Friday, August 31, 2018

Looking Back on the August 28th Dog Days Event

The Harmonizers sang with fellow barbershoppers from other Northern Virginia BHS chapters on Tuesday eve, Aug. 28th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manassas. This was the 38th annual of these events hosted by the Prince William County chapter.

Our own Dick Dangel performed with his accordion during the pre-event time – also a tradition for this event.

The host chapter welcomed all singers and the many family members and friends in the hall for the concert.  He also thanked the Harmonizers for bringing sound equipment and risers (although we had truck battery issues and were a little late setting up). Thanks too for our truck drivers, riser guys and Mike Kelly with our sound set up.

The first group to sing was the Mount Vernon Harmony Heritage Singers, directed by Drew Fuller and Bruce Minnick (and emeritus director Bob Wachter seated in the audience). Bob was welcomed to the show and the crowd cheered for him.  There was also a report on Mike Everard’s health improvements.
Their riser singers included many familiar faces such as Bruce and Drew, Jim Kirkland, Paul Greiner, Lou Manfre, and Bruce Lauther.

Several of their chapter quartets help them present a World War I package of songs.

The second group was the Fairfax Jubilaires directed by John Knueven.  Both Minnick and Fuller sang with them as did Sam McFarland.  Their package featured songs made famous by the “Rat Pack.”  They too had quartets as part of their set.

Third group up was the Chorus of the Old Dominion from Loudon County directed by John David Mayberry. They posted several quartets along with their chorus.

Fourth chorus was our hosts, the Bull Run Troubadours, directed by Glenn Williamson. Bruce Lauther sang with them and in a quartet. Their chapter used a number of quartets for their show time.

Bringing up the end of the show was the Harmonizer chorus.  Terry Reynolds used the mic to welcome the guys to the risers (we didn’t warm up nor drill before we sang – came prepared and watched the other groups perform). Associate director Tony Colosimo was maestro. Terry explained that we would be singing songs from our up-coming anniversary show (songs chosen by fans and members).  And of course Terry promoted ticket sales at our sales counter in the hall staffed by Ian Poulin and a team of show
production folks offering to help customers – Rebecca Conner, Rob Langston and Krissi Folsom.

This was the first show with the chorus for new members Jacob Broude and Peter Cermak. Our last song for our set was our long-time favorite “I’ll Be Seeing You” and Terry invited any Harmonizers in the hall to come sing it with us.

There were a lot of familiar faces in the hall besides those mentioned above including Geoff Berman, Walt Page, Martin Banks, Joe Cerutti Sr., Lew Klinge, Jay Sorensen, Tom Frederick, Larry Silva, Terry Jordan, JT Price, and Bob Bates.  Recent guess Dylan Smith attended too.

All of the choruses joined us on the risers at the end for “Keep The Whole World Singing” which Tony directed.  And all of us enjoyed the goodies provided by the Prince William chapter.

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