Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Looking Back on the November 25th Chapter Meeting

Hi all – YeEd was not doing well last Tues nite  and didn’t realize til too late that he couldn’t get to Durant for the meeting.  So – sorry I didn’t get a sub for making coffee nor from taking notes for the Looking Back column.  Have pieced this one together with help from Bob Blair.  Jack

The chorus did a hugely entertaining, EXHAUSTING concert Sunday afternoon Nov. 21st, in across the bridge in MD.  We were hired a band booster group to help them raise funds for their band. The crowd loved the show and wants to know if we'll be back next year. We gave a fitting “possibly” final performance for some of these songs.


Show producer for Harmo gigs, Greg Tepe, offered big thanks to the directors - Joe, Terry and Mike.  And big thanks to the truck driver - Bob Blair! Thanks to the early riser crew -Todd Ryktarsyk and son Luke, Craig Kujawa, Ross Felker, David Hood, Joel Golden, Shawn Tallant, Michael Gilmore and Harold Weinberger. Thanks to the tear down crew - Rusty Orvik, Craig Kujawa, David Hood, Michael Schwartz, Scipio Garling, Stan Quick, Don Dillingham, Carl Kauffmann, Peter Hubbard, Brian Ammerman and Dean Sherik


Thanks to Mike Kelly for sound; thanks to emcees - Don Dillingham, Gerry Fuller, Ross Felker and Terry Reynolds.


Greg thanked John Pence for the song board for the show and Chuck McKeever for transporting it.


He also thanked TBD – our modern a cappella group who appeared on the show with us; and the soloists for the long afternoon show - Andrew Havens, Josh DesPortes, Terry Reynolds, Noah van Gilder, Rick Savage, Mike Kelly, Don Dillingham and Drew Fuller.


Greg also offered that it would be nice to see more names helping with risers. He concluded with this wrap up – “it was a busy day for all. Thank you for your time, effort and entertainment today.”


This past weekend was also the annual meeting of the M-AD honor club (DELASUSQUEHUDMAC – named for the four rivers in the district).  A large number of Harmonizers have been invited to become members of that group.  In fact 28 of our members were there from Nov 21-22 near Carlisle at an old resort in Boiling Springs Pa.  Our chapter quartet MAYHEM was part of the weekend’s entertainment.


The chapter secretary has announced a general chapter meeting to elect the four new community members to the chapter board on Tues. Dec. 16th.  Please plan to attend.  

Chorus members are invited to come support our own modern a cappella subgroup, TBD, by attending their joint concert with other DC area a cappella favorites VOX POP and THE DISTRICT.  The concert will be in Chinatown at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 pm. Tickets are now available for purchase online. TBD would certainly appreciate your supportive attendance at this event, which is part of the chapter's strengthening ties with the broader a cappella community.

Now a brief report about the Tues Nov 25th meeting:  A major change in our schedule is the cancelation of the tree lighting ceremony in Alexandria.   

NOTE next Tuesday nites’ meeting will be at 7 pm at First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. Then later in the week there are rehearsals on Thurs for a dress rehearsal at the church.  We will have a sound/tech nite on Wed, and the first show of three is Friday nite at 7:30 pm.

Obviously the music team worked hard on the music for the holiday dinner show.   PLUS they introduced the new uptune for Pittsburgh convention, arranged by Clay Hine. It was well received and has the singers “talking” about the great piece of music for us to use in demonstrating our entertainment skills.

Back to show topics, don’t forget that each members is asked to bring 3 dozen nicely decorated holiday cookies and two large boxes wrapped in colorful papers.

Remember to inform the chapter of any names and table assignments for your customers.

Stay tuned to volunteer for decorating the hall on Fri Dec. 5th  likely from 11 am on.  Check with Robyn Murane if you will help.

Also some of your guys need to offer to help Bob Blair unload the huge amount of holiday decorations from storage on Thurs at 8:30 am.  Watch for details or speak to Bob.

BTW  -- get behind the chapter’s online auction and the White House Ornament sales program!!!

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 66th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.

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