Friday, April 24, 2015

Looking Back on the April 21st Chapter Meeting

The set up crew moved everything into the center hall at First Baptist great to have a bunch of guys lend a hand to Bob Blair.  Many men brought in carpet or moving blankets for the floor to absorb sound. And the sound guys (Mike Kelly, Dennis Ritchey and Doug White) set up the mics and equipment to do recordings.  We spent the whole time on that this week.  Associate director Tony Colosimo did the vocal warm ups.  We mostly worked on recording “Happy” and “Me Ole Bamboo” – doing shorter pieces.


Director Joe Cerutti and Tony took turns directing and coaching us, while the other person listened to the recordings. 


Several of the contest uniform wranglers were working in another room to prepare accent pieces for members to take home.


The chapter meeting was a little shorter than usual as we did not have guests to introduce. President Terry Reynolds reported that Jean Wachter is about the same in her progress in the hospital.


Terry also suggested we support two of our guys working on The Addams Family musical at West Potomac High School this weekend.  David Jarzen has a leading part in the production directed by Peelee Clark.  Check the website  Joe encouraged us all to go support the arts locally and for our guys.


There were sign-up sheets for vocal and visual studios being held in early May – sessions for guys to be coached in either aspect of their performance.


Chuck McKeever, our contest retreat coordinator, instructed us to choose a roommate and report that to him.  We will be in a dorm with two guys per room (not the suited as in previous years).  That means you might need to bring a cooler for supplies. 


Joe thanked Brad Jones for his huge effort at running another successful Youth Harmony Festival for our chapter.  This one had the most students ever.


As a reminder, this coming Saturday morning will be another all-parts sectional from 9-noon at the Convergence Church, 1801 Quaker Lane, Alexandria VA 22302. We’ll spend much of the working on new music, particularly the “Nat King Cole Medley” and “Ring of Fire”, and boning up on some of the patriotic repertoire for the Armed Forces Day Show.


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 67th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.


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