Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Looking Back on the May 18th – 19th Southern Division Contest Participation 

The Southern Division contest was at the Mark Center in Alexandria VA, on Seminary Road.  This was a new contest location for a M-AD convention. 

While the Harmonizers’ Chorus was not competing/performing we did have several Alexandria Harmonizers’ competing in quartets. 

There were seven Alexandria Harmonizers’ competing in the quartet competition on Friday. It was a long contest starting at 2:57 pm since this was a combined southern and central division contest with a total of 40 entries.

POTOMAC SOUND took first place in the southern division with a score of 1327 or 73.7%.  Quartet members are Tim Cobb, Tim Peterson, Mike Pinto, and Dale Bird.

CAPITAL CITY CLOSE HARMONY CLUB placed second with a score of 1321 or 73.4%. Quartet members are Mario Sengco, Jordan Haedtler, Chuck Hunter, and Ken White.

YOUTH RECLAMATION PROJECT placed fourth with a score of 1215 or 67.5%. Quartet members are Mike Wallen, Roger Tarpey, Hardman Jones, and Vice Owen. 

VOICES IN MY HEAD placed 12th with a score of 1153 or 64.1%.  Quartet members are Cavan Potee, Tim Buell, Joe Chilcoat and Alex Burval. 

SILVER ALERT with Rick Savage, Mike Edison, Will Cox, and Steve Murane had to scratch Friday morning because of sickness. 

There were a lot of Harmonizers and family members (and former members) around for the contest all weekend. Saturday morning there was a chorus contest for the two divisions. The Virginians from Richmond won the Southern Division title. Mike Wallen is their director and Jim McConnell, Bob Wilson, and Mike Geipel sang on the risers.

 As always there were a number of Harmonizers singing in other choruses.  The mic tester chorus was Harmony Heritage Singers from Mt. Vernon which Drew Fuller directing and Bob Wachter, Bruce Minnick, and Mike Everard on the risers. 

Mike Fasano sang with the Queen Anne’s County, DE, Chorus. John Santora and Tim Buell sang with Patapsco Valley, MD Chorus.  Sam McFarland and Art Medici sang with Fairfax, VA Chorus. Al Hannenbaum and Bill Colosimo sang with the Washington, DC Chorus. 

Two guys from the chapter were emcee’s for the weekend – John Santora for the quartet contest and Terry Reynolds for the chorus contest.  A number of guys volunteered to help as members of the behind-the-scenes production team to run the contest or help with ushering. 

District president Dennis Ritchey and executive vice president Bob Eckman also helped with award presentations. Videographer/photographer Mike Kelly was working all the contest sessions making recording of contestants and taking official contest photos.

There was a show of champions on Saturday nite featuring all those who had earned top marks during the weekend. 

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 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd