weekend. Bill Colosimo is president, Bob Eckman is treasurer, Keith Jones is secretary.  In addition to these leaders, Carl Kauffmann is events team treasurer.  Chris Buechler and Chuck Harmer were working as contest administrators with the judging panel.


Other Harmonizers present for the weekend were Carlos Barillo, Jack Pitzer, Bob Wachter, Dixie Kennett, Sam McFarland, Andrew Havens, Alan Wile and Terry Jordan.


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 during the 65th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.)

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