PERMIT NO. 654
Dated Material - Please Expedite
Northeastern District — The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc.
Volume 41, No. 4 Winter, 2000
Granite Statesmen and Overdrive Win District
Hard work and an outstanding performance by 72 Granite Statesmen won them the right to Overdrive (Dan Signor, Eric Ruthenberg,
represent the NED at the International Convention in Nashville. Jason Woolf, and John Sinclair) on-stage.
District Competition photo Photo courtesy of Tanya Royer
District Convention and To Montreal (.rom Sunrise) Overdrive Takes the Prize
The .irst Rung On A New Ladder
Contest 2000 - .ire and Ice And Back by Eric Ruthenberg
best looking baritone in Overdrive
by Murray Phillips, by Allen McKenzie
Co-chairman, District 2000 V.P. Marketing and Public Relations 2000 NED Quartet Champs
Montreal’s regal CP Hotel’s Queen Elizabeth I’m sure we all have fond memories of our visits What a wonderful weekend in Montreal! Smoke-
Hotel was the site of the 2000 NED Convention and to the various convention cities in which the North- filled hotel lobby aside, it was probably the nicest dis-
Contest. The weekend of October 27-29 was the cul- eastern District has held conventions. I was especially trict convention and the most exciting contest I’ve at-
mination of months of planning by the local conven- looking forward to Montreal because it was where I tended since I joined the society! Kudos to conven-
tion team, who were using it as a dry run for Interna- went to University. I would be able to visit old haunts tion host Steve Wheaton and NED VP for Events
tional 2003. The location was excellent. Most of the and the memories that they would revive, or so I Mike Strianese. What a thrill it was for us to come
delegates to the convention were housed in the Queen thought. I did get to visit Ben’s, famous for its smoked out on top of such a close contest. The members of
Elizabeth Hotel with the remainder in the Marriott meat sandwiches. I expected to eat dinner alone at Overdrive are honored to represent the Northeastern
Chateau Champlain. Ben’s, while I tried to remember the names of former District as your quartet champions for 2000-2001.
Friday evening was devoted to meeting old friends classmates and girlfriends. When I arrived at the res- We were excited just to be on stage at all, since
and making new ones, and to the semi-finals of the taurant the smiling faces of a group of Maritimers Shannon Sinclair, wife of our bass, John, was due to
Quartet Contest. 22 quartets sang, so the evening was greeted me. deliver their first child at any moment! He carried his
long, but the pace was quick and the singing was good. Of course the midnight fire drill at the Queen cell phone around all weekend, ready to sprint to his
The sound system was excellent. The top ten were Elizabeth will be fresh in the minds of those who car at a moment’s notice. [n.b. Their baby was born
announced, and the quartets that were not singing on stayed there. Were you in the stairwell where the on November 10 at 9:42 pm. Jack Thomas Sinclair
Saturday had their evaluations that evening. Barber-shoppers tuned to the sound of the fire alarm (bass-to-be) weighed 9 lbs, 15 oz. Congratulations,
And then it happened. At 12:30 AM, the fire and tried to think of a song that started on that grue- John and Shannon!]
alarm at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel went off. Nearly some note? Or maybe you will remember seeing Steve As we said afterward, “Thank you,” to our wives
2,000 people were evacuated from the hotel into the Wheaton of Montreal directing traffic with one hand and loved ones for being so supportive of us for the
crisp cool air of a late fall Montreal night. A fire in while holding a Big Mac in the other. Others may past two years. Thanks also to our coaches: Mike
the chimney of a bakery on the shopping level below remember snow and bad driving conditions on the way Gabriella, Joe Connelly, Gail Jencik, and all the
the hotel had released smoke into the ventilation sys- home. coaches we had at Harmony College. Your dedica-
tem of the hotel. The fire was put out quickly, caus- I was sad as I packed up my belongings on Sun- tion to this hobby coupled with your amazing talent
ing little damage, but it was almost 3:00 a.m. before day morning. It had been a busy and rewarding couple helped us achieve our goals.
the firemen allowed (Cont. on page 16, col. 3) of days and (Cont. on page 16, col. 4) (Cont. on page 10, col. 1)
Ever Growing . . . Or NOTHING Else Matters!
Page 2 Winter, 2000
The Noreaster is the official publication of the Northeastern District (NED) Association of Chapters of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of
Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. It is published four times a year: March, June, September and December. SPEBSQSA is a non-profit educational
and charitable organization. The Noreasters goal is to promote barbershop quartet harmony by publishing stories of interest to barbershop singers in the NED. We
welcome articles and letters, but reserve the right to edit or decline submitted material. We do not accept unsigned material. Accepted material becomes the
property of the Noreaster. Articles without a by-line are by the editor. Opinions are the authors, and may not be those of the District or the Society. Articles may be
reprinted, with credit, please. The Noreaster is printed by the Beacon Press Corp., Warwick, R.I.
Letters I would like to also thank the staff
of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and the Get Ready .or Sing- Top Gun 2001 School
To the editor,
Hi! We just got back from Montreal
Montreal Fire Department for their role
in making the weekend a most memo- ing Valentines by Jim Dodge
NED VP, Music & Perf., 2001
and the Northeastern District competi- rable event. Without their assistance I
tion. What a great time we had. I tip don’t think we could have had as much It might just be the best activity in Plans are under way for the NED
my hat to Steve Wheaton and his crew fun or spent as many hours with our barbershopping: Singing Valentines de- Top Gun 2001 coaching weekend in
for the excellent job they did handling friends! livered by a barbershop quartet. Nashua, NH, February 23-25, 2001.
this competition. Having hosted last As I close, I am sure Lowell is hard Hundreds of chapters across the We have a great coaching staff avail-
year’s competition in Providence, I at work to top the festivities afforded continent have found that Singing Val- able to share their talents with the NED.
know how much effort it takes to do a us in Montreal, and I look forward to entines can fill the chapter treasury, at- As of November 1, we have:
good job. He and his chapter were cer- that trip next year! tract media attention, showcase barber- Dwain Brobst (Presentation)
tainly up to the task. Brian E. Dill, quartet.com shop harmony for new audiences, and Connie Kiel (Presentation)
most important, spread joy and love Steve Jamison (Music)
through song. Fourth coach not confirmed
If your chapter or quartet is think- The weekend is targeted at two
ing of delivering Singing Valentines in groups of performers. First, it will pro-
NEDAC February, time’s a wasting. The Soci-
ety has a manual that will give you all
vide an all-day coaching program on
Saturday, February 24, for our chorus
the information you need to get started. representative (Nashua) to the Interna-
Member Reunion Here’s something to aim at. Last
year, the many quartets of the Saratoga
tional 2001 competition in Nashville.
The second group will be three of
Meeting Chapter earned more than $10,000 over
the St. Valentine weekend. Wouldn’t
that warm the heart of your chapter
the top quartets in the district who will
compete in the NED Spring Prelims for
the opportunity to represent the NED
Treasurer? Go to it and do it! at the International 2001 competition.
The quartet program will begin on
The Northeastern District Association of Champs will be Beethoven wrote three sym- Friday evening, February 23, and will
holding a dinner meeting, and need your active participa- phonies: the Third, the .ifth continue until noon on Sunday. It will
and the Ninth. He was deaf be an intense coaching experience for
tion. Get together to share some laughs and conversation so he wrote loud music. quartets with a drive to achieve a high
with fellow alumni. Beethoven expired in 1827 level of artistic performances.
and later died from this. While this program is underwritten
by the district, there will be a registra-
When: January 13, 2001 tion fee for each of the participants. The
Where: Worcester, MA (location to be announced)
Collegiate Quartet district handles the staffing expenses,
facility expenses and schedule for the
Please complete the below information and mail to:
Contest Season school. But each of the participants is
responsible for his own food, lodging
from Update, and transportation. In the past we have
News from SPEBSQSA been able to reduce lodging expenses
Ralph St. George by having local chapter members offer
5 Brigham Road The contest season for the 2001 housing, and we will seek that option
Paxton, MA 01612 MBNA Collegiate Barbershop Quartet for this program as well.
Or email response to Sngit@aol.com Contest has begun. It’s again time for Quartets that are interested in be-
chapters and districts to start the search ing selected for this program should
for interested quartets. Initial packets send a letter to Jim Dodge, DVP of
have been mailed. They include the Music & Perf. (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 17
revised official rules, a list of 90 con- Harmony Lane, Dover, NH, 03820 by
testable songs, a preliminary sites and December 1, 2000. To help us better
dates list, official entry form, and our differentiate among quartets, please in-
new poster. clude in the letter your goals and ob-
This information, except for the jectives as a quartet.
poster, can be downloaded from our The District Music Leadership
Quartet Name:___________________________Year Champ_______________
website: www.spebsqsa.org/college. team will notify the selected quartets by
The list of final sites and dates is not December 15 and provide logistics of
Check One: _______I Will be able to attend the NEDAC Dinner Meeting
yet complete. Updates will be posted the school. For quartets that aren’t se-
on our website as they become avail- lected, the NED Music Leadership is
_______I Will Not be attending the NEDAC Dinner Meeting.
able. working on additional programs/coach-
Direct questions about CBQC to Jim ing schools for quartets during the
Please Respond by: November 30th (Never mind, DO It Now!)
DeBusman at 800-876-7464 x8566 or CY2001. We’ll provide more informa-
college @spebsqsa. org. tion as the programs are developed.
The Noreaster is available on the NED website: www.nedistrict.org
Winter, 2000 Page 3
District Contest Who Are the Girls
Recording Halted Were Singing About?
by Ernie Johansen, Chairman,
Audio/Video Study Committee 2000 Use these clues to identify the girl.
1. She’s the meanest gal in town.
At the July 2000 NED BOD meet-
2. I wandered to the hills thinking of her.
ing, the subject of NED’s audio/video
3. I’m going to paddle her home.
recording of contests was discussed.
4. If her eyes are blue as skies.
The condition of our district-owned re-
5. She’s my sweetheart; I’m her beau.
cording equipment was reported, and
6. She’s my steady lady, most everyone
the fact that at this time we have no one
to set up and operate the equipment at
7. She was my bonnie bride.
the different contest venues. As a re-
8. You’re my kind of gal.
sult of this discussion, the board ap-
Millennium Appears at East Coast Summit
9. He done her wrong.
proved the following motion;
10. If she don’t hear from me, I’m in jail.
“. . . To inform the HOD in Octo-
11. She has uncles and cousins by the
ber that the district cannot afford to sup- by Jessika Diamond, Varsity Vocals, CASA East Coast Summit Commmittee dozens.
port recording. It will be suspended for with additional input from Don Gooding 12. No one has a shade on this gal.
2001, and the problem will be studied
13. She’ll be comin’ ‘round the
and reported on at a later board meet- MBNA college quartet champs, So, on behalf of the East Coast
mountain when she comes.
ing.” Millennium, appeared at CASA’s an- Summit committee, thanks to Brian
14. What ever she wants, she gets.
One concern is the outlay of sev- nual East Coast Summit in Boston the Lynch (of Kenosha) for the idea of send-
15. She’s sweet on me.
eral thousand dollars to purchase suit- last weekend of October. CASA is the ing Millennium to the Summit, and
16. Mission bells tell of my love.
able up-to-date equipment that will pro- Contemporary A Cappella Society. Crystal Miller and Reed for making it
17. I just found joy with her.
vide quality results. As with most high- But first, they headlined the Mouth happen. I’d like to thank the guys for
18. I’m home again without a sweetheart.
tech electronic equipment today, its of the Charles college show on Friday. coming and being fabulously easy to
19. Oh, oh, oh what a gal.
value would depreciate rapidly and our As excited as I was (even bullying the deal with. I also want to thank bass
20. Why can’t you be true?
initial investment would quickly disap- other MotC organizers to get Millen- Sydney Liback, in particular, for be-
21. You picked a fine time to leave me.
pear. nium the closing slot) I was also a little ing a good sport when I insisting on
22. But society would call her this.
Another concern is using district nervous. In the many college shows I dragging him out onto the dance floor
23. She was the tattooed lady.
funds that belong to all of us to provide see, there’s little, if any, barbershop, and at 2 a.m. just so I could say I’d danced
a service that will not benefit our total what little there is, is usually “barber- with a member of Millennium. Answers are on page 17.
membership, or at least, a significant shop-esque” stuff by octets, not true
majority. There is no question that the barbershop. The other groups that night
tapes are an extremely useful tool to our were larger (eight to 16 people) pop
competitors. But there would always groups from Boston, and the audience
be a fair number of barbershoppers, was mostly “contemporary” fans or
maybe as many as half of our total mem- friends and families of the groups. And
bership, who would receive no benefit we were bringing in a Missouri barber-
from such a program. As a district, we shop quartet none of them knew.
must do as much as we can to invest Most of the college audience has
funds into programs that serve all or had little exposure to real barbershop,
most of our members. In the past, our so we had NO idea how it would go
beloved members in the Sunrise Divi- down. But after they finished their first
sion have not benefitted from this ser- song, Jezebelle, the applause was so
vice due to travel restraints and the loud, so heartfelt, so vehement, I felt a
regulations of Canadian customs. physical impact from the energy. Their
Then there is the issue of finding second song got a standing ovation,
someone with the time, talent and de- only the second or third of the night,
sire to store, haul, set up and operate though they were the eighth group to
the equipment at our distant contest
venues, or to contract these services to
go on. They (forgive the pun) struck
just the right chord, mixing contestable Concord Ad
an outside vendor. tunes with covers like Hooked on a
Most recently, we have been served Feeling, and showed an amazing ver-
by the generosity of Pat Ulmen and his satility, talent and creativity.
assistants from the Nashua chapter. Pat I was sitting in the balcony but I
donated his personal equipment and have it on good authority that the floor
time to provide A/V coverage at our was littered with the other groups’ jaws.
2000 conventions, primarily to serve his I don’t know what kind of conversations
chapter, but also to help assure conti- they had with the other groups, but what
nuity in the district’s program. some of us heard were things like, “That
I have been asked to chair a study was SO cool!” and “We didn’t know
committee that will seek input from the that could be so much fun.”
NED chapters and its membership, and Don Gooding caught a bit of the
bring a recommendation to the BOD seminar they did with Michael Mar-
next year. You can help the committee tin, which launched the Saturday events
in its deliberations by submitting any at 10a.m. “It was really interesting, “he
ideas you have on the subject to me at said,” to have young a cappella rockers
my e-mail address: email@example.com. (spiked hair, many piercings) asking
questions about barbershop.”
Page 4 Winter, 2000
HOD Rejects Chorus List Your Event on Chapter Reports Harmony .oundation
Champion Proposal Boston A Cappella by John Rusk
by Scott Saladin
by Greg Caetano
NED VP, Music and Performance One of the biggest problems we At the Fall District House of Del- The Fall season always tends to
have is letting the public know of our egates meeting, the District Secretary, bring with it a bit of school days nos-
In the last issue of the Nor’easter, activities. Here’s a web site we recently John Rusk, announced that the Chap- talgia. We remember our own first day
I described a piece of legislation regard- found that maintains a calendar of a ter Achievement Report the chapters of school and the involvement we had
ing the Chorus Champion Standout pro- cappella activities in southern New have been submitting for several years with all the activities surrounding our
cess which was to be considered by the England. is no longer required. Only nine chap- education. It also takes us back to the
HOD. The proposal would have sepa- http://www.egroups.com/group/boston- ters have sent nine reports so far this time when we were students, learning
rated the NED chorus champion from acappella year and only 32 have sent even one something that would (hopefully) serve
the NED chorus representative to the report. Here are the results: us well in the years to come. However,
International Convention. Reports Chapters upon leaving school, too many people
The HOD met in October during A virtuoso is a musician 1 2 step out of the student role and stop tak-
the fall District Convention in Montreal. with really high morals. 2 2 ing advantage of the learning opportu-
After some very good discussion on 3 4 nities that come our way everyday.
both sides of the issue regarding 4 1 Sometimes, that opportunity is simply
whether or not this proposal would
work in the NED, spawn the appropri- Barbershop on the Net 5
a new way of doing something which
requires a change in perspective.
ate level of competition amongst the by Jim Styer, Battle Creek 7 5 The “how-to” of supporting our
chapters, fit our current contest cycle found on the Internet 8 7 charitable mission through the Har-
vs. the four other districts that have this 9 9 mony Foundation General Fund is one
policy, and uphold the honor of the title The longest-running barbershop This response does not give the dis- such learning opportunity. It is a way
of District Champion, the HOD voted show on radio is now on the net. Battle trict enough information to assess the of seeing how we can be instrumental
this proposal down. Creek chapter member Dick Campbell status of the chapters, which was the in changing thousands of lives. The
It was terrific to see the level of has taped a half-hour program every original intent of the report. All the prerequisite is that we are able to ad-
concern by the HOD members. Brian week for more than 16 years. It airs chapters that have been sending reports just our perspective of how we give. In-
O’Leary, L&R chair, kept the discus- at 7:30 every Sunday morning on are thanked for their efforts. Your Sec- stead of focusing our attention on one
sion organized and orderly. Thanks to WRCC in Battle Creek. It is now also retary would appreciate receiving cop- favored service project, we need to be
the delegates for doing the research and being streamed live on http:// ies of chapter bulletins to provide some able to step back and see the larger pic-
sharing their opinions of their chapters. www.battlecreekradio.com/WRCC/ — sense of what the chapters are doing. ture. Without support of all our worthy
Some discussion has been held on a projects, we become short-sighted, ul-
possible much simpler report that could timately limiting our effectiveness. The
be sent via e-mail, but that wouldn’t “community chest” idea of supporting
start until next year, if at all. all of our service projects through gifts
Hot off the Presses! So, thanks to the chapters that have
responded. The chapter secretaries
to the General Fund is simply a broad-
ening of our perspective which will al-
The Nashua Chapters first CD (present or new for 2001) are requested low us to have an impact on the lives of
Ain't That A Kick In The Head!
to send to the District Secretary, John literally thousands of people.
Rusk (firstname.lastname@example.org) a good The Waterbery-Derby, CT. Chap-
e-mail address or two to provide a con- ter has already earned high marks in the
tact with their chapter. area of our charitable mission through
their support of the General Fund. This
chapter is leading our district in their
donations to the Harmony Foundation
General Fund. With just a few months
New Ad Rates left in 2000, these men are teaching oth-
ers that by working together to support
To bring Nor’easter advertising the charitable mission of the Barber-
.eaturing The Granite Statesmen Chorus, charges closer to those of other district shop Society, we can all continue to . . .
bulletins around the country, we’ve ad- Sing . . . for life.
(1999 NED Chorus Champions), with
justing our rates.
added selections from Northeast Connection
(1996 NED Quartet Champions) and Ad Size Rates Rates MUSIC DIRECTOR
Club NED (1999 NED Quartet Champions) Full-Page $450 $375 The Scituate Chapter of
2/3 Page $300 $255
SPEBSQSA is looking for
Cost: CD, $15; Cassette, $10, 1/2 Page $225 $195
plus $3 Shipping and Handling 1/3 Page $150 $135 a new Director. We are a
(U.S. .unds) 1/4 Page $112.50 $105 chorus of 26 singing mem-
1/8 Page $56.25 $60 bers with an active BOD
Business card $30 $30 and Music Team. We are
Please send orders to:
Column (2.25” W) per In.
The Granite Statesmen
$9 $10.50 looking for a Director to
P Box 3880 join our leadership team
Nashua,, NH 03061 These are rates for commercial ads,
Or call The GS Harmony Hotline
and help take us forward
even if placed by a SPEBSQSA mem-
at (603) 886-SING ber. Ads for SPEBSQSA activities or musically. Interested per-
groups will still be entitled to a 1/3 dis- sons, please call 508-587-
Send Check or Money Order,
Mastercard and Visa Accepted:
count. Post Office regulations require 6201.
that ads be related to barbershopping.
Winter, 2000 Page 5
The Pype Line every age group just waiting to be in-
vited. So......DO IT, DO IT, DO IT. It’s
by Donald W. Pyper, SBM as easy as ONE, TWO, THREE. MANCHESTER SILK CITY CHORUS PRESENTS:
Let me first thank you all for your
If you have any questions about TIME IN A BOX!
what’s happenin’, please contact me at
great hospitality at the fall convention email@example.com or 519-782-4425. Or featuring
in Montreal. I’d like to thank Mike write to me at 4564 East Road, Port
Strianese for making arrangments for Stanley, Ont., Canada N5L 1A7
Ruth and me. We had a great time,
topped off by a wonderful outdoor party from Missouri
on the streets of Montreal that Bob
Guiggey arranged for us all. We won’t
soon forget waiting on the 15th floor
of the Queen Elizabeth hotel for the
Society Approves Gold Medallist
crowd on the stairs below us to clear so
we could “evacuate the building!”
Dues Increase *in their only New
Bob and Gloria, Ruth and I waited from SPEBSQSA’s Live Wire
in the cold long enough and then scur-
ried up two blocks to the Sheraton to At its meeting during this year’s
lounge in their lobby. Bob and I walked Leadership Forum, November 2-5, the
Society Board approved the next incre-
GAS HOUSE GANG*
the streets to the Second Cup coffee
house on Cathcart Street amidst a cowd ment of dues increase of $5, to be ef-
of night crawlers. About 3:30 a.m. we fective with December 31, 2000 mem-
ventured back to the Q.E.H. and tried bership renewals.
to get some sleep before the HOD meet- The incremental increases were ap-
ing at 8 a.m. the next morning. You proved in 1998, with the first increment
taking effect December 31, 1998. At from Maryland and Virginia,
sure know how to throw a party. Well,
all’s well that ends well, and we will that time, then President Ed Waesche 1999 International
remember this one for some time. sent a letter to each member explaining Semi-finalist Quartet
Later that morning it looked like we the need for the projected increases.
didn’t have enough for the Joe Barber- There are two substantial needs: to com-
shopper (mike testing) Chorus so, upon pensate for increases in the cost of do-
invitation to the crowd just before the ing business and to offset declining
contest at 11:30 a.m., a large group of membership.
singers assembled on the stage and we While no one likes to see costs in- PREMIERE
winged it to a standing ovation. My crease, the need is clear for the fiscal
thanks as director to the NEDMEN who well-being of your Society. But equally also featuring
answered the call to sing once more and clear is the fact that Society member-
made this a good time for all. ship remains one of the greatest bar-
My congratulations to Steve gains available. No other hobby—and
Tramack and the Granite Statesmen it is a hobby—offers members such tre-
Chorus for a super performance on mendous personal growth, camarade-
stage. I guess I know where my sup- rie, family involvement, and pure en-
port will go in Nashville. Congratula- joyment for such a nominal annual cost.
Questions or comments should be UCONNs only all-male
tions, also, to the new quartet champs,
directed to Society Board members. a cappella group
Overdrive. It would seem they have
what it takes to follow in the footsteps Their names and addresses are listed in
of a great quartet, The Ritz. each issue of The Harmonizer and on
the Society web site at:
I have just returned from the an- <http://www.spebsqsa.org/roster>
nual gathering of the society leadership,
in Racine, Wisconsin. This is the pre- A COMPLETELY DI..ERENT NOTE
miere event of the year when all 16 dis-
tricts send their boards of directors to along with the
learn more about the successes of the
organization. It’s a great feeling to mix 10 ft. Off the Ground? MANCHESTER SILK CITY CHORUS*
and mingle with the leadership teams by Philip Richards
from all over the continent and sing, found on the Internet Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM
sing, sing together and work together. MANCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL, 134 EAST MIDDLE TURNPIKE
The Society Board also meets at The Westchester Chordsmen re- MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT
this time and sets a pace for the next cently performed at the Windows on the Afternoon Prices: $12.00 Regular Admission, $10.00 Seniors/Students
few year(s). The sluggish membership World Club on the 106th floor of the Evening Prices: $14.00 Regular Admission, $11.00 Seniors/Students
growth is causing us to examine the World Trade Center, NYC. Has any Afterglow Ticket Price: $14.00
budeting process with a sharp eye. We other chorus sung further off the (Orders received by Dec. 15 - $2.00 off reg. prices except Afterglow tickets)
were able to pare down the expenses ground, not counting airplanes. Of .or Ticket order/info, please write, call, or e-mail:
and arrive at a decent budget figure for course, lots of Western choruses sing
the year 2001. We will survive this at higher altitudes all the time, but I’m Write: Silk City Chorus Call: 860-529-3664
number crunching, with all of us work- talking about distance above ground c/o Pete Arico
ing together on the task of inviting new level. The only unique part of the ex- 28 Maxwell Drive E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
people to this great hobby. perience save the fantastic view, was Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Every year the population stats singing in the elevators coming down * Visit us at our web site: www.nedistrict.org/silkcity chorus
show that we have a whole new crop of and trying to keep the ears unclogged.
Page 6 Winter, 2000
Mountain Division local quartets entertained, and the two
choruses did a joint number. Many
The Great Northern Harmony Workshop will be held on Febru-
ary 3, 2001 at Université de Montréal, 200 Ave. Vincent-d’Indy,
News barbershoppers from other chapters
were in the audience, from Eastern and
Montreal, Quebec. Registration opens at 8:00 am.
compiled by Carl Phillips, Central Mass. as well as New York, Choruses wishing to be coached must have their request to Steven
Mountain Division Reporter mostly to hear Platinum—but they said Wheaton before November 30, 2000. This can be done by phone to 450-
the two choruses were great. 462-3713 or by e-mail to: email@example.com. Chorus directors can choose
My thanks to Jerry Walter, An Open House later in Septem- their coach on a first- come first-served basis.
Murray Phillips, John Rusk, Rich ber brought in eight guests, and two of For members of choruses being coached, please choose a Half-day Class
Gervais, and Fred Schonenberg for them returned the next week. Since and Chorus Coaching. A form for each member of the chorus must be sub-
providing the chapter inputs below. then, we have performed several times mitted with registrations.
for the local Elder Hostel group, and For quartets from choruses being coached, please choose both Chorus
Burlington Chapter: The Burlington are preparing for the fall contest in Coaching and Quartet Coaching. This will give quartets a chance to be
Chapter continues its expansion and has Montreal. Our schedule for the rest of coached with their chorus and have two sessions of their own. Quartets must
added nine new members this year. the year includes more Elder Hostels, register before January 1, 2001. All quartets will have at least one session
Activities included several paid pack- with a member of Gas House Gang as time permits.
three nursing homes, the Red Lion Inn
For registrants not registering with a chorus or quartet, please choose
age shows and two appearances at Ver- in Stockbridge, MA, and Pittsfield’s
two half-day classes.
mont Expos baseball games, where we First Night.
sang the national anthem. Fall events Karen Rourke: How to Sing Better - Advanced
were highlighted with our 17th annual Schenectady Chapter: The Electric Karen is the director of The Sounds of Concord chorus. She is among
retreat weekend at the oldest continu- City Chorus has taken great pride in en- the top vocal technique specialists in the northeast and has a degree in Music
ously operating boys camp, Camp tertaining audiences around the Capi- specializing in voice. This is an interactive class with some one-on-one work.
Keewaydin, with guest coach Jay tal District Area. Our summer pro- This class is limited to 15 students in the morning and 15 students in the
Butterfield. grams at various outdoor venues were afternoon.
Our contest chorus grew by 20% well attended, and the audiences,
to 35 members, as we retained our sev- whether on a library lawn or in a public Chris Arnold: How to Sing Better
enth place position in the recent Dis- Chris is from The Ontario District and has taught many times at the Ontario
park, showed great appreciation for the
District School. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Education. This is
trict contest. chorus’ efforts. The chorus quartets
an interactive class with some one-on-one work. This class is limited to 15
End of the year events will include added to the entertainment and were al-
students in the morning and 15 students in the afternoon.
several singouts, the fourth annual joint ways busy spreading “barbershopping
Holiday Barbershop Show with Har- good-news.” With the Holiday season Mark Lewis: How to Sing Better - Advanced
mony Incorporated choruses, The fast approaching, the chorus is busily Mark is well known throughout the Northeast. He has a Bachelor’s de-
Champlain Echoes and the Barre- preparing for our seasonal sing-outs. gree in Music, specializing in voice, from Concordia University. This is an
Tones, and a performance on Vermont A highlight of the chorus concerts interactive class with some one-on-one work. This class is limited to 15 stu-
Vocal Foundation’s concert, RAISING has been our annual collaboration with dents in the morning and 15 students in the afternoon.
VOICES, December 9, featuring sev- the ladies of the River Valley Chorus.
eral local a cappella groups. Michael Martin: How to Sing Better
This concert is always a treat for both
Michael is the tenor in the Management. He has a Master’s degree in
choruses, and the audience especially
Music and, until recently, was a high school music teacher. This is an interac-
Greater Montreal Chapter: The Greater liked the duet finale, a specially ar-
tive class with some one-on-one work. This class is limited to 15 students in
Montreal Chapter has had a busy fall ranged duet of I Wonder Why and the morning and 15 students in the afternoon.
and will be having a busy winter as well. You’re Not Sick, You’re Just in Love.
We were the hosts for the 2000 District Ethel Merman, eat your heart out. Club NED: Quartet Experience
Convention and Contest. In addition The chorus attended the district Club NED is the 1999 Northeastern District Champions. Tenor Brett
to preparing for the contest, we had a competition with specific goals in mind. Penkul is the youngest member of the Club, but he isn’t short on experience.
good time providing the hospitality side Although our director was unable to at- Brett has sung in quartets such as district finalists Three Good Looking
of a very entertaining weekend. It was tend, we still exceeded our goal under Guys, Pure Style and By Storm. Lead Al St. Louis has sung in various
a preview in miniature of the Interna- the guidance of Assistant Directors Leo quartets over the years including 1987 district champion, From The Heart.
tional Convention and contest coming Mailhotte and Rich Gervais. Al- Al also sings with the 1999 NED chorus champions, the Nashua Granite
our way in 2003. We can’t promise that though the chorus had a slightly longer Statesmen. Bass Ken Kopka has sung in numerous district finalist quartets;
there will be a fire—but there will be a commute to the contest venue, we got among them are Potential Favorites, Our Gang, and Men From Earth.
hot time in Montreal! We will be look- a good night’s sleep Friday night and Steve Tramack sings baritone, the left over notes. Steve also directs the
ing for your help to make it the best met the challenge with clear heads and four-time and current NED chorus champions, Nashua Granite Statesmen,
International ever. Plan now to take a lungs. The chorus evaluations have set and has become one of the most respected coaches in the NED, Harmony
week of vacation and spend it with us Inc., and SAI-Region 1. Steve is the musical genius in the Club and fre-
the bar and the Electric City Chorus is
quently coaches and “re-arranges” from within the quartet. This class is for
making the world welcome to NED now charged with enthusiasm to meet
anyone who wonders how to get a quartet started, how a quartet practices,
hospitality. new goals.
gets paid, manages finances, coaching and schedules, how to pick music
Christmas and Chanukah singouts
etc. Quartets will be made up in the class to show how different voices fit
will keep the chorus and quartets in Troy Chapter: The Uncle Sam Chorus together and some just won’t fit. It will be a fun and informative class.
good voice. On December 6, the Is- performed at the 150th celebration of
land City Chorus will be the featured Oakwood Cemetery, the resting place Larry Bean: Sight Reading
entertainers at the St. Patrick’s Basilica of “Uncle Sam” Wilson, and in North Larry is the lead for The Management quartet. He was a high school
Christmas Show. We are looking for- Adams’, MA, Fall Foliage Festival Pa- music educator in Maine and has participated in many youth outreach semi-
ward to it. rade. USC Director Judy Huff will di- nars. He now works in the computer field. This class is geared toward sight-
rect the Troy Chapter’s third annual reading barbershop music but the techniques can be applied to all types of
Pittsfield Chapter: We had a very suc- “Holiday Harmony” show December music. Participants will learn what all the marks are on a piece of sheet
cessful show in September. The the- 10 at Troy Savings Music Hall,. It will music as well as basic reading techniques.
ater was sold out and several people had feature Overdrive and the 20 piece
Chris Peterson: Chorus Directing
to be told, “No Room!” Platinum Swing Docs band. First Night has Chris is in his third year at Florida State University as a doctoral student
wowed the audience and the Sweet booked the Master Blend Barbershop in Choral Music Education. He graduated from the University of Southern
Adeline Berkshire Hills Chorus sang quartet into Albany’s City Hall rotunda Maine in 1988 with a BA in both vocal and instrumental education, and he
like angels. They were in top form. The for New Year’s Eve. taught choral music in Maine for nine years before earning his Master’s De-
Winter, 2000 Page 7
gree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine in 1998. This class
is for anyone who has ever stepped in front of a chorus, as well as anyone GREAT NORTHERN HARMONY WORKSHOP 2001
who thinks they might like to or be called to get up and direct a group. The February 3, 2001
sessions will focus on the effect that conductor gesture has on the sound,
intonation, tone quality, synchronization, and musicality of the singing of a
Complete the registration below and mail with full payment to:
chorus, and the ways that all directors can become more aware of these Steven Wheaton,
effects. 4135 Tracy, St. Hubert, Quebec, J3Y 6K8; phone 450-462-3713
From U.S. you must affix sufficient postage
Linda Janes: The Power of Presentation Make cheque payable to: Island City Chorus.
The class will review and analyze both the visual and vocal elements that
Partial payments and deposits will not be registered.
can be used when performing. Using videos of both choruses and quartets,
the group will discuss what was effectively used and what could be done to Only registrations with e-mail addresses will be confirmed.
improve the performances. How to make improvements will be addressed Please supply all requested information.
both through coaching techniques and through the development of plans for It relates to serving you better. Thanks!
songs. Linda has been Director of two Harmony Choruses: Montreal Chapter
and Barre-Tones, Inc. for eight years. She earned three international chorus Full Tuition is $37.00 U.S. / $55.00 Cdn. Per Person
championship medals as a member of Champlain Echoes. She also earned $44.00 U.S. / $65.00 Cdn. after January 1, 2001
an international quartet championship medal as a baritone in Limited Edi- No refunds can be issued after January 20, 2001
tion (1995). She has been a certified Presentation Judge since 1990.
Mike Maino: MC’ing and Stage Speaking CHOOSE CLASSES
Mike, bass of Road Show, has spent almost 40 years of his life immersed
in the world of barbershop singing. Quartetting since his early teens, Mike Half Day Classes (Select two or Quartet Coaching.
has been in several District Championship quartets: the Four Scores in 1970, Times will be determined by class size and type)
the Great Chord Conspiracy in 1976 and the 1988 Champs Prime Alli- Course Instructor
ance. Both he and Mike Gabriella were also in Grandstand Vocal Band MC’ing and Stage Speaking Mike Maino
which finished in the Top 20 at the International level. When not singing
Directing Chris Peterson
bass, Mike is often the guest Master of Ceremonies at many shows and com-
petitions around the country. Presentation Power Linda Janes
How to Sing Better Chris Arnold,
Steve Plumb: How to Coach Michael Martin
This class will cover the general aspects of coaching, short-term coach- How to Sing Better - Advanced Karen Rourke, Mark Lewis
ing (Typically at schools, Top Guns, etc.), and the long-term coaching rela-
Sight Reading Larry Bean
tionship. Steve joined the Society in 1958 with the Burlington, VT chapter
and helped found the Poughkeepsie, NY, chapter where he was a co-director. How to Coach Steve Plumb
He directed the Burlington Chapter and the Poughkeepsie Chapter for 19 Quartet Experience Club NED
years. He has been a judge since 1975, certifying first in Interpretation, then Quartet Coaching Gas House Gang & others.
in Presentation. Steve was a Category Specialist in both categories and the Chorus Coaching Director’s Choice
chairman of the Society Contest and Judging Committee. He has been a
member of the Harmony College coaching faculty since 1984. INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION
Faculty members on hand to coach quartets and choruses will be: NOT FOR QUARTETS BEING COACHED
Mike Gabriella, Brian O’Leary, Kirk Young, Ken Abbott, Rick Spencer,
David Wright, Sandi Wright, June Dale, Gas House Gang (Kip Buckner, Name Voice part: T L Br Bs
Richard Knight, Jim Henry, Rob Henry.) Address
City, Prov / State, Postal / Zip
DIRECTIONS TO SCHOOL: Chapter / Chorus Name
From the west of Montreal, 401 east or 417 east to 40 east. Exit the 40
Home Telephone ( ) E-Mail
at 15 sud (south). Exit 15 sud at Queen Mary/Cote St. Luc (approx. 2 km.).
Turn left on Eduard-Monpetit, the first light. Turn left to go north on the Decarie
service road. Turn right on Côte-Ste-Catherine (the first light). Follow Côte- QUARTET REGISTRATION
Ste-Catherine to Vincent-d’Indy (approx. 2 km). Turn right on Vincent-d’Indy NOT FOR INDIVIDUAL CLASSES
and go to the top of the hill.
From New York, take I-87 which becomes 15 nord (north) in Canada to Quartet Name Chapter(s)
the Champlain Bridge. Tenor’s Name Lead’s Name
From Vermont, take I-89 which becomes 133 nord (north) in Canada to
Bari’s Name Bass’s Name
35 nord. Take 35 nord to 10 ouest (west). Take 10 ouest to the Champlain
Bridge. Who is Contact Person? T L Br Bs Contact Phone ( )
From Maine & New Hampshire, take I-91 which becomes 55 nord (north) Contact Address
in Canada to 10 ouest (west). Take 10 ouest to the Champlain Bridge. E-Mail
Common Directions from Champlain Bridge: Take the Champlain What Experience Level? None Novice Int. Adv.
Bridge (15 nord) and continue on 15 nord. Take Exit for Cote St. Luc / Queen
Mary Rd. Turn right on Côte-Ste-Catherine (the 3rd light after Queen Mary).
Follow Côte-Ste-Catherine to Vincent-d’Indy (approx. 2 km). Turn right on 8:00 - 9:00 ............................................................................. Registration
Vincent-d’Indy and go to the top of the hill. 8:30 - 9:00 ................................ General Session, Welcome and Warm-up
9:00 - 12:00 ................................................... Chorus Coaching & Classes
ACCOMMODATIONS: 9:00 - 10:30 ............................................... Quartet Coaching First Session
We have arranged rooms at the Chateau Royale Suites at 1420 Crescent 10:30 - 12:00 ........................................ Quartet Coaching Second Session
Street, Montreal, PQ H3C 2B7, Canada, (514) 848-0999. They are $81.00 12:00 - 13:00 ................................................................................... Lunch
CDN per suite with 2 double beds. 13:00 - 14:00 ................................................................... General Session
From the hotel to the school, turn right on Réné Levésque Blvd and then 14:00 - 17:00 ................................................. Chorus Coaching & Classes
right on Guy. Guy becomes Côte des Neiges when it crosses Sherbrooke. 14:00 - 15:30 ............................................ Quartet Coaching Third Session
Continue on Côte des Neiges until Côte-Ste-Catherine and turn right. Follow 15:30 - 17:00 .......................................... Quartet Coaching Fourth Session
Côte-Ste-Catherine to Vincent-d’Indy (approx. 2 km). Turn right on Vincent- 17:00 - 18:00 ............................ Wrap-up & Parade of Quartets & Choruses
d’Indy and go to the top of the hill. Three Societies’ Theme Songs
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Who Sings Lead? C: I’m not asking you what is the name
of the guy singing lead. Granite And Pine Doings To use this tool, go to: http://pages.
by David Rooney A: No, What is the name of the guy by Roger Arend, Then using the circle of keys, click on
singing tenor. Staff Reporter the fundamental tone (Bb works fine),
C: Hey, A! Do you know any Barber- C: I don’t know. then use the shift key and click on the
shop groups I could sing with? A: He sings bass. The big news from Granite and third (D), the fifth (F) and the seventh
A: Yes I do—the Baseball Chorus. C: You got a baritone? Pine Division is how well our entries (Ab/G#). Next, click the repeat button
C: Do they have any quartets? A: Now how could it be a quartet did at the District Convention in below the circle to get continuing rep-
A: Sure! Their best quartet is called without a baritone? Montreal. etition. Then choose the type of tuning
the Infielders. C: The baritone’s name? As most of you know, the Granite by clicking on one of the selections in
C: Can you tell me their names? A: Tomorrow. Statesmen repeated as District Cham- the left column (Even, Just,
A: Sure. Who sings lead, What sings C: When? pions and will represent the NED at the Pythagorean, etc.).
tenor, I-don’t-know sings bass . . A: When ‘what’? International Convention in Nashville Listen carefully to the sight waver-
C: Can’t you tell me their names? C: When tomorrow are you gonna tell this summer. This is the third NED ing in volume that is the beat frequen-
A: I am telling you. Who sings lead, me who sings baritone? championship in the last four years for cies. Ignore the slight change in over-
What sings tenor, I-don’t-know A: For the last time, Who does not sing the chorus from Nashua. The most all chord pitch; that is just the way the
sings bass . . . baritone, Who si— improved chorus award went to the site works. Note that there is essentially
C: Look, I want to know their names C: If you say ‘Who sings lead,’ I’ll Yankee Clipper Chorus from Ports- no wavering for Just intonation, some
so I can say Hi when I meet them. break your arm. mouth, and the Portland Downeasters for the Even tempered, and lots for the
A: That’s what I’m telling you. A: I can’t change the singers’ parts. did well by finishing in the top ten. Pythagorean.
C: Then tell me the name of the guy C: Then what is the name of the guy In the quartet competition, Over- I don’t think anybody has ever hit
singing lead. that sings bass? drive, with representatives from Con- a barbershop chord with Pythagorean
A: Who. A: No, What is the name of the guy cord and Nashua, finished first by 26 tuning on purpose. They may try to do
C: The lead singer. that sings tenor. points over Minor Adjustments. Mi- that to get the third tone sung high
A: Who. C: I’m not asking you who sings tenor. nor Adjustments hails from Laconia enough, but all that does is get to the
C: The lead in the quartet! A: No, Who sings lead. and Nashua. Look for these two quar- Just intonation third that works so well
A: Who sings lead! C: I don’t know. tets to provide strong competition for by counteracting the natural tendency
C: Whaddaya asking me for? A&C: Sings bass. Northeast Connection and Club NED to sing flat.
A: I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. C: I’m a pretty good bass myself, and at the spring competition. Aren’t the
C: Then what is the name of the guy I’d like to sing with the Infielders. Granite Statesmen represented on both
that sings lead? A: Well, I might be able to arrange it. of those quartets, too?
A: No, What is the name of the guy C: So, the Infielders quartet is per- Hanover has had a busy fall with Reminiscence
that sings tenor.
C: I’m not asking you who sings tenor.
forming, and I’m singing bass.
shows in Waits River, Windsor, and
Springfield, Vermont, and Hanover and Christmas In Tokyo
A: No, Who sings lead. C: The first song is ‘I’ll Fly Away.’ Lebanon, New Hampshire. The show Here’s another story excerpted from
C: Look, do you know the names of I do the intro, then hand the melody in Springfield featured Minor Adjust- Love, Laughter and a Barbershop
the guys in this quartet? off to the lead; so I sing ‘Glory hal- ments and was presented as part of the Song, Fred Gielow’s book of nostal-
A: Yes. lelujah, brother.’ Then who gets it? Southeast Vermont Council on the Arts gia from the first 40 years of organized
barbershop. It’s by Carl Hancuff of
C: The lead’s name? A: Now that’s the first thing you’ve 2000-2001 Concert Series. Mark
the Salt Flats quartet.
A: Who. said right. Woods has been chosen as Hanover's
C: The lead in the quartet. C: I don’t know what I’m saying! president next year. One Christmas season [during the
A: Who sings lead. A: But that’s all you have to do–sing Portland’s Bill Gramley was on the Viet Nam War] the Salt Flats went to
C: That’s what I wanna know! the intro and hand the melody off stage at the Internationals in Kansas Tokyo to entertain servicemen in the
A: And that’s what I’m telling you. to the lead! City when he received his 50-year mem- G.I. hospitals. On Christmas eve, I was
C: Then what is the name of the guy C: And who gets it? bership pin. Congratulations, Bill. The invited to a party at the home of a mu-
that sings lead? A: Naturally! Downeasters have a series of five sic teacher.
A: No, what is the name of the guy C: So I sing the intro then hand it off Christmas concerts scheduled this year, Everybody there was Japanese ex-
that sings tenor. to Naturally. that they hope will help the chapter re- cept me, and they were all fine musi-
C: I’m not asking you who sings tenor. A: No you don’t, you hand it off to cruit new members. As part of the cians. After we were all served cake,
A: No, Who sings lead. Who! chapter’s December 4, meeting, there each guest performed. It was a terrific
C: Let’s try this again. When the In- C: Naturally. will be an intra-chapter quartet contest array of talent—pianists, singers, vio-
fielders quartet performs, who A: Then say it that way. which they use to encourage new quar- linists. Then all eyes looked expect-
sings the lead part? C: So I sing the intro and hand it off tets. Ed Poitras will serve as chapter antly at me. “Now we would like you
A: Every note of it. to Naturally. president next year. to perform.” they said. But I was there
C: Who does? A: No you don’t. You hand it off to alone, without the rest of my quartet.
A: Yes. And he’s always in tune. Who! “I can’t,” I apologised. “I harmo-
C: Who is? C: Naturally. nize with other singers in a barbershop
C: All I want to know is what is the
A: Then say it that way.
C: So I sing the intro and hand it off Comparative Tuning, or quartet. I don’t sing solos.”
The guests exchanged puzzled
name of the guy that sings lead.
A: No, What is the name of the guy
to the lead—and Who gets it?
A: He better get it! Who’s the lead Does Pythagorean Work? glances. Several collected in a corner,
and after a brief whispered discussion,
that sings tenor. carrying the melody. What’s the by Philip Richards four of them approached me.
C: I’m not asking you who sings tenor. name of the guy singing tenor. The Westchester Chordsmen “You will harmonize with us,” they
A: No, Who sings lead. baritone part will be sung by To- said, “and in your honor, because it is
C: I don’t know! morrow, and it ends in an e-flat Stash Rossi of our chapter has dis- Christmas eve, we will sing Silent
A: He sings bass, we’re not talking chord. covered a new site on the web that al- Night.”
about him. C: The next song is ‘Mame’. Why? lows you to hear the differences be- There I was, in a foreign country,
C: How did I get to the bass? I don’t know, he sings bass, and I tween “Just intonation” tuning (that harmonizing with four, not three, Japa-
A: You mentioned his name. don’t give a darn! makes chords ring), “Equal Tempered” nese singers. We sang Silent Night in
C: If I mentioned his name, who did I A: What’s that? tuning (like the piano), “Pythagorean” english. Tears flooded down my cheeks,
say is the guy singing bass? C: I said, I don’t give a darn! tuning (which some believe is right for and I thought, “Oh my God, this is the
A: No, Who is the guy singing lead. A: Oh, that’s our director! singing chords), and several others. way it ought to be all over the world.”
Winter, 2000 Page 9
Bolton Landing. . . reography. (It helped that there was only
one other competing chorus, a small Wed Like To Thank
My Story group of Sweet Adelines who sang
great). The Academy . . .
by T. J. Barranger, Director Saturday night brought another
The SomerTones Somerville, NJ great show, and the appearance of Re-
Found on the Harmonet vival, the 1998 Champs. They brought
the house down. Then it was on to the
What images stick in my mind af- Afterglow at Frederick’s for food and
ter the Bolton Landing Barbershop Fes- tags, and scraping quartets together for
tival? First, being wowed by the ener- the Sunday open quartet contest. By
getic performance of Le Dixie-band on the end of the night, I was in three quar-
Friday night. But probably the most tets, including one with the festival’s
memorable barbershop experience of very own Bruce Checca (self-pro-
my life came not in a chorus or quartet claimed “Chief lackey and bottle
or even while singing at all... washer”). After that, I actually slept in
Friday night, after I helped put up a bed in the motel room for which I’d
the sides of the main tent (the Harmony spent big bucks. It didn’t smell as good
Dome), Andy Pratt (who founded the as Andy’s truck, but that’s neither here
event and organizes it every year) told nor there.
me that there was no one to watch the Sunday morning brought a sur-
million dollars worth of audio and light- prise. Without my knowledge, I had
ing equipment overnight. He persuaded been entered in a fourth quartet. I was
me to spend the night as watchman in bothered at first, but it was another en-
try in the drawing, and a chance to com- Overdrive quartet, in gloat mode, surrounds their new district
the tent in his pickup truck. I agreed to
pete in all four parts, all on the same championship trophy.
do it, because 1) I’m stupid, and 2) It
was worth two front row seats to the day. How many chances do you get to
Saturday afternoon show. I was all do that? During the contest, we bribed
alone in a big top, in a strange town, in the judges with a generous quantity of
a strange (but new, and comfy) truck. liquor, supplied by the tenor in one of
The wind picked up in the middle of the quartets. I brought along a couple
the night, ruffling the sides of the tent, six-packs of beer, for added insurance.
and knocking over chairs. I was awak- We didn’t get the Best Bribe trophy
ened several times that night, but prob- (Yes, there is one!), but it was still pretty
ably got more sleep than I did the rest good. That quartet finished highest of
of the weekend. my four. We sang Irish Blessing, and
I woke up early enough on Satur- not too shabbily, I might add.
day morning to get to the cruise on time. In my last quartet of the day, two
With a little help from Andy, I was able of us took fully-loaded water bottles and
to scoot on board the first boat, but not drenched the illustrious Ed Waesche at
before directing the waiting crowd in a the judging table. He had targeted one
polecat. The lake was beautiful, but the of my quartet buds with his water gun
sky was overcast, the wind was blow- earlier, so revenge was in order. The
ing, the air was bitter cold, and I didn’t look of helplessness on his face was
know a single person on that boat. Kind priceless. But the gem of it all was
of a bummer, but the quartets didn’t let catching one of the judges (who will
it get them down. There was lots of remain nameless) red-handed, empty-
great singing. ing the contents of his water bottle, and
The Saturday afternoon show was refilling it up with Smirnov Vodka, left
great. I had my front row VIP seat, as over from an earlier bribe.
promised. I sat with the likes of Ed Sunday night brought another awe-
Waesche, David Wright, Tom Felgen, some show, with ear-tickling perfor-
Hal Purdy, Walter & Marjorie mances from Le Dixieband, The Non-
Latzko, and a “Who’s Who” of Soci- pareils, 4-Star Collection, Reveille,
ety personalities. I was warned that I Metropolis, Saturday Evening Post,
would be recognized for tent-sitting the Cornerstone, Power Play, Marquis,
night before. Sure enough, Mike and Revival. I know I’m forgetting a
Maino (who may not be the world’s few, but there was just too much good
greatest MC, but is pretty close to it. stuff to remember everything. A mil- Steve Tramack, director of the Nashua Granite statesmen, jubilantly
Ya gotta love Freddie King) pointed lion apologies to those I missed. holds the chorus’ trophy high for all to see.
me out to the crowd in the middle of On we went to the Sunday night
the show and embarrassed the heck out glow at Frederick’s, where a quartet that
of me by saying, “Stand up and take a included my friend Jeannie Garrett
bow, TJ.” Ah well, only at Bolton
won the grand prize drawing for the trip
for four to Hawaii! After Frederick’s Musicians Quotes Lauritz Melchior: “Regard your voice
as capital in the bank. Sing on your
After a wild thunderstorm, and the closed, we moved to the House of from Scoops and Swipes, interest and the voice will last.”
rest of the show, I competed in the cho- Scott’s, and, with two of my friends, St. Petersburg, FL, Chapter Alexander Borodin. “Respectable
rus contest as a tenor in the Harmonet closed the Bolton Landing Barbershop people do not write music or make love
Chorus (comprising members of the Festival at 5:00 in the morning, walk- Robert Merrill: “When in doubt, sing as a career.”
Harmonet, the official barbershop e- ing up the vacant road back to the mo- loud.” Gustav Mahler: “If you think you’re
mail discussion group). Lo and behold, tel. Not bad for a Bolton Landing Donovan: “The softer you sing, the boring the audience, go slower, not
we won, thanks to some innovative cho- Rookie, huh? louder you’re heard.” faster.”
Page 10 Winter, 2000
Overdrive (Cont from page 1) federate Army.
The year ahead already looks The following morning, the heart-
busy. It will be great fun coming to sing broken father asked his superiors if he
on your chapter shows over the course could bury his son with full military
of the next 12 months. We have even honors despite his enemy status. The
been asked to come sing on the Quincy, request was denied. The Captain then
Illinois Chapter show next fall! We asked for members of the Army band
have done a few appearances already to play a funeral dirge. That request
at high schools, and would love to do was also denied. But out of sympathy
more. The quartet very much wants to for the bereaved father, he was allowed
encourage young men to sing. If your one musician. He chose a bugler and
chapter is just getting started with the asked him to play a series of notes he
Young Men in Harmony Program, con- had found in his son’s pocket.
sider having us do a school visit. The wish was granted and the mu-
Overdrive also wants to share with sic was played at the burial. It the haunt-
as many of you as possible the things ing melody we now know as Taps.
we have learned over the past couple
years. We want to come help you, your
quartet, or your chorus to sing better and
perform better. The NED offers some
wonderful educational programs. I en-
courage you to take advantage of them.
Apparently caught by surprise, Ray Gross (R) receives Mid-coast
Maine Chapter’s Barbershopper of the Year Award from Chapter
Hiding In Plain Sight
At the society level, Harmony College President Harvey Moody (L). Congratulations, Ray! by Nick Clooney
is an amazing experience. Our quartet narrator, Can’t Stop Singing
owes much of its improvement to the excerpted from the Cincinnati Post of
coaching we got there. It’s now time 8/30 (found on the Internet)
(wedge-shaped symbols) in the Hurrian of the SPEBSQSA, Inc. The Founda-
for us to give back to you some of the language, and there is an exact corre- tion accepts direct transfers of capital
tools we acquired while in St. Joseph, Isn’t it interesting how entire en-
spondence between the syllables of the assets such as stocks and bonds to any
MO, learning from the society’s great- terprises thrive within the larger Ameri-
text and the musical notes. of its funds, and can assist with these
est. can culture without the rest of us even
The find was especially interesting transfers. If you would like informa-
This is an exciting time in the NED. being aware of their existence? Not tiny
because it overturned conventional tion about making a direct transfer of
A renewed interest in good singing and cottage industries, mind you, but major
views of ancient music, showing that securities to benefit SPEBSQSA, please
good performing is starting to take our endeavors involving thousands of
the diatonic (seven-note) scale and mu- contact Development Director Larry
quartets and choruses to a higher level. people and millions of dollars. They
sical harmony were in use more than a Gilhousen at 1-800-876-SING, exten-
Our district and society leaders are giv- do not wish to hide their light under a
thousand years earlier than was previ- sion 8448.
ing us opportunities to get to the next bushel. Far from it. They’re surprised
ously thought. Listen to the song and Working, together, we can help fu-
level. The Young Men in Harmony pro- their efforts are not on the front page of
read about the different interpretations ture generations to Sing ... for life.
gram is planting seeds for our future. every paper and the lead segment of
Overdrive is proud to be part of the every newscast in the country.
index.htm/westhuri.htm. There’s more
scene during this wonderful time. The barbershop quartet phenom-
about it with drawings of the tablet at:
Backstage, after we had been enon is an enormously popular en-
How Taps Began
awarded our prizes, I was looking at all deavor that draws thousands of people
the names of the past district champs to exhibitions and competitions every
on the trophy we received. We were in from Douglas Storer’s Encyclopedia year, but which the wider culture knows
awe (and we still are) that our names of Amazing But True Facts very little about. Last year I narrated a
will be on the same trophy as The Four via Ballyhoo, Crescenta Valley, CA PBS special that followed several quar-
Statesmen and The Boston Common.
If we never even hold a candle to those
Stock Gifts Can Help In 1862, during the Civil War,
tets through various competitions, cul-
minating in a huge convention and in-
guys, may we help some of you to give
it your shot someday.
SPEBSQSA and You Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe
was with his men near Harrison’s Land-
ternational competition in Atlanta.
The barbershoppers have what I
by Larry A. Gilhousen, ing in Virginia. The Confederate Army consider a fine idea. Teams can com-
Development Director, was nearby, and there had been intense pete year after year, aspiring to be the
Harmony Foundation, Inc. fighting during the day. best. But once they have won the title,
The Old Songs That night, Captain Ellicombe they can never compete again. They
But Is It Barbershop? Do you have some stocks or bonds
that have grown in value over the past
heard the moan of a soldier who lay
wounded on the battlefield. Without
can and do perform exhibitions, but they
are then and forever champions. No
by Jen Miller few years? If you directly transfer some knowing if the soldier was Union or one can ever win their title from them;
from the Harmonet of these appreciated securities to a char- Confederate, the Captain decided to risk it is theirs for life.
ity like Harmony Foundation, you may his life and bring the stricken man back Look around. There are champi-
In Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra) in be entitled to a charitable tax deduction for medical attention. ons of every stripe in our midst. Wood
Syria, an ancient tablet was discovered for the full market value of the securi- Crawling on his stomach through carvers, auto mechanics, rose growers,
in the 1950s dating back to 1400 BC. ties and avoid the capital gains tax. This gunfire, the Captain reached the soldier stamp collectors, glass blowers. We sel-
The oldest known musical score, it could be an easy way for you to pro- and pulled him to back the Union en- dom know what special person might
takes the form of interval names and vide a generous gift for SPEBSQSA campment. There, he discovered that be in the next cubicle.
number signs, and even has lyrics. The and obtain a nice tax deduction for this the soldier was a Confederate. He also The prim lady in the glasses and
text is identified as a hymn to the moon year. Depending on your individual cir- discovered that the soldier had died. business suit, the one you pass daily on
goddess Nikkal. cumstances, certain restrictions may The Captain lit a lantern, saw the the way to the coffee machine? You
There is some controversy among apply, and we suggest that you obtain face of the soldier, and went numb with should have seen her Saturday night in
ancient musicologists over the proper professional counsel before making shock. It was his own son! The boy a ballroom dancing competition dressed
interpretation of the notes, but all agree such a transaction. had been studying music in the South in a form-fitting black dress with slit
that it is a genuine musical score. The Harmony Foundation, Inc. was in- when the war broke out and, without skirt, hair in a chignon, head high, do-
markings were made in cuneiform corporated in 1959 as the charitable arm telling his father, he had joined the Con- ing a fiery tango. Wow!
Winter, 2000 Page 11
The View From A Younger Branch The Songs We Sing
of The Family Tree
The Story of
Wow Me! Amazing Grace
by Tovah Burstein
daughter of Sandy Burstein excerpted from the Internet
Bass, Granite Statesmen
John Newton was born in London
In the last weekend of October, I on July 24, 1725, the son of a com-
went to the Northeastern District Con- mander of a merchant ship. His
vention of SPEBSQSA in Montreal. mother’s death when he was seven em-
My father was performing, and as a sup- bittered him, and he began a “decline
portive daughter, I went along to watch. into rebellion and degradation.”
Honestly, I wasn’t all that excited, but As a young adult, Newton became
then again, do you know any really ex- captain of a slave ship. What kind of
cited fifteen year olds? captain was he? “He was so wretched
I love my dad. I love him even that even his crew regarded him as little
More than 80 high schoolers participated in our Harmony Explosion
though he sings while shaving, sings at more than an animal. Once when he
weekend and performed admirbly in the Saturday night show.
breakfast and sings to my friends when fell overboard, his ship’s crew refused
they’re over. I love him even when he to drop a boat to him. Instead they
turns off the top forty countdown to play Harmony Explosion 2000 threw a harpoon at him, with which they
polecat tapes. I love him in spite of his
atempts to get me to sing a tag. So when Wish You Had Been There! dragged him back onto the ship.”
Then one day his ship was caught
he asked me if I wanted to watch him by Paul Arnone in a gale so severe that all the livestock
perform in Montreal, I said I would. Past President, NED; HX Coordinator were washed overboard. The crew tied
My family and I sat down about 20 themselves to the ship to keep from fol-
rows back and waited for the show to lowing them. As Newton tried to steer
The Harmony Explosion Camp that we will need a “for-real deadline”
begin. I sighed and checked my watch. the ship through the storm, he experi-
(HX 2000), an intensive weekend that with a total student enrollment capped
11:30—sigh—two hours of men who enced what he later referred to as his
introduces barbershop singing to high at 85. We may have to limit the num-
sing while they shave. I was prepared. “great deliverance.” He recorded in his
school boys and their music teachers, ber attending from any given school to
The MC came out, set out the rules and journal that when all seemed lost and
was held early in August at Westfield get a good cross section of young folks.
told some jokes that I couldn’t help but the ship would surely sink, he had ex-
State College in Pittsfield, MA. It was We will be able to accommodate more
smile at. Then out came the first cho- claimed, “Lord, have mercy upon us.”
a great experience for them and a suc- music educators, but the faculty felt that
rus, fully equiped with tuxes, corsages, He believed that God had answered his
cess for us. Here’s a short list of facts 85 students is the most they can work
and two lively songs. I waited in an- plea, rescued him and his ship from the
concerning the weekend: 1) 80 young with on the risers.
ticipation for chorus number two. They storm and that grace had begun to work
men attended. 2) 12 music educators That means you will have to get to
came out and sang; they even did some for him. This experience transformed
attended. 3) There were ten chaper- work earlier next year to entice students
dance moves. They had me laughing! him. For the rest of his life, he observed
ones. 4) There was a faculty of six men. and music educators. It also means that
Chorus three sang a slow, sweet melody the anniversary of May 10, 1748 as the
5) Two countries, seven states, 68 cit- means your chapter will have to bud-
of love lost. Chorus four—already? day of his conversion.
ies and towns were represented. get some money to support the 2001
Who wouldn’t enjoy watching this? For a time after his conversion, he
Dr. C.M. Shearer of Kent State HX Camp outreach. I will serve as co-
A bunch of men up on stage, all suited continued in the slave trade; however,
University and Jay Butterfield, a mu- ordinator once again, (I had a great
up (make-up and all), ready to sing. he saw to it that the slaves in his charge
sic educator from Pennsylvania, served time!) so send any questions to me via
When they start, they take you by storm, were treated humanely. But by 1755,
ably on the faculty along with the Des- the following methods; 781-324-7874,
making a wall of harmonized sound that he had given up seafaring.
perado quartet from Cincinnati. firstname.lastname@example.org, or 22
suddenly hits your unexpecting ears. During his days as a sailor he had
Once again, more than 22 hours of Hancock Rd, Malden, MA 02148.
They dance up there like I do when begun to educate himself, teaching him-
rehearsal produced a terrific show on self Latin, among other subjects. He
nobody’s watching; but everyone’s Saturday night. The show combined
watching them! They sway and step, became a minister and accepted curacy
the young men in the HX2000 camp
Singing In The Mask
they boogie and bounce. You can feel of a church at Olney, Buckinghamshire.
with participants in the Harmony Pil- Newton’s church became so crowded
the energy radiating from their risers. grimage, an instructional weekend for
The more fun they have up there, the for his services that it had to be en-
barbershoppers which was held simul- by Ken Hatton, Lead larged. Composed between 1760 and
more fun it is to watch—men of all ages taneously. As the youngsters per- Bluegrass Student Union
pouring out their hearts in every note 1770, Amazing Grace was a descrip-
formed, more than 225 parents and 1978 Int’l Quartet Champions tion of his remarkable conversion and
and gesture. Their love for the music families in the audience whooped and from The Offbeat, Boston, Mass.
really shone through. was possibly one of many hymns he
hollered in enthusiastic approval. wrote for weekly services.
And then I really appreciated all the The work ethic of these young men Place your index fingers alongside
times I woke up to my father singing At 82, shortly before he died he
was amazing to watch. Prior to the the upper part of your nose and hum. said, “My memory is nearly gone, but I
My Wild Irish Roooose while trimming weekend, they had received the music Experiment with your mouth position
his mustache. I understood all the time remember two things: that I am a great
for seven songs along with tapes for two and mixture of mouth versus nose and sinner, and that Christ is a great Sav-
he put forth dancing in the kitchen to of them. The students universally ap- exhale until you can maximize the vi-
music that no one else heard, learning iour.” He died in London on Decem-
plauded the tape method of learning. brations you feel in your index fingers. ber 21, 1807, but left his executors in-
the choreography. Those Wednesday You of the NED rose to the occa- Now you are singing with resonance,
nights when he wasn’t home to help me structions for his epitaph. It reads in
sion by donating enough money to sub- or “in the mask.” part, “John Newton, clerk, once an in-
with homework didn’t seem lost. It paid sidize all of the students and music edu- Remember how this feels and
off there in Montreal, to see him so to- fidel and libertine, a procurer of slaves
cators—more than $14,000. We thank sounds. Conduct the same experiment in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our
tally happy, letting it all out in every the 18 chapters and many private do- in different parts of your vocal range
single note—performing to wow his au- Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, pre-
nors for their wonderful outreach. and on different target vowels and sing- served, restored, pardoned, and ap-
dience. Looking back at all the quar- Our success in reaching our num- able cosonants. Do this exercise daily
tets, all the choruses, and especially his pointed to preach the faith he had long
ber goals will mean some adjustments and you can memorize the mask posi- labored to destroy.”
chorus, I know I was definitely wowed! for next year. The main adjustment is tion for each note and each syllable.
Page 12 Winter, 2000
I Beg Youah Pahdon? The Origin of The Old Songs
from Quarternotes, Cape Cod, Mass. from the Devil Mountain Despatch, Walnut Creek,
One of the problems NED chorus directors en-
counter is the New England accent. Here are a few Ever wonder how old this old song about old
samples. songs really is? Read on.
“The old songs, the old songs, the good old songs
Ah The letter between “q” and “s” for me...” was composed by Geoffrey O’Hara, who
Ahnt The sistah of your fatha or mutha. was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1882. He moved to
Bah A place that serves beah and hahd likkah. the U.S. in 1904. He was a banker and a professional
Bayah A ferocious brown or black animal. musician. At some point in his life he received an
Beah A malt beverage honorary doctorate degree from Harmony College.
Bawn As in: “Where were you bawn?” O’Hara was also an author and composer who
Bizzah Strange or odd wrote songs for Al Jolson and Enrico Caruso. His
Chahlz The rivah better known songs include K-K-K-Katy and Your Eyes
Chowdah Clams, millk and buttah Have Told Me So. His spirituals included There is No
Vin Zito (L) and Steve Dickinson (R) at the Pre- Cawn Starchy veggie that comes on a cob Death and I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.
sentation of a Lifetime Membership Citation Cawnnah Where streets intersect It is not known whether he wrote barbershop
Photo: Vincent Zito Fah Not neah heah songs, although he was the founder and first presi-
Fawk What you eat pahster with dent of the Manhattan, N.Y. Chapter. The Old Songs
Newcaneweng .ounder, Fyah
They tore it down a couple of yeahs ago
was really an introduction to a more complete work
of 14 pages entitled A Little Close Harmony, which
Steve Dickinson Dies Hahbah
Where they dumped the tea in 1773
Country day school in Cambridge
was a glee club type number with banjo and other
by Vincent Zito Hahf-ahst Done without regard to details. In the early days of our Society, Geoffrey O’Hara
Heah Done with the eahs. “Listen, my children gave permission to use this introduction as a theme
On September 14, D. Stephen (Steve) Dickinson, and you shall heah of the midnight ride song. We use it as a rallying call at chapter meetings
passed away after several months of failing health. of Paul Reveah.” and just about every other barbershop function.
Steve’s barbershopping career spanned more than fifty Khakis What you staht your auto with.
years with the Central CT Chapter. Nawtheastah What youah reading
During his early barbershopping days in the fif- Noo Yawk Sinkhole 240 miles south of Bawstin.
ties, he sang with a popular quartet, The Silvertones. Owah Sixty minutes CRA.TILY YOURS
Steve served as NED District President from 1956- Pahk Cahn’t do it in Hahvid yahd. Not in
1958. He was also an International Judge serving in downtown Bawstin eithah.
the Arrangement Category, Secretary and Chairman Pahster Spaghetti, ziti, etc;
of Judges. Steve was one of the two remaining found- Pahty A place to eat, drink and socialize.
ing fathers of Newcaneweng. Pastah The rectah of a church like St. Mahgrits
Two weeks before his death, Vin Zito, the other Pitchahs They throw fast balls at Fenway Pahk.
founding father, had visited Steve to present him with Rawjah He now pitches for the Yankees.
a lifetime membership citation and pin to the honor Reveah He rode through Ahlington on a hoss
club. Vin, Doc Sause, Dave Chapman and Wayne shouting “To ahms, to ahms.”
Paul had planned to visit Steve two weeks later and Shuah Of course
bend a few chords with him. But the night before, Shawt Not tall
Steve suffered a stroke and passed away soon after. Wawf A peah jutting into the hahbah.
At the funeral service, Vin, Doc, Dave and War- Wawteh H20
ren Kortum sang a hymn in Steve’s memory. Yeah 365 days
Winter, 2000 Page 13
Your Vocal Cords, or Midcoast Maine’s Annual Show
.rom A Cough to A Chord
by Chris Wethered
from Valley Vibes,
Boise Valley, IA, Chapter
The vocal cords (vocal folds) are a set of parallel
muscular bands that close off the vocal tract. They
perform the same basic biological function in all air-
breathing creatures. They keep food, drink and for-
eign objects from falling into your lungs. Once such
foreign substances are arrested, the vocal folds allow
you to “blow” them out of your airway. This is done
by holding the vocal folds tightly together and build-
ing the sub-glottic air pressure (sub-glottic is the tech-
nical term for the airspace below the vocal cords). The Windjammer Chorus Sports A Nautical Theme
Then, like a pop gun, you open the folds and the air
pressure “explodes” the offending item from your
throat with a cough.
Pressurizing Pulmonary Air
ful than this sub-glottic air pressure and so the folds
return to their closed position, and the air pressure
Waves of Harmony
The vocal folds also allow you to trap pressur- increases again. This action constitutes one cycle. The by Kathy Chamberlain, Director
ized air in your lungs. This establishes a stable skel- process continues as long as the sub-glottic air pres- Windjammer Chorus, Midcoast Maine
etal structure to support lifting, pushing and pulling. sure is elevated and the focal folds are closed with a
When you exert yourself lifting, pushing, or pulling, medium pressure. On average, the tone of a man’s On September 23, the Camden Opera House in
you create a sound (grunt). This sound results when voice consists of approximately 135 of these cycles Camden, Maine, was the stage for the Windjammer
the positive air pressure that develops in the lungs to per second (CPS); this frequency is also referred to as Chorus’ Seventh Annual Waves of Harmony Show.
stabihze the skeleton, overcomes the closing force of Hertz (Hz) or pitch. The Windjammer Chorus (Midcoast Maine Chap-
the vocal folds. The escaping air vibrates the vocal Volume and Vibrato ter) is directed by Kathy Chamberlain, with Assis-
folds, producing the grunt sound. In such activities, Using a consistent air pressure, variation in vocal tant Director, Granville Ames. The show’s music
with the vocal folds closed, the air in the lungs is com- fold characteristics produces changes in pitch and reflected this year’s nautical theme, as seen by the
pressed by tensing the abdominal muscles, pushing breathiness. The key to controlled singing (i.e., vi- enclosed picture! The “crew” were told to come up
up the guts to further elevate the diaphragm. At the brato and volume) is this balance between the sub- with something creative and nautical, and they
same time, the elevated ribs are pulled down to in- glottic air pressure and the muscular tension holding achieved just that.
crease the pressure on the air trapped in the lungs. the vocal folds together. Volume is easy; you just force Besides the Windjammer Chorus, music was also
Lifting Experiment more pressurized air between your vocal folds. provided by the Coastal Chordbusters and Starboard
Using both hands, try to lift a heavy object. With Vibrato (wavering pitch) is a bit more tricky. It is Watch quartets, from the chorus; the Nor’easter Cho-
your hands on your stomach, feel how your abdomi- an interesting quality for individual performances. rus from Brunswick, Maine, under the direction of
nal muscles tense to pressurize the air in your lungs However, it interferes with the close harmony required Jay Wiley; the Camden High School Chamber Sing-
(stabilizing your skeletal structure). Note that your to make and keep chords ringing. Vibrato is an im- ers, under the direction of Kim Murphy, and last but
vocal folds are closed. You will feel muscular ten- balance between the sub-glottic air pressure and vo- not least, Minor Adjustments quartet from Laconia
sion and air pressure in your neck. The main differ- cal fold tension. Generally, the balance is so close and Nashua, N.H. who did a wonderful job for us.
ences between lifting and singing/speech are that the that it produces a surging quality. Recall how your Thanks, guys!
abdominal tensing is less intense and the vocal folds car lurches when you do not press down hard enough Kathy Chamberlain took over the chorus’ direc-
are not locked shut. on the gas pedal. Usually, the imbalance is due to tion in October of ’99 shortly after last year’s show.
Vocal fold vibration as used in singing/speech, is insufficient sub-glottic air pressure or fluctuating mus- Their director had quit six weeks before the show,
the same as that employed at the lips in making the cular tension at the diaphragm or vocal folds. and Granville Ames took the reins, teaching them the
“raspberry” sound or in “bubbling.” Air passing be- The solution is to slightly increase and maintain music and taking them through the show in an admi-
tween constricted lips or vocal folds sets them vibrat- sub-glottic air pressure at a consistent level when driv- rable fashion. However, in the show’s program, there
ing. The frequency of their vibration is the pitch of ing the vocal folds for singing. If this does not work, was an ad for a new director, with the question posed,
the sound produced. This pitch is influenced by the the individual should tinker with the balance until he “How about you?” Kathy saw the ad, called Granville,
rate of airflow together with the tension, thickness, gets a clean consistent pitch. The secret to producing and the rest is Barbershop history.
length, and weight of the vibrating lips or vocal folds. varied sounds (i.e., pitch, brightness, and breathiness) The Windjammer Chorus performed Hello/
In the lifting experiment above, the abdominal with the vocal mechanism is adjusting vocal fold prox- Chordbuster March, The Sailor’s Medley, Down By
tensing was easily felt as it was applied against the imity, tension, length, and mass. These are all things the Riverside, Honey/Lil Lize, The Navy Hymn and
resistance of pressurized air (enclosed by the closed that you control on a daily basis; they are under auto- God Bless America. Starboard Watch performed two
vocal folds). The same abdominal muscles are used matic control of the brain. All you have to do is think songs, one of which was Please, Mr. Columbus.
when singing. However, with less resistance, it is less of the desired sound. Your vocal folds will automati- Coastal Chordbusters also did two songs, including
noticeable. The following experiment should help you cally make the adjustments required to create that Row, Row, Row. The choruses combined to do The
to become more aware of this muscular actlion. sound. As a chorus, we need to consistently produce Banana Boat Song, Wait Til the Sun Shines, Nellie,
Singing Experiment the agreed sound at every point in a song. By doing Shine on Me, and Irish Blessing. The grand finale
In singing, the action of the abdominal muscles this, we can enhance our ability to ring cords and fur- with all groups on stage was Teach the Children to
is most easily felt by placing your hand on your stom- ther convey the message. Sing.
ach while you bubble or sing a sustained ‘Z-Z-Z-Z” In barbershop singing, it is important to produce Ray Gross, of both the Windjammer Chorus and
sound. You will feel the strongest muscular action, a “unit sound.” We must all produce the same quali- Charlotte County Chapter in Florida, as well as the
as you are squeezing out the last of your usable air. ties and sounds at the specified pitches. The better Harbor Buoys quartet from that chorus, received the
Vocal folds vibrate when the air pressure below the we do this, the better we ring chords. To further en- Barbershopper of the Year Award. Ray has been in-
closed vocal folds overpowers the muscular tension hance this ringing, it is essential that we all pronounce volved with Barbershopping for about 30 years and is
holding the folds together. A burst of air escapes be- the lyrics in the same manner. The chorus must agree quite deserving of this award.
tween the vocal folds, reducing the air pressure be- on the vowels used, when diphthongs will be turned, Next year’s show date has been set for Septem-
low them. The muscular tension is then more power- and how consonant combinations will be pronounced. ber 22, 2001 at the Camden Opera House.
Page 14 Winter, 2000
Now Accessible on the District Web Site internet connection, find out who in your chapter DOES have the connection and
The New Members Only Area ask him to print you up a copy. The information in a printed directory is outdated
by the time it gets into people’s hands. Soon, the Directory will be re-compiled
by Rod Rodrigues, NED Webmaster regularly so that the version on the site will have the latest information available.
The Directory will be broken into two parts. The front of the directory will
Most of you have received email telling you about the New Members Only contain NED district-level information. This includes district officers, committee
part of the NED Web Site. The same email told you of a newly assigned, unique chairs, chapter coaches, and the Hall of Fame (history of award winners). Infor-
password for logging in. This article will explain what is there and how you can mation in this part almost never changes in mid-year. This part will be separate.
use it. To begin with, you have a login screen: The registered quartet listings and chapter officer listings for all the chapters,
will be in part 2. The registered quartet listings are so difficult to get that that we
update them just once per year. It usually takes a minimum of six weeks of beg-
ging, emailing, and telephoning, to get it. The chapter officer listings this year may
also be more difficult since the procedure was changed without informing us in
time to adjust.
Kenosha does NOT allow us to download chapter officer listings. So I must
beg you to fill in the NED Chapter Release Form. This form is available in the
Downloads section of our web site. Please download it, have your chapter secre-
tary collect the required information, and send it to me. It is not enough to simply
send the information electronically, since we must have written signatures (ini-
tials) giving us permission to publish the information for that person.
Getting back to the Members Only Area, the newest feature is the online COTS
If you forget your password, go to the member only area. There you can
request that your password be sent to you. Have your SPEBSQSA Member ID
handy. Your password will be emailed to the email address on record, which is the
same that is on record with Kenosha.
Once into the Members Only area, you can:
· Get your chapter roster
· Download the NED Directory
· Register for COTS
You simply need to click on the appropriate button!
By the time you get to this, the computer will already know who you are, so
there is no need to provide THAT kind of information – it will already be on the
screen, including your name, your chapter number, and the email address we have
on file for you. However, it will allow you to change the chapter and email.
The next part of the form is where you fill in the registrant and course infor-
The Chapter Roster information is based on the address files that we get from
Kenosha. Their system assigns each person in the file to one and only one chapter.
It is my experience that if you are a dual member, it is a tossup as to which chapter
If the registrant wants to take all of the courses, say, for Treasurer, you simply
you will show up in. If you find that you show up in the wrong chapter, that is
click on the Course plan and select Treasurer:
something you need to fix at Kenosha. Kenosha lately has been refreshing the data
files once per month, and we download about once each month. So when your
information is fixed at Kenosha, it will show up on the NED site within a month .
The same can be said of your address information. If there is anything to fix,
you need to go to the Kenosha site and fix it. Ideally, you fix it yourself by logging
on to Members Only page on the Kenosha site at www.spebsqsa.org.
The NED Directory, as of this year, will no longer be distributed in hard-copy.
Instead, it will be distributed electronically. This means that you can get it only
from the Members Only site. You can download it and print it. Every chapter has
at least two email contacts, so we know that every chapter, as a group, has the
ability to connect to the web page and download the Directory. Locally, you can
print enough copies for your members who need them. So if you do NOT have an
Winter, 2000 Page 15
If the registrant wants to take a Friday evening or an early Saturday morning
class, you can select from those available.
If the registrants want to pick and choose from the individual classes on Satur-
day, you can continue by clicking on the various individual options.
Melodies & Memories on compete on-stage at the District Competition
Photo courtesy of Tanya Royer
The Journey The final part of the plan was, of
course, to meet as often as we could,
Continues . . . but for sure weekly, so we could hone
our new-found skills. So, after many
by Leo Ouellette, Lead hours of weekly and some weekend re-
Melodies and Memories hearsals and all of that coaching, we
arrived in Montreal more prepared for
When you are done with this registrant, you click on the Submit button. Melodies and Memories had the a contest than we had ever been. Back-
great pleasure to be on stage for the re- stage, before David Patterson intro-
cent Northeastern District quartet com- duced us, we all were calm, at least on
petition held in Montreal on October 27 the outside, but raring to go on the in-
and 28. It was our third trip to District side. Then we were on!
as competitors and the second in as The applause as we entered the
many years. Our goal is simple: KEEP stage was terrific and really energized
IMPROVING! To achieve this, we had us. Then we tuned up for When You
a planning session during the early part and I Were Young, Maggie. It’s a great
of 2000 and laid out the steps in gen- song and it fit us very well. The tune-
You will get a confirmation screen that will allow you to enter another regis- eral terms that would help us to improve up was relaxed and clear. We sang this
trant (without re-logging in) or going to the NED site. in 2000. Those steps included select- song better than we had ever done it.
ing the right songs that fit the quartet Again, the applause was loud and long.
for Division and District contests and, We owned the song and we had deliv-
most important, coaching. ered it. Then there was one more song:
We started the coaching in January Firefly/Glow Worm Medley. We had
at COTS where we had a weekend with done this one better, but it was a good
Club NED. They provided us with hit. And again there was terrific ap-
many tools to work with to improve. plause (We all live for this, don’t we?).
From there, we had many sessions with Then we were walking from back-
Karen Rourke, Director of the third- stage toward the lobby area. As we en-
place Sounds of Concord chorus in ter the lobby, Karen Rourke was there
Montreal. We also needed to improve to congratulate us. But Steve
From here, the process will go to the Webmaster who will integrate your infor- our visuals, so we obtained the services Tramack’s comment was the best.
mation into the COTS school Data files. When the form has been fully processed, of Gail Jencik, choreographer supreme. With a flair that only he can do, he
you will be notified by email. All this paid off pretty quickly at pointed at us and said, “BOOM!” We
This is a new venture that puts us on the cutting edge of the District Web the Division contest in March where we knew that meant we had put all we had
Pages! In fact, we may be the first district to go online with the registration! Enjoy qualified for District and placed third. learned on stage. We had done our best
the convenience of it all! More important, we improved on our performance ever in a contest. What a
prior Division contest score by 43 thrill. Then, people we knew and many
points. Our plan was working. that we did not know, were compli-
In August, we had a major turning menting us on our performance. Many
Dem Bones and spent less, but usually never move
a flnger to make these things possible.
point when we went to Harmony Pil-
grimage and participated in the POD
thanks, again, to all of you.
2. Jaw Bones method of training for quartets (similar
The human body contains a num- They do the talking. They find fault to Harmony College). This weekend
ber of bones. So do our chapters. The
chapter bones may be put into three
with all that is done and tell how much
better it should have been done.
made a big impact on our goal. Many
thanks to the POD team comprising Befriend the Vowels
classifications. 3. Back Bones Steve Tramack, Matt Kopser, Matt Hold them until the music forces
1. Wish Bones. They are the tireless workers who as- Mercier and Dan Washington. The you to move, then add the final conso-
They wish that the chapter would do sist by their presence, their ability, their POD arrangement is definitely the way nant to the next word. Try it, you’ll like
this or that. They wish that its mem- contributions and their active service. to go for any quartet who wants to im- it; and then listen to how much better
bers were friendlier, wish it earned more What kind of a chapter bone are you? prove. your chorus sounds.
Page 16 Winter, 2000
Collaboration - barbershopping? A barbershop perfor-
mance is a superb example of collabo-
.ire & Ice (Cont. from page 1)
everyone to return to their rooms.
To Montreal . . . (Cont. from page 1)
I did not want it to end just yet. The
Barbershop Style ration. We create a performance that
no one else can create. Another quar-
The House of Delegates meeting
was held early on Saturday morning,
lobby was a very busy place as friends,
old and new, said hurried good byes and
by Al Bell tet or chorus may create a more or less and no smoky smell could be detected. boarded busses to airport or home.
from Barbershop Clippin’s enjoyable performance, but it is only The Grand Salon, where the contest was The airport was also busy. The
Fullerton, CA Chapter they who create it in any case. held, also showed no sign of the fire. voices raised in song or friendly con-
While sharing an experience is ca- The Chorus Competition started at versation had been replaced by the usual
This may not, at first, sound like pable of being highly satisfying, that 11:30 a.m. With 20 choruses singing, impersonal hustle and bustle of strang-
an article about barbershopping. Be still falls short of collaboration. As Mr. it was expected to take forever to com- ers. I looked at the sea of faces hoping
patient. Schrage again points out, the difference plete. The convention team did a great to spot the friendly smile of a fellow
More and more we occupy a world is substantial. We may share in some- job of moving the competitors from Barbershopper, or even a Convention
of observers. Our lives are filled with, thing brought to us by the marvelous warm-up to the stage and to the pho- Badge. No luck! Well, off to the gate!
not only opportunity, but the pressure technology that surrounds us—a tele- tographer. The show was completed on What a pleasant surprise to see so many
and habit of watching. You all know vision spectacular, a stirring movie, or schedule, with Nashua placing first and friendly faces in the lounge. Perry
the litany of examples, led certainly by a moving experience such as witness- earning the right to be our representa- Jackson, lead of the Seventh Wave, was
the ubiquitous television presence in ing a space launch. But, as observers, tive at International in Nashville, TN. frantically looking for a bass so that he,
our lives, so I won’t take up space with we don’t create these things. The Finals of the Quartet Compe- Steve and Paul could sing. A short time
them here. Just think for a moment, The real thrill comes with creating tition were held on Saturday evening. later John Peach, bass of the Peach
though, of how much time you spend what we share. That is why ringing a In a marvelous evening of barbershop Chords, wandered into the lounge. In
watching someone else perform or in- chord is such a goosebumping experi- singing, Overdrive placed first, Minor the meantime, the gate agent announced
form in some fashion. ence; why a standing ovation makes ev- Adjustments second, Road Show third, that the flight would be delayed. That
A next level up the scale of involve- eryone receiving it feel ten feet off the South Side fourth, and Saratoga Sound was all that the pick-up quartet needed
ment is to participate as an individual. ground; why delivering a singing val- was fifth. to hear. They had a captive audience.
We do that in some sports (golf or ten- entine to a teary-eyed lady brings that Sunday morning arrived and, with Now, the casual observer may have
nis), as soloists (excluding baritones great lump into the throat. We have just it, a light dusting of snow. This was to seen nothing more than four guys hav-
other than operatic), as speakers or de- experienced the fine art of collabora- remind our guests that Montreal enjoys ing a good time singing, and a large
baters, and other endeavors in which tion. Just as each human is one-of-a- all four seasons—sometimes on the group enjoying the entertainment that
one person is the focus of action. kind, so is each collaboration. same day. the quartet was providing. However, I
Then, finally, we get to the team. Just think of it. We can do that any We had a great time hosting the was not a casual observer; I had worked
This certainly must be the pinnacle of time we choose to, and it requires amaz- District, and we are looking forward to in airports for many years. The gate
human achievement. We each have a ingly little time or expense. No license International 2003 from June 29 - July agent was not swamped with questions.
role to perform in combination with or professional background is needed. 5, 2003. We hope that all of you will The flight attendants were enjoying the
others who contribute their special ex- Not only are we preserving a cherished come to Montreal to help us welcome music and not being swamped with
pertise to the activity. This highly art form; we are engaging in one of the the barbershopping world. Steve questions. (They showed their appre-
vaunted concept has enjoyed consider- most deeply satisfying connections men Wheaton and I thank all of the volun- ciation all the way to Halifax.) The
able visibility in the world of business can share. How can you top that? teers that made this a great District Con- flight was delayed a little longer and
and industry. Hundreds of books are Collaborators, arise! vention. Au revoir. nobody seemed to care. The passen-
on the market about teamwork. Mil- gers were enjoying the music and, in
lions of dollars and hours have been in- most cases, clapped to show their plea-
vested in “team building” in one way sure.
or another. Almost all of this, however, During a short break between
is in response to directives, initiatives songs, I took a moment to introduce the
or expected results defined by someone quartet and told the people why we were
else. in Montreal. I explained briefly about
But that is not really where it stops. our Society, Harmony Inc., Sweet
In his intriguing and challenging book, Adelines, and the style of music that we
No More Teams, Michael Schrage ex- all sing. I also invited people to visit a
plores in considerable depth the notion chapter in their hometown. While the
that our highest form of involvement is flight was being boarded, I had four in-
collaboration. That is not necessarily quiries.
the same as team activity, although col- When we arrived at Halifax, the
laboration may take place in some team quartet started to sing as we were await-
situations. ing the arrival of our baggage. The
Mr. Webster tells us that collabo- singing stopped only when John and
ration means the act of working to- Cynthia Peach had to run for their flight.
gether, especially in reference to liter- I received three more inquiries from
ary, artistic or scientific work. While Als Pals aboard the Philomena D in Westport, NY. interested people.
Cumberland Bay Chorus Sings at Westport
that is helpful, it is far from telling the No matter where or when we sing,
whole story. As Mr. Schrage points out, we attract people who enjoy music.
collaboration is a purposeful relation- Some of these people would enjoy sing-
ship aimed at solving a problem, creat-
ing, or discovering something. In its Heritage .estival ing our style of music with us, if only
they knew where to find us. Public
purest and most exciting form, it in- by Rodney Saunders, Secretary, Cumberland Bay Chorus Relations and Marketing is a major part
volves equals who may bring different of Membership. We should be prepared
energies to the situation, but who have In August, the Cumberland Bay Chorus of the Plattsburgh, New York, Chap- to take advantage of any opportunity
no particular dominance over the other. ter, entertained at the Westport Heritage Festival. The first of two performances that could result in the advancement of
In other words, the collaboration is to- was aboard the Philomena D cruise boat at noon. The chorus and two quartets, either our music or our membership.
tally voluntary and entered into because Al’s Pals and the Lads and Dads, entertained during the nearly one hour cruise.
of a mutual desire by the collaborators. The second performance was in Ballard Park at 2 p.m. The Champlain Valley
No one else is making it happen. Sweet Adelines from Plattsburgh also entertained at the two venues, alternating American car horns beep in
So, what does this have to do with with the men. It was a full day of great harmony, and a good time was had by all. the tone of ..
Winter, 2000 Page 17
Northeastern District Spring Convention Harmony .ounda-
Nashua, NH April 27 - 29, 2001
tion General .und
ADVANCE REGISTRATION .ORM by Scott Salladin, NED DSC
Registrations are transferable but not refundable
All Events Registration $15.00 This fall, we will kick off the third
Single Event Registration $10.00 annual Harmony Foundation General
Junior Registration (Under 15) Half Price Fund Campaign. This year’s honoray
chairman is Dyke Van Dyke.
Complete this form and send it along with a check to the address shown below Please print neatly This fall, Dick Van Dyke will be
Name Chapter Registration sending you a letter asking for your as-
Last .irst All Events Single sistance in supporting the Barbershop
Society charitable mission. As the Hon-
orary Chairman of the 2000 General
Fund Campaign, Dick is proving that
his enthusiasm for our hobby goes be-
yond his love of music. He sees the joy
music can bring to others and wants to
make sure that everyone has a chance
to experience that joy. Let’s show Dick
.or additional listings, use the back of this form or separate paper and the same format as above that we share his enthusiasm by partici-
pating in the General Fund Campaign.
Registrations will be held at the NED Registration Desk in the Nashua Marriott. Single event registrations
may be picked up at the Nashua Marriott or at the door of the contest site.
Cut-off date for pre-registration is April 13, 2001.
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Its Not About Winning peting choruses come after us. But, in many levels of administration and
Thanks to Three
Its About Excellence surprise—it’s packed! The cheers as
we come on stage are long and loud.
continues to be a terrific motivator. His
ability to get a show, convention, or
by Marcel Kates, The audience has come to see the best HEP school organized and running
Nashua Granite Statesmen Chorus in the district, and we do not want to smoothly is a tribute to his talent as an by Don Flom
disappoint them. I can feel the elec- emcee. Throughout his membership in
The Nashua Granite Statesmen tricity as I face the audience and smile, the Society, Mike has promoted barber- This is about three wonderful
competed in the 2000 International and smile, and smile. shopping locally and also on the road barbershoppers: Jeff Mann of the
Competition in Kansas and got all A We turn toward the director on cue. by demonstrating the style in many Pittsfield Chapter, George (I don’t
scores. We did a good job but “That The pitch pipes sound; his face becomes quartets. Thanks, Mike, for showing know his last name), and a third man
was then, and this is now.” The bar has serious. The tune-up: “uuuuuu ... Gone how much fun this hobby can be! whose name I did not get at all. If these
moved up. Our goals must move up. is the romance ... What’ll I do ... when Our NED BOTY award for 1999 three men read this article, they will rec-
We want to go to the International Com- you have gone awaaaaaaay?” We end was given to Alan Lamson (Manches- ognize themselves, and I hope that they
petition in 2001 and do better. In or- the song and turn toward our audience. ter, CT). Alan joined the Society in will accept the sincere thanks of both
der to do that we need to qualify. That I’m pleased with what I’ve done. I’m 1980 and has been dedicated to this my wife, Janice, and me for their he-
means proving, at the District Compe- even more pleased with the audience’s hobby ever since. We know that we roic efforts in the incident I am about
tition in Montreal in October, that we reaction. They like it. We did well. cannot enjoy our hobby without the sup- to relate.
are the best chorus in the NED. The pitch pipes sound while the au- port of our family, so we invited Alan It happened at the recent NED Dis-
And so in August we begin to learn dience is still applauding. “Uuuuuu ... on stage along with his wife Jan, son trict Convention in Montreal. My wife,
a new song. We listen to part tapes, we (we turn inwards) Aaaaahhhhh ...” You Todd, and daughter-in-law Jen for the daughter, granddaughter, and I were
read the music at rehearsal and we pol- can feel the audience’s expectation. We presentation of the award. housed on the 15th floor of the Queen
ish at section rehearsals. don’t want to disappoint them. “... As Alan has served his Chapter as Elizabeth Hotel. We had just gone to
It’s September. We do the song sure as stars abuuhhhve...” President, Board Member-at-large, bed when the fire alarm sounded and
without sheet music so we can begin to We end the final tag and the audi- Music Vice-president (5 years), Chap- an announcement was made that we
make music. We go for a weekend ence reaction is deafening. We are 74 ter Development VP, Chorus Manager, should evacuate the hotel immediately.
“Advance” and get coached by one of men on stage—the largest chorus in the Singing Valentine Chair (3 years), This presented a problem. My wife has
the Society’s professional coaches. competition. We probably brought with Youth Outreach Show Chairman, Show neuropathy, a nerve condition which
And we do advance. We now sing our us the largest contingent of supporters. Production Chair (9 years), Show Tal- impairs use of the legs, making her
two contest songs better than ever. We But the entire hall is on its feet for a ent Chair (6 years). In addition, he has wheelchair-bound for all but very short
get the moves better and more synchro- standing ovation—far more people than received eight Man of Note pins. And distances. Walking up and down stairs
nized. We learn the fundamentals of we brought with us. The audience is somehow during this time, he also did is out of the question. When we left
singing (placement and air) better than ecstatic. They came to hear a cham- some quarteting with Vocal Congrega- our room, we found that the elevators
before. It’s not good enough. All those pion. We gave them our best perfor- tion Quartet (7 years) (Division had all been shut down. We were in a
techniques must become second nature mance. We met their highest expecta- Champs 1986), Harmony Park Quar- quandary as to how to proceed.
so we don’t have to think consciously tions. It doesn’t matter now how the tet (3 years), Chordial Invitation At this point, the three barbershop-
about them. What we need to think judges score us. We have done our job. (8years) (Division MI Quartet 1993). pers I mentioned above sprang into ac-
about consciously is the delivery. For the district, he has served as an tion. They picked up my wife, wheel-
The end of September is approach- Area Counselor and Chair, Gov. Affairs chair and all, and CARRIED HER
ing and the new song is beginning to for the 1987 International Convention DOWN 15 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS. It
sound like music, not just words and
sounds. The other one has been re-
NED BOTY and BOD in Hartford. He is currently our DVP-
CSLT, Chair of the Reserve Account Fi-
was an unbelievable effort and one we
will never forget! We were concerned
hearsed so much that we are in a rut. It
lacks pizzazz, rhythm, excitement. We
Award Winners nance Committee, NED COTS Coor-
dinator (2 years), Chapter Coach (4
that one of the men had a heart condi-
tion; his wife was concerned also. We
must apply to the old song the new tech- by Greg Caetano, years), and a member of the Harmony hope that he suffered no ill effects be-
niques we have learned with the new 1998 NED BOTY Explosion Camp Staff. cause of his exertion.
song. This is hard. Old habits are hard For his dedication, Alan has re- Others, barbershoppers or not,
to change, but change we must. We Congratulations to our latest recipi- ceived his Chapter Recognition of Merit might have helped as well. But the
want to present the best performance ents of the NED Barbershopper of Dis- three times, Chapter BOTMonth four speed with which these three came to
in Montreal. tinction (BOD) and Barbershopper of times, Chapter BOTY twice, and his our aid made us feel that barbershop-
It is now nearing the end of Octo- the Year (BOTY) awards. They were Chapter awarded him BOTDecade. pers are truly one family. For this
ber, and time is short. We continue pol- presented on Saturday evening, Octo- And he’s a member of the District thought we will always be grateful.
ishing individual passages. We can ber 28, immediately following our Dis- Honor Society NEWCANEWENG.
express the emotion of the new song, trict Quartet Finals in Montreal. Alan has been a member of the
The first award for BOD was pre- Society COTS faculty for two years.
Music Man Tickets
and we have climbed out of the rut with
the old song. sented to Norm Mendenhall (Saratoga His largest contribution to the COTS
It’s October 27, 2000—time to Springs, NY) for his dedication to our program came via his leadership in the
head to Montreal. We practice in the hobby throughout his 18 years as a development of a manual for COTS Co-
afternoon, review all we have learned, member. Norm has received BOTY ordinators. He was invited to Kenosha by Scott Salladin,NED DSC
and make sure every member is on the awards from both his Chapter and his to work on the development of this
same page. We want to be just short of Division. He has taken on the challenge manual. He met every deadline while The producers of Broadway’s Mu-
the peak. of hosting many Mountain Division becoming recognized as the leader of sic Man at the Neil Simon Theater, lo-
Saturday, October 28, 2000—the contests and also the District contests the group. He mentored four additional cated at 250 W 52nd St, New York City,
district competition, and we are chorus held in the Saratoga area. Norm rarely coordinators. He accepted the respon- NY, has given the Mid-Atlantic, Sen-
number four. We do some warming up says no to working on a project, and if sibility for revising the manual this past eca Land, and the Northeastern Dis-
in the practice room—not too much. he does you know he had to think about year. He finished his work a full month tricts, two tickets to raffle off in each
We don’t want to peak just yet and leave it for a long time. His greatest service ahead of schedule so that other coordi- of these districts. The Northeastern
the best in the warm-up room. The di- to the District was his 14 years as edi- nators could benefit from knowing in District did raffle off these tickets and
rector reviews the meaning of the tor of the Nor’easter. advance what the changes are. the winner was:
words. He reviews every step of the The second award for BOD was Congratulations to Alan for his Duncan Stephens
performance. We expect the hall to be presented to Mike Maino (Providence, dedication to this hobby and a well de- 26 Judson Ave
nearly empty because most of the com- RI) for his promotion of Barbershop served recognition of the NED BOTY Woodbury, CT 06799
harmony. Mike has served his chapter for 1999. Congratulations Duncan.
Winter, 2000 Page 19
Singing As Singing Lifts the
At Your Service Heart
by Jim Dodge, Moderator from Ballyhoo,
Crescenta Valley, CA, Chapter
We have our first divisional HEP
team in place in the great Northeastern Scientists have found that singing
District. On May 27, members of the releases chemicals in the brain that
Singing A’s Team conducted a school make you feel relaxed and happy, re-
for coaches in Durham, NH. At the end ports the German newspaper Stuttgarter
of the day, we were able to proudly an- Nachrichten. Researchers say that sing-
nounce that the Granite-Pine HEP Team ing gets the “molecules of emotion” in
was in business. Members of this team the brain moving. Thus, “singing not
will be available to coach quartets and only expresses emotions but also cre-
choruses on an on-call basis. More on ates them,” states the report. Music
that later. teachers note that many people today
And a distinguished group of men feel that singing is old-fashioned or that
The Power of
it is! Steve Tramack, director of our their voices are not very good, and they name is Melanie), she cracked up! She
NED champ chorus, the Nashua Gran- therefore leave singing and music to the loved it!
ite Statesmen and bari of NED cham- media. This research indicates, how- After some words about the
pion quartet Club NED; Matt Mercier, ever, that people benefit when they sing. couple’s courtship, we went into Heart
tenor of NED champion quartet North- by Thomas Batton, tenor Of My Heart. The bride looked at her
east Connection; Larry Bean, lead of the Boston Wailers groom, and we saw her tears. It was
NED champion quartet The Manage- really sweet. Then I called the groom,
ment; Dan Signor, lead of NED med- Recently, a dear friend asked me Steve, into a huddle with the quartet,
Class at COTS
allist Overdrive and candidate Singing to be an usher in her wedding. I thought and told him we wanted to back him up
Judge; Al St. Louis, lead of Club NED; it would be fun to spring a surprise quar- in serenading Melanie with Let Me Call
Duane McCarter, bari of medallist tet on her and her groom at the recep- You Sweetheart. With little persuasion,
by Roger Arend he agreed. So we turned around and
quartet Minor Adjustments; Matt tion. I put together a quartet from our
1996 NED Bulletin Editor of the Year began. Melanie’s jaw hit the floor! I
Kopser, lead of medallist quartet The chorus, and we decided on some mu-
Night Crawlers; Charlie Mansfield, sic. I’ve been a close friend of the bride brought her up with us, Steve held her
As a part of the January COTS in hand and sang into her eyes. The glow-
long-time coach and chorus director; for a long time, but she and I had had
Falmouth, Mass., the NED will offer a ing bride was totally swept away!
Dick White, tenor of Melodies and several “spitting matches” in the weeks
class for current and potential bulletin Everyone’s heart melted. After much
Memories and long-time Assistant Di- before the ceremony, mostly due to pre-
editors. The two-hour class will be a hugging and kissing (by the bride and
rector in Nashua; and Jim Dodge, long- wedding stress. But I decided to hang
vehicle to learn about resources avail- groom, not us!) we sang Irish Blessing
time coach, quartet singer, and chorus in there for old time’s sake. Besides, I
able from the District, PROBE, and the and then exited.
director. was an usher in the wedding. I couldn’t
Society to aid editors. It will also pro- We blew away the whole reception
The idea behind this training school let an old friend down.
vide an opportunity for editors to ex- and wiped out any hurt feelings be-
is to teach our coaches the skills and At the reception, I had a friend sit
change their ideas. tween the bride and me. “Thank you
techniques singers and ensembles must the couple together on a couch where
We encourage chapters without so much!” she said and gave me a huge
master to produce the highest quality everyone could see them, in a low
bulletins to send potential editors to this hug.
performances and therefore attain the ceilinged area that really rang great!
class to learn why chapters should have This was not only fantastic fun, but
highest possible scores in contest. That was where we surprised them. We
bulletins and how easy it is to produce amazingly rewarding. It also saved a
Thus, the name of our group, Singing started with the Hello Intro, then went
one. For chapters with bulletins, the damaged friendship (mine and the
A’s. Our plan is to train a divisional into Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie.
class will provide suggestions on how bride’s). This simple act of love from
HEP team each year until every divi- When it says “then the boy drew near...”
to improve them. the heart has restored a dear friendship.
sion in NED has its own team. In the I motioned for him to lean in toward
meantime, the Granite-Pine HEP Team her. At “...kissed away each tear...” I To my surprise, we’re now better
awaits your requests for help. We will stopped it, and we sang that line again, friends than we ever were before. And
eventually limit our service to the Gran-
ite-Pine Division but, for now, we’ll .irst Choice staring expectantly at them. This time
they got the message and did. Every-
all it took was a song. I’ve always en-
joyed Barbershop, but I never realized
help in other divisions as much as ge-
ography allows. In that regard, we will to Relax one cheered. When we hit “Wait till
the sun shines, Mellie...” (the bride’s
till now how truly rewarding it can be.
be using coaching help from Dan from Ballyhoo,
Washington and Steve Plumb, mem-
bers of the Singing A’s team.
Crescenta Valley, CA, Chapter
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