on line We are harmonizing members of the Barbershop Harmony Society
Bulletin is published by the Manhattan Kansas Chapter and Chorus
Volume 33, Number 8 Karen Nanninga, Editor and Publisher September 2010
Inside this issue:
Message Page 2
Make a joyful
song come to
life Page 4
Clay Center President of the Bill Hanson and John
show Dutch Mill Sweet Thomason receive many
Adelines, Linda hugs and thanks. There
Rouser is very sur- is no doubt that they are
Man of note prised with the gift happy and pleased. Re-
announce- ports are that their
from the Little Apple
Chorus. songs and choreogra-
Travis at Photos by Bridget Troyer from phy are very good.
Harmony Page 6 John Thomason
Surprise ter. When they finished singing the song they
were working on, John stepped up and said that
Komments By Bill Hanson President Bill needs to speak to your Chapter Presi-
dent. Linda Rouser came down out of the chorus
Harry’s and I shook her hand and then said something
At the August board meeting it was de-
cided to help the Sweet Adelines of Wa- like, "Please accept this check from the Manhattan
mego with some of their expenses as they Barbershop Chapter as a token of our apprecia-
compete in the International Sweet Adeli- tion for your work with us through the years." I
nes contest in Seattle, Washington. think they were thinking $50.00 or maybe less, but
report when they realized the amount of the check the
At the Chapter meeting the next Thurs-
room exploded with cheers of Thank You and
day, it was decided that someone should
John was swarmed with many hugs. Needless to
visit the Wamego Chapter to present the
say, it was an enjoyable experience for John and
check representing our contribution.
Calendars Page 8 me and we are very proud of the ladies from Wa-
So on Monday night John Thomason mego and a wide surrounding area.
and I walked in the door at the weekly
The Dutch Mill Chorus will be joining the Little
meeting of the Wamego Dutch Mill Chap-
Apple Chorus on our annual show in April.♪
The chapter and chorus meet every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Activity Center
on the corner of Poyntz and 6th Street, Manhattan, Kansas.
Page 2 InCider Press September 2010
InCider Press, a monthly publication, is the
official publication of the Manhattan, Kansas
chapter of the Central States District (CSD) of
From the keyboard of
the Barbershop Harmony Society.
The Manhattan Chapter is the home of the
President Bill Hanson
Little Apple Chorus. The chapter and chorus
meet every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the
First Methodist Church Activity Center on the Since I last communicated with you through the newsletter a number
corner of Poyntz and 6th Street, Manhattan, of positive things have occurred for our Chapter. I apologize in ad-
Kansas. vance for omissions because I am writing from a flawed memory.
For more information about meetings or
joining call or write to the Editor. (see below) It was a joy for the Little Apple Chorus to spend a Sunday morning
in late July singing for our friends in the churches north and south of
ChapterOfficers Highway 36 and then spending the lunch hour enjoying the hospitality
Immediate Past President - - Harvey Kiser of Karen and Terry Nanninga for our annual Chapter picnic. Many
President - Bill Hanson thanks go to Karen, Terry and Terry Smith for the great food and
VP Marketing homemade ice cream. And, as always, thank you to our support group
and Public Relations - - John Thomason for contributing several delicious side dishes and desserts.
&Performance - -Loren Alexander Following the picnic, several of our members headed for St. Joe for
VP Chapter Development the beginning of Harmony University. Those members came back to
& Membership - - Dave Fink Manhattan a week later with stories of fantastic experiences in musical
Treasurer Bob Swenson harmony. If you have any inclination to go on an indescribable adven-
Secretary - Pat Caffey ture immersed in musical greatness, talk with any of the past attendees
Board Member - -Ken Lyle and I guarantee you will be inclined to set aside one week next summer
Board Member - -Jim Lindquist to enjoy an unbelievable musical experience. (Remember, your Chap-
Board Member - -Cam Beatty ter pays a part of your cost to attend.)
Board Member - -Don Thomson After a busy summer of church and other performances, the Little
Board Member - -Fred Wachsmuth Apple Chorus has begun preparation for an “on the road” show at the
Board Member - -Steve Cross Clay Center High School on Sunday, October 25. We will be perform-
Appointments ing some “old songs” from our repertoire and sharing the talents of our
Musical Director.………………………KenLang Chapter Quartets. More details of this show will be found elsewhere in
Associate Musical Director ….…..Don Thomson this newsletter.
Assistant Musical Director……...Myron Calhoun
Music Chairman……….….................Bob Ridley And as the Chapter year slowly comes to a close, we look forward to
Show Chairmen...……….........Jim Lindquist and beginning serious work on the 2011 Show, celebrating the successes of
………………………….….….... Don Thomson the 2010 Chapter year and are evaluating invitations to perform far into
Singing Valentine Chairman ………….Ken Lyle the 2011 year.
Youth in Harmony Chairman …….Travis Troyer
Equipment Manager …………..Fred Wachsmuth And, as a part of the year’s celebration of success we give LARGE
Uniform Manager……………….….Cam Beatty
Bulletin Editor…….....…..……..Karen Nanninga
KUDOS to our editor, Karen Nanninga for winning the online newslet-
Web Master…………………..Bart Bartholomew ter contest at the International Society level. Congratulations, Karen. ♪
Bulletin Editor Terry Smith was
Karen Nanninga presented with
1379 26th Road the Barbershop-
Axtell, Kansas 66403
per of the month
email: firstname.lastname@example.org award in appre-
Unless carrying a byline or some form of ciation for his
credit to borrowed sources, all items in this ice cream at the
bulletin are by the editor and do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of the picnic and all the
chapter or board. All photos in the bulletin muscle work he
are by the editor, unless otherwise identified.
All chapter officers are expected and does at chapter
chapter members are encouraged to meetings.
contribute their ideas on a regular basis
Photo by Bart Bartholomew
September 2010 InCider Press Page 3
Show news, is good news Make a joyful noise unto
By Don Thomson, Associate director the….
By Dave Fink
Here is a little news about our annual show to be held in
April of 2011. You have already been singing all but two We've all heard the start of this phrase. Most usu-
of the songs we will perform on the first half of the show… ally, it would end with “...Lord, All Ye Lands”. If we
and those two we have sung on a show(s) a few years were rehearsing, Ken would want us to make any kind
ago. So, we are already well on our way to learning the of joyful noise – to him, to the Lord, to the kitchen sink,
show songs. This should give us much more time to re- WHAT EVER! As long as it was in tune, it would be
fine our presentation. On the second half we will sing six “Joyful”.
(6) songs with the Wamego Sweet Adelines, and three of So, why does the piano always go sharp after we
those we sang with them a couple of years ago; so it will sing, even a few phrases? (OK, I had to give it a
just be a matter of reviving three songs and we will be up shot!) I'm sure a number of people can come up with
to speed on those. a multitude of reasons....you're not sitting up straight,
More Good News! We will not have to “round-up” cos- you're not using proper breath control, you're not,
tumes for our next show. We will be wearing our tux you're not____....you fill in the blanks.
pants for both halves of the show, and the vest for the At the 'meeting after the meeting' some of us have
second half. For the first half presentation, we will be after every rehearsal, we've all noticed that we rarely
wearing black shirts, white suspenders, and white ties (all go flat when we sing. We always joke that one of two
which will be ordered for you). Cam Beaty will be asking things needs to happen: (1) either we start rehearsing
you for your shirt size very shortly. at the local watering hole, or (2) we start drinking at
Even greater news! Bob Swenson has contracted the the Harris Activity Center! What do you think of those
ultimate entertainment quartet for our show. We will ideas?
really want to get the word out about the Hum Ding- I think that there is a third possibility. I think maybe
ers” (members of the Dapper Dans from Disney World). it’s because we're performing. Yes, it's possible! I
If there are those of us who were not able to get to Or- know that even when we go out to sing at churches on
lando this year, we can come to McCain Auditorium to Sundays, that there is energy, vitality, an edge that we
see and hear this outstanding quartet! don't/can't capture when we practice. So, if we are
This is going to be a very entertaining show, and my performing for the Catholic Youth group at Paddy O'
hope is that we can get all of our 60 members on the Quigley's in our shirt sleeve's, or for a happy, tearful
stage!♪ sweetheart on Valentine's Day, or a full house at
McCain Auditorium, IT'S MAGIC! I like it! I'm hooked
on it! I want more!
We know that practice is necessary, but I also feel
A Grace to the tune of Edelweiss that the rush I get from performing is also what keeps
me going. It's what keeps me involved in singing, it’s
Come dear Lord. Be with us. what makes me feel alive, it's what makes us all Bar-
Guide and keep us Forever. bershoppers!
Bless this food. Make us strong for I think that if we had one rehearsal a month at the
our service to others. mall, we would be amazed at how we sound. Let me
Thank you for giving us daily bread. know if you agree – if you're ready to perform more.
Life & health & dear ones. Keep in mind – it will not be convenient, it will take
commitment and hard work from every one. We need
Come dear Lord. Be with us. the fix! Make a Joyful Noise...! ♪
Guide and keep us forever.
Guide and keep us
Gary Mott 12
Ned Valentine 24
Stewart Gardner 28
Leonard Purvis 30
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Make a song come to life Clay Center here we come
By Loren Alexander
By Harvey Kiser
The Little Apple Chorus of the Manhattan Kansas Chap-
♫ Feel the emotions of the song – you are not ter of the Central States District of the International Bar-
memorizing notes and emotions, you feel them. This bershop Harmony Society will present a full program of
is a nugget shared by a member of an international men's chorus and quartets with lots of barbershop har-
competing quartet in the Harmony University class mony in Clay Center, Kansas on October 24th at 2:00
titled ’Making a Song Come to Life.’ p.m.
♫ Bring your audience into your song, said Cindy Our chorus members continue to work diligently on a
Hansen-Ellis, faculty teacher of the class and interna- set of songs that Director Ken Lang laid out for us (with
tionally acclaimed choreographer of choruses and the proviso that he may make additions or deletions along
quartets. When you have a rhythm song – feel the the way).
rhythm. Or bring ballads to life. Learn the music emo- Now would present a good time to double-check words,
tionally and learn how to do it in warm-ups and how to notes, breathing, etc. for the four sets, and to generate/
do it in performances. maintain vocal skill. The songs we are singing are:
♫ “We must have the courage to bet on our dreams, I Feel a Song Coming on
to take a calculated risk and leave behind forever the My Wild Irish Rose
internal forces that hold us down.” – a quote from Home on the Range
Bryd Baggett, a nationally known leadership speaker Darkness on the Delta
and consultant. Cindy said, Decide to be silly, vulner- If I Had my Way
able, and awkward, make mistakes to grow and act
outside the box – all to get into a new comfortable When There’s Love at Home
place.” Swing Down
I’ll Walk with God
♫ Cindy said that we can pretend or do what we are
asked to do in performing the song’s message. She Alleluia
added, this is a start and can only get us so far. River Jordan
I’m Sitting on Top of the World
♫She recommended viewing a video to observe the
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
faces of a chorus like the Ambassadors of Harmony.
She asked when you see them do you believe them?
Sweet Roses of Morn
Their whole body movement comes from the soul, their
energy pulls you up there with them; No two of the
chorus members faces are alike; The mood is set and You Raise me up
They are not told to do the same thing. She asked Friends
‘How do you approach a chorus to get the feeling of a America the Beautiful (overlay)
song that is presented? Now here is something scary Battle Hymn of the Republic
that she suggested – do a video taping of your chorus Also the Charades, Manhattan Music Machine, and
(focusing on 10-12 faces at a time) and put it on the Late Night Edition will sing during several breaks for the
chapter web site. This way a guy can fix himself, she
We have worked for weeks on special situations in each
of these songs; our maintenance of pitch and quality of
♫ Exercise facial muscles she said -- with your singing has improved.
mouth wide open like when singing vowels. Perform Many thanks to the active quartets, who provide much
the vowels inside the mouth and don’t let facial mus- of the backbone and brains of our chorus.
cles destroy the vowel sound. Can you think of a quar- If you have traveled out of town or had other commit-
tet or chorus that does this? ments, check with the guys in your section on specific
♫ She said to watch the eyes of performers. If it is in items in the songs (breathing, difficult segment, empha-
their soul, it’ll come out in your eyes she said. Go to size a note in a chord, deemphasize a note in a chord,
somewhere else when you are singing – make it your choreographed movements, etc.).
story – feed the audience. Let's maintain good attendance --- when a guy misses
a session, let him know how much we need him.
Her class was rewarding one. She affirmed with the
We look forward to a rewarding experience in Clay Cen-
class of 37 that there are ways that will work for any
ter What joy (and demand on skills, especially for this old
chapter chorus in ‘Making a Song Come to Life.’♪
guy) as we now sing on the risers in rehearsals!♪
September 2010 InCider Press Page 5
Thinking of others
By Bob Swenson, treasurer
The older we get, the faster the time goes by, and so it's
not too early to think about year-end contributions. In our
case Harmony Foundation International, the charity di-
rectly benefitting all things barbershop, is an excellent
place to donate your tax-deductible contributions this
year. Harmony Foundation International is dedicated to
transforming young lives through singing.
When you support Harmony Foundation International,
you are reaching out to future generations of sing-
ers. Your gift this year can:
* INTRODUCE PEOPLE TO THE BARBERSHOP ART The Creative Committee "brainstorms" the
FORM: Your dollars will send more than 5,000 kids and contents and presentation of the Spring
300 music educators to Harmony Explosion camps and
workshops. Show. They come up with all kinds of ideas,
many of them useful and many are almost off
* SEND YOUTH TO MUSIC FESTIVALS: The founda- the wall. But, when they all put their heads
tions will provide $250 scholarships to each member par-
ticipating in the wildly successful Youth Chorus Festival and ideas together, they seem to come up
this coming January at the Midwinter Convention in Las with a pretty good product.. From left to right
Vegas. they are: Dave Fink, Pat and Paula Caffey,
* SUPPORT LOCAL EFFORTS: The Foundation allow
Harvey Kiser, Gene Klinger, Don Thomson,
you to designate up to 30% of your gift to go directly back Gary Drake, Cam Beatty, Chuck Marr and
to either Central States District and/or the Manhattan Bart Bartholomew.
chapter, and still the entire gift is tax deductible. Photo from Bart Bartholomew
* SHAPE TOMORROW'S SINGERS TODAY: The Foun-
dation will provide more than $450,000 to underwrite the An announcement
Barbershop Harmony Society's youth education and out-
from Mike Scott
From Dave Fink
Giving to Harmony Foundation International is quite
easy. You contribution can be mailed to them at 110 Sev- CSD President Don Blank has just announced that
enth Ave. N., Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203. If that ad- we’re going to continue our special recognition program
dress seems familiar, it is because they occupy part of for all new CSD members and their Man Of Notes at
our Society's headquarters building. Of course, our chap- both the upcoming fall convention in Mason City the
ter will be making its own donation and collecting individ- spring convention in Columbia, Missouri. in 2011.
ual's checks in the next few months to send. And for the This will be that all New CDS members will receive
serious giver who likes to make automated monthly, quar- free registration at one of the upcoming conventions
terly or annual contributions, you may contact them to (Mason City Iowa, fall 2010 or in the spring at Columbia
start that process. Ryan Kileen is the Midwestern Re- Missouri, 2011).
gion's representative and he may be reached by phone at This includes any new members who singed up in
866-706-8021. 2009 after the fall convention in Lincoln and were not
able to attend.
When you contribute to Harmony Foundation Interna- 1. All new members and their guest (spouse, etc.) will
tional you know your gift will further the goals and aspira- be seated UP FRONT in the auditorium.
tions of our Society. Being a giver over and above your 2.Their Man of Note recruiters and their guest
dues amount indicates support for the future of our soci- (spouse, etc.) will be seated UP FRONT to show our
ety. It will make you feel good, I guarantee it!♪ appreciation for their hard work recruiting new mem-
3. The new members and the Man of Note’s will be
asked to stand and be recognized to show our appre-
ciation. (Make sure you wear matching socks!) ♪
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By Travis Troyer
I took several additional classes. Directing Tech-
niques was a wonderful class where our directing tech-
niques were broken down to the basic techniques. We
were able to direct in front of the class and get feed-
back on how different techniques affect the singers in
At a recent chapter meeting, Travis Troyer
the chorus. A stressed point was that “less is more”, in tries his hand at directing the Little Apple
other words, the chorus should watch intently and be Chorus.
able to react and flow with the director and see what
the director is trying to pull out of the music. It was a
wonderful experience being able to watch and interpret
other directors with many more years of experience.
I had the opportunity to direct part of a song that we
worked on in the general session and as I practiced
directing I could feel how I wanted the music to flow. I
practiced with my roommate and he said I was doing
really well. However, when I was in front of the group
it didn’t flow as well as I thought it should. As I looked
up at my classmates, I noticed that quite a few of them
had their heads looking down at the music. This made
me realize how important it is as a singer to get off the
music and to allow the director to have complete con-
trol of the music.
I also took classes in “Sound Management” and
“Leadership”. These classes gave many ideas and al-
lowed us to experiment and try ideas and see how well
they work in an actual chorus environment. I learned
how different forms of tension affect the sound. For Brian Swenson gives directing a try at a
example, lifting the "soft palate" will really help give a recent chapter meeting.
resonate sound. Also, we talked about posture and
breathing and how that affects the singer's ability.
We covered a lot of material in a short amount of
time and hopefully I can organize and share a lot of
that information with others. The most difficult class
that I took was Theory. It was quite a challenge, but
the class went slow enough that I was able to compre- Cha
hend all of the material as we went along. I learned a Date ober
lot and gained valuable knowledge to help me under- eting G
stand how a simple change in balance changes the r me Y NI
Ch apte MONDA
sound of the chord. I also gained knowledge to help 18.
me understand how to arrange in the barbershop style. and
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I would Don’t
love to share more of this information. So, if you have Be there
any questions feel free to pull my aside after rehearsal
and I will be happy to share.♪
September 2010 InCider Press Page 7
Komments An adventure
Karen Harry Harmony
Wow, just what happened to Summer? It sure went His request approved, Harry, the Fox News photog-
fast. rapher quickly used a cell phone to call the local airport
to charter a flight.
The Church performances for 2010 are a thing of the He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting
past. As you know, they are enjoyed by a lot of folks, for him at the airport.
those who listen and also those who are singing. Singing Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up
with the band was just awesome, at least from where I outside a hanger.
was, and from the sounds of things Harmony University He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut,
was a great success. and shouted, 'Let's go'.
The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind
So now you are working hard on fall activities. I am ex- and took off.
cited about the Clay Center show, sounds like there are a
Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot,
lot of good songs to sing. 'Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take
pictures of the fires on the hillsides.'
We are going to the Convention at Mason City. We are
'Why?' asked the pilot.
bringing our exchange student with us. She will enjoy it.
Will we see you there? 'Because I'm a photographer for Fox Cable News,' he
responded. 'And I need to get some close up shots.'
Who knows just what else may happen.♪ The pilot was strangely silent for a moment, finally he
stammered, 'So, what you're telling me, is . . . you're
NOT my flight instructor?' ♪
Actions by the board
By Pat Caffey, Secretary There was further discussion about the idea of ex-
tending chapter meetings, not just for show schedule,
At the board meeting on Monday, September 13th, the but for the whole year to enable us to spend more
board decided to buy black shirts, long white ties and time on quartet singing, section rehearsals, and other
white suspenders to wear with our tuxedo pants on the activities in addition to regular chorus rehearsal. Ken
first half of the show. Chapter members may voluntarily Lyle will be polling the members about this
donate money to defray the cost, which is estimated to be plan before the board decides whether to do it.
about $30, per set. The plan is for there to be one num-
ber that we use black light. The white on black should Next month's board meeting will be on October 4th,
really pop under black light. We will also wear white which is a change from the usual second Monday of
gloves for that number. the month meeting date.♪
Don Thomson discussed the show plan. We will open
with a set of classic barbershop songs. That will be about
30 minutes duration. After the Award of Harmony and
other announcements by the emcee, the Wamego Sweet
Adelines will do a three-song show package before the
intermission. The second half will feature the Hum Ding-
ers, our guest quartet that performs at Disneyworld as the
Dapper Dans (They can't use that name, because it is a
Disney trademark.) Then we will close the show joining
with the Wamego Sweet Adelines for about four
songs. The tentative show title will be "Bring Back Those
Good Old Songs." As a side note, Jim Lindquist has
turned over the show chairmanship to Steve Cross.
Terry Smith inspired the scarecrows.
Axtell, Kansas 66403
1379 26th Road
Chapter meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.
Quartet/polecat practice begins at 7:00 p.m.
Calendar of Events: Central States Convention Mason City Iowa
September 16 Chapter meeting October 7-9
September 23 Chapter meeting
September 30 Chapter meeting
October 4 Board meeting Concert --- Sunday, October 24 – Clay Center Com-
munity High School, Martyn-Snodgrass Auditorium
October 11 Monday Chapter meeting – 2:00 p.m.
October 18 Monday Chapter meeting
October 21 Chapter meeting’
Thanks for the following for contributing articles
October 24 Clay Center show Harvey Kiser, Bill Hanson, Don Thomson, , Bob
Swenson, Travis Troyer, Loren Alexander
And to Bart Bartholomew, and John Thomason for
Deadline for submitting articles for the next
InCider is October 1