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PERMIT NO. 654
Dated Material - Please Expedite
Northeastern District — The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc.
Volume 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,
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 email@example.com. 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 Noreaster is the official publication of the Northeastern District (NED) Association of Chapters of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of
Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. It is published four times a year: April, July, September and December. SPEBSQSA is a non-profit educational and
charitable organization. The Noreasters goal is to promote barbershop quartet harmony by publishing stories of interest to barbershop singers in the NED. We
welcome articles and letters, but reserve the right to edit or decline submitted material. We do not accept unsigned material. Accepted material becomes the
property of the Noreaster. Articles without a by-line are by the editor. Opinions are the authors, and may not be those of the District or the Society. Articles may be
reprinted, with credit, please. The Noreaster is printed by the Beacon Press Corp., Warwick, R.I.
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?
EXPERIENCED LEAD SINGER
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-
FORMING SENIORS QUARTET
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org George Jasmin. We’re anxious to do
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 email@example.com 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.
Page 4 Spring, 2002
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
barbershopping mission, bring positive
publicity to our Society and should be
Public Domain: The Solution to Copyrights
applauded and encouraged by
from SPEBSQSA Live Wire
SPEBSQSA, Harmony Foundation and
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
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-
SPEBSQSAs 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
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 Chapters 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, Isaacs 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 Noreaster Chorus presents their 36th Annual Parade of Harmony
Something Old, Something New
featuring the International
along with chapter quartets:
Back Bay Four, and
the Brunswick Noreaster 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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-
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
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
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,
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 Assn 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.
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 EventsEastern and Western Regional Conventions
Western Regional Convention Eastern Regional Convention
SPRING PRELIMS/MOUNTAIN and YANKEE DIVISIONALS GRANITE&PINE and PATRIOT DIVISIONALS
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-
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 Valentines Day, one of Imagination quartets 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Noreaster 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 email@example.com 22 Hancock Rd 781-324-7874 Natick, MA
Malden, MA 02148 Cape Cod, MA
Medway, MA I’m writing because I just can’t
let Cotton Damon’s article on page 3
Arms, Chad firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
it all too well. The fact is that a num-
Guiggey, Bob email@example.com 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-
tem does not treat them fairly.
Ketcham, Pete firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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) email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
White, Dick firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Its Important
by Roger Arend
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 Membership5 per year (max. 50). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
tainment, but also as stagehands and
Senior Quartet Champions. The
ushers for their Annual Show. Registered Quartet Member25 (max. 25) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chordsmen, who were most apprecia- Quartet Contestant10 each (max. 30) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
tive and impressed, offered their sup- Portsmouth’s Yankee Clipper Cho- Polecat Songs Learned2 each (max. 26) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
rus will host the NED Eastern Contest Chorus or Quartet Coach20 each (max. 20). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
port for the quartet at the competition
Man of Note2 per new member brought in (max. 20). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
at the Mid-Winter Convention in Riv- the weekend of April 6. They have put Attendance at COTS15 each (max. 45) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
erside, California. a lot of effort in organizing the event as Attendance at District Harmony Education Schools20 per year (max. 60). . . . . .
The Lakes Region Chordsmen well as working on their own contest Attendance at International Harmony Education Schools25 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 BOTY30 (max. 30) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Norway-South Paris, Maine,
shop music. The event was organized Chapter Officer20 per office held (max. 60) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
chapter lost Malcolm “Mac” McLean, Chorus Director50 (max. 50) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
by Scud Beetle. Bolstered with a turn-
Sr., Thursday, December 20. Mac died Chorus Assistant Director or Section Leader20 (max. 20) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
out of 18 men from the Concord chap- Chorus Contestant10 each (max. 30). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
at the Maine Veterans Home in South
ter as well as 12 guests, the Chordsmen Committee Chair10 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 Distinction40 (max. 40) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
since becoming a barbershopper in
WWZS were on hand as well as a pho- Area Counselor20 (max. 20). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1985. He was a long-time Board mem- District Officer or District Committee Member30 (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 Member2 each (max. 4) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
He had also served as Area Counselor. Candidate Judge25 (max. 25). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
During the holiday season, the
Mac was a familiar face at most G&P Certified Judge50 (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
“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-
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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
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............ 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: Whats 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
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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.
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.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.
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com NH, High School. Headquarters Hotel: Best Western No Further Information.
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 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.
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 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
Kentsville, NS. No Further Information. Auditorium. Featured: Four Voices.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.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.
CHAPTER SHOWS No Further Information.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com LACONIA, NH – June 22. No Further Information.
VP, Chorus Director Devel. Manager, Yankee Div.
Burt Larsen Frank Lehninger
firstname.lastname@example.org If you’ll send information about your event to the editor, he’ll replace the “No Further Information.”
VP, Young Men In Harmony
781-324-7874 Deadline for the Next Issue: May 15, 2002