Looking Back on the Nov.
10th Chapter Meeting; Tag-a-Thon; Veterans’ Day
First – a report about the Tag-a-Thon that was held on Saturday, Nov. 7th
at First Baptist Church following our all-sectionals rehearsal in the morning.
coordinated the event and here is his report:
joined their voices in song on Saturday at the First Annual Harmonizer Tag-a-Thon. Singing in literally
dozens of quartet combinations, the men mixed it up on all voice parts
(including at least one mixed voice quartet) and performed dozens of tags, for
fun and prizes. Participating: Andrew
Havens, Tom Jackson, Tim Buell, Scipio Garling, Todd Ryktarsyk, Elizabeth Ryktarsyk, Josh Roots, Rick Savage,
Joel Golden, Kevin Kaiser, Clyde Crusenberry, Jack Pitzer, Tony Colosimo, Bill
Colosimo, Eric Wallen, Mike Wallen, Steve White, Mick Stamps. (Tony, who was warming up in DC for a matinee quartet
gig, participated remotely by singing a tag with Eric, Mike and Bill.)
Most Different Tags Performed: Tom Jackson (24
different tags, at least)
Most Tags Performed on All Four Voice Parts: Tim
Buell (five tags on all four
parts). Runner up, Calvin Schnure
(four tags on all four parts)
Most Men Performed With: Scipio Garling
Fundraising winners will be announced after
all pledges and donations are collected. There's still time to participate--get your pledges and turn them
in. Fundraising categories to be awarded are Highest total donations collected and Most donors
pledging to the Tag-a-Thon. Please turn donations collected into Calvin.
The sectional rehearsal on Sat. morning Nov. 7 also at First Baptist was a
useful one for singers preparing for the holiday show.
Associate director Tony Colosimo
started the work session with warm ups and work on
“Mary Had a Baby.”
The section leaders
met with their men then til noon in the various rehearsal rooms in the music
suite in the church.
The singout on Sunday at the foot of King Street at the Yacht Club was a
success and fun.
About 25 guys were
there to sing a couple times for those folks present to help raise money for a
Wounded Warrior project.
actually paid to enter but we got food and some time to relax between
We sang for lots of
military men and their friends.
were an enthusiastic audience.
there will be pay off as they come hear us or hire us. Terry
did the warm ups and was emcee; and Tony
directed both shows. Community service guy, Clyde Crusenberry
, coordinated the gig.
AHI board member Liz Birnbaum
met with the new mayor of Alexandria who was
The two Veterans’ Day events were great too.
The first one, at Oakton Elementary, was for over 850 students and all
their military guests. About 25 singers were there. Assistant director Terry
did the warm ups and was our
maestro. Greg Tepe
was there to
coordinate details with the school staff.
We had a shock during our performance when Bob Blair
suffered a seizure or something that took him to the
The staff in the school, several
medical folks in the audience, and the quick-to-arrive rescue squad handled our
And after a stop in Inova
Fairfax hospital, he was home that nite to rest and prepare to see his doctor
next week!! Thanks to all the men who stepped up to load the truck and get it
back to its parking spot.
Several of us did take advantage of the Veterans’ Day free lunch at
Applebee’s in Falls Church.
The evening performance was at George Washington Middle School on Mount
Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. Our own Casey
is the director of music and he invited us to sing on their school
Veterans’ Day Concert as a surprise guest.
His various choruses sang well and were enthusiastic.
Then we appeared at the end of the show
singing “Lullaby” and “Sweet Caroline.” The students went wild!
And so did their folks and families.
About 25 guys made it to this show too. Terry
was our director again. Thanks to him for his long day’s work.
The Tuesday, Nov. 10th
chapter meeting was a busy one in
preparation for the holiday show – on the music, on new show uniform
sweatshirts and scarves, on sign-ups for holiday special appearances and on the
usual chapter nite matters such as getting your picture taken by Ike Evans
for the member photo board
and getting White House Ornaments from Sandy
did the warm ups and was our
director for the nite. During the chapter meeting period, we learned that TBD
is appearing on the “Word of Mouth” invitational a cappella event.
reported on the
successful open heart surgery for Jim Clancy this week.
If you want to buy a Harmonizer CD, email Steve
or Robyn Murane
advance of a chapter meeting and they will bring them to you. He email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Congrats to Steve Szyszke
participation in the Ukrainian Bandvrist Chorus at Lisner over the past
It was great to see Gary Mankin
in the hall – and he
renewed his membership!
asked if anyone
knows what happened to the nice table cover we used for display events.
Secretary Chris Buechler
recognized the following membership renewals: Reed Livergood
for 5 years; Shawn
for 9 years; Chris Yates
for 16 years; and Drew Fuller
Thanks to those who have remembered to chip in for the coffee break goodies
– and for those who have brought contributions of goodies too. Always great to
Hall shared this story on Tuesday, the eve of Veteran’s
Day, after he used a bell to get the guys back to the risers after break: “I
called the Harmonizers back to the risers after the break tonite by ringing a
bell. When I was chapter program vp
(formerly the title for ops vp), I used a bell like it to call the guys to the
risers before rehearsal and at break.
Not the bell I used tonight, but this bell has a story behind it. This is the story:
When my mom was 12 years old, she and her Grandpa
(my great-grandpa) were in the field pulling corn. When grandma came running out of the house
ringing her dinner bell, and hollering ‘Pa
come on in, come on in – the War is over.’ Grandpa unhitched the mules and
took them to the barn, hitched the horse to the buggy, and went in and cleaned
up and changed clothes. They all got in the
buggy and went to town to celebrate the end of the war. That was Nov. 11, 1918, the end of the First World
War. This is my great grandma’s dinner
bell – it is well over 100 years old.”
Musically our work included time on pronunciation for the Italian passage in
“Kyrie” and quartets and octets for “White Christmas.”
In other news, Terry Reynolds, John
and Chris Buechler
served as trainers for chapter officers from other chapters in our M-AD. Chuck
is coordinator of the district’s leadership academy programs that
are held in the fall and early winter in the northern, southern and central
parts of the district.
Until next time –
(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 67th year of the
Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.