Looking Back on the Feb. 9th 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting
Almost 70 Harmonizers joined the Zoom meeting this week and as usual there was a lot of chatter as guys were joining the call. A popular topic was “beverage of choice for this week’s call!”
Assistant director Terry Reynolds launched this week’s gathering until director Joe Cerutti could join.
Terry outlined the agenda for this week with the highlight that Jim Henry would be our guest. And for a change in methods, there were four choices for breakout discussion sessions for members: (1) What questions should we ask Jimtonight?, (2) what action ideas do you have for our chapter in taking the advice of Kevin Keller in his keynote address at Midwinter?, (3) discuss the Superbowl, (4) or just chat.
Terry and others reported the efforts of guys in the chorus to expand the number of users of Jamulus. Steve Whitereports a few guys that signed up recently did a tag singing session the other night and “it was fun.”
Plus members were reminded that the music for “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” is posted on Groupanizer. Terryplayed ACOUSTIX – the 1990 gold medal quartet – performing that song.
Associate director Tony Colosimo conducted the warm up session to get the body and the voice ready for the night.
When Joe joined the call, he remarked about all the singers who were on the call from all around the US that we have not seen for a while – Julian Laflore, John Santora, Michael Gilmore, Bob Thames, Aaron Simoneau, Bob Eckman, Michael Berkson, and Paul Grimes.
Sectionals were next and they concentrated on “Something’s Coming” with the reminder to download the annotated copy of the music from Groupanizer. That was followed by more work using Jamulus while singing “Chorus Line Medley.” This week’s Jamulus quartet was Tony, Turner Arndt, Jacob Broude, and Brian Ammerman.
After that there were small groups formed to work on “Never Fully Dressed” concentrating on breath plans and dynamics. Individuals were invited to sing a section of the song (either a cappella or with a track), and then others guys would offer positive comments.
There were a few announcements during the business meeting. History committee chairman Jack Pitzer announced that David Welter will replace Dean Sherick, who has moved away, on that chapter committee. Shows chairman Doug White announced future show dates in 2022 – a fall show at Schlesinger Sept. 10, 2022, and a holiday show also at Schlesinger Dec. 10, 2022.
The discussion topics were fun and the first two accumulated lots of input from members. Joe used the suggested questions when he interviewed our guest, Jim Henry. Jim was the gold medal bass in GAS HOUSE GANG and CROSSROADS, plus is director of the Ambassadors of Harmony from the St. Louis area.
One question the guys had for Jim was “who are your heroes in the world of barbershop?” He had already talked a lot about David Wright and his support, talent, and passion. Without any delay, Jim answered the question and shared his respect and joy in friendship with two other chorus directors – Jim Clancy and Jim Miller.
Several questions were to find out what the Ambassadors are doing during the Covid restraints. He told us about their efforts to sing from their cars in a parking lot. It seems to work (maybe better than Jamulus) and they are hoping for good weather in the next few weeks to launch it for the whole chorus. Jim will share will us the details about which microphone each guy bought (guys who needed help to pay got support from their chapter). They also bought a clamp to fasten the mic to the steering wheel.
There were several references to the shared show and visit when the Ambassadors came to Alexandria and stayed with us in our homes.
When asked which of his own arrangements were his favorite, Jim humbly shared “I Still Can’t Say Goodbye.”
During this week’s afterglow, we all watched one of the FaceBook musical spots, “Music Man,” created by Jim and his family. It was awesome and a fun ending to a visit with a barbershop hero for most Harmonizers.
Our next Harmonizer Tuesday meeting will be via Zoom again at 7 pm on Feb. 16th , 2021.
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 for the great things going on each week during the 72nd year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. - YeEd)