Official Publication of the Pioneer District May/June 2006 Volume 57, Number 3
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Silver streak is broken!
Fermata Nowhere wins! By Joe Serwach just one point.
Woodshed Everyone loves
winning but there’s
always someone else
Three quartets that
by narrowly beating
who rates a little higher. Fermata, this time
Fermata Nowhere, finished behind the
the highest-ranked new international
quartet in Pioneer representatives.
District for 2006, will Fermata won with
represent the district 1,770 points or 73.8
By Dick Johnson at International in percent over Infinity,
The Woodshed Contest, one of Pioneer Indiana after breaking which represented the
District’s oldest traditional events, Above: Second place no more. Fermata Nowhere the district’s longest district at International
celebrated its 50th April 7. One of its scored far ahead of all competiors, including three record for second place in 2004 and 2005
original organizers, 92-year-old William quartets that defeated them for championships. finishes. and won the district
Below: In their first contest, Mount Pleasant finished
P. Pascher was present and started the in second. In their second: No. 1.
Between 2001 championship in 2003,
evening by directing “The Old Songs.” Photos byTony Dugal. Order these and others at: and 2004, the quartet beating Fermata for each
Members from eight chapters were www.anthonydugal.com/pioneer finished second six times of those wins. Infinity
present plus singers from Frank Thorne. and three of the four this spring, however,
Each of the 13 quartets that were were part of Resolution, with a new bass, trailed
formed according to the contest rules which finished second by 20 points, scoring
chose a song from the list provided in 1997 and 1998. In all, 1,750 or 72.9 percent.
and sang it in front of the judges – the they had eight second Party of Four,
Silverdomes (Russ Seely, John Wearing, place finishes, losing to which won the 2005
Gene Bulka, and John Wade). seven different quartets. championship over
The winning quartet, singing “I’m Last fall, the Grosse Fermata by two points
Forever Blowing Bubbles,” was Fried Pointe Chapter quartet last fall, this spring
Fish with Hank DeMars (Tenor, Grosse lost by just 2 points. In finished third with 1,745
Pointe), Mike Frye (Lead, Pontiac/ fall 2004, they lost by Please see Quartet page 3
New chapter new champ!
Waterford), Dale Petrosky (Bari, Grosse
Pointe), and Dave Anderson (Bass,
Macomb). Each was awarded a 50th
Anniversary Woodshed badge. By Joe Serwach it won the right to represent on stage, Motor City Metro,
Of the 23 past badge-winners who Pioneer’s newest Pioneer in the International which scored 807 points or
responded to the chapter’s call to celebrate chapter, the Mount Pleasant chorus contest this July. 67.2 percent followed by
this anniversary, Gene Bulka (Grosse Mountaintown Singers, Mount Pleasant didn’t Grand Rapids, which won
Pointe) received the award for the having won the District Chorus compete last fall, making 780 points or 65 percent, and
the oldest Woodshed badge (1965), and Bill Championship this spring only the spring contest only their Traverse City, which scored
Pascher (Pontiac/Waterford) received a year after finishing second second contest and their first 770 points or 64.2 percent.
the award for having the most badges during its first contest. victory. In their first contest a Rounding out the top 10
(10). Flint will be the 50th chapter name With just 34 men on stage, year ago, they finished second were Kalamazoo, Hillsdale,
added to the Carroll P. Adams Bennington Mount Pleasant scored 917 to perennial winner Macomb Windsor, Battle Creek and
trophy for having the highest percentage of points or 76.4 percent, besting and won 842 points or 70.2 Grosse Pointe.
member participation (22 percent). Lansing by 88 points and percent. The remaining chorus
Please see Woodshed, page 16 scoring 24 more points than Third place this year competitors were Michiana
Macomb scored last fall when went to the smallest chorus Please see Chorus, page 9
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QUARTETS: How to form your own
Fermata comes Doctors of Good Cheer
outta nowhere By Jack Oonk
One of Holland Chapter’s Doctors of Good Cheer quartets made a house
points or 72.7 percent. Wildcard, which beat Fermata by one call to the Pioneer District’s Delegates meeting and the Past Quartet Champions
point to win the District championship in 2004, scored 1,739 meeting April 28.
points or 72.5 percent. Their singing brought applause and their jokes moans and groans as they sent
The race for second among the 2003, 2004 and 2005 their message to those in attendance that the Doctors of Good Cheer promotion
champions was so close that only 11 points separated the second, could change the foundation of the entire Society.
third and fourth place finishers. The Doctors of Good Cheer quartets are made up from Chapter members
“We were trying to figure out whose fault it was that we who are willing to go into the community to “cheer up” those who are hurting
broke our record,’’ quipped lead Tom Conner, a 30-year- and need encouragement using peppy barbershop tunes and appropriate comedy.
member of the Society. Every chapter in the Pioneer District should take a long look at what this
Fermata Nowhere includes two directors. Baritone Steve promotion has to offer. Here are some reasons.
Pauling has directed Grosse Pointe for nearly a decade while 1. The Doctors promotion could add SERVICE to the public’s perception of our
Tenor Jeff Gougeon has directed Lansing and was recently asked Society.
to direct Huron Valley. Bass Pete Burns is a favorite in the 2. The Doctors promotion spawns NEW Chapter quartets. In the Holland
district and his wife and childhood sweetheart, Sally Burns, is a Chapter, we have, at this point, 20 guys signed up, giving us five new
Sweet Adelines champion who is a member of popular comedy performing quartets. The men are members who were not singing in a quartet at
quartet Novelty Shop. this time and others who never had the opportunity to perform in a quartet.
Fermata’s spring score was 12 points higher than its fall 3. The Doctors of Good Cheer promotion caters to the older and retired
2005 score. This spring, Fermata came with new, sharper clothes members of our Society retaing their membership by giving them the
and a new arrangement of “Five Minutes More,’’ a Frank Sinatra Please see DOCTORS. Page 11.
song from the 1940s. That new song, their last, achieved the
highest score of their set.
But the biggest change was the level of confidence and
comfort among the singers, which soared after their last narrow
Rather than getting a chip on their shoulder over never quite
making it to No. 1, the group embraced their second place status,
singing a parody about their history and winning fan raves with
an afterglow and show favorite, “Here in right field,’’ a song
featuring Pauling describing a kid who was the last one picked
for teams and left alone playing in right field.
Since more people are familiar with that Charlie Brown-like
feeling of never feeling quite good enough no matter how hard
you try, the fan base for Fermata simply swelled bigger with
each second place.
Worry was replaced by the comfort and ease of winners and
now Fermata Nowhere is finally, a winning quartet. The crowd
Fermata Nowhere is, indeed a winning quartet with the
chance to compete for the International trophy. Despite now
being competitors on the national stage, they will have to
compete again at the district level next fall and win again next
fall to win the District Quartet championship.
Their many runs for District wins, however, have given
them more total points over the past decade than nearly any other
The remainder of the spring quartet contestants
included Journey, Something Big, Border Crossing, After
Intermission, Moxxy, Singing With Dad, Harmony Transfer,
Today’s Special, Port Authority and Grand River Serenade. Pioneer Troubadour (USPS# P000-011) is published bi-monthly by the the Pio-
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Al Bonney inducted into the Pioneer
Hall of Fame in record time...
Hall of Fame Information
By Raleigh Bloch job, Boston, New Jersey, choruses and quartets and
Pioneer District President funds for our schools, like The Hall Of Fame has been the Pioneer
District’s most coveted and honored award for 30
At the Pioneer District Harmony Roundup, Top
years. The list of recipients reads like a “Who’s
Convention in Kalamazoo, Gun, Bush League, etc.
Who” in Barbershopping, not just in the District
with Hall of Fame members District YMIH VP
but in the Society as well. Still, there are many
on stage, Al Harmony Foundation Barbershoppers who are deserving of the award,
Bonney was Grantwriter Trainer. but have simply not been nominated.
inducted into Quartet Singer.
Pioneer District Consultant to our Generally, the requirements are: he must
Hall of Fame. International Board in be (or was, if deceased) a member in good
The following developing our new standing of a chapter in the Pioneer District,
is the presentation organizational structure. have a minimum of 10 years membership in the
given by District President Harmony Foundation Board Pioneer District and foremost as this is a District
Raleigh Bloch: Member award, he must have had service to the District.
“Tonight I have the distinct Pioneer District Director of Service to his chapter and to the international
honor and the privilege of Financial Development Society is also considered as a part of the criteria
inducting a new member into Minneapolis, Washington, DC, Leader for the Bush League of the award. This service is not limited to,
the Pioneer District Hall of Lake of the Ozarks and finally, Contest “administrative positions,” as you will note with
Fame. Once you know who Taskforce Leader for the the honorees such as Power Play.
to our benefit, Traverse City.
Method of Nomination to the Hall of Fame:
this man is I’m sure you will It was there that he Bush League and Harmony
The committee chairman will send the rules of
agree that he is very deserving became interested in Roundup study and survey,
eligibility and a nomination form to each chapter
of this award. Barbershop. By now I’m sure which was presented at the
president by 1/31 of each year.
This man is a devoted many of you have already House of Delegates. Chapters must return the completed forms
father of two children, a guessed who he is, but let me Just so you don’t get and all other items pertinent to the candidate’s
loving husband and has been tell you about some of his the idea that all he does is nomination to the chairman by 4/1.
married for 39 years. Barbershop accomplishments. barbershop stuff, he recently The Chapter’s board of directors must endorse
Music has always been He is or has been a: went to Biloxi Miss. with the nomination.
a part of his life. He was the Chapter President his wife Joan to help out Members of the Hall of Fame Committee may
Director of his Fraternity Chapter Chorus Director the victims of Hurricane also submit name(s) in nomination to the Hall of
Choir. In fact, he had some Chapter Treasurer Katrina and is currently show Fame. (4/92)
unusual ways of loosening his District President chairman of his local Rotary Criteria for Hall of Fame Eligibility:
guys up on stage. You may Chapter Grantwriter that Club’s annual show. Prerequisites
want to ask him about that. attracted funds for the “Get All this in just 11 years The candidate has to be (or was if deceased) a
As his children grew, he member in good standing of a chapter(s) within
introduced them to music. the Pioneer District.
When they moved overseas to The candidate must have a minimum membership
in the Pioneer District of 10 years, unless the
places like the Middle East,
candidate is “truly outstanding.”
Greece and Germany, he
General criteria (see nomination form)
took musical instruments for
Administrative activities – contributions to:
his children and held talent
shows where they lived. This
resulted in his son becoming
a composer of symphony
Music Activities – Contributions to:
music, which he does today.
Northern Michigan Singing” of membership in the Quartet activities
His daughter is a marathon
program that benefited Society, WOW! He must Chorus activities
runner and recently completed
thousands of Michigan be Superman. No he’s none Coaching, judging, and arranging
an Ironman (woman?) Tri-
School children and gave other than Pioneer’s own AL Service Activities – Contributions to:
athalon in Florida.
barbershoppers a very BONNEY!” Chapter assignments
His wife is an
positive image. The Harmony Al was greeted and District assignments
accomplished artist in her
Foundation showcased this welcomed by all the Hall of Society assignments
own right and paints murals
program at our International Fame members on stage and
and is currently working on
Convention. the audience of close to 1000 If you have any questions regarding the Hall of
illustrations for two children
District Grantwriter that has barbershoppers and friends Fame process please contact Raleigh Bloch at
brought thousands of dollars gave him a standing ovation. firstname.lastname@example.org
While living is the USA
to you, as Pioneer District
he moved around with his
members, for coaching of
Meet the REAL Pioneers
By Russ Seely And demonstrate they did! Their Starting in 1946 the quartet did a
When the Michigan District was efforts spawned many new Chapters and NIGHTLY radio show on WJR for six
renamed “Pioneer”, some 30 years ago, increased the size and strength of our years.
one of the reasons for the name change Society That stint gave them the name of; The
that should have been included was
the pioneering efforts of our tireless
quartets who were truly ambassadors of
barbershop singing since their talents
were the basis of what we are today.
One such quartet associated with
the Grosse Pointe Chapter actually
performed prior to the formation of
our Society. In the late ‘30s, The
Shrine Quartet (so named from the
controversial Father Coughlin’s Shrine
of the Little Flower Church) eventually
became the Banner Four, (the Bari
worked for Banner Linen).
When they joined Detroit #1 Chapter
of SPEBSQSA, They finally became the
Progressives - following a few variations
of the name.
The original Lead, Carl Restivo, Bari
Lyle McKerrell and Bass Mike Arnone
sang with at least two earlier tenors
until the end of World War I when, just
discharged from the Navy, Art Seely was
recruited at the tender age of 24 to be the
It was also at this time that the
association with the newly formed
“Grosse Pointe” Chapter began. Art
and Ray McCalpin became not only In a single two year period, this quartet Frankenmuth Four, for a brewery that
charter members but were awarded free made over 500 appearances. Top that! became their sponsor. They had gained
memberships as recommended by all-time Because of such demanding activity, they such popularity that Frankenmuth then
GP mentor, Mark Roberts, a Society used several substitutes associated with sponsored them, a first, for an 18-month
giant. the GP Chapter; Mark Roberts, Leroy term, to do a 15 minute weekly show on
During the war years, the Progressives McKinney and Glen Bennet to name a WXYZ-TV.
represented the Detroit Chapter on many few. As a result, by the late forties,
USO Shows at Army Bases and hospitals. As early as 1945, the Progressives had barbershop clubs and Chapters were
Carroll Adams, one of our Society a weekly radio show on WJLB where springing up everywhere in Michigan. It
founders and Past Society President, sent they were named The Farris Brothers didn’t stop just in Michigan.
them out to entertain social and musical Furniture Four (of course, their sponsor). Please see Pioneers Page 6.
clubs to demonstrate “barbershop.”
PIONEERS: The Progressives Roundup set
Continued from Page 5. My introduction to sounds for May 19
The Progressive Four barbershop was through this created by two Italian rascals By Matthew Tipton
shared billings with: Harry revered quartet who epitomized named Carl Restivo and Mike Don’t forget to sign-up for
S. Truman, Walter Reuther, “Pioneer.” Arnone, with a red-faced Harmony Round-up! This year’s
Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, If you ever had the pleasure full voiced tenor named Art HRU is May 19 – 21 on the MSU
Senator Phil Hart,, Seely along campus and the line up really is
The Chordettes, the with the dynamite.
Buffalo Bills, Gov. gentle Lyle Bruce Odell will be returning
G. Mennen Wiliams McKerrell to Pioneer after running the Joe
and the list of political, who Barbershopper class at COTS. If you
entertainers and seemed to haven’t heard about this guy, talk to
quartets goes on and on. glue their anyone that was in that class.
Their ventures into sound I’m sure they will all agree that
Canada were rewarded together, Bruce’s energy and approach make
by charters awarded to; Then you, for one of the most stimulating
Windsor, Chatham, my friend, classes you have ever had. anywhere.
Sarnia, Wallaceburg have been on any topic! Bruce will be the anchor
and Hamilton in the instructor for the Regular track, but
Chapters. They also company no matter which track you sign-up
performed on all the of real for, you will get at least one of his
mentioned charter pioneers. sessions.
shows Bill Rashleigh will also be
This truly pioneer quartet on hand anchoring the Frontline
performed in eight decades. Directors’
Of course there were track. If you know Bill, you know
several personnel changes due to there won’t be any dull moments
relocation or deaths. The final there.
version consisted of four Seely More importantly, Bill has a wealth of
brothers; Art, who then teamed information and a lively presentation
with, Ray, Hal and Ron who had to get his point across.
all sung in various quartets or So what are you waiting for? You
musical groups or choirs. can find out more about this event and
To date, three of the Seely *sign-up right now* on our district
brothers have passed away but website. Just go to
the eldest, Art, is quite vital http://www.harmonize.com/Pioneer/
in spite of his 85 years. Sadly District_Events/HarmonyRoundup/
though, the Progressives no hru.htm to reserve your spot at this
longer exist. of hearing those robust, resonant fantastic event!
Wanna get your audience hooked on harmony? With us, it’s all about humor and
harmony and the manly arts of huntin’ n’ fishin
Also presenting our new “altar Ego”, we now have a “show” of gospel and inspirational
songs to uplift your church’s service or other function. It’s all in our new
CD, “Fishers of Men,’’
For more information, please visit our web site, www.4mftc.com or call Kurtis at
(231)599- 2414. Mark at (989) 833-2466, Tracy at (231) 348-1173 or Neil at (231) 882-4835.
The first Van Tassell winners: Harmony Month and
taxes – a singing
John Wearing and the late Bill Wickstrom
By Russ Seely contribution to the District.
Although the Pioneer We petitioned Ray By Al Bonney
Quartet Champions Starrette, trophy maker par I’ve always used the Society’s birth date
Association is still a young excellence, to design and build (April 11, 1938) and Harmony Month to
group, we’re very proud of the award. reflect upon my benefits in being a Society
some of the things we’ve Among Ray’s many member. The fellowship, the music, the
achieved in serving our qualifications was the performances, the trainings, the conventions
mission statement, which is construction of the Hugh (having just returned from Midwinter in
“to provide quality barbershop Ingraham International Sacramento) – they all bring joy to my life.
entertainment, to encourage Quartet Trophy. Ray, again, My feelings for the Society drives me to
formation and coaching came through with a design invest in Harmony Foundation, since they
to quartets and to educate that included a portrait of are the funding arm to keep Harmony Camps,
audiences in the art form of Glenn which was provided Youth Festivals, Directors College and other
barbershop harmony.” by Glenn’s Gold Medal Bass, music programs alive for generations. The
In addition to that Carl Dahlke. Harmony Foundation mission is “to preserve
challenge, we felt that quarteting. When the final product the musical legacy of the Barbershop
certain individuals should be Prior to 1994, several past was completed, it became Harmony Society through support of
recognized as outstanding in quartet champs said they’d obvious that a replica of the vocal music education in our schools and
helping us serve that mission. organize a champs association main award be given to the communities.”
Because of the need to do this, but it always failed. recipients as a “keeper”, since So, if you’ve ever considered “giving
we instituted an award which When I became district the award will be a traveling back to the Society,” let me review a quartet
at its onset was president, I was told trophy. of ways to invest in Harmony Foundation:
to be named the by Wick that he wasn’t When this occurred we Ambassadors of Song – a monthly sponsor
Legacy Award. going to continue on then decided that Glenn’s program where any level gift can be deducted
This would the District Board as widow, Donna would also be from your bank account or charged to a credit
honor those executive vice president presented with a replica. Since card to provide funds each month. Imagine
exceptional but would take whatever we didn’t want to “ship” the how easy $8 a month would be on your credit
barbershoppers assignment I needed. award to Donna, we apprised card and what $100 at the end of the year
who had given I asked about a her of what had happened and would do – You could sponsor one boy to a
so much to Champs Association, he that family friend and QCA Harmony Explosion Camp! Our district has
encourage quartet singing. agreed to do something about John Seemann, who resides eight participants in this program so far.
Sadly, during the it and within a year, we not in Florida during the winter, Presidents Club – an annual giving program
construction of the award, a only had an association but would personally present it beginning at $1,000 per year for those
Pioneer giant – Glenn Van presented our first Quartet to her. Donna’s award as well who want to take a leadership giving role
Tassell, who won gold medals Champions Show. Bill, as Maureen’s has their name - can also be paid monthly on a credit card.
in 1966 and 1971 –lost his himself, was a multiple quartet engraved, somewhat as a Benefits include preferred seating and Gala
battle with ALS. It seemed champ and made it “happen” tribute, also, to these dedicated Celebration at International and Mid-Winter
logical then, that the QCA John Wearing is a 50 year- widows. conventions, plus a free summer contest
would add Glenn’s name to the plus barbershopper who has The official presentation recording. Pioneer has 11 donors involved.
award. It now stands as The always been in at least one took place at the spring Donor Choice – what a concept! In either of
Glenn Van Tassell Legacy quartet from the beginning convention where many of us the programs above, you can designate up to
Award. of his membership until had difficulty maintaining dry 30 percent of your donations BACK to your
The next BIG challenge now. Stats will show that eyes. district or chapter. What a great way to assist
was to find our first candidate he has made more contest in underwriting a program of your choice. We
for the award. We intended appearances than anybody in have 3 donors from PIO participating in this
to seek living candidates for our District’s history. program)
the award, but as we reviewed At last count, it exceeded Founders Club – the initial program started
names from the past, we soon 150 trips to the contest in the 1980s to create an endowment. Those
realized that somehow our first stage. He has won five involved either provided an outright gift
President, Bill Wickstrom, District (including Seniors) (Now a minimum $10,000) or a planned gift
just couldn’t be overlooked. Quartet Championships. He (e.g. bequest, life insurance, charitable trust,
And so, Bill became a has represented the District as estate). Pioneer has 23 members involved.
unanimous choice. However both a quartet rep as well as a And since Harmony Month and Tax Time
the vote was not complete. The Chorus rep over 15 times at the fall within the same month, remember that
committee then voted to also International Convention. these are taxable deductions (especially if
place John Wearing’s name His membership in the you itemize). Think about it – sing, deduct . .
on the award for his multiple . . and preserve!
Pioneer Hall of Fame is based
achievements in encouraging primarily on his quartet(s)
Wild Card, 2004 champs share stories
the audience and seeing life of a barbershopper and Becoming lead of that Curt Struyk, Bari
By Al Fisk the smiles or the tears great human being. Bud is quartet later that year. Earliest Barbershop
Wildcard formed or people mouthing the a icon in barbershopping Person Most Influential Memory: Ringing that
in July 2003. Our bass, words along with us in the district and in Barbershop Career: first chord with my first
James Masalkus, energizes us and makes continues to help me to John Sasine (Nightlife). quartet in high school. I
joined us in October all of the long hours or this day”. “During my six years in had never experienced
2003. During our first rehearsal worthwhile. We Previous Competing Salt Lake, John taught that before--it surprised
contest (spring Prelims, love you all.” Quartets: Fermatta (1996 me smooth singing and all of us!
April 2004 in Gaylord), Coaches: Don Slamka, Pioneer District Champs), what it takes to be a lead. Person Most Influential in
Wildcard placed fourth Mike Slamka, Raymond Happy with Anything To this day, I still try to Barbershop Career: Les
overall, after one of their Schwarzkopf, Hale was a new
members succumbed Ann Jarchow choral teacher
to laryngitis during the and Ken when I was a
Saturday night set. Limmerick senior in high
This finish Pete school. He got
strengthened their resolve Westers, me started in
and dedication. They Tenor Earliest barbershop and
worked hard during the Barbershop worked with
summer and fall of 2004 Memory: our quartet all
to very narrowly edging First singing the way through
out Fermata Nowhere valentine college.
(the one point heard (1994), Have Previous
‘round the state). been singing Competing
Wildcard continues barbershop Quartets:
to strive for musical since January The Majors
excellence and 1994. Sang (highschool and
entertainment. “This is for a lady at a college, CSD),
the greatest district in the hospital who Prizm.
society. Education: B.S. emulate his sound.”
passed three days later. Education: BS degree
“The biggest thrill of (marketing) St. Louis Previous Competing
Kids said we were a very in science at University
our musical lives has been University (1989) Quartets: None
bright moment on a bleak of Northern Iowa 1965,
representing this district Spouse: Judy (Sweet Education: B.S.
day and helped make her MD degree, University
for the past year and Adeline, Quartet: Joyride) (Pharmacy) Ferris
last days a little happier. of Iowa, College of
one-half. There are such Children: Silas, Koby, State University, 1990,
Person Most Medicine, 1969 Residency
great audiences around Abbie Ph.D. (Pharmaceutics)
Influential in Barbershop in Obstetrics and
this district. Every chance Current Occupation: Real University of Michigan
Career: Bud Kraft Gynecology, Blodgett
we have to perform for Estate Agent, Five Star Spouse: Adrienne.
(President Great Lakes Memorial Medical Center,
them is a real thrill” said Real Estate, Grand Rapids. Children: 11 cats and two
Chorus) “Bud embraced and St. Mary’s Hospital,
lead Dave Miller. “We David Miller, Lead dogs (mastiff’s)
me and took me under his Grand Rapids, MI 1972-
are honored to be able Earliest Barbershop Current Occupation:
wing when I first entered 1975.
to share our music with Memory: Hearing the Pharmacist. Owns
the hobby. He is a true Please see Wild Card
them. Looking out in Student Affair at Ferris Keystone Pharmacy in
friend and personnafies the Page 9.
State University of 1988. Grand Rapids
WILD CARD: SINGING PIRATES!!
Our 2004 By Dave Anderson
Harmony Happening 06 was
champs are a sight (and sound) to behold as
well-round- 64 young men dressed as pirates
invaded the stage and auditorium at
ed winners the Lansing Chapter
Show at the Wharton
Contined from Page 8.
Center for the Arts
Spouse: Nancy Children:
at Michigan State
Sam and Cindy.
University March 11.
(5), Sophie (2 1/2),
Graham (6 mo).
captured the Capitol City Chordsmen
and “forced” them to sing “Yo, Ho,
Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”
They followed this with “When
James Masalkus, Bass
you Wish Upon a Star.” The
audience loved them and the kids
Memory: Listening to
family records of the
Rick Spencer, our Society
Vagabonds in the early
Youth In Harmony director from
‘60’s. Person Most
Kenosha, was the head clinician and
Influential in Barbershop
was very ably assisted by Jessica
Career: Larry Wolf,
Thompson, director of the Capitol
Music Teacher at Oak
Park High School.
The event started with
registration Friday afternoon,
and motivation towards
followed by a pizza party, and then
music and teaching was
the voice placement and learning
infectious. When he took
began at 6:45 p.m.
us on a field trip to hear
A teaching quartet (sometimes
the Oakland County
an octet) from Lansing came in and
Chapter in 1978, and
helped the boys learn the two songs.
I heard my first live
By 10:00, they had made good
progress and had also learned a few
I was hooked. There
tags, which kept them going until
was no turning back”
curfew at 11.
James also recognizes
Saturday morning brought
Al Fisk for honing his theater at the Wharton Center. Foundation Grant made it very
breakfast at eight and singing at
barbershopping skills The HH-06 Chorus had a chance affordable for the high school
while in the Rochester to rehearse with the Capitol City students.
Rick Spencer taught some neat
Hills Chapter (what a Chordsmen and it was a treat to see The show and the event were
vocal warming techniques to the
total suck-up!) the joy that they all shared in singing great successes and plans are now
teachers present and showed how it
Previous Competing together. underway for an even bigger event
worked on this young chorus.
Quartet: The Great The feedback from the music next year.
At noon, we broke for lunch and
Escape teachers was very positive and
then all moved over to the rehearsal
Education: B.S. financial help from a Harmony
(1983) Spouse: Kanetta CHORUS: Mount Pleasant wins on its second attempt
Continued from Page 1.
Metro, Pontiac-Waterford, Gratiot County, Rochester and Monroe North.
Kodiak Construction in
Lansing won the Plateau 2 championship while Windsor was the Plateau 3 champion and Monroe North won the
Grand Rapids and eating!
Plateau 4 championship.
Task force issues report on Bush League
There has been much discussion and League Task Force that you commissioned in fellowship” collectively rank highest in the
excitement regarding the survey conducted November of 2005. respondents minds as characteristics of the
by the Bush League Taskforce. They have We created and distributed a survey which ideal Barbershop event. We believe that each
completed their task as charged and reported served as our primary information source. We characteristic needs to be present for the event
their results at the Spring House of Delegates presented this survey to over 900 members to be successful; that it may not be possible
meeting in Kalamazoo. of the district in January, both in hard copy to concentrate on one characteristic at the
Approximately one third of the Pioneer form at COTS and as on on-line survey, via expense of another.
District membership responded to the the internet.. The survey asked two central Promotion and communications of events
survey. This has made the information and questions: in a timely and clear manner came through
conclusions so relevant and compelling, that it What are your experiences with and why loud and clear as critical ingredients in
will be shared with each District President in do did you choose NOT to participate in getting on members’ calendars and competing
the Society and the Society Board. the two key events we were asking about effectively for their precious free time.
It is now up to your Districts Management supported by the District (Bush League and Absolutely connected to this is the need for
Team to utilize this information to improve Harmony Round-up)? chapters to embrace and promote events
your barbershop experience. What would the ideal barbershop event aggressively and in a positive way if members
The following is the summary portion look like to you? are to believe the event will be worth
of the task force report. If you would like Our report is a summary of the committing time and money to.
more details, ask your chapter president. 400 responses received, as well as our It was striking to us how completely the
The information is also relevant for chapter observations and recommendation based on respondents embraced quartetting. 91 percent
activities as well. those responses to the management team. Four said they sang or sing in a quartet at some
Bush League Taskforce Report key findings summarize the report: level or liked singing with three other guys.
Attached is the report from the Bush “Time Constraints” is the biggest single We believe that this response is a mandate for
issue cited for not participating in both chapters and the district to make it possible for
events. We believe that this issue would and encourage quartet singing to flourish at
appear on a similar survey done by any every opportunity.
organization. We see this as a mandate ������ Thank you again for the opportunity to
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for making an event “competitive” serve our ����������
within the priorities each member sets Management Team will find success using our
for deciding how he will allocate his work. It would be our pleasure to respond
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“being with my friends” and “good Sincerely,
FOR THE BUSH
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Al Bonney, Task
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Gougeon to direct Huron Valley
Museum Studies. chorus.
By Greg Humbel Jeff has been assistant Jeff sang in his first quartet at the age
The Huron Valley director and sound/singing of 17 and started directing men’s choruses
Harmonizers have coach for several of Pioneer at 18. His quartet, Fermata Nowhere,
selected Jeff Gougeon District’s (choruses over will represent Pioneer at the international
as Chorus Director. Jeff the years, including the Barbershop Convention in Indianapolis this
is a museum curator by former Detroit #1 Chapter’s coming July. They have also finished in 2nd
profession but Music has Motor City Chorus, one of place four of the last five years—a Pioneer
always been a huge part of the district’s best choruses District Record! He was also the original
his life. ever. He is also a founder tenor in the 1997 Pioneer District Quartet
Jeff is an over-30-year and former assistant director, Champion The Detroit Sound Company.
member of the Barbershop music director, and sound/ Jeff has always sung tenor and is very
Harmony Society. He is a singing coach for another of proud that his 4 year-old nephew Alexander
single guy and comes from Pioneer’s premier choruses, gravitates to the tenor part when he sings
a family of barbershop singers, including Macomb County Chapter’s Harmony with quartet recordings. Unfortunately this
his uncle, who brought in Jeff’s dad Jim and Heritage Chorus, (now the Guardians of doesn’t please Jeff’s brother Brad--Alex’s
Jeff’s brothers Ron and Brad. In December Harmony). Several of Jeff’s choruses have father—because Brad sings bass/baritone.
2001, Jeff received his M.A. from Michigan excelled to their highest contest placement Alex calls Jeff ‘UNCAS’ because he has
State University in American Studies and and earned accolades as ‘most improved’ another Uncle Jeff.
DOCTORS: Holland figures new way to
entertain, raise money
Continued from Page 3 flyers, the ‘doctors’ black bags plus the items considered if more performances were desired.
opportunity to satisfy their thirst for Receiving local media
performance while filling a social attention should be easy
need in our communities. as TV, radio and print
4. A key to the success of would enjoy reporting on
this promotion is that all the a project like this.
participating quartets learn the 9. Each chapter could
same songs, (in Holland we are establish a performance
using five chorus tunes)… wear schedule that fit the
the same doctor smocks, share the number of
same doctor bags of items used performances they could
to ‘bring a smile’ and use similar handle. Some quartets
performance routines. This allows could perform once or
using a member from one quartet needed for the routines and the M&M pills and twice a week or once
to fill in for a member of another quartet who containers totaled around $850. every two weeks or once a month. Some
is not available without missing a chord. This 7. We believe this promotion could spread into quartets could perform more that others.
makes performance schedules much easier to anniversary and birthday parties if the Chapter The quartets made up of retired guys could
maintain. decides to go down that road ( similar to the perform daytime jobs as well as evening gigs.
5. There is no charge for performance, but Valentines promo only year round) Most times when a quartet is out performing
as our advertising states…tax deductible 8. Advertising, we believe, could be as simple they will have multiple jobs to perform in
contributions, made to the Windmill Chapter, as letting the public know this service is a ‘sing and move on’ routine. Having a set
are cheerfully accepted. available and how to contact us. The “Know performance total will allow the Chapter to
6. We believe the promotion is financially Somebody Who Needs Cheering Up?” flyers advertise the fact that performances could be
sound. If the five Holland quartets total are self-explanatory and our business cards are limited and would be handled on a ‘first come,
30 performances a month and receive $10 easy to take along for future reference. Both first served’ basis.
donations it would average out at $3,600 a provide a phone number where information If you have any questions regarding the
year. $20 donations would raise $7,200 a year. is available. We will place our flyer and card Doctors of Good Cheer promotion please
The Windmill Chapter’s start-up costs display units in churches, hospital waiting phone Jack W. Oonk at 616 772 3982 or write
including the purchasing of ‘lab coats’ (a total rooms, doctor offices, hospice, nursing homes to him at 3126 Summer Grove Way, Zeeland
of 16)… the purchase of plastic flyer holders, etc. High “people traffic” areas could be MI 49464.
the printing of business cards, labels and
BUSH LEAGUE 2006
REQUEST FOR HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS
QUALITY INN – GAYLORD, MI
August 18 & 19, 2006
Please complete this form and send to the Quality Inn – 137 West Street
Gaylord, MI 49735
Reserve room by calling (800)732-7540. Inform the reservation clerk that
you are with the “Bush League” barbershop singers group.
The cost is $61.15 per night for a two bed room when reserving two nights,
which includes the local hotel tax.
The hotel will quote the rate for other required/desired accommodations.
PLEASE NOTE! The special “Bush League” rate for a two bed room is good
thru July 31, 2006. As of August 1, 2006, regular hotel rates apply.
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Grosse Pointe hits
gold... for fund-raising
Grosse Pointe Chapter raised nearly $3,000
in a three hour period of Christmas caroling at local
pubs in December.
The annual fund-raiser is called the Pub Crawl
since nearly every bar and pub in or near Grosse
Pointe is visited by one of four chapter teams.
They gave the Holley Ear Institute at St. John’s
Hospital $2,000 and the Skillman Foundation
matched that with a $1,500 gift., The chapter gave
another $1,000 to another children’s charity helping
kids with speech difficulties.
Left: Ardis Gardella, president of the insti-
tute, receives the donation from Grosse Pointe
Presidnet Al Montag (center) and Grosse Pointe
Charities Chairman Nick Piccione.
��th June Night Of Harmony
An Acappella Festival
Some Jazz, A Little Gospel
A Lot Of Barbershop
Four Man Fish’n Tackle Choir
The Trillium Singers with light classical
Vocal Montage with some jazz
At Corson Auditorium
Interlochen Arts Academy
Call for tickets: 231-933-9900
Tickets also at The Captains Quarters, Traverse City
All seats reserved… $17.00
Friday June 2nd & Saturday June 3rd
8:00 PM Sharp!
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WOODSHED: District’s best gather
Continued from page 1.
Entertainment included the Silverdomes,
Singing With Dad, B-Natural, and the Big Chief Chorus, under the direction
of Dick Johnson and Fred McFadyen. After MC McFadyen officially closed the contest, singing continued until the wee hours.
Wish you were there? Maybe next year. Mark March 30 on your 2007 calendar.
Gratiot County pig
roast celebrating ‘110
years’ is July 29
The Midstatesmen Chorus and
Gratiot County. Chapter celebrate
their 60th Anniversary Saturday, July
29th at Woodland Park in Ithaca,
A Pig Roast will be held at 1 p.m.
with singing starting at 2 p.m. It will
continue through the afternoon.
Chorus activity, guest
quartets, audience participation and
more will be included.
The local Sweet Adelines
(celebrating 50 years) will be joining
We call it .“Celebrating 110 years
of harmony”. Everyone is welcome.
For more information
and details, contact:
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C'MON BACK!! WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN
NEW DATE… LONGER CRUISE…
EVEN BETTER THAN LAST YEAR!!
The Detroit-Oakland Barbershoppers offer another
BARBERSHOP RIVER CRUISE
Join us FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006,
from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
as we Cruise the Detroit River
Featuring lots of Four-part Harmony
The Detroit Princess leaves her dock across from Cobo Arena garage at 8:00 pm
$30 Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
Weather not a problem; boat is both heated and air-conditioned.
For further details, call Tom Uicker at (248) 559-7082 or
check our web site: http://www.harmonize.com/doc/doc.htm
QUARTET REGISTRATION FORM
Gaylord Chapter – Pioneer District Barbershop Harmony Society – Combined Bush
League Contest & Quartet Coaching Weekend – 8/18-20/2006 – Gaylord, MI
Quartet Name _______________________ Today’s Date ________
Address ____________________ _________________ ________
Street City ZIP
Phone _____________________ e-mail ______________________
Tenor _____________________ Lead _______________________
Bari _______________________ Bass _______________________
WE PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
Fri Master Class ____ Contest ____ Coaching ____ Sat Afterglow ____
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1. Cost Per Quartet - $50.00 - Checks & Credit Cards Payable to Pioneer Dist.
2. Master’s Class Friday 8:00PM-10:00PM – Quality Inn - “Mitchell” conf. room
3. Coaching will be at E-Free Church following the Contest and lunch break
4. Hotel Reservations – Use separate Hotel Registration Form.
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5. Meals – Quartet members are responsible for all meal costs.
6. Evening “Show of Champions” – Quartet members ���������� on the evening
“Show of Champions” do not pay to attend the Show.
7. Afterglow – All Quartets are welcome and encouraged to sing at the Afterglow.
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send to: Erv Erickson – PO Box 19 – Oden, MI 49764
“This program was made possible in part with the support of the Michigan Council for
the Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Above: Mount Pleasant wins chorus contest
Fermata Nowhere wins and accepts the honor from district officials.
Photos by Joe Serwach
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