Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Looking Back on the July 22nd Chapter Meeting and John Carlyle Show

It has been a busy week since last Tuesday nite.  The board met on Wednesday July 16th.


Thursday nite July 17th was our outdoor concert at John Carlyle Square Park in Alexandria by the Patent Office.  A big chorus 70 guys was there to entertain and perform for a nice audience of fans and family who had brought chairs and blankets to sit on the lawn.  One couple, who had seen some of us at the afterglow last Tuesday and to whom a quartet sang “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” was right down front cheering for us.


Associate director Tony Colosimo did the warm ups behind the stage as cars drove by looking at us and facially wondering “what is going on?”.  Greg Tepe, show producer had things lined up and the show ran smoothly.  We were welcomed to the stage by a city staffer.  Emcees for this show were Ross Felker, Terry Reynolds and Chris Huber.  Mike Kelly did his bit in “Jersey Boys” too and Tony and Doug White did the solos in that song.


Director Joe Cerutti was back from Nashville for the show and was joined up front by the assistant directors for some of the songs.  Our a cappella group, TBD, sang on the show featured one of their new members Josh DesPortes. Thanks to John Pence for the song boards up front so we would know what song was next! 


Thanks also to the crew who came early to set up the risers – thankfully it was not terribly hot this year: Phil Ashford, Bob Blair who drove the Harmo truck, Dave Branstetter, Peelee Clark, Clyde Crusenberry, Josh DesPortes, TJ Donahue, Randall Eliason, Gerry Fuller, Paul Grimes, Bob Rhome, Ben Roberts, Todd Ryktarsyk, Shawn Tallant, Harold Weinberger and Doug White.  Doug, Josh and Todd helped Mike Kelly with the sound equipment set up too.


Then on Friday morning, we gathered to say farewell to Roger Day at his memorial service at National Memorial Park in Falls Church.  There were 65 current Harmonizers there to sing for Roger including some guys we don’t see regularly like Burt Stueve, (who is recovering from his surgery and the loss of part of his leg), Michael Calhoun, Al Herman, Al Hanenbaum, Mike Everard, Geoff  Berman, Tom Kraus and Bill Colosimo.  Former Harmonizers Royall Geis, John Hall, Dean Schienbein and Larry Silva also attended. What a wonderful tribute! Joe served as master of ceremonies for the memorial service and the interment with Terry Reynolds directing at the graveside ceremony when we sang “Danny Boy” which Roger has requested.  Roger was buried with his gold medals and “I Sang with the Harmonizers” button.  His email address said it all – onegr8rday.


Tuesday nite July 22nd was another busy one as many guys were trying to get in a rehearsal or sing-thru at least with their quartet for the Harmonizer Put Together quartet contest on Tues. July 29th.


Quartet promotion chairman Calvin Schnure reminds everyone to push on with forming a quartet for the contest at Durant.  He especially needs to know the name of the quartet and who is singing in it. Hopefully, you found all four parts at this week’s rehearsal. This contest has always been fierce competition for those all important trophies!!!  Get you one.


Musically, the chapter worked on the new ballad a bunch and did some review of “Anything Goes” for contest this fall too.  Chuck McKeever did visual reviews on the stage before chapter to help new guys catch up.


Tho we didn’t work on songs for the upcoming summer concerts, everyone should mark their calendar  for the one at Market Square in Old Town Alexandria on Friday, Aug. 15th; and the very important gig on Tuesday Aug 26th.  It is called Dog Days of Summer and hosted by the Bull Run Troubadours, Manassas Chapter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 12975 Purcell Rd., Manassas 20111. 


Important to be there for this one as several other chapters in the NoVa area come to sing on the show with us as the last chorus to do a mini show for our fellow barbershoppers.  There are refreshments, tons of parking and it is a fun nite.  Plan ahead for carpool rides – especially from Metro stops.  The traffic can be tough, but we sing last so you can make it. 


The event is designed to add a special event during those hot dog days of summer for barbershoppers.  It is a blast.


Ops vp Bob Blair ran a chapter meeting this week.  Shawn Tallant reminded guy of the need to make a hotel reservation in the next week or ten days at Blue Palms.   Alexandria Harmonizers is the code to the get the rate.


Project manager Ken Fess gave some updates, and promised an email, about the Harmony on the Harbor show, Nov. 3rd, just prior to the Sweet Adelines International convention.  His main point was that tickets are already selling fast and if you or your patrons wanna go, get online an place an order.


President Terry Reynolds announced a generous gift from the Federal Lodge #1 to the chapter.  The presentation to us was done at the John Carlyle show. 


Terry also offered to collect any donations to the Harmonizers in honor of Roger Day.


Secretary Chris Buechler presented membership renewal cards to Steve Szyszka for three years; Craig Kujawa for 11 years; Martin Banks for 31 years; and David Welter for 38 years.


Membership vp Jeremy Richardson thanked Rich Hewitt for his dedication to welcoming and introducing guests in recent weeks while Jeremy’s work taking him away.  We had another long line of guests this week.


After the break (where we consumed Scipio Garling’s birthday cake), it was back to work on the contest ballad.  We had a sectional too on the new song.


A good crowd were at the afterglow again


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.)


Monday, August 4, 2014

Looking Back on the July 29th Chapter Meeting and Put Together Contest

Hi all - Rick Wagner prepared this Looking Back report for us. Thanks to him and Todd Rykstarsyk for filling in while I am on vacation. Jack – YeEd

Subject: RE: Put Together Result

Though the crowd was not huge, it was energetic and the Harmonizers presented another successful Put Together Quartet contest. Bob Blair with assistance set up the hall for the contest by 6:30. Quartets were madly prepping for the contest from 6:30 to 7:30 with last minute rehearsals, quartet member changes, making up names, etc. The contest started at 7:30. The event was "put together" by Calvin Schnure. Lew Klinge served as MC for the Contest providing some history on Wilbur Sparks and the origin of the Put Together Contest. All toll twelve separate quartets competed and everybody did a fine job. Awards were handed ou t for best comedy quartet and third, second, and first place quartets. Our special guest judges were "THE MONORAIL FOUR", current Southern Division Champs. They were Bobby Seay, Phil Ferguson, Andrew Havens, and Kellen Hertz. The judges did a great job and entertained the crowd with a couple of selections after the contest. A good time was had by all. The results of the contest were Best Comedy Quartet was M*A*S*H Q with Randy Lazear, TJ Donahue, Nathan Ritter, and Calvin Schnure who entertained the crowd with a clever parody, "Something About A Shoulder". The third place quartet was "Brigade Island Boys" with Doug White, Kevin Mckenzie, Joel Golden, Calvin Schnure, singing "Where the Southern Roses Grow". They were preparing for Harmony Brigade and did a fine job with one of the Brigade numbers. The second place quartet was "Cool Cats" with Doug White, Will Cox, Jacob George, and Joel Golden, who gave us a "jazzy" version of "My Wild Irish Rose". Taking top honors was "Coney Island Hot Dogs" with Carl Kauffman, Clyde Crusenberry, Joel Golden, and Steve Murane who gave us a rousing rendition of "Coney Island Babe" with skimmers and all. The evening was ended with Doug White directing "Keep the Whole World Singing".




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.)