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Volume 43, No. 1                                                                                                                                                 Spring 2002

Are You Ready For Regional Conventions?
  50! Scholarships 50! Register for Spring      Why You Should Go                                                                      Making COTS Happen
to Directors College 2002 Prelims in Manchester To Conventions                                                                                      by Art Lively,
                                                                                                                                                    NED President
          by Chuck Eaker,                          by Cotton Damon                                 by Rick Barry
         President, NEDCDA                      NED VP, Contest & Judging                      Manager, Patriot Division                    In January, we completed another
                                                                                                                                       successful COTS weekend. Thanks to
     There is an unprecedented oppor-           The NED International Preliminary            In the last Nor’easter, I tried to con-   our NED COTS Coordinator, Bruce
tunity for NED chorus directors this       Quartet Contest will be held on April        vince all of you that you should attend        Checca, for making it happen and deal-
year. The Society Chorus Director De-      19-20 at Manchester High School, 134         the convention in Lowell. I did that for       ing with what could have been a real
velopment Committee (SCDDC) has            East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT.        many reasons; one is that if you enjoy         snafu when the hot water boiler in the
found the resources to provide 50 schol-   It will be part of our District’s Western    this hobby, I believe there is no better       hotel’s main building decided to give
arships to Directors’ College in 2002.     Regional Convention that will also in-       place to enjoy it than at one of our con-      up the ghost. While room accommo-
Two of them are guaranteed to go to        clude the Yankee and Mountain Divi-          ventions, no matter where it is held.          dations may not have been perfect in
NED directors!                             sion contests. The contest co-chairmen       You have an opportunity to see the best        every way, everyone was checked in
     Directors’ College is an incredible   are Jim Nolan and Alan Lamson.               of our district compete, you can hear          even without the availability of any
school taught by the cream of                   If your quartet is planning to sing     tips from the best in the Society on how       rooms in the resort’s main building.
SPEBSQSA. It runs for an entire week       to qualify for the International Contest     to improve your singing, you get to see        Bruce is already looking into ways in
concurrent with Harmony College.           in July, of importance now is that you       a great competition and show, and as I         which registration and check-in can be
This year, it runs from July 28 through    MUST register for this contest. This is      found out in Lowell Sunday morning,            done more smoothly in the future.
August 4. It is held in St. Joseph,        different from registering for the con-      you can sing with people you never met              Bruce is just one of many people
Missouri, on the campus of Missouri        vention. Registering for the contest is      until 3:30 in the morning. And if you          who make COTS events throughout our
Western State College.                     very simple and should be done on-line.      don’t want to go to bed at 3:30, there         Society possible and successful. I
     There are a few catches. To apply     You may do it in one of two ways. Ei-        are still people singing in the halls and      would like to express my thanks and
you must be a front-line director of an    ther go to the District website,             lobby.                                         acknowledge the efforts of the members
SPEBSQSA chorus, and you must              www.nedistrict.org/contests/, and reg-            You also have opportunities you           of our district who act as COTS instruc-
never have been to Directors’ College      ister there, or go to the Society website,   never expect–like Friday night as I was        tors for the Society. These men give
before. Finally, the scholarship covers    www.spebsqsa.org/forms/, and scroll          walking through the hotel lobby, one           up several of their weekends in order
only tuition. All other expenses must      down to Contest Entry Forms. Once            of the quartets singing there was Bos-         to travel to the other district in the coun-
be covered by your chapter, and your       you register, a copy will be sent to me,     ton Common. They had decided to go             try to teach COTS classes. In addition
chapter should be happy to make this       and I will acknowledge that I have re-       to the convention, sing some songs and         to teaching at COTS, they attend fac-
happen. If they aren’t, let me know.       ceived it. If you do not hear from me in     have fun. They returned Saturday night         ulty training sessions each year in or-
     Applying for the scholarship is       five days, contact me. Chances are I         and did it again, singing in the lobby         der to be up to speed with the latest
simple. All you have to do is send your    never received it.                           and anywhere else they were asked to           changes in our administrative system.
name and address to Jerry Knicker-              You may sing in the Prelim Con-         sing. And when they weren’t singing,                The Society maintains a faculty of
bocker. You can reach him by surface       test as well as your division contest        they were listening and encouraging            eighty people, and the Northeastern
mail at:                                   (Yankee or Mountain). Your Friday            every group they came across.                  District proudly provides nine men who
     Jerry Knickerbocker                   night score will be entered in both con-          I wish you could have seen the look       join with others from around the Soci-
     515 West Elm St.                      tests. However, I need a registration        on the face of District President Art          ety as COTS instructors. The next time
     Titusville, PA 16354-1424             form for both contests.                      Lively when I said, “Hey Art, did you          you run into these guys, make sure you
or send your name address to him via            The semi-finals contest will be held    know Boston Common is singing out              thank them for their untiring efforts.
e-mail at jerrykn@csonline.net. That’s     Friday night starting at 7:00 PM. Evalu-     in the lobby?”                                 They are: Eric Ruthenberg teaching
all there is to it.                        ation sessions for the eliminated quar-           After the Quartet Finals on Satur-        YMIH, Greg Caetano teaching Music
     The deadline for applying is Satur-   tets will follow in the judges’ hotel        day night, there was the Chordatorium          & Performance, Bob Guiggey, Paul
day, May 25. After that, the scholar-      rooms. The finals for the top 10 quar-       at the Doubletree Hotel. It was worth          Arnone and Alan Lamson teaching
ships will be awarded by two random        tets will take place Saturday night. We      the trip to see our own Mike Klein in-         Chapter Coaching, Larry Bean, Mark
drawings. The first will draw two win-     will do those evaluations that night af-     troduce each quartet, and raise the en-        Lewis and Chris Peterson teaching
ners from each district. In the second     ter the NEDAC show in the judges’            thusiasm of the crowd to unexpected            Chorus Directing. And although he re-
draw, the remaining names will be com-     hotel rooms.                                 heights until around 2 a.m. About then,        sides in Wisconsin, we still consider Ev
bined, and the remaining scholarship            Please remember that your contest       my wife and I went out for some fresh          Nau as one of our own, serving as Dean.
winners drawn.                             registration must be received NO             air and heard great sounds coming from         That’s nine men from NED contribut-
     Tell every director you know about    LATER THAN April 6. Let me know              a corner. It turned out to be four teen-       ing in a very large way to help run nine-
this. Make sure that NED is well-rep-      if you have any questions or encounter       agers, two of which had the last name          teen COTS each year for the Society.
resented at Directors’ College in 2002.    any problems.                                of Wheaton. (Cont. on page 13, col. 3)         Thanks guys! We appreciate your help.
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  The Nor’easter 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: April, July, September and December. SPEBSQSA is a non-profit educational and
  charitable organization. The Nor’easter’s 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 Nor’easter. 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 Nor’easter is printed by the Beacon Press Corp., Warwick, R.I.

Big Changes In Portland                     sign of the stage has not changed sub-
                                            stantially in 30 years. Each year, Glen      A Christmas Concert Update On HCNE 2002
        by George Davidson,                 Glancy, the Society’s sound man, has                   by Steve Barrett,                          by Jim Dodge
    Executive AIC Show Producer             been given the same plans, with the              Director, Ocean State Chorus               NED DV, Music & Performance
    excerpted from the Medallion,           same budget, and told to build it the                and Steve Donovan,
  the official publication of the AIC       same way.                                            Ocean State Chorus                        I want to bring you up-to-date about
                                                  Last year in Nashville, we met a            and Lincoln Continentals               our plans for Harmony College North-
     Things are changing for the Port-      whiz kid, Daryl Bornstein, who has a                                                     east (HCNE) in the summer.
land AIC show: format, location, direc-     comprehensive background in stage                 I’ve been in Barbershopping ever             We will be back at Fitchburg State
tors. It should be one of our best ever.    shows, and proved his worthiness on          since my brother-in-law started bring-      College this year. Some of you were
     The AIC had held its show in the       the AIC stage at TPAC. He was great          ing me to meetings when I was in High       concerned about the hilliness of the
main venue for many years. It was the       by any standard. It is Glen Glancy’s         School. I thought I had done just about     campus, so we looked into other possi-
AIC who helped lead the way in bring-       imminent retirement and the introduc-        everything on a local level when it         bilities. We found problems like a lack
ing enhancements to the convention          tion of Daryl Bornstein that has finally     comes to doing local chorus and quar-       of total facilities, or higher prices, or a
stage–television, large screens, better     changed the dynamic of the discussion.       tet singouts. However, during the past      schedule incompatibility. No one gave
sound, stage monitors, better lighting,           Another important element in this      four months, Lincoln, RI’s, Ocean State     us the complete package that Fitchburg
etc. However, even with these enhance-      story is a big problem looming for the       Chorus tried something new, and it gen-     did. We think we have taken care of
ments, the quality of the performing        2003 convention in Montreal. It is           erated a new level of fun and enthusi-      the hilliness by booking the Aubuchon
space for performer and audience            scheduled at the same time as one of         asm within both our chorus and our          dorm. It is at the foot of the hill (Left
wasn’t satisfactory (enough), and the       the world’s largest jazz festivals. So       chapter quartets.                           of Russell where we stayed last year)
Society resisted suggestions for new de-    no alternate theatres are available for           In a nutshell, we coordinated a        and almost at street level. No more long
signs. The AIC eventually decided that      the AIC Show. We will all be forced          Christmas concert on Sunday, Decem-         hill to climb to get to the dorm! It sleeps
it would be less stressful and more prof-   into the main venue. This proposal for       ber 16, at the newly renovated Stadium      288 and is set up nicer than Russell.
itable to leave the main venue, find a      Portland is intended as a shakedown for      Theater in Woonsocket, RI, with guest             Last summer, I reported that our
self-contained theatre for our show.        2003.                                        stars Mount St. Charles Academy Cho-        guest quartets and staff members for
     But now, we are attempting to get            Everyone seems to be excited about     rus and Woonsocket H.S. Select Choir.       2002 would include the 1996 Interna-
all the convention stage acts into the      it, including Daryl Bornstein. However,      For local quartets, we had the Lincoln      tional Quartet Champions, Nightlife;
main venue to take advantage of the         Daryl refuses to participate if his stan-    Continentals, Firehouse Four, and           2001 Finalists, Metropolis. Our spe-
economies of scale. Everyone can ben-       dards are going to be compromised. So        Sound Horizon. Old friend Jim               cial guests for the weekend would be
efit by one location with a better stage,   he has gathered a team of stage, light-      Kinder glued the whole thing together       everyone’s favorites, the Boston Com-
better sound, better lights, better         ing, sound, television, and web-casting      as a masterful emcee. The piece de re-      mon, 1980 International Quartet
webcasting, and more seats.                 professionals in New York City who are       sistance was the finale—all performers      Champs. These guys will be great ad-
     Late last year, the Society Board of   preparing models and cost estimates for      onstage, about 110 strong, doing an         ditions to the staff and will present a
Directors, with AIC’s Todd Wilson and       the redesign of the convention stage.        SATB arrangement of The Little Drum-        wonderful show at the school.
John Devine seated at the table, ap-              Daryl is cautiously optimistic. For    mer Boy. For a longtime director of               Recently, I began discussions with
proved a proposal “in principle” to         many reasons (not the least of which is      smaller choruses, this was a serious        another medalist quartet, or rather, they
move the AIC Show to Thursday night         the economic impact), the changes may        head rush!                                  began discussions with me. They were
for one show in the Rose Garden in          be introduced over several years.                 We did the groundwork and song         at the Harmony Explosion Camp as
Portland. In addition, the Board of Di-           The bottom line is that the 2002       selection over the summer, rehearsed        teachers and loved what we are doing
rectors gave all of the authority and re-   AIC show will be on Thursday, July 4,        the music through the fall, and had one     with HCNE. They were intrigued by
sponsibility for executing the details of   in the Portland Rose Garden, the site        joint rehearsal on Drummer Boy ten          the idea of having the Boston Common
this move to one man.                       of the competition and other perfor-         days before the concert. Both guest         as teachers and asked if they could join
     The Society has finally conceded       mances. We will perform one show and         choruses did a tremendous job, and got      the faculty. How could I refuse? So I
that the current design of the conven-      it will be spectacular. This is one Inter-   to show off their best stuff to some        am proud to announce that Uptown
tion venue needs an overhaul. The de-       national you will not want to miss.          people who had never heard them. The        Sound, last year’s Silver Medalists and
                                                                                         kids also got some exposure to Barber-      the favorites to become our next cham-
                                                                                         shop, and a vocal life past their school    pion quartet, will be on staff next sum-
                                                                                         years.                                      mer. How’s that for a show lineup?

                                                                                              Ticket sales were very strong, for     And more important, they all can teach!
                                                                                         two reasons: 1) Christmas is the season           Another piece of good news is that
                                                                                         when the average person is most likely      Don Gray will be back. Last summer,
                                                                                         to say, “Gee, I need to hear some cho-      Don taught a class called How to Ar-

                                                                                         ral music,” and 2) The kids all brought     range From a Piece of Sheet Music. It
                                                                                         their families.                             turned out to be the most popular class
                                                                                              The guest choruses received their      at the school. We might have to limit
                                                                                         performance fees in the form of show        the enrollment, so sign up early.
                                                                                         tickets—as many as they wanted to                 You, your chapter, or your quartet

        Contact Phil Carter                                                              sell—and kept a percentage of the sale
                                                                                         price. The chapter ended up with one
                                                                                                                                     could donate a scholarship to HCNE
                                                                                                                                     2002. It would be a wonderful gift to a
                                                                                         of the most financially successful shows
     Telephone: 781-749-5729
                                                                                                                                     young person: $120 for full tuition, $85
                                                                                         in years, thanks to a lot of hard work      for commuters.
                                                                                         by the Show Committee and President               The dates for Harmony College

   E-mail: pcarter@hotmail.com                                                           George Jasmin. We’re anxious to do
                                                                                         it again.
                                                                                                                                     Northeast are August 9-11, 2002. Mark
                                                                                                                                     them on your calendar.
                                                                                Spring, 2002                                                                          Page 3

 John Mullaney  For The Love Of Pete Music and Medicine                    Harmony Explosion
                     by Steven Armstrong      Music May Heal The Brain Camp 2002
      1927-2001   excerpted from The Trillium
                                                from the Los Angeles Times
                                                  bulletin of the Ontario District                                                              by Paul Arnone,
                      John Mullaney,                                                           Scientists have discovered that the              Camp Coordinator
                      74, passed away               The Toronto Northern Lights Cho-
                                                                                          music that makes the foot tap, the fin-
                      on November 30,         rus has been proud to be represented                                                          Here’s some more news about the
                                                                                          gers snap, and the pulse quicken, stirs
                      2001 after a short      by many fine quartets during our brief                                                  HX Camp 2002. I met with the folks at
                                                                                          the brain at its most fundamental lev-
                      illness. He had         existence. But the quartet we are most                                                  the college and was assured that we can
                                                                                          els. It suggests that scientists one day
                      been a member of        proud of, For The Love Of Pete, is a                                                    hold the line on costs again this year.
                                                                                          may be able to retune damaged brains
                      the Worcester           little unusual. It has competed seven                                                         Last year we had 88 students, 12
                                                                                          by exploiting rhythm, harmony and
                      Chapter for 38          times, had 23 different members, placed                                                 educators, two faculty and 12 chaper-
                      years and in that       as high as fourth and has the rare dis-                                                 ones in attendance. This year we ex-
                                                                                               Researchers discovered direct evi-
                      time had served         tinction of winning the Novice Quartet                                                  pect to increase attendance by 50% or
                                                                                          dence that music stimulates the specific
in most of the chapter offices, includ-       award– in their sixth contest! You may                                                  more. The young men learned six
                                                                                          regions of the brain responsible for
ing President. He had also been editor        wonder why the members keep chang-                                                      songs: three choral/glee club style and
                                                                                          memory, motor control, timing and lan-
of Key Notes, the chapter bulletin. In        ing.                                                                                    three barbershop style.
                                                                                          guage. For the first time, researchers
addition, he sang with the comedy quar-             This special quartet was founded                                                        Last year, several folks who had
                                                                                          also have located specific areas of men-
tet, Mulligan Guards.                         in memory of Toronto charter member                                                     signed up didn’t show up and didn’t
                                                                                          tal activity linked to emotional re-
     “John was a truly remarkable man,        Pete Hamlin. Pete was a fine baritone,                                                  contact us. So this year, we are going
                                                                                          sponses to music.
and we miss him a lot. He has left us         our first bulletin editor and an enthusi-                                               to require attendees to camp to send
                                                                                               In the long run, music could be-
with a huge vacuum which we may               astic, devoted member. He was also a                                                    earnest money— a personal check or
                                                                                          come a way of retooling brains afflicted
never fill.” said Rod Cantwell, Presi-        young man who suffered from the ef-                                                     money order for $20.00—to me (Paul
                                                                                          with a variety of emotional disorders or
dent of the Worcester Chapter.                fects of diabetes for most of his life.                                                 Arnone) prior to the camp. As soon as
                                                                                          neurological diseases. “That’s our
     He was well known and regarded           Sadly, the disease took him less than                                                   they appear for registration, I will re-
                                                                                          goal,” says neuroscientist Anne Blood,
for the many poems he submitted to the        three months after we received our char-                                                turn the money. We incur costs based
                                                                                          who conducted the study at McGill Uni-
Nor’easter and the Harmonizer publi-          ter, and we found ourselves singing the                                                 on the number of expected attendees
                                                                                          versity in Montreal. “You can activate
cations. He leaves Patricia, his wife of      Irish Blessing at his funeral as his cas-                                               that the no-show money will help to
                                                                                          different parts of the brain, depending
47 years, three sons, three daughters,        ket was carried away. Afterward, we                                                     defray. But I hope this requirement will
                                                                                          on what music you listen to. So music
and seven grandchildren.                      decided that a quartet should be formed                                                 eliminate that concern.
                                                                                          can stimulate parts of the brain that are
                                              in his honor to compete in the next con-                                                      This year, the teaching quartet is 3
                                                                                          underactive in these disorders. Over
                                              test, and For The Love Of Pete                                                          Men & A Melody from Central States
                                                                                          time, we could retrain the brain in these
                                              (FTLOP) was born.                                                                       District. They taught at the Denton,
                                                    Since then, the quartet has become                                                Texas, camp last year and were terrific,
Hail and Farewell
                                              an opportunity to further honor Pete and                                                I understand. There’s no word at this
The Best Quartet I Ever Heard                 his love of quartetting by introducing                                                  time on the other teaching faculty.
         by John D. Mullaney                  several members to the quartet experi-                                                        I know you’re dying to ask, “How

     This poem was published in the
                                              ence. A month or so before contest,
                                              we ask a novice quartetter if he would      Society Contest Rules                       can I help?” There are several ways:
                                                                                                                                      1) Contact your local schools and let
Nor’easter several years ago. Eric Ru-        be willing to sing in the next edition of           by Cotton Damon                     them know about the camp. 2) Have
thenberg of the Overdrive quartet read it,    FTLOP. If he agrees, we then approach            NED VP Contest & Judging               your chapter donate some funding for
was impressed, and wrote music for the
                                              experienced quartetters who are not                                                     the attendees. It need not be only for
poem. Now Overdrive sings it in their
shows. They sang it several times for John
                                              competing in that contest to build a             From time to time I get calls, or      your local folks. Last year, I was able
before he died and he was proud of it. They   quartet around him. They rehearse us-       more recently emails, with questions        to say “Yes” on your behalf to all of the
introduce this song as the best barbershop    ing songs from the chorus repertoire        regarding contests and the rules that       students that applied. I was able to do
song ever written. John proudly agreed with   and before you know it, we have an-         govern them, and it has made me real-       that only because of the unselfish gen-
them.                                         other experienced quartetter in our         ize that there are members in our chap-     erosity of some 23 NED Chapters and
                                              midst.                                      ters, especially chapter leaders, who       several individuals who sent donations.
I’ve heard so many quartets sing,                   The philosophy behind this is to      may have never seen the Official Soci-      3) Send a personal donation. We’re
   I just wonder who’s the best.              support the new quartet singer by sur-      ety Contest Rules. These rules are filled   truly grateful to receive any amount;
It’s been a ball, I enjoyed them all,         rounding him with veterans and make         with all sorts of very important infor-     we’ll combine it with others to insure a
   and I hope to hear the rest.               his first quartet competition a positive    mation such as: Eligibility, Contest        place for any student who wants to go.
The Razor Sharps and the Oriole Four,         experience. This seems to have worked       Entry Procedures, Scoring Categories,       4) Though I have a full cadre of chap-
   and of course, the famous Schmitts.        as the most recent contest included a       Contest Judges, Types of Contests, Of-      erones at this time, there are other
The Buffalo Bills and The Pittsburgh          new quartet called The Tomcats (sixth       ficial Results, Ranking of Contestants,     tasks to be attended to. Call 781-324-
      Four,                                   place finalist) which had two members       Order of Appearance, Songs and Ar-          7874 or e-mail arnonep@att.net if you
   The Four Statesmen and The Ritz.           who received their first quartet compe-     rangements, Sound Equipment and             can help.
The Easternaires and The Rascals,             tition experiences in earlier versions of   Stage Setting, Staging, Non-Singing               Harmony Foundation has provided
   and the Town and Country Four;             FTLOP.                                      Comment/Dialogue, and Operation of          tremendous support. They have backed
The Sleepless Nights of Harmony,                    So, in future contests, if you see    Contest.                                    the finances of our camp and at least
   The Hay Stack Four and so many             Toronto Chapter members excitedly                It seems to me it would be benefi-     nine others across the Society. This is
      more.                                   cheering for a quartet called For The       cial for every chapter to have a copy of    no small sum—a minimum of six to
The Boston Common and The Regents,            Love Of Pete, please join us. While         these rules as part of their chapter in-    eight thousand dollars per camp. That
   and then The Gas House Gang,               you may recognize some of the faces,        ventory. The same holds true for every      is where some of your donations to Har-
Voice Squad and The Roaring 20’s,             there is sure to be one that is compet-     registered quartet that competes in con-    mony Foundation have gone. They
   I can still hear the chords that they      ing in a quartet for the very first time.   tests. They are a wonderful resource.       continue to expand this endeavor and
rang.                                               We think that Pete would be proud     Anyone can download a copy of the           several other worthy causes each year.
And now I’ll name the very best,              to know that the method which we have       Official SPEBSQSA Contest Rules by          Many thanks to them.
   I’m sure you’ll know I’m right.            chosen to pay tnbute to him spreads the     accessing www.spebsqsa.org and click-             OK, it’s time to do something!
The best quartet I ever heard,                joy of quartet singing.                     ing on the “Document Center” button.        What can you do? Start right now by
   Was the one that sang last night.                                                           Happy reading.                         filling out the form on page 10.
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Origin of “A Cappella”                                                                                                               Letter to the Society

    by Fred Grometer, Secretary               NED Chapter Anniversaries for 2002                                                     Uncle Sam Objects
    from The Pitch, San Jose, CA                                       (Five-year multiples of Charter)
                                                                                                                                           Our Board of Directors voted
     We all know that “a cappella”            Years    Chartered       Chapter                          Chorus                       unanimously to oppose the Harmony
means singing without accompaniment.          55       02/01/1947      Enfield, CT              Northern Conn. Chorus                Foundation’s new policy that “after De-
But do you know where the term came                    03/11/1947      Natick, MA               New Sound Assembly                   cember 31, 2001, chapter donations to
from?                                                  04/22/1947      Central, CT              Conn. Yankee Chorus                  charities other than Harmony Founda-
                                                       06/12/1947      Waterbury/Derby, CT      Valley Chordsmen                     tion will not be eligible for award
     In the olden days in Italy, the main
                                                       10/22/1947      Boston, MA               New Bostonians
part of the church had musical instru-                                                                                               credit.” We believe this new policy is
                                                       11/24/1947      Norwich, CT              Rose City Chorus
ments, such as an organ or an orches-                  12/18/1947      Burlington, VT           Green Mountain Chorus                short-sighted, misguided, and counter-
tra. But they couldn’t afford to have         50       05/01/1952      Keene, NH                Cheshiremen                          productive. If it is not reviewed and
such elaborate instruments in the small                06/16/1952      Laconia, NH              Lake Region Chordsmen                rescinded, we intend to reconsider our
chapels on the side of the church. In         45       01/02/1957      Concord, NH              Concord Coachmen                     policy of an annual $500.00 contribu-
Italian, the phrase “a capella” means “in              06/18/1957      Pittsfield, MA           Berkshire Hillsmen                   tion to the Society’s international ser-
chapel.” Thus, when a choir sang with-        35       04/24/1967      Truro, NS                Novatones                            vice project/Harmony Foundation.
out accompaniment in a side chapel,                    04/24/1967      Lincoln, RI              Ocean State Chorus                         We believe that charitable dona-
                                                       06/05/1967      Moncton, NB              Moncton Barbershop Chorus            tions by local chapters directly to local
they were singing a capella. Now you
                                              30       03/20/1972      Cape Breton, NS          Cape Breton Chordsmen
know the whole story.                                                                                                                schools and colleges (especially to sup-
                                              25       05/27/1977      Norway/S Paris, ME       Hillsmen
                                                       07/22/1977      Hanover, NH              N Country Chordsmen                  port various singing programs), to Dis-
                                                       09/20/1977      Portsmouth, NH           Yankee Clipper Chorus                trict Harmony Explosion Camps and to
                                                                                                                                     many other local charities fulfill our

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                                                                                                                                     SPEBSQSA, Harmony Foundation and
                                                                                                                                     all barbershoppers.
     During this year’s International               by Casey Parker and Helen Giallombardo (from the Harmonet)
Convention in Portland, Oregon (June
                                                                                                                                               Fred Schonenberg, Secretary
30-July 7, 2002), a limited number of            Here is a solution to the copyright problem. Don’t use copyrighted songs!
                                                                                                                                              Uncle Sam Chorus, Troy, NY
seats will be available for Phantom of      Choose public domain (pre-1923) songs to arrange and sing. Most early 20th
the Opera, on Thursday, July 4. Tick-       century songs are ideal for quartets. Thousands are available. Visit Levy: http://
ets are $35 and seats are excellent. This   levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/
will conflict with the World Harmony             Download free! There are no print royalties, no arranger fees, no Harry Fox

                                                                                                                                     Dealing with
Jamboree, but it does give folks an op-     recording fees (now $500 minimum), and no ASCAP/BMI performance fees. Often
tion on things to do. First come, first     the four-part arrangement is included in the original sheet music. And best of all,

served. Order through the Society’s         they will all qualify under the KIBIQ contest rules, provided the arrangement is
convention office: 800-876-7464,            not copyrighted.
x8462. If you haven’t yet registered for         Also try the US Library of Congress site. By using the “collections search”
the International Convention, you can       feature, I was able to find digitalized versions of some old sheet music (mid 1800’s).             by Jim DeBusman
do it at the same phone number, or on-      American Memory–Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
line at www.spebsqsa. org/Portland.         http://memory.loc.gov.                                                                        Hoarseness is something all sing-
                                                                                                                                     ers deal with at some time or another.
                                                                                                                                     It can be caused by overuse, a viral in-
                                                                                                                                     fection, respiratory illness, smoking,
                                                                                                                                     digestive heartburn, or even low mois-
SPEBSQSA’s                                                                                                                           ture in your home. If the condition lasts
                                                                                                                                     for more than a week, see a doctor.
“Members Only” Site                                                                                                                       Dr. Stephen Rothstein, assistant
                                                                                                                                     professor of otolaryngology at New
          from SPEBSQSA’s                                                                                                            York School of Medicine provides
                                                                                                                                     some suggestions,
     A useful tool called “Members                                                                                                        If hoarseness is caused by overuse
Only” is available on the Society web                                                                                                or by a respiratory infection, resting the
site (www.spebsqsa.org). There you                                                                                                   voice may be all that is needed
can update personal information on file                                                                                                   If your hoarseness is caused by a
at the headquarters, particularly e-mail                                                                                             gastric reflux problem, inhale steam to
addresses. It also offers search capa-                                                                                               lubricate your vocal cords. Stand in a
bilities to locate quartets, other mem-                                                                                              hot shower for 10 minutes or run a hu-
bers, chapters and much more.                                                                                                        midifier in your home. Moisture is
     Members Only requires the use of                                                                                                more important than heat. Speak care-
a password. For first-time users, click                                                                                              fully and never speak above a medium
on “Members Only” at the top right of                                                                                                soft volume.
the Society web page. Then click where                                                                                                    Drinking plenty of water is good
it asks, “Don’t have a password?” and                                                                                                for you. Avoid caffeinated beverages
one will be e-mailed to you, usually                                                                                                 and alcohol; they are all dehydrating.
within 24 hours. When you receive the       This was one of the quartets that performed at the Worcester Chapter’s                        Don’t smoke! Even second hand
password, it is yours permanently. The      installation dinner on January 25. L to R, the members are Bob Vincuilla,                smoke can irritate the vocals folds.
Members Only sign-in page can re-           10-year-old Isaac Swanson, Isaac’s grandfather George Swanson, and                       Furthermore, smoking can cause
member it so it will not be necessary to    our 2001 NED Barbershopper of the year, Dave McFarland. Needless to                      chronic inflammation of the vocal folds
enter the password each time you use        say, Isaac received a standing ovation when he sang the lead to Heart of                 and can lead to cancerous growths on
the site.                                   my Heart.                                                                                the folds.
                                    Spring, 2002                                       Page 5

The Brunswick, ME Nor’easter Chorus presents their 36th Annual Parade of Harmony

Something Old, Something New
                                                         featuring the International
                                                             Champion Quartet


     along with chapter quartets:
     Four Adrift,
     Schooner Crew,
     Back Bay Four, and
     the Windjammers

                                        the Brunswick Nor’easter Chorus
                                        under the direction of Jay Wiley

                                           Saturday, June 8, 2002, 7:00 p.m.
                                           Orion Performing Arts Center
                                           Mt. Ararat Middle School
                                           50 Republic Avenue
                                           Topsham, Maine 04086
                                           General Admission: $15;
                                           Students and Seniors: $12
                                           For more information or tickets, call:
                                           or email: fouradrift@yahoo.com
Page 6                                                                         Spring, 2002

Mountain Division News                      thing the Island City Chorus learned is
                                            that singing and performing well is
                                                                                         ing home appearances.
                                                                                             Pittsfield is getting ready for the
                                                                                                                                     contributed to Big Brothers/Sisters.
                                                                                                                                          The chapter officers for 2002 were
         by Carl Phillips,                  FUN. A February coaching session             April Division Contest. They’re alive       installed by Lou Bernard. They are
     Mountain Division Reporter             with David Wright started raising their      and well, growing, and singing better       planning a drive for new members, and
                                            level of singing. In June, they had a        than ever.                                  have a new chapter coach, Bruce
     Congratulations to the Greater         successful annual show, featuring quar-                                                  Checca, from the Saratoga chapter.
                                                                                         Plattsburgh, NY: The Cumberland
Montreal chapter and Steve Wheaton          tets Joker’s Wild and After Hours, and
                                                                                         Bay Chorus will present its 44th Annual     Springfield, MA: The Springfield
for organizing and hosting another suc-     the chorus’ performance was at another
                                                                                         Show on June 8, at Hawkins Hall on          Chordsmen recently performed a free
cessful Great Northern Harmony Work-        high level. During their fall retreat with
                                                                                         the Plattsburgh State University Cam-       concert for a group of veterans at the
shop, with guest quartet Déjà Vu. Also      Adam Woods, they learned new con-
                                                                                         pus. Tall Order, the NED silver med-        Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, MA. They
congratulations to Jerry Walter, edi-       cepts in Presentation, preparing them
                                                                                         alist, will be the guest quartet.           were also the opening act at the evening
tor of the Burlington Undertone, for        for amazing rehearsals leading up to
                                                                                              When Jim Varno retired as cho-         performance of the Fourth Annual
winning the Northeastern District 2002      contest.
                                                                                         rus director, the chapter appointed Lew     Wilbraham Barbershop Ballad Compe-
Bulletin Editor of the Year contest. The         They sang well on the Lowell con-
                                                                                         DeMar as their new music director. For      tition. Sincere thanks to chorus mem-
Undertone, along with Hanover’s sec-        test stage and earned a fourth place
                                                                                         their annual show, the chorus will be       ber Walter Gill, who was the liaison
ond place Chips, advance to the Inter-      medal, despite being one of the smaller
                                                                                         directed by Lew — but with a new twist,     between the NED and the Wilbraham
national Bulletin contest.                  competing choruses—“The little cho-
                                                                                         the chorus will also be directed by the     Rotary Club. This year’s contest fea-
     My thanks to Jerry Walter, John        rus that could.”
                                                                                         chapter’s two past directors, Jim Varno     tured some excellent quartets from
Rusk, Lou Bernard, Rich Gervais,                 In December, they completed a full
                                                                                         and Lou Bernard.                            around the District, including last year’s
Dick Moriarty, and Fred Schonen-            schedule of holiday performances, sold
                                                                                              The Board of Directors for 2002 is     contest winner, Northeast Connection,
berg for providing chapter inputs.          their Nôel Christmas CDs, and gathered
                                                                                         headed by Michael Deeb for the sixth        and this year’s current District Cham-
                                            in Central Station, singing for travelers
Burlington, VT: The Burlington Chap-                                                     time. He must be doing something            pion, Road Show.
                                            bound for exotic locations like Toronto
ter had an exciting and busy 2001. The                                                   right! The Secretary is Dan Gallo,               The Chordsmen completed the
                                            and Quebec City.
chapter put on six paid package shows,                                                   Treasurer Charles Spencer, VP of            most successful Singing Valentines pro-
                                                 In January of this year they re-
sold 70 Singing Valentines, produced a                                                   Chapter Development David Hurd,             gram in their history. Four quartets pre-
                                            corded their submission for the CBC
successful annual show featuring Plati-                                                  and VP for Music and Performance            sented valentines to more than 75 un-
                                            National Choral Competition. They
num quartet, hosted a 20 Week Club                                                       Lew DeMar.                                  suspecting recipients in the Springfield
                                            later learned that the Island City Cho-
fund-raising banquet, held two pre-con-                                                       On February 2, fifteen members of      area, . A color photograph of one of
                                            rus had qualified to sing, for the sec-
test retreats and two chorus workshops,                                                  the chapter headed for the Great North-     the quartets appeared on the front page
                                            ond year, in ARCIM’s contest in April.
sang the National Anthem at three Ver-                                                   ern Harmony Workshop in Montreal.           of the Springfield Union News, and an-
                                                 At their installation dinner, MC’d
mont Expos baseball games (also rais-                                                    Two chapter quartets, Harmonix, and         other quartet appeared on their local
                                            by chapter coach Bruce Checca, their
ing funds with a 50/50 raffle), sang at                                                  a quartet as yet unnamed, received ex-      ABC affiliate’s morning show.
                                            BOTY was Richard Frenette. In Feb-
three early-bird singouts, and had a                                                     pert coaching. The other chapter mem-
                                            ruary, they hosted the Great Northern                                                    Troy, NY: The Uncle Sam Chorus
great time at their chapter picnic.                                                      bers attended classes offered by an ex-
                                            Harmony Workshop, a resounding suc-                                                      completed its 11th year with their fourth
     After a disappointing finish in the                                                 ceptional group of instructors.
                                            cess. The chorus was again coached                                                       annual Holiday Harmony show at his-
District chorus contest, they threw a
                                            by Adam Woods.                               Schenectady, NY: Two members of the         toric Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
surprise 80 th birthday party for Ed
                                                 For Singing Valentines, 22 chapter      Schenectady Chapter now hold District-      The Sweet Adeline quartette Surprise,
Bechtel, beloved chapter member, quar-
                                            members participated in various quar-        level positions. Phil Christmas, last       was featured, with USC Director Judy
tet singer, and their 2001 BOTY.
                                            tet combinations.                            year’s chapter President, is the District   Huff, singing bass, Springfield’s Direc-
     November began their Holiday sea-
                                                 On May 25, their upcoming annual        VP for Member Services. Walt Lane,          tor Linda Delmolino, as bari, tenor
son with four paid singouts at the local
                                            show, Just An Old Fashioned Love             last year’s VP for Music and Perfor-        Joan Moore, and lead Carol Caloro.
mall, featuring a “large octet.” They
                                            Song, will feature guest quartet Me-         mance, and this year’s VP for Chapter       For the finale, Carol arranged an eight-
ended the year with activities which
                                            tropolis.                                    Development, has taken the job of NED       part Alleluia, sung by Surprise and
have now become traditional. The
                                                 Montreal will host the SPEBSQSA         Chairman of the Bachelor of Barber-         USC. They drew standing ovations for
Green Mountain Chorus sang at the
                                            International Convention in 2003, and        shop Harmony Program, replacing             Alleluia and for God Bless America
Burlington Elks Memorial Service,
                                            the chapter is looking for volunteers to     Ollie David.                                from an audience of over 500. Holi-
dedicated to members who had passed
                                            help. They’ll host 25 choruses, 50 quar-          The Electric City Chorus will per-     day Harmony also featured the Dented
away over the previous twelve months.
                                            tets, and about 12,000 barbershoppers!       form a charity benefit concert on April     Fenders, a new chapter quartet, who put
     They put on their fifth annual Holi-
                                                                                         28 to raise funds for Bethesda House        a real charge into the crowd with their
day Concerts, produced jointly with         Pittsfield, MA: In January, the
                                                                                         of Schenectady, an agency that provides     Shine On Me parody, Batteries.
Harmony Inc’s Barre-Tones. On the           Pittsfield Chapter held a Ladies Night
                                                                                         services to the homeless and near-               After four years as Show Chair-
rehearsal night before Christmas, they      and Installation of Officers. NED Sec-
                                                                                         homeless in the area.                       man, Fred Schonenberg has passed the
went caroling at local senior citizen       retary John Rusk did the installation,
                                                                                              In addition to a Singing Valentines    reins to Pat Flaherty and Warren
housing units. Finally, they ended the      using the theme of new Society Presi-
                                                                                         program, chapter quartets have been         Schell for Holiday Harmony 2002,
year with six new members.                  dent Roger Lewis: “Singing is Life–
                                                                                         busy performing for the community.          scheduled for December 14.
     So far in 2002, in the midst of a      The Rest Is Just Details.” Since the first
                                                                                         Revisions and Homespun Harmony
blizzard, they spent an evening with        of the year, they have had several guests
                                                                                         quartets sang, in a pre-show warmup at
SPEBSQSA Music Specialist Jim               at their chapter meetings who intend to
                                                                                         Proctors Theater, for the road company
                                                                                                                                     ... from the Web
DeBussman, a great vocal coach. Jim         join the chapter. Some are former mem-
                                                                                         of Music Man, February 12-17.
had visited Vermont schools earlier in      bers of other chapters, so they already
                                                                                              Their new officers were installed
the day, promoting the Society’s Young      have barbershop experience. The Berk-
                                                                                         in the annual installation dinner at the        Roger Evans, “How to Read Mu-
Men In Harmony program. They sent           shire Hillsmen Chorus has been invited
                                                                                         Woodlin Club.                               sic”, Crown Trade Paperbacks, NY,
chapter quartets High Voltage, CVQ,         to the Buckeye Invitational in August,
                                                                                                                                     1978, 112 pages, $10, at Barnes &
and Lake Effect Harmony to the Great        as the Northeastern District Small Cho-      South Shore, PQ: In 2001, the direc-
                                                                                                                                     Noble. This book has the best diagrams,
Northern Harmony Workshop and/or            rus Champion, and they’re making             tor of the South Shore Saints stepped
                                                                                                                                     definitions, explanations I’ve found.
Pop Gun school. Finally, they’re pre-       plans to attend. This spring, they have      down, but the chapter gained two other
                                                                                                                                         There’s some great old-time music
paring for their annual show on June 1,     five performances scheduled for the lo-      directors. They put on a successful an-
                                                                                                                                     (20’s and 30’s) on the web for your en-
College Days, featuring guest quartet       cal Elder Hostel group, where they           nual show, featuring the mixed quartet
                                                                                                                                     joyment! The quality of the sound is
Michigan Jake.                              demonstrate the barbershop singing           He Said/She Said, and South Side,
                                                                                                                                     superb! It’s “Radio Free Palace:” http:
                                            style to people from all over the coun-      which was the swan song for Mark
Greater Montreal, PQ: In recapping                                                                                                   //neon.communities.com/music/index.
                                            try. They also have planned some nurs-       Lewis. The chorus produced a CD, and
the events of 2001, the most important                                                                                               html. Enjoy!
                                                                              Spring, 2002                                                          Page 7

From A Romanian                              the story of the guy who went down one
                                             hundred floors with a woman in a            The Scituate, Mass., South Shore Men Of Harmony Proudly Present

Newspaper                                    wheelchair without knowing who she
                                             was, or of the Californian hockey
                                                                                         A Barbershop Concert
     from The NewYorker Times                player, who fought with the terrorists
                                             and prevented the plane from hitting a
[Editor’s Note: This article, written by     target that would have killed other hun-
Mr. Comel Nistorescu, was published          dreds or thousands of people. How on
under the title “Centarea Americii” on       earth were they able to bow before a
24 September in the Romanian news-           fellow human?
paper Evenimentul Zilei (The Daily                Imperceptibly, with every word and
Event), with the subhead “An Ode to          musical note, the memory of some
America–Why are Americans so                 turned into a modern myth of tragic he-
united?”]                                    roes. And with every phone call, mil-
                                                                                        Featured Quartets:

     They don’t resemble one another
even if you paint them! They speak all
                                             lions and millions of dollars were put
                                             in a collection aimed at rewarding not
                                             a man or a family, but a spirit which
                                                                                        Yankee Ingenuity
the languages of the world and form an       nothing can buy.
astonishing mixture of civilizations.             What on earth can unite the Ameri-
                                                                                                (from the South Shore Men of Harmony)
Some of them are nearly extinct, others      cans in such a way? Their land? Their      and

                                                                                        Ain’t Misbehavin’
are incompatible with one another, and       galloping history? Their economic
in matters of religious beliefs, not even    power? Money? I tried for hours to
God can count how many they are.             find an answer, humming songs and
     Still, the American tragedy turned      murmuring phrases which risk of
three hundred million people into a          sounding like commonplaces. I thought                           (Sweet Adelines International)
hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed         things over, but I reached only one con-
to accuse the White House, the army,         clusion.
the secret services that they are only a          Only freedom can work such
bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to            miracles.                                  together with:
empty their bank accounts. Nobody
rushed on the streets nearby to gape
                                                                                        Four Aces Quartet
about. The Americans volunteered to                                                     Spindrift Quartet
                                             Renew Your                                 The South Shore Men of Harmony Chorus
donate blood and to give a helping
hand. After the first moments of panic,

                                             Membership On-line
they raised the flag on the smoking ru-
ins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in
the colors of the national flag. They                                                   The    Lighthouse Four Quartet
                                                 from SPEBSQSA’s Live Wire
placed flags on buildings and cars as if
in every place and on every car a min-
                                                                                        The    Harborside Harmonizers Quartet
ister or the president was passing. On
                                                  You can now pay your membership
                                             renewal on-line. Go to the Society
                                                                                        The    Sandpipers Quartet
every occasion they started singing their
traditional song, God Bless America!
                                             Members Only site (http://www.             The    Cape Cod Surftones Chorus
                                             spebsqsa.org/members), click the “Re-
     Silent as a rock, I watched the char-
                                             new your membership online” link.
ity concert broadcast on Saturday once,
twice, three times, on different TV
                                             You can pay with either a Visa or          and
                                             MasterCard. If your dues are not cor-
channels. There were Clint Eastwood,
Willie Nelson, Robert de Niro, Julia
                                             rect or if you’re changing chapters, you   The combined SSMH & Surftones Choruses
                                             should contact the Membership Depart-
Roberts, Cassius Clay, Jack Nicholson,
                                             ment and renew using the normal pa-
Bruce Springsteen, Silvester Stallone,
James Wood, and many others whom
                                             per form (800-876-7464, x8471).                  Sunday, June 9, 2002, 3:00 P.M.
no film or producers could ever bring
together. The Americans’ solidarity                                                               Notre Dame Academy,
spirit turned them into a choir. Actu-
                                                                                              1073 Main Street, Hingham, MA.
ally, choir is not the word. What you
could hear was the heavy artillery of the    New Committee
American soul. What neither George
W. Bush, nor Bill Clinton, nor Colin         Chair for BBOH                              General Admission: $15.00; Students and Seniors: $10.00
Powell could say without facing the risk                 by Art Lively
of stumbling over words and sounds,                     President, NED                    Directions: Take Rte 128 or the Southeast Expressway south
was being heard in a great and unmis-                                                    to Rte 3. Go south on Rte 3 to Exit 14 (Rte 228, Main St.). Exit
takable way in this charity concert.              I am pleased to announce the ap-       toward Hingham. In 1-2 miles, look for a Notre Dame sign on
     I don’t know how it happened that       pointment of Walt Lane of the                                          the left.
all this obsessive singing of America        Schenectady, NY, Chapter as our new
didn’t sound croaky, nationalist, or os-     Bachelor of Barbershop Harmony
                                                                                         For more information, call Nanette Habershaw at 781-749-1746.
tentatious! It made you green with envy      (BBOH) Chairman, effective immedi-
because you weren’t able to sing for         ately. He will replace Ollie David, who
your country without running the risk        has been handling this responsibility
of being considered chauvinist, ridicu-      since 1995.
lous, or suspected of who-knows-what              Many thanks, Ollie, for your years                     This event is presented for the benefit of
mean interests.                              of devotion and hard work in this en-                       The New England Chapter of the Batten
     I watched the live broadcast and the    deavor!                                                     Disease Support and Research Association.
rerun of its rerun for hours listening to         Welcome aboard, Walt!
Page 8                                                                           Spring, 2002

2001 Big Year for NED                        tors will be polled on the quality of their
                                             contest experience and ways to improve        Long Range Planning HEP Is Back
Chorus Directors Ass’n                       it. We hope to tape directors at the re-
                                             gional chorus contests this spring, but       Committee Formed            by Jim Dodge
                                                                                                                NED DVP - Music & Performance
          by Chuck Eaker,                    we may not be able to make this hap-                      by Alan Lamson
         President, NEDCDA                   pen this year.                                           NED Executive VP                           Back in the 60s and 70s, the North-
                                                  Finally, it is time for all NED cho-                                                      eastern District had an actively func-
     Last year was filled with important     rus directors and assistant directors to            There has been a need for some             tioning Harmony Education Program
events for the NEDCDA. As usual, the         renew their memberships. Please send          time to start thinking about where the           (HEP) Team. The team comprised men
most important was our eighth annual         a check for $15 payable to NEDCDA             Northeastern District wants to be in the         who were willing to share their musi-
Chorus Director’s Seminar. It was held       to:                                           future. The District Board just does not         cal talents by traveling around the dis-
the weekend of November 30 through                     Stephen Anderson                    have the time or resources to do this on         trict and conducting workshops and
December 2 in Holyoke and met with                     37 Dimmock Rd.                      top of all of the day-to-day and week-           coaching clinics for quartets and cho-
rave reviews from the attendees. The                   Waterford, CT 06385                 to-week activities that they must orga-          ruses. The original HEP team, spear-
faculty consisted of Joe Hunter, Jerry       to cover your 2002 NEDCDA dues.               nize, coordinate and complete. Frankly,          headed by Lou Perry and Bob Dun-
Knickerbocker, Steve Jamison, and            Director’s dues are a legitimate expense      there has not been enough time to think          ning, became a model for subsequent
Steve Plumb. All of them received high       of his chapter. They support the work         about where and what we want to be as            HEP team initiatives at the Society
ratings from the participants.               being done by the NEDCDA which is             a barbershop organization two years,             level. But in the 80s, the HEP idea
     Many repeat attendees view the          entirely supported by its dues. Even          five years, or ten years from now.               drifted away. Coaching became more
seminar as a chance to get other per-        though we are an official affiliate of the          After careful thought and reflec-          ad hoc (that’s Latin for “If you’ve got
spectives on problems and possibilities      NED, we are completely self-support-          tion, a new special committee has been           the money, you can bring in some big
from their peers, to learn from talented     ing. Please join us.                          formulated, approved by the Board and            name to coach you!”)
trainers, and to extinguish burn-out and          If you are a new director or assis-      appointed by the District President. The              Well, we’re changing that. Under
get the old batteries recharged for an-      tant director of a chorus in the NED,         committee members are:                           the auspices of the Singing A’s team,
other year of musical progress. And          send contact information to one of the              Paul Arnone                                we are bringing HEP teams back to
some of us are just plain fun to spend       NEDCDA officers so we can keep you                     Northshoremen Chorus                    NED. The Singing A’s goal is to train
time with.                                   informed of activities and opportunities.             Beverly, MA                              a functioning HEP team in each of our
     The next most significant event for     While you’re at it, include a $15 check             Mike Martin                                five divisions by 2004. Right now, we
the association last year was Ernie          for your 2002 dues.                                    Downeasters Chorus                      have teams in Granite/Pine and Sunrise
Johansen’s decision to leave the board            If you are a chapter officer, arrange             Portland, ME                            and will train a Mountain Division team
and spend more time in Florida. Ernie        for your chapter to send a check to Steve           Allen McKenzie                             sometime this year.
has been the Secretary/Treasurer of the      Anderson to pay the dues for your                      Atlantic Swells Chorus                       What does that mean to you? It
NEDCDA since the organization was            director’s and assistant director’s mem-               Halifax, NS                             means that you have (or will have) a
founded (by Ernie) in 1992. He is the        berships. This will guarantee that they             Jim Nolan                                  group of men in your division who are
main reason for its continued success        will receive NEDCDA mailings which                     Silk City Chorus                        “on call” to provide coaching for your
in its mission to both identify and grow     include anouncements of our seminar,                   Manchester, CT                          quartet or chorus, or to staff a weekend
chorus directors in the NED. The NED         other schools, and any additional re-               Steve Wheaton                              workshop for several choruses. What
and the NEDCDA are deeply indebted           sources for directors that become avail-              Island City Chorus                       does it cost? We ask only that the ex-
to Ernie for his tireless efforts support-   able. If you have a new director, send                 Montreal, PQ                            penses of the coaches be paid. If your
ing those of us who direct choruses in       his contact information to one of the         We thank these gentlemen for taking on           division doesn’t yet have a team, call
the district. Thanks, Ernie, and enjoy       NEDCDA officers. And while you’re             a new and challenging endeavor.                  anyway. Granite/Pine is close enough.
the sunshine.                                at it, include a chapter check for his              The task of this ongoing commit-           Stateside, contact me (until we get a co-
     This year promises to be another        dues.                                         tee will be to develop, with input from          ordinator) and in Sunrise, contact Dave
great year for the NEDCDA. The an-                And if your chorus is looking for a      the District Board and other sources, a          Bain or Don McRae.
nual meeting was held in conjunction         director, the NEDCDA will help. Con-          planning document that will (1) iden-                 We’re pretty excited about this.
with COTS in January. Elected Presi-         tact any of the NEDCDA officers.              tify development needs within the                Our ultimate goal is to have around 50
dent was Chuck Eaker, director of                                                          NED, (2) establish strategies for reach-         men throughout NED trained in the
Schenectady’s Electric City Chorus.                                                        ing those goals, (3) set priorities, and         Singing A’s notion of coaching and
Renee Silverstein, director of Pough-                                                      (4) evaluate progress toward those               ready to help you become a better
keepsie’s Newyorkers Chorus was                                                            goals. The initial work of the commit-           singer. If you’re interested, go to the
elected Vice President. Elected Secre-                                                     tee will be to create a framework for            NED website: www.newebgroup.com/
tary/Treasurer was Stephen Anderson,                                                       the planning tool that is well structured,       ned/ and click on Singing A’s. If you
director of New London’s Sea Notes
Chorus. These three are rapidly dis-         Oh, Say Can You Fee                           with flexiblity to allow a response to
                                                                                                                                            were at HCNE last year, you might have
                                                                                                                                            had HEP team guys as your coaches and
covering how much Ernie actually did                   by Mike Strianese                         Unlike the District Board which is         can attest to their effectiveness.
as Secretary/Treasurer, and plans are                   NED VP, Events                     elected for specific terms, the members               Sound good? We think so!
being made to revise the Association                                                       of this committee will be appointed.
By-Laws to split the Secretary/Trea-              There is a $10.00 fee for those at-      This will allow it to set a direction for
                                                                                                                                                  Q: Did you hear about
surer office into two offices.               tending the contest as an observer.           the District that will transcend the nor-
                                                                                                                                                   the director who got
     Preparations are under way for the      Those competing either in a chorus or         mal evolution of the District Board and
                                                                                                                                                     hit by lightning?
2002 Seminar. It will be in a new loca-      quartet do not have to pay the $10.00         minimize the time each new board takes
                                                                                                                                                 A: He must have been a
tion since the Holyoke site is not avail-    fee. Their chapters will be billed, after     developing work plans for each year.
                                                                                                                                                     good conductor!
able this year. A web site of resources      the contest, based on the number of           It is anticipated that after the initial plan-
for NED directors is under construction,     competitors put on stage, as taken from       ning document is established, the com-
and work is in progress to strengthen
NEDCDA’s relationships with the NED
                                             the official judges scoring summary.
                                             The chapter is responsible for this fee.
                                                                                           mittee will annually review the docu-
                                                                                           ment and recommend revisions to the              Double Or Nothing
Board, as well as with the CDWI and          Quartet members not competing with a          document to the Board and House of
Chorus Director’s Certification pro-         chorus will be billed separately.             Delegates.                                           This year in Portland there will be
grams. Once again, directors will be              However, quartets competing in the             If they call on you for assistance or      two quartets competing that have the
video taped from behind the chorus           Spring Prelims must pay full registra-        input, respond so that this document             same name: Matrix, the 2001 BABS
(looking toward the audience) at the fall    tions ($15.00 per man) per NED By-            will fairly represent the thinking and de-       champions, and Matrix, the 2001 JAD
chorus contest in Lake Placid. Direc-        Laws.                                         sires of most District members.                  champions.
                                                                           Spring, 2002                                                                   Page 9

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Schedule of Events—Eastern and Western Regional Conventions
                     Western Regional Convention                                                          Eastern Regional Convention

Friday, April 19, 2002
Time                     Event                                    Venue*          Friday, April 5, 2002
Noon - 7:00PM            Registration Desk -                         1            Time                      Event                                    Venue*
 5:30PM                  Judges/VIP Dinner -                         1            Noon - 5:00PM             Registration Desk -                        1
 6:00PM                  New Registrations/Single Tickets            2             5:30PM                   Judges/VIP Dinner -                        1
 6:00PM                  NED Shed                                    2             6:00PM                   New Registrations/Single Tickets           2
 7:00PM                  Spring Prelims &                                          6:00PM                   NED Shed                                   2
                          Divisional Quartet Contests                2             7:00PM                   Combined Divisional Quartet Contest        2
Following Contest        Evaluation Sessions, Eliminated Quartets    1            Following Contest         Evaluation Sessions, Eliminated Quartets   1

Saturday, April 20, 2002
 8:00AM                 School Opens                                2             Saturday, April 6, 2002
 9:30AM                 Judges Breakfast -                          1              8:00AM                 HOD Meeting                                 1
10:00AM                 Registration Desk & NED Shed                2              8:00AM                 School Opens                                2
12:00 Noon              Combined Division Chorus Contest            2              9:30AM                 Judges Breakfast -                          1
Following Contest       Evaluation Sessions                         2             10:00AM                 Registration Desk & NED Shed                2
 6:00PM                 Judges/VIP Dinner -                         1             12:00 Noon              Combined Division Chorus Contest            2
 6:45PM                 Registration Desk Opens                     2             Following Contest       Evaluation Sessions                         2
 6:45PM                 NED Shed                                    2              6:00PM                 Judges/VIP Dinner -                         1
 8:00PM                 Quartet Finals                              2              6:45PM                 Registration Desk Opens                     2
Following Contest       Nashua Chapter Performs                     2              8:00PM                 Tentative All-Star Show                     2
Following Show          Evaluation Sessions                         1

Sunday, April 21, 2002                                                            Sunday, April 7, 2002
8:30AM                 Convention Team Meeting -                    1              8:30AM               Convention Team Meeting -                     1

        *1 = Sheraton Hartford Hotel      2 = Manchester HS                               *1 = Best Western Wynwood Hotel       2 = Portsmouth HS
Page 10                                                                         Spring, 2002

Next Year, Laura Bush?                                                                    The “Pype” Line                             succeeded. It will do great things for
                                                                                                                                      your own committment and your orga-
                                                                                                  by Donald W. Pyper,                 nization will be revitalized by it.
                                                                                                                                          And now, a few items from the So-
                                                                                                                                      ciety Board meeting at midwinter.
                                                                                                 Ruth and I travelled to Riverside,
                                                                                                                                      1) The qualifying scores for quartets
                                                                                          California for the recent Society mid-
                                                                                                                                      in Portland will be 1824 (double) and
                                                                                          winter convention. It was a well orga-
                                                                                                                                      2736 (triple).
                                                                                          nized affair. The Society board meets
                                                                                                                                      2) The Board approved recommenda-
                                                                                          for a couple days and plans for the suc-
                                                                                                                                      tions for naming chapters, to effect con-
                                                                                          cessful operation of the organization.
                                                                                                                                      sistency on formatting and referencing
                                                                                          Also included is the ever-growing
                                                                                                                                      chapter names. More information is
                                                                                          Senior’s quartet competition and two
                                                                                                                                      available in the bylaws.
                                                                                          fine shows featuring the latest medalist
                                                                                                                                      3) The Board voted to uphold the rule
                                                                                          quartets. You should treat yourself to
                                                                                                                                      regarding medals worn about the neck.
                                                                                          this excellent barbershopping experi-
                                                                                                                                      This style of medal is reserved for So-
                                                                                          ence some time before you leave this
                                                                                                                                      ciety medalists and champions, as well
SERENDIPITY On Valentine’s Day, one of Imagination quartet’s deliv-                            Congratulations to the NED
                                                                                                                                      as senior and college champions.
eries was at the offices of the Metrowest Daily News in Framingham,                       senior’s quartet, Top Drawer Four,
                                                                                                                                      4) Harmony marketplace continues to
Mass. Governor Jane Swift happened to be there, and the quartet                           who presented Carolina in the Morn-
                                                                                                                                      improve its selection and sales annu-
asked if she would like to receive a Singing Valentine. “Wonderful!”                      ing, and That’s An Irish Lullaby very
she reportedly said, “All I usually get is candy or flowers!” The camera                  well. Ron Higgins, Harold Laros,
                                                                                                                                      5) A special planning session of the
caught her reaction as the quartet serenaded her with I Love You Truly.                   Ron Keenhold and Gary Richardson
                                                                                                                                      Society Board will be held in April,
Imagination is from the Natick, MA, chapter. It comprises Nick                            represented the district in good style.
                                                                                                                                      2002, to deal with current concerns and
Colaianni, Tenor; Ralph Kerr, Lead; John Mangan, Bari; and Dan                            They sing with such passion and reso-
                                                                                                                                      future growth items.
Robinson, Bass.         Photo by Metrowest Daily News staff photographer Marshall Wolff
                                                                                          nance. The competition in this contest
                                                                                                                                      6) A revision to Article II D 1 of the
                                                                                                                                      C&J rules has been implemented. It
                                                                                          is becoming tougher each year.
                                                                                                                                      states that each district will select its se-
                                                                                               As you can imagine, the topic of
                                                                                                                                      niors quartet representative at the fall
                                                                                          membership in the Society is a main
                                                                                                                                      district convention competition. This
                                                                                          feature in discussions of the future. We
                                                                                                                                      will improve the selection process for
                                                                                          have plateaued at a level which forces
                         REGISTRATION FORM                                                                                            this popular event.
                                                                                          the Society board to dig deeper into cost
                   2002 Harmony Explosion (HX) Camp
                                                                                          cutting avenues, and search for ideas
                   Northeastern District of SPEBSQSA                                      which will energize the invitational na-
        August 8-11, 2002 Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA
                                                                                          ture of our harmonious existence. I
  First Name______________________ Last Name______________________________                think I just tried to say that we need to
                                                                                          CREATE some new projects for invit-
                                                                                                                                      Ev Nau and The
  Nickname_______________ Telephone _______________ Email _________________               ing new members into the fold.
                                                                                               Each year brings us a whole new
                                                                                                                                      Unkindest Cut of All
  Home Address____________________________________________________________
                                                                                          crop of every age level. Statistics would
                                                                                          prove that we are only tapping a small           In January, Everett Nau underwent
                                                                                          number of the men out there who are         a quadruple bypass operation. He came
  High School_____________________________________________________________                just waiting to be invited. When I think    through it with only a minor, short-term
                                                                                          of how many of us wished we had been        complication and was home in less than
  School Address__________________________________________________________                                                            a week to continue his recuperation.
                                                                                          contacted and invited sooner than we
  City_____________________________State/Prov_________________Zip/PC________              were, it astounds me why we don’t take      Here are some quotes from his mes-
                                                                                          the bull by the horns, and become bar-      sages on the Harmonet.
  Sponsoring Chapter_____________________________________________________                 bershop salesmen. It’s not difficult.            “[My] prognosis is excellent. Each
                                                                                          Carry an invitation card with you and       hour I truly feel stronger and better,
  Are you a teacher?___________________Are you a student?___________________                                                          [but] my body right now looks like I
                                                                                          pass it out whenever the opportunity
  (Teachers) Have you taught barbershop harmony before? (circle one)        Yes No        arises. You might even consider creat-      won second place in an axe fight.
                                                                                          ing the opportunity by doing a presen-           “Six days in a cardiac hospital can
  (Students) Have you sung barbershop harmony before? (circle one)          Yes No        tation at a local club. We are the best     give one lots of time to reflect and see
                                                                                          kept secret in the world. We are also       life a little differently. I have learned a
  Voice part (if known) _______ or high pitched voice _____ low pitched voice____                                                     great deal about me, but more impor-
                                                                                          one of the most dynamic organizations
  Will you have guests at the Saturday night show? Y___N____ How many? ____               on the planet.                              tant, I’ve learned the power of collec-
                                                                                               So here’s your challenge. Start im-    tive positive thinking that all of you, my
  Have you attended HX Camp before? Y_____ N_____ How many times?______                   mediately by making a list of people and    family and other friends, so willingly
                                                                                          groups to present your organization to      shared and continue to do so.
  Will you leave with your parent after the show on Saturday? Y____ N____
  (If yes, the permission slip below must be filled out prior to the camp weekend.)       and get at it. Don’t be disappointed at          “. . . there will never be a time in
                                                                                          first results. You have to practice be-     the future when I will not be grateful
  Return this form to the sponsoring chapter, then to:                                    fore you improve. No one starts at the      for your thoughts, prayers, e-mail,
                Paul Arnone, 22 Hancock Road, Malden MA, 02148                            top.                                        phone calls, cards and support for my
                        781-324-7874       arnonep@att.net                                                                            wife and son through a very difficult
                                                                                              Some people say that this is dream-
  —————————————————————————————                                                                                                       period for them.”
                                                                                          ing. All successful people and organi-
                                 PERMISSION SLIP                                          zations will tell you straight out that          “. . . the inhalation therapist asked
  My son will leave with me (print) ___________________________________________           success thrives on dreams and effort.       me if I knew what diaphragmatic
                                                                                          The best challenge is this. Each one of     breathing was! February 4th, our
  or designated person (print) ________________________________________________                                                       chapter’s guest night, he’ll stop by. I’ll
                                                                                          us should set a goal to involve one per-
                                                                                          son in barbershop harmony over the          be on him like white on rice. This boy
  Signed _____________________________________ Date ______________________
                                                                                          next year. Don’t stop trying until you’ve   is going to be my next Man-of-Note!
                                                                               Spring, 2002                                                                        Page 11

Nor’easter Memories                         year in Worcester, MA.
                                                 Jim Kissack gave us an update on
                                                                                              The Second Annual Lake George
                                                                                         Barbershop Jamboree was announced            Changes to NED Shed
10, 20, 30 Years Ago                        Walter Latzko’s condition in that is-
                                            sue; Walter had had a stroke. Ken
                                                                                         by Pat Gilgallon and hosted by The
                                                                                         Saratoga Springs Chapter. Apparently
                                                                                                                                              by Alan Lamson,
                                                                                                                                              NED Executive VP
       by Norm Mendenhall                   Hatton (from Bluegrass Student               the First Lake George Invitational men-               and Rick Barry,
      Saratoga Springs Chapter              Union fame – 1978 Int’l Champs) had          tioned above was a take-off of this event         NED DVP-Marketing & PR
                                            coordinated an effort to get Walter a        which lasted only a few years in the
     Well, this time we’ll examine the      new computer and software to enable          ’80s. The First Annual Comedy Quar-               The NED Shed is the Northeastern
Spring or March issues of the               him to continue composing and arrang-        tet Contest was the featured event of        District’s equivalent of Harmony Mar-
Nor’easter of past years. The main          ing, as his stroke had impaired his abil-    the weekend.                                 ketplace. It offers our members a vari-
topic of discussion for each of them was    ity to write.                                                                             ety of manuals, tapes, CDs, clothing,
the Spring Convention in the various             The first Lake George Invitational      30 Years Ago                                 pitch pipes, etc. Since most of us can’t
cities around the district. Quartets were   (hosted by Saratoga Springs) was an-              In 1972, the Nor’easter was edited      attend Society activities such as the In-
honing their skills to attempt to be the    nounced for the first week in June.          by Roy Hayward. On the front page            ternational Convention or Harmony
one or ones to represent the NED at the     Some new events were being tried for         of both the January and March issues         College, we plan to strengthen the of-
following International Convention in       the first time – things like a “Lip Sync     were articles written by Jim Dodge           ferings from the NED Shed to meet the
July. Choruses were preparing for Di-       Quartet Contest,” a “Thanks for being        about quartetting. As I read through         needs of our members and chapters.
vision Contests attempting to qualify for   a Barbershop Nut” party, and a com-          them, I was reminded that quartets were           Based on the comments received
District.                                   edy quartet contest. Tom McQueeney           struggling with the same things then         at the past three or four NED Sheds,
     One thing I have noticed as I go       was instrumental in putting this together    (like singing to the audience, and           we have made some changes in the or-
through these old issues of the             because he was living in Lake George         FACES, FACES) as they are today.             ganization of the activity, and new
Nor’easter is that certain names that       at that time. The Third Annual Bolton             Dick Pierpont was the NED Presi-        changes are being planned. First, and
were making news then are still mak-        Landing Quartet Festival was an-             dent. It amazes me when I see an ar-         most important, we have new, perma-
ing news now, but for different reasons.    nounced by Andy Pratt.                       ticle of thirty years ago that it could be   nent co-chairs for the NED Shed. Ron
Names like Mike Maino, Ken Abbott,               Sad notes included the passing of       published today and be current with          Kamel and his wife, Denise, of the
Jim Dodge and Gary Glidden just to          Vern Reed (Tenor in the Buffalo Bills,       very few changes. Dick spoke of mem-         Leominster, MA chapter have agreed
name a few. I find it gratifying that       1950 Int’l Champs) at age 73 after a         bership retention, COTS, dues, HOD           to take on responsibility of organizing
these men are still working hard to make    long bout of Alzheimer’s disease. From       meetings and the Operating Code.             and improving the NED Shed. They
our hobby the best it can be for us, un-    1957 to 1967, Vern had made 4,564 ap-        Things haven’t changed much in such          will start their duties with the Eastern
paid (except, perhaps, by our applause)     pearances in concert, on TV, legitimate      areas since then.                            Regional Convention. They will work
and unselfish in their untiring efforts.    stage, on the radio, at conventions, state        I found a picture titled “Current       closely with the Harmony Marketplace
                                            fairs, nightclubs and hotels, not to men-    quartet champs – The Boston Com-             staff to offer our members some of the
10 Years Ago                                tion the major motion picture of             mon.” They were standing under a sign        most relevant and current materials to
     The front and back pages of the        Meredith Willson’s The Music Man.            that said, “Boston Common – This is          help us enjoy our hobby, improve our
March, 1992, Nor’easter (I was the edi-          Dick Young (NED President,              your park, keep it clean.” The caption       abilities, and learn new things.
tor) gave us a wealth of information        1982–83) passed away from a heart at-        announced that Wally Cluett’s spot as             The NED Shed will be available at
about the upcoming Spring Convention        tack in February of 1992. He was ac-         bari in the quartet had recently been        the following activities:
in Peabody, MA, complete with a             tive in NEWCANEWENG, the NED                 filled by Larry Tully of the Springfield          Eastern Regional Convention
schedule of events and places to go,        honor society, and had put together a        Chapter and former lead of the 1970          Portsmouth, NH, April 5-6, 2002
things to do and general information        mobile museum of events in our dis-          NED Champs, The Four Scores. I                    Western Regional Convention
about Peabody and the surrounding           trict over many years. I still wonder        wonder if they had the dream then that       Manchester, CT, April 19-20, 2002
area. The mayor of Peabody was ex-          whatever happened to that mobile mu-         they would eventually wear gold med-              Harmony College Northeast
pected to proclaim that week as “Bar-       seum – does anyone know?                     als.                                         Fitchburg, MA, August 16-17 2002
bershop Harmony Week” and Stan                   Charles Farreault of the Worces-             On page seven of the January is-             Fall Convention
Fuller (NED PR Chairman) was telling        ter Chapter and Bill Gourd of the Nor-       sue was a full page of pictures of the       Lake Placid, NY, October 25-26, 2002
us all about the details of the weekend.    wich Chapter passed away that year           NED’s 25th Birthday Party that had been           COTS
     The three top quartets that were       also.                                        held the previous October. Previous          N. Falmouth, MA, January 10-12, 2003
mentioned as favorites in the running                                                    NED Quartet Champs which provided                 One of the advantages of purchas-
for the top scores and a chance to go on    20 Years Ago                                 the entertainment for that party were        ing from the NED Shed is that you will
to New Orleans’ International Conven-            The Spring, 1982, Nor’easter (ed-       pictured on that page: The Four Scores       save the $6.00 shipping charges in-
tion were Rave Review, Prime Alliance       ited by Gilbert Bouffard) contained in-      (1970), The Inspirations (1969), The         curred when you order from the Har-
and Reunion. Next issue, we will find       formation about the upcoming Spring          Spotlighters (1968), The Neptuners           mony Marketplace. Further, you get a
out who was right and who was wrong.        Convention in Worcester, MA. Enter-          (1967), The Adventurers (1966), The          chance to see and touch the objects you
     In other news, then president Bill     tainment for the weekend were some           Musical Mates (1965), The Four               are purchasing. Not only that, but the
Ferrigno’s article explained what was       names you might remember. They were          Statesmen (1964), The Cross Country-         profit goes to the NED to help defray
coming up in ’92. His biggest concern       the Narragansett Bay Chorus (then            men (1963), The Connecticut Yankees          the cost of other programs we offer.
was that the district lost had 142 mem-     champs) and the Worcester Men of             (1962), and The Merry Notes (1955).               There are other opportunities that
bers in the previous year, and Ron          Song along with a couple of quartets              More issues were published that         we will try to implement as we go along,
Menard (NED Membership Guru) was            whose name might ring a bell,: The           year, so each one was smaller than the       including the ability for chapters to or-
pointing out ways to stem that outward      Four Statesmen and The Boston Com-           quarterly issues that were done in pre-      der material through the District prior
flow. Jim Kissack was looking for           mon – not too shabby a lineup!               vious and following years.                   to any of the above events. The mate-
nominations for NED Barbershopper of             NED President Dick Young wrote                                                       rial will be shipped to the event with
the Year (BOTY), and Stan Fuller was        a front-page article which talked about                                                   our regular order, your chapter will save
looking for nominations for NED Pub-        events in the district. A picture of Ernie                                                the shipping charges, and the District
lic Relations Officer of the Year           Johansen (then the NED District Mu-                                                       will share with the chapter a portion of
(PROTY). John Austin (Immediate             sic Educator) with hardly a gray hair to                                                  the profit made on the shipment. Ev-
Past President) introduced the Bachelor     be seen, accompanied his article of up-                                                   eryone wins!
of Harmony Degree program. He also          coming events like Harmony Pilgrim-                                                            So when you see Ron and Denise
outlined the details for the Joe Barber-    age. He also talked about the new re-                                                     at the Conventions in Portsmouth or
shopper chorus composed of non-com-         cording equipment that had been used                                                      Manchester, step up and thank them for
peting members of the NED in a com-         to tape contestants in contests for the                                                   taking on this important activity to help
bined chorus at the fall convention that    first time the previous year.                                                             serve you, our members.
Page 12                                                                     Spring, 2002

Who Are The Chapter Coaches?                                                             Below is a list of the 2002 Chapter Coaches and their assigned chapters. They
                                                                                    will contact the chapter presidents. But a chapter president may invite the coach to
                             by Leo A. Ouellette                                    a chapter meeting or, even better, to a board meeting.
                              DVP, CSLT, NED                                             One of the key items that the Society requires each chapter to develop is a
                                                                                    Mission Statement. If a chapter does not have a Mission Statement, the Chapter
     Chapter Coaches are not music, singing or choregraphy coaches. They are        Coach can help to create one. A one page or even a one paragraph statement of the
resources which Chapter officers, or any chapter member for that matter, may go     chapter’s mission is all that is needed. This will allow the chapter members to
to for help. Chapter Coaches have access to many resources both at the District     know where they are going.
and the Society level. If they cannot help you immediately with your problem,            Please use these coaches. They have all been trained; they are ready and
they WILL find help SOON.                                                           willing and rarin’ to help!

                    Chapter Coaches, E mail Addresses and Chapter Assignments As of January 18, 2002
                                                                                                                                 Picking the Small Chorus Champion

                                                                                                                                 Letter To The Editor
Name                 Email                         Home Address               Phone Number         Chapters
Arnone, Paul         arnonep@worldnet.att.net      22 Hancock Rd              781-324-7874         Natick, MA
                                                   Malden, MA 02148                                Cape Cod, MA
                                                                                                   Brockton, MA
                                                                                                   Medway, MA                          I’m writing because I just can’t
                                                                                                                                 let Cotton Damon’s article on page 3
Arms, Chad           carms@maine.edu               RR 3, Box 6642             207-623-9389         Mid Coast, ME
                                                   Vassalboro, ME                                  Scituate, MA                  of the last issue go unchallenged.
                                                   04989-9507                                      Brunswick, ME                       He is in favor of the current sys-
                                                                                                                                 tem of picking the Small Chorus
Bergeson, Eric       etberg@mediaone.net           41 Ledgewood Hills Dr      603-882-6543         Boston, MA
                                                   Nashua, NH 03062                                Norway/S. Paris, ME           Champion because, “it gives every
                                                                                                   Haverhill, MA                 small chorus . . . the opportunity to
Checca, Bruce        barbershop@aol.com            31 Grissom Dr                                   Bridgeport, CT                vie for the title.” However, every
                                                   Clifton Park, NY 12065     518-339-7646         Greater Montreal, PQ          small chorus has an equal opportu-
                                                                                                   South Shore, PQ               nity to compete for the title by quali-
Cormier, Gerry       gpcormie@nb.sympatico.ca      20 Havenwood Ct            506-858-5677         Miramichi, NB                 fying for, and competing at, the dis-
                                                   Moncton, NB E1A 5W6                             Pr. Edward Island, PE         trict convention. I recognize the ar-
                                                                                                   Dartmouth, NS                 gument that, because of geography,
                                                                                                   Fredericton, NB               it is more difficult for some choruses
Flom, Don            flom@acmenet.net              107 Oakwood Dr             518-399-0156         Saratoga Springs, NY          to compete at District. Having lived
                                                   Scotia, NY 12302                                Central Conn, CT              in Pittsfield for 39 years, I recognize
                                                                                                   New London,CT
                                                                                                                                 it all too well. The fact is that a num-
Guiggey, Bob         rguiggey@worldnet.att.net     5 Howlett St               978-887-5304         Lincoln, RI                   ber of small choruses do make the
                                                   Topsfield, MA 01983                             Bangor, ME                    effort to compete, and the current sys-
                                                                                                   Portland, ME
                                                                                                                                 tem does not treat them fairly.
Ketcham, Pete        piper@monad.net               36 Union Street            (h) 603-357-3043     Nashua, NH                          An obvious problem is that the
                                                   Keene, NH                  (f) 603-355-6305     Concord, NH
                                                   03437-3043                                      Laconia, NH                   judges are different from Division
                                                                                                   Leominster, MA                Contest to Division Contest, and thus
                                                                                                                                 there is a lack of consistency in the
Lamson, Alan         janlam314@aol.com             613 Bush Hill Rd           860-647-9523         Norwich, CT
                                                   Manchester, CT 06040                            Hartford, CT                  judging. Some would say that the
                                                                                                   Hudson, MA (inactive )        judges’ training and the judging stan-
                                                                                                   Worcester, MA                 dards eliminate inconsistencies. But
Larsen, Bert         none                          1270 Herron Rd,            514-636-8716         Schenectady, NY               the fact is that there are inconsisten-
                                                   Unit 214                                        Burlington, VT                cies from day to day in the way an
                                                   Dorval, PQ H9S 1B5                              Portsmouth, NH                individual judge performs. (That is,
Lively, Art          natart@aol.com400 Lake St                                603-744-3755         Keene, NH                     if we assume that judges are human.)
                                                   Bristol, NH 03222                               Hanover, NH                         There is a difference between
                                                                                                   Beverly, MA                   singing at Division competition and
Macdonald, Harvey    hmdonald@nb.sympatico.ca 13 Maple Street                 506-366-3340         Bedford/Sackville, NS         at District competition, just as there
                                              Harvey Station, NB                                   Moncton, NB                   is a difference between District and
                                              E6K, 3K2                                             St John, NB
                                                                                                                                 International competition. There is
Mckenzie, Allen      mckenzie@ns.sympatico.ca      4185 Highway 2             902-861-3575         Saint Johns, NF               no guarantee that the highest scoring
                                                   Wellington,NS B2T 1A3                           Halifax, NS                   small chorus at Division would in
                                                                                                   Cape Breton, NS
                                                                                                   Kentville, NS                 truth be the highest scoring small cho-
                                                                                                                                 rus at District.
Morse, Rand          (W) rand.morse@               4 Jonathan Lane            978-256-7885         Poughkeepsie, NY
                            edwards.boc.com        Chelmsford, MA                                  Pittsfield, MA                      If we carry Mr. Damon’s position
                     (H) rand_morse1@msn.com       01824-2009                                      Litchfield, CT                to its logical conclusion, we would
                                                                                                   Norwood, MA                   have the five Division contests, and
Ouellette, Leo       Leolead@maine.rr.com          82 Sea Mist Lane           207-646-0907         Gardiner, ME                  the highest scoring chorus would be-
                                                   Wells, ME 04090                                 Waterville, ME                come the District Champion and go
                                                                                                   Lowell, MA                    to International. We would save a lot
Reynolds, Matt       magic_matt@hotmail.com        PO Box 815                 518-792-4168         Enfield, CT                   of time and money—and no one
                                                   Glens Falls, NY 12801                           Danbury, CT                   would be satisfied with the results.
                                                                                                   Plattsburgh, NY                     I hope the HOD will reconsider
Rusk, John           jjrusk@aol.com                61 Unkamet Park Dr         413-442-7293         New Haven , CT                our current arrangement and adopt a
                                                   Pittsfield, Ma 01201                            Waterbury/Derby, CT           system that is truly fair to all.
                                                                                                   Troy, NY
                                                                                                   Springfield, MA
White, Dick          rwhite9833@mediaone.net       45 Dogwood Dr #104         603-883-9833         Manchester, CT                               Richard L. Whitehead
                                                   Nashua, NH 03062-4404                           Providence, RI
                                                                                                   New Bedford, MA
                                                                                                                                               16 Gravesleigh Terrace
                                                                                                   Concord, MA                                 Pittsfield, Mass. 01201
                                                                               Spring, 2002                                                                                                          Page 13

Granite And Pine Doings                          The Concord, NH Coachmen have
                                            welcomed three new members during
                                                                                         purchased a subscription to the Com-
                                                                                         munity Television Network which will                              Why It’s Important
           by Roger Arend
            Staff Reporter
                                            the past six months; others will become
                                            members in a short time. They had their
                                                                                         provide them with television access to
                                                                                         the Greater Portland area. The com-                               to Sing Well
                                            Annual Show in October with a group          munity station is available to 63,000                                                 from the Internet
     Hanover’s North Country Chords-        of high school students from Newport         households and will give the chapter the
men started the new year with an in-        that wowed the crowd.                        opportunity to advertise shows and re-                            MANILA, Nov. 19 (Reuters). One man
stallation dinner. NED President Art             On March 9, the Coachmen spon-          cruit members. Portland also noted the                            was killed and another wounded when
Lively installed the new officers and bid   sored their annual Sing America per-         passing of long-time member Dick                                  a brawl broke out in a Philippine kara-
good luck to NED Seniors’ Quartet           formance at the Newfound Regional            Goldsmith. Dick sang with the                                     oke bar over the quality of singing, a
Champs, the Top Drawer Four, in the         High School in Bristol, N. H., where         Timbrejacks for over ten years. They                              local newspaper reported on Monday.
competition at SPEBSQSA’s Mid-Win-          they hosted the NH Barbershop cho-           represented the NED at the first                                       A 54-year-old laborer died of a stab
ter Convention. Director Jody Hime-         ruses that came.                             Senior’s Contest where they finished                              wound in a bar in northern Manila early
baugh was selected as Barbershopper                                                      fifth.                                                            on Sunday after a fight which began
                                                 The Kennebec Valley Chordsmen
of the year.                                                                                                                                               when a group of drinkers said the man
                                            hosted the fall meeting for the seven
     The NCC celebrated Valentine’s                                                                                                                        with the microphone was singing out
                                            Maine chapters November 15 at the
Day with four quartets delivering more                                                                                                                     of tune, according to the Philippine Star.
                                            UMA Auditorium in Jewett Hall at
than 65 Valentines. Unfortunately, in                                                    To Conventions (Cont from page 1)                                      The singer confronted the group
                                            Augusta. Approximately 100 people
the midst of delivering valentines, bass                                                 They were singing a tag they had just                             and a fight ensued, according to the
                                            attended on the heels of a similar gath-
Peter Coursen fell on the ice and broke                                                  learned. Another Wheaton, Steve,                                  report. The dead man had been trying
                                            ering last summer in Pittston. Meeting
his leg in three places.                                                                 joined in; then Charlie Mansfield                                 to put an end to the fight when he was
                                            organizer, Division Chairman Ted
     The Chordsmen have been fortu-                                                      taught them a new tag. It occured to                              stabbed in the chest, it added. A 24-
                                            Tracy of South Paris, said the purpose
nate to have Dan Signor as a coach for                                                   me that perhaps they needed more than                             year-old garment worker is being
                                            is for members to, “seek haven from the
several months and are looking forward                                                   one tenor, so I jumped in. Before you                             treated in hospital for stab wounds, the
                                            burdens of their daily cares through in-
to the Granite&Pine Division contest.                                                    knew it everyone was singing and hav-                             report said.
                                            dulgence in old-fashioned vocal quar-
                                                                                         ing a great time.                                                      Recent newspaper reports have
     Five members of the Lakes Region       tet harmony with their fellow barber-
                                                                                              It’s for reasons like these that you                         said Philippine karaoke parlors have
Chordsmen attended COTS. Acknowl-           shoppers throughout the state.” It also
                                                                                         should to go to Lake Placid next Octo-                            been removing the Frank Sinatra clas-
edging the need to revitalize the cho-      afforded good fellowship.
                                                                                         ber. You don’t go to just compete, you                            sic My Way from playlists because
rus as well as bolster its membership,
                                                 The Waterville chapter was quite        go because you love this hobby and the                            fights frequently broke out when the
the officers obtained information, ideas,
                                            busy caroling at fifteen venues during       wonderful people you get to spend time                            song was being sung. Monday’s report
and energy for this on- going challenge.
                                            the Christmas season. They also had          with. I had a great time in Lowell, and I                         did not indicate which song was play-
     At its 49th Annual Installation Ban-
                                            engagements at the Festival of Trees at      wish we were doing it again next week.                            ing when the fight began.
quet on January 9, members, wives and
                                            the Hinckley School, Fairfield and the
friends gathered at Patrick’s Pub and
                                            Chocolate Festival at the Fairfield Com-
Eatery to witness the installation of the
                                            munity Center. Dave Stevenson was
slate of officers headed by second term
                                            honored as the chapter Barbershopper
President Niall Trimby. The installa-
                                            of the year. Dave is now in his seventh                        BACHELOR OF BARBERSHOP HARMONY
tion was ably handled by Gary
                                            year as a member and music director,           This form, or a similar copy fumished by the Chapter Secretary, should be com-
Hammond, owner/manager of radio
                                            and has written five or more pieces of         pleted, authenticated, and mailed, with a money order or check for $10.00 US
station WEZS of Laconia. Ed Farmer
                                            music for their performances. He is mu-        made out to NED, to Walter Lane, 3 Pewter Ln, Johnstown, NY 12095-9623, as
was most deservedly selected Barber-                                                       soon as the point total reaches 300.
                                            sic director at Mount View High
shopper of the Year. A highlight of the
                                            School, and has involved the Chamber           SUBJECT                                                                                           POINTS
evening was entertainment by Top
                                            Singers not only as added youth enter-         Personal Involvement:
Drawer Four, 2001 Northeast District                                                         Years of Society Membership–5 per year (max. 50). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            tainment, but also as stagehands and
Senior Quartet Champions. The
                                            ushers for their Annual Show.                    Registered Quartet Member–25 (max. 25) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chordsmen, who were most apprecia-                                                           Quartet Contestant–10 each (max. 30) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
tive and impressed, offered their sup-           Portsmouth’s Yankee Clipper Cho-            Polecat Songs Learned–2 each (max. 26) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            rus will host the NED Eastern Contest            Chorus or Quartet Coach–20 each (max. 20). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
port for the quartet at the competition
                                                                                             Man of Note–2 per new member brought in (max. 20). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
at the Mid-Winter Convention in Riv-        the weekend of April 6. They have put            Attendance at COTS–15 each (max. 45) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
erside, California.                         a lot of effort in organizing the event as       Attendance at District Harmony Education Schools–20 per year (max. 60). . . . . .
     The Lakes Region Chordsmen             well as working on their own contest             Attendance at International Harmony Education Schools–25 each (max. 75) . . . .
held an open house on November 28 to        songs and doing Singing Valentines.            Chapter Involvement:
generate more local interest in barber-                                                     Chapter BOTY–30 (max. 30) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                 The Norway-South Paris, Maine,
shop music. The event was organized                                                         Chapter Officer–20 per office held (max. 60) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            chapter lost Malcolm “Mac” McLean,              Chorus Director–50 (max. 50) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
by Scud Beetle. Bolstered with a turn-
                                            Sr., Thursday, December 20. Mac died            Chorus Assistant Director or Section Leader–20 (max. 20) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
out of 18 men from the Concord chap-                                                        Chorus Contestant–10 each (max. 30). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            at the Maine Veterans Home in South
ter as well as 12 guests, the Chordsmen                                                     Committee Chair–10 per year (max. 30)
                                            Paris after a long illness. He was a resi-
hosted an enjoyable evening of singing,                                                       (including show committee and bulletin editor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            dent of Rumford, Maine and a dedi-
refreshments, and socializing. Gary and                                                    District Involvement:
                                            cated member of the Hillsmen Chorus
Valerie Hammond of radio station                                                             District BOTY or Barbershopper of Distinction–40 (max. 40) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            since becoming a barbershopper in
WWZS were on hand as well as a pho-                                                          Area Counselor–20 (max. 20). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            1985. He was a long-time Board mem-              District Officer or District Committee Member–30 (max. 30). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
tographer from the Laconia Citizen.
                                            ber, having served as Chapter President
The result was an article and front-page                                                   International Involvement:
                                            and most recently as Chapter Secretary.
picture in the local paper.                                                                  Society Board or Committee Member–2 each (max. 4) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                            He had also served as Area Counselor.            Candidate Judge–25 (max. 25). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
     During the holiday season, the
                                            Mac was a familiar face at most G&P              Certified Judge–50 (max. 50) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chordsmen, under director David
                                            Division and NED functions.                                                                                                                 Total Points: . . . . . .
Snell, sang Christmas carols to older
residents at the High Rise and the               The Portland Downeasters recently         Member: ____________________________ Chapter: _________________________
Belknap County Home. As always, the         held an Intramural Quartet Contest.                         Name as it should appear on Certificate and Badge

singing was enjoyed by the folks who        Five quartets competed and participated        Authenticating Signature: ____________________________ Date: ____________
look forward to the event every year.       in Singing Valentines. The chapter has                                                     Chapter President or District Officer
Page 14                                                                                        Spring, 2002

New Contest Rules                                           NORTHEASTERN DISTRICT EASTERN REGIONAL CONVENTION
for Senior Quartets                                                   (Patriot and Granite&Pine Divisions)
                                                                         Portsmouth, N.H.— April 5 - 7, 2002
        by Cotton Damon
     NED VP Contest & Judging                                                                                 ADVANCE REGISTRATION FORM
                                                                                                      Registrations are transferable but not refundable
     At the Mid-Winter Convention in
                                                                            Complete this form and return it to the address shown below – Please print neatly
January, the Society Board of Directors
accepted a proposal from the Contest                                                   All Events Registration                                      $15.00
and Judging Committee to standardize                                                   Single Event Registration (Non-competing Member)             $10.00
the selection of the District Senior                                                   Division Contests (Non-competing Member)                     $10.00
Quartet Champions. Consequently,                                                       Junior Registration (Under 15) (Non-competing Member) $8.00 or $5.00
starting this year, the districts will hold
                                                    Last Name                                        First Name                                 Chapter                                           All Events            Single Event
their Senior Quartet Contests as part of
the Fall District Quartet Contests. Here
is the exact wording of the changes that
are now a part of the official Society
contest rules.
     “Each district will select its Inter-
national Senior Quartet Contest repre-
sentative at its Fall District Quartet Con-
test. The highest ranking declared Se-
                                                    Registrations will be held at the NED Registration Desk located in the Wynwood Hotel.
nior Quartet from that district in the
                                                    Single event registrations may be picked up at the Wynwood Hotel or at the door of the contest.
semifinal round, whether or not the
                                                    Cut-off date for pre-registration is March 22, 2002.
quartet is also entered in the District
contest, shall be declared the district’s           Check here if you would like to add a $5.00 donation to support Young Men In Harmony
representative. All other Senior Quar-
                                                    Clip and mail to:                  Michael R. Strianese                                                   Enclosed is a check for $ ________________
tet scores from the semifinal round will
                                                                                       7 Hurlburt Drive                                                       to cover registrations ordered above. Make
be included in the scoring pool. This
                                                                                       East Haven, CT 06512-1109                                              checks payable to “Northeastern District”
will be the only means of entry for So-
ciety Senior Quartets to the Interna-               ….............…...........…............ clip here ...................….......................................….................... clip here ....…................….............…............
tional Senior Quartet Contest. Districts
are free to stage other Senior Quartet                                                     NED EASTERN REGIONAL CONVENTION
contests for local awards.”                                                                     Portsmouth, N.H.— April 5 - 7, 2002
     “If a Senior Quartet is unable to
compete in its District Fall Contest, it
                                                                                                                  APPLICATION FOR HOUSING
may, with the permission of the District            Headquarters: Best Western Wynwood Hotel 603-436-7600                                                             Single: $79.95 Double: $79.95 plus tax
President and District Vice President of
Contest and Judging of its own district,            Arrival Date: __________ Departure date: __________ Check-in: 3:00 PM
and of the District President and Dis-              Room Choice: Single ___ Double ___ Smoking:___ Non-smoking: ___
trict Vice President of Contest and
Judging of another district, compete in             Name _____________________________________                                                         CREDIT CARD INFORMATION
that district’s Fall District Contest for           Address ___________________________________                                                        MC____ VISA____ AMEX____ DISC____
inclusion in the scoring pool.”
     To be eligible to compete in a Se-             City _______________________________________                                                       Name on Card: _____________________________
nior Quartet Contest, each member of                State/Prov.________________ Zip______________                                                      Card # ____________________________________
the quartet must be age 55 or older, and
the sum of the accumulated ages of the              Clip and mail to: Best Western Wynwood Hotel       Expiration Date ________________
quartet must equal or exceed 240 years.                               Attn: SPEBSQSA Room Reservations
These requirements must be met on the                                 580 U.S. Highway 1 Bypass        Cutoff date for reserving rooms is Mar. 10, 2002
basis of birthdays reached on or before                               Portsmouth, NH 03801
the day of the contest.                             Note: If you register after March 10, you must identify yourself as a barbershopper to obtain the discounted
                                                    rate, if additional rooms are available.

                                  Why You Should Consider Joining PROBE
                                                   excerpted from an article by Dave Stock, PROBE VP for Membership

     PROBE is an organization whose           have exchanged recruiting ideas, clip                             tions. You don’t need to be a paying                                   with the calendar year. The annual dues
goal is to get men interested in barber-      art, history, news of important events,                           member to enjoy the programs. How-                                     are only $10. Send them to the PROBE
shop harmony, recruit them as mem-            and other information that has promoted                           ever, that wonderful programming is                                    Treasurer Dick Girvin, along with your
bers, and then keep them informed, edu-       barbershopping in all sorts of media,                             supported, in large part, by contribut-                                name, address, Society membership
cated, and interested—and singing too!        both within and outside the Society.                              ing members. And just like the public                                  number, and chapter (or district) office.
     PROBE membership is open pri-                 Membership in our fraternity—                                broadcast networks, PROBE services                                     His address is: 57 Calle Cadiz, Unit F,
marily to the public relations officers       only $10 per year—connects you with                               incur expenses, and cannot continue                                    Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3941.
and bulletin editors of our chapters and      other like-minded souls, and gives you                            without member support.                                                     Help yourself, your chapter, and
districts, and also to all members of the     a wealth of knowledge and advice that                                 If you’re interested in seeing these                               your Society towards better communi-
Society. Why Join PROBE? PROBE                is only a phone call, a mouse click, or                           kinds of services continued, get your                                  cation, a more informed membership,
makes available quite an array of re-         an e-mail away. PROBE is like your                                dues in to PROBE. Beginning this year,                                 and greater enjoyment of our barber-
sources. Over the years, our members          local public radio and television sta-                            PROBE membership runs concurrent                                       shop hobby. Join PROBE today!
                                                                                                                        Spring, 2002                                                                                               Page 15

               NORTHEASTERN DISTRICT SPRING PRELIMS and                                                                                                                                               Harmony Foundation
         WESTERN REGIONAL CONVENTION (Mountain & Yankee Divisions)
                    Manchester, Connecticut — April 19 - 21, 2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                      in the NED
                                                                                                                                                                                                          by Scott Salladin, NED DHFC
                                                                ADVANCE REGISTRATION FORM
                                                        Registrations are transferable but not refundable                                                                                                  Below is a statement that some of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      you may have already seen or heard
                              Complete this form and return it to the address shown below – Please print neatly
                                                                                                                                                                                                      about. It is from Harmony Foundation
                                         All Events Registration                                      $15.00                                                                                          telling of our needs for Chapter Har-
                                         Single Event Registration (Non-competing Member)             $10.00                                                                                          mony Foundation Chairmen (CHFC).
                                         Division Contests (Non-competing Member)                     $10.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Teach the Children to Sing
                                         Junior Registration (Under 15) (Non-competing Member) $8.00 or $5.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Does your chapter have a goal es-
      Last Name                                        First Name                                 Chapter                                           All Events            Single Event
                                                                                                                                                                                                      tablished for its 2002 contributions to
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Harmony Foundation? Part of each
                                                                                                                                                                                                      chapter’s mission should include sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      porting the Society’s Charitable Mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      sion. Many chapters designate a por-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      tion of their annual show receipts, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      proceeds from Singing Valentines, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                      contribute fees from several perfor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      mances to Harmony Foundation.
      Registrations will be held at the NED Registration Desk located in the Sheraton Hotel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Each chapter should have a Chap-
      Single event registrations may be picked up at the Sheraton Hotel or at the door of the contest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ter Harmony Foundation Chairman
      Cut-off date for pre-registration is April 1, 2002.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      (CHFC) who can help you reach your
      Check here if you would like to add a $5.00 donation to support Young Men In Harmony                                                                                                            goal. If the name of your CHFC has
                                                                                                                                                                                                      been reported to the Society office, he
      Clip and mail to:                  Michael R. Strianese                                                   Enclosed is a check for $ ________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                      will receive newsletters and other in-
                                         7 Hurlburt Drive                                                       to cover registrations ordered above. Make
                                                                                                                                                                                                      formation during the year on how to
                                         East Haven, CT 06512-1109                                              checks payable to “Northeastern District”
                                                                                                                                                                                                      succeed. It’s not too late to appoint a
      ….............…...........…............ clip here ...................….......................................….................... clip here ....…................….............…............   CHFC and report him to Headquarters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      And don’t wait until the end of the year
                                 NED WESTERN REGIONAL SPRING CONVENTION                                                                                                                               to make your chapter contributions;
                                      Manchester, Connecticut — April 19 - 21, 2002                                                                                                                   these projects need help throughout the
                                                                    APPLICATION FOR HOUSING                                                                                                                “Teach the Children to Sing,” our
      Headquarters: The Sheraton Hartford Hotel                                            860-528-9703                 Single: $79.00 Double: $79.00 plus tax                                        slogan for this year’s General Fund rais-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing, is certainly appropriate. That’s
      Arrival Date: __________ Departure date: __________ Check-in: 3:00 PM                                                                                                                           what your contributions will help to
      Room Choice: Single ___ Double ___ Smoking:___ Non-smoking: ___                                                                                                                                 accomplish. Will your chapter be
                                                                                                                                                                                                      among those who can be proud that they
      Name _____________________________________                                                         CREDIT CARD INFORMATION                                                                      helped change lives in 2002?
      Address ___________________________________                                                        MC____ VISA____ AMEX____ DISC____
      City _______________________________________                                                       Name on Card: _____________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Q: What’s the difference
      State/Prov.________________ Zip______________                                                      Card # ____________________________________                                                        between a Wagnerian
      Clip and mail to: Sheraton Hartford Hotel                                                          Expiration Date ________________                                                                  soprano and an all-pro
                        Attn: Room Reservations                                                                                                                                                               offensive lineman?
                        100 East River Drive                                                             Cutoff date for reserving rooms is Mar. 22, 2002                                                     A: Stage makeup.
                        East Hartford, CT 06108
      Note: If you register after March 22, you must identify yourself as a barbershopper to obtain the discounted
      rate, if additional rooms are available.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      NED Bulletin Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                      of the Year
                      An Idea For Training New Directors
                                                                             by Jim Dodge                                                                                                                  In a very close contest, Jerry
                                                                       NED DV, Music & Performance                                                                                                    Walter, editor of the Green Mountain
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chorus’ bulletin, The Undertone, was
     One of the great shortages in our                            at the guys who have shown musical                                     trict champion chorus, the Granite                           selected as the 2002 Bulletin Editor of
district and in the Society is the num-                           talent as sections leaders or in a teach-                              Statesmen, and he would like to de-                          the year for the NED. The Undertone
ber of qualified chorus directors we                              ing quartet or in some other musical role                              velop just such a class. He and I would                      edged Hanover’s Chips by only two
have. We have many talented people                                in the chapter, but maybe have never                                   need to know if this sounds like a fea-                      points. Third place in the contest went
who are now directing and going to                                expressed an interest in directing.                                    sible idea to you and if you will back it                    to Bob Bartley, editor of Danbury’s
schools to improve their skills. We ap-                           Wouldn’t it be in each chapter’s best                                  up by sending at least one man from                          Hatter Chatter. Both of the first two
plaud them for their zeal. But how do                             interests to send at least one of these                                your chapter to HCNE to take it. We                          bulletins are eligible for submission in
we get new men interested in directing.                           men to HCNE if we can set up an As-                                    see this type of a strand as a two-year                      the International Bulletin contest
     How’s this for an idea. We could                             sistant Directors class?                                               deal but anyone attending this year                          against the top bulletins from through-
create a class for potential Assistant                                 I’ve talked with Steve Tramack,                                   could contribute immediately to your                         out the society.
Directors at HCNE. It would be aimed                              award-winning Director of the our dis-                                 chapter musical program.                                          Congratulations to the winners.
Page 16                                                                Spring, 2002

                    Nor’easter Staff                                                                 Nor’easter Policies

Editor                          Granite/Pine Div. Reporter      Changes of Status or Address                       Advertising                          To Submit An Article
  Ed Dunn                        Roger Arend                        Please do not send changes              Ads must be barbershop-                    Anyone may submit an ar-
  81 Kenney Lane                 23 Woodmore Drive             in members’ status or address to        related, to size, and camera-ready.       ticle. Naturally, barbershop activi-
  Concord, MA 01742              Hanover, NH 03755             the editor of the Nor'easter. Since     Payment must accompany the ad– a          ties in the Northeastern District are
  978-369-1456                   603-643-2273                  the Society supplies the members’       check to “NED-SPEBSQSA” in                our primary interest. Submit your
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                                                               should be sent to the International     the editor before the deadline. Scan      following methods:
New Advertising Manager         Patriot Division Reporter      Office at:                              photos or art work at 170 dpi.
                                                                                                                                                   1. e-mail, with article included
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                 2001 NED Officers                                                  NED Barbershop Events for 2002

President                       VP, Events                            If you know of an event that should be included in this list, please send the information to the editor.
Art Lively                      Mike Strianese                                             First, be sure to clear the date with the District Secretary.
603-744-3755                    203-467-1143
natart@cox.net                  mikstrspeb@aol.com                    DISTRICT AND SOCIETY EVENTS                           SCITUATE, MA – May 4 at Sacred Heart Auditorium,
Executive VP                    VP, Member Services                                                                         Weymouth. No Further Information.
Alan Lamson                     Phil Christmas                 EASTERN REGIONAL CONVENTION (Patriot/
860-647-9523                    518-374-8832                   Granite&Pine Divisions) – April 5-7, at the Portsmouth,      BEVERLY, MA – May 11; 2 shows at Beverly HS.
janlam3l4@cox.net               philo8@webtv.net               NH, High School. Headquarters Hotel: Best Western            No Further Information.
                                                               Wynwood Hotel
Immediate Past President        VP, Music & Performance                                                                     HANOVER, NH – May 11 at Lebanon Opera House.
Bob Guiggey                     James Dodge                    HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING – April 6, 8:00                   No Further Information.
978-887-5304                    603-749-2084                   am at the Best Western Wynwood Hotel, Ports-
rguiggey@worldnet.att.net       jamesdodge@mediaone.net        mouth, NH.                                                   PORTLAND, ME – May 11; 2 shows at the Scarborough
Society Board Member            VP, Marketing & PR                                                                          HS. No Further Information.
Don Pyper                       Kenneth Almeida                SPRING PRELIMS and WESTERN REGIONAL
519-782-4425                    508-992-1618                   CONVENTION (Mountain/Yankee Divisions) – April               ENFIELD, CT – May 17 at the Enfield Senior Center.
dpyper@lweb.net                 kencan2sing@worldnet.att.net   19-21, at the Manchester, CT, High School. Headquar-         Featured: Overdrive, Footloose (SAI), and Happy to be
                                                               ters Hotel: Hartford Sheraton.                               Here.
Secretary                       Manager, Sunrise Div.
John Rusk                       Charles Edmunds
                                                               SUNRISE CONVENTION – May 4,                                  CONCORD, MA – May 18; 2 shows at the Sunbridge
413-442-7293                    902-462-8806
                                                               Kentsville, NS. No Further Information.                      Auditorium. Featured: Four Voices.
jjrusk@aol.com                  charles.edmonds@msvu.ca
Treasurer                       Mgr., Granite & Pine Div.      INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION – June 30-July 7,                   POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – May 18 at the F.D Roosevelt
Larry Nunes                     Ted Tracy                      Portland, Oregon                                             HS. No Further Information.
860-886-8035                    207-743-8617
larrylpjn@aol.com               tandetracy@cybertours.com      HARMONY/DIRECTORS COLLEGE – July 28-Au-                      NASHUA, NH – May 19 at the Palace Theater, Manches-
                                                               gust 4, St. Joseph, Missouri                                 ter, NH. Featured: Platinum
VP, Ch. Supp. Lead Training     Manager, Mountain Div.
Leo Ouellette                   Norm Mendenhall
                                                                                                                            PLATTSBURGH, NY – June 8 at the Glitz Auditorium.
603-424-2971                    518-587-0811
                                                                               CHAPTER SHOWS                                No Further Information.
leolead@maine.rr.com            normkath@capital.net
VP, Contest & Judging           Manager, Patriot Div.          KEENE, NH – May 4, 7:00 p.m. at Keene Middle                 BRUNSWICK, ME – June 8 at the Orion Center,
W. Cotton Damon II              Rick Barry                     School. Featured: Chordiac Arrest and Management             Topsham. Featured: Gas House Gang.
207-743-8545                    978-452-4777                   in their final performance.
cdamon@brookwood.edu            rpbarry@mediaone.net                                                                        LACONIA, NH – June 22. No Further Information.
VP, Chorus Director Devel.      Manager, Yankee Div.
Burt Larsen                     Frank Lehninger
514-636-8716                    860-749-9603
flying_moo_cow@hotmail.com                                     If you’ll send information about your event to the editor, he’ll replace the “No Further Information.”
VP, Young Men In Harmony
Paul Arnone
781-324-7874                                 Deadline for the Next Issue: May 15, 2002

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