Friday, April 12, 2019

Looking Back on the April 9th Chapter Meeting 

This week’s meeting and rehearsal was jam-packed with singing and business matters.  Everyone was ready for a good workout too with our coach Cy Wood who had come to our town after his work day in Ohio.

Before the chorus arrived, Cy worked with the front row from about 6 pm. There was also a chapter BHS board meeting, and a lead sectional.

Associate director Tony Colosimo started the music work off with another one of his moving and growing warm up sessions.

Then president Shawn Tallant recognized Julie Rizzo and presented her a Meritorious Service award for all she did as a community board member of AH Inc., and helping launch serious fundraising efforts in the Harmonizer world. (She was out of the country at the time of the Presidents’ Award  Banquet.)

Then director Joe Cerutti welcomed back Adam Afifi, Chris Huber as one of the newest members wearing a boot after injury or surgery, and Sam McFarland after knee surgery. Huber HJ

Joe sincerely thanked those men who worked so hard last Friday for the Youth Harmony Festival and he paid tribute to Sheryl Berlin who made the festival a huge success. 

He announced that we would not be working on “For Good” for the next couple of weeks to give guys more time on it at home, and instead asked the guys to be prepared with “The Impossible Dream.” He also suggested again that if anyone needs help with preparation of their music, they should speak to their section leader.

Joe welcomed Society board member Jeremy Albright and member of the Dallas Vocal Majority.
Then he went to work on “I’m the Music Man,” followed by a short time on more visual instruction and review for “Anything Goes” with Chuck McKeever and Joe as a team.

Tony stepped up to the plate to direct and kick off the working session on “Brotherhood of Man” with a once thru the music, and then Joe officially welcomed Cy who worked most of the rest of the nite on an exciting, Broadway musical plan for “Brotherhood.” 

There was a brief change before the chapter meeting time when we were recording “Heart of My Heart” for someone  - well, it turned out to be the chance for Casey Belzer to step out of the chorus and sing the last few lines of the song to Lacey Patrick and propose to her with a ring. She said “Yes” and the place erupted in cheers for them both.

Then things settled down for the actual meeting with Steve Murane in charge. Members were asked to get onto Groupanizer to confirm their intentions for travel trip to Seneca Land District, singing for the Supreme Court (note that there will be important data collected for entrance for all singers due by April 23rd); or the extra rehearsals for those who wish to attend and work on the 2019 songs on 4/18, 4/29, 5/16, and 5/30.  There will be a bass sectional on May 11th.

Plan to celebrate National Barbershop Quartet Day on April 11th.

Final payments for the European trip are due to Brad Jones next Tuesday, April 16.
Executive director Randall Eliason then announced that Gary Cregan will assume the duties of  Operations Director for the chapter and thanked Mike Edison for his years of service prior to this shift in assignments.

And Randall coached everyone in how to participate fully in Spring2ACTion tomorrow such as using FaceBook and other social media, and of course making some kind of a donation in our power hour from 3-4 pm.  Plus plan to come down to Old Town to Virtue Feed & Grain at 6 pm to celebrate our successes, get some refreshments and watch the tally on the screen as we wrap up another important event for the chapter.

President Shawn Tallant reported that Alan Wile has been absent recently because he had heart surgery about a week ago.  Alan is home and recovering and can take emails or calls and cards.  We missed him at chapter!

Shawn also reported the good news that the chapter received a check for over $4500 from Harmony Foundation International representing our Donor Choice proceeds from donations made designating the chapter as recipient between June and December, 2018. Good work Harmonizers.
Secretary Chris Buechler presented membership renewal cards to Jerry Jayjohn for 2 years; Duncan Woodbury for 7 years; Tyler Carpenter for 8 years; Nick Leiserson for 9 years; Cy Wood for 9 years; Johan Westberg for 14 years; Calvin Schnure for 24 years; Sam McFarland for 32 years, and Chuck Hunter for 47 years. 

After the break, our TBD guys sang “Make Me Loose Control” and Jacob Broude shared on their behalf that TBD desires to keep the chapter abreast of their work and efforts on the behalf of the chapter.

Calvin Schnure welcomed another singing guest for the nite - Kevin McKenzie’s friend Jim Zoller,

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

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