In Tune with the
Hunterdon Chapter (Flemington, NJ), Northern Division, Mid-Atlantic District
—Meetings are held Tuesdays at the Elks, 165 Highway 31 in Flemington at 7:30 p.m.—
Northern Division Intermediate Chorus Champion 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005
VOLUME 9, No. 2
February 20, 2007 International Competitor 1997
24 Toad Lane
A SNOWY VALENTINES’ DAY
Ringoes, NJ 08551
firstname.lastname@example.org Sorry, Charlie, but our Charlie
Associate Editor (Mohr) had crack-delivery teams on the
Rusty Williams road delivering a flurry of Valentine
Photos by Lee Roth greetings all day! Neither rain nor sleet
Contributors could stop our singing postman and
John Fiess friends from completing their appointed
Ron Newsom rounds. Untamed, with Rusty filling in
Lee Roth for Tom, was decidedly “Unbrained” for
Bill Sabor going out in that mess, but as always, the
Tony Weber smiles we received made the mushing
Rusty Williams worth the effort. Jimmy Maitland drove
Website 2½ hours to get to Flemington, and Art
worked several hours before arriving at
Michael W. Fordice, PhD Lee’s to start our day at 9 a.m. That’s
2007 OFFICERS Jim Maitland, Art Cole, Pat Cerillo, & Rusty Williams shiver and deliver.
dedication! Pat was working, too—when
President we saw a “near-miss” at an intersection,
Lee Roth On February 14, Charlie Gibson opened the ABC he was all ready to go into action, armed with a
Executive VP/President Elect Evening News with the statement, “If you live quartet of witnesses and some leading questions
VP Financial Development
in the Northeast and ordered Valentines, you to the tune of “Sweet Adeline:”
Ron Todd were probably disappointed. Twelve states were We saw a wreck (we saw a wreck)
VP Marketing & PR virtually shut down, (by) sleet and freezing rain She hurt her neck
Open all along the eastern seaboard.” (she hurt her neck)
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Thanks to that jerk
(thanks to that jerk)
VP Music & Performance
Mike Fordice She’s out of work
(she’s out of work)
Rusty Williams It takes much cash
Chorus Manager (it takes much cash)
Graham Cleaves To treat whiplash
Secretary (to treat whiplash)
Tony Weber So the judgment should be sweet,
Treasurer and add a fine
(Sweet And a fine).
Immediate Past President
Art Cole, Jr. We sang in about a dozen places,
Musical Director including some freebies for our helpful
civic friends, and had a great time.
Rusty Williams Untamed (with Tom Mariano) were
Administrative Assistant also delivering smiles on Sunday.
Sharon Cole Rich Kacvinski asks if we’re at the right house ... yes, we are. Valentine stories are continued inside.
In Tune . . . February 20, 2007, page 2
VALENTINES ON THE
One of our quartets, Voice Odyssey (Max PRESIDENT
Sabor, Lou Barile, John Fiess, and Carmen
Olivo), took to the airwaves on Thursday,
February 1, to publicize the Hunterdon
Harmonizers’ upcoming Singing . . . and
Bruce Budde Flying . . . Valentine Program. The hour- Lee Roth
long show was on WDVR 89.7 FM, and the
quartet was the featured guest of Richard Gerstner on his “Out GET FAMOUS
and About with Richard G.” program, airing between 5 and
Do you think we, the Hunterdon Harmonizers, are well
known in our community? It would be easy to think so, if
Bruce Budde was our spokesman on the show while Voice only based on the number of times we had stories or photos
Odyssey provided the Valentine music along with a few of their
in local newspapers, posters all over the place, and
favorite songs. While Bruce gave the audience the details about
coverage on the radio, during our “Singing Valentine”
our Singing Valentines program (and our newest Flying
Valentines offering), the quartet members were asked by Richard promotion during the past few weeks.
to talk a little bit about themselves; what they did for a living and We had flyers and posters all over the community.
how they got interested in barbershop music. Max Sabor shared They were full color with a photo of a quartet and tear-
his experience being a high school student who sings with the off tabs to help people know how to reach us. One of
Hunterdon Harmonizers. our singers was interviewed on the radio during a
program that included a quartet singing the Valentine
PHOTO SUPPLIED BY BRUCE
We filled the front page of the Weekender with a
quartet in reds and had a full story inside We had an
additional story, and a photo, on the inside the
following week about our “Flying Valentine” offer.
We were on the front page of the Democrat with the
“Flying Valentine” photo and had an additional story
on the inside. The Observer featured a front page story
and included a photo on an inside page.
We know about all of this coverage because we look
for it and our friends look for it and tell us about it.
The realization of just how well we are known or not
known was brought home to me a week ago. Ron
Voice Odyssey (L-R: Max Sabor, Lou Barile, John Fiess, and Carmen Olivo). Newsom and I attended a marketing class at Raritan
Valley College. We had talked to the college about
Backed by Bill Sabor, our Membership VP, Bruce also had the possibility of having some marketing interns work
time to talk a lot about our chorus and encouraged listeners to with us promoting the December “Holiday Show,” and
come out and give us a try on Tuesday nights. Hopefully, we’ll I was to address the class and tell them about the
get a few good men to take us up on our offer. Harmonizers. Ron was to talk specifically about the
To give the audience a feel for how good the entire chorus is, show and the possible assignment.
we supplied Richard with a copy of our new CD and he was
I started my presentation by asking how many of
gracious enough to play a few key tracks including “Rainbow”
the thirty-five students, almost all from Hunterdon or
and “I’ll Fly Away.”
Somerset County, had ever heard of us. Four hands
All in all, Richard has been very supportive of the went up. Four out of thirty-five. About 11% of the
Harmonizers. This is the second year for us on WDVR for
college class of people of all ages had ever heard of
Valentines. We also had Untamed on his Christmas show in
the Hunterdon Harmonizers. We have a lot of work
December. And for those of you who didn’t know, Richard is
also the webmaster for www.mainstreetflemington.com . If to do if we really want to be well-known. If we want
you visit his site, you’ll see our Valentines banner on the front to attract singers, and if we want to attract an audience,
page. we have to really become well-known in our
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JUMP INTO THE POOL:
GROW OUR 2007 Notes from the January Board of Directors Meeting.
MEMBERSHIP REMINDER: All members are welcome to attend and
This year we want to grow our participate in scheduled board meetings, and you can receive
membership by 10 to 15 members. We copies of minutes and committee reports on request.
have a plan but need your help. This year The board received letters thanking the HH for their performance
we’re going to expand on the membership on 12/05 at the Lights of Love of the Hunterdon Medical Center, and
Bill Sabor, activities we did last year. The traditional from Oley Olson and Dave Middlestadt for the good time they had at
Membership events will begin in May with the our 1/9 installation night. Also, the Somerset Patriots confirmed that
VP Memorial Day Parade where, after the we will be singing the “National Anthem” on 7/31/07.
ceremonies, we will discretely hand out Ron Newsom (Treasurer) indicated that our balance declined
material (our calling cards) to interested individuals and during January because of CD production costs and Christmas show
maybe sing a song or teach them a tag. expenses. The uniform account is low also, so we’re counting on a
In June, we have a great recruiting opportunity at Deer successful “Singing Valentine” program. Some grant funding is
Path Park. We’ll set up and staff an information booth with expected to help with the upcoming expenses of the holiday show,
post cards, magnetic cards, business cards, pamphlets, “A Capitol Christmas.” Remember that board approval for all new
flyers, our 2 CDs and poster boards with pictures of the expenses is recommended prior to commitment
Harmonizers performing at all kinds of functions. In Bill Sabor (Membership) and Rusty Williams (Program) jointly
addition, we’ll invite the audience to sing with previously endorsed a proposal to create an ensemble that will learn new music
identified quartets after the performance. Last year we had and promote membership. The board discussed the ensemble proposal
lots of guests approach us after the performance. We’re and approved the concept for 2007 implementation. Both the music
hoping for better weather this year so that we’ll get double and membership teams will independently monitor the success criteria
or triple the numbers. of the implementation, with a quarterly report to the board. The
In July, we plan to sing the “National Anthem” to open a proposal was subsequently approved by the music team.
Somerset Patriots’ ball game and we’ll set up a table to Mike Fordice (Music and Performance) presented an updated
attract interest. In August we plan to have a full booth set program schedule to prepare the chorus for the May 4–5 Division
up and staffed for the Hunterdon County Fair for five days. Contest. Gary Plaag is scheduled for a coaching session on 3/24.
There will be strolling quartets during the days and, of Information has been received on how to list the HH CDs at Harmony
course, the highlight of the fair will be a major (advertised) Marketplace and given to Rich Kacvinski and Lee Roth.
performance by the chorus. In September, we’ll do the Craft Lee Roth (Marketing and PR) provided a report for the meeting
Fair on Flemington’s Main Street with our table. In the in place of Bruce who has resigned because of other commitments.
November-December time, we’ll sing at Dickens’ Days to A replacement is needed to perform duties for this board position.
promote membership and our spectacular holiday show, “A Bruce has produced a poster for the Valentines committee to
Capitol Christmas.” distribute. Amy Heitcamp has agreed to do the calligraphy for
the Valentines cards.
This is a great schedule, but you may have noticed that Bruce and Charlie provided detailed reports of planning events
there are some time spans where we’re doing little organized that are in motion to enable a successful Valentines event for 2007,
recruiting. Rusty already introduced the idea of a “Quartet including new posters and a broad distribution plan. A “Flying
Pool” to the chorus at our chapter meeting. The pool was Valentine” with Mike Haller’s new plane will be advertised and
conceived as a self-driven ensemble of singers who want to corporate newspaper stories, a WDVR radio show appearance, local
learn new music and sing at quartet or small ensemble newspaper stories, and a link on www.MainstreetFlemington.com to
venues. Pool members will be going out every quarter with the HH website are all planned.
a goal to bring in six new guests each quarter. You can help
The following Harmonizer officers were installed on 1/9:
our membership grow while having fun learning new music
President ....................................... Lee Roth
and improving your personal singing skills. The “Quartet
Exec VP & President Elect ........... Ron Newsom
Pool” may choose to sing in places like the Flemington Mall,
Secretary ....................................... Anthony Weber
Liberty Village, RVCC, The Black River & Western
Treasurer ....................................... John Fiess
Railroad, and the Bridgewater Commons Mall. In September
Membership VP ............................ William Sabor
and October, we hope to send quartets or expanded quartets
Marketing & PR VP ..................... Vacant
to selected town celebrations such as in Holland,
Music VP ...................................... Michael Fordice
Alexandria, and Branchburg townships. Once each quarter
Program VP .................................. Rusty Williams
we can send a quartet to the Elks Friday night spaghetti
Financial Development VP .......... Ron Todd
dinner. All these events, and more, can be yours! So, step
Chorus Manager ........................... Graham Cleaves
forward and tell Rusty or me that you’re ready to “jump
Immediate Past President ............. Arthur Cole Jr.
into the pool!”
In Tune . . . February 20, 2007, page 4
MORE SINGING VALENTINES VALENTINE
It’s 5:15 p.m. on Sunday evening
when . . . “Who’s that coming down
the street?” . . . oh, yes sir, that’s
Lou Barile, Carmen Olivo, Max
Sabor, Bill Sabor (our evening
accountant), and me (John Fiess),
all dressed meticulously in our red
PHOTO BY BILL SABOR
and white’s. We pounded on the
door of our favorite lawyer, Lee Roth, who was working
diligently on his Monday case load. Voice Odyssey called
for a recess, took over his office, and broke out singing
in barbershop four-part harmony . . . “Let Me Call You
The Hunterdon Democrat family entertained by Voice Odyssey (John Fiess,
Carmen Olivo, Lou Barile, and Max Sabor). That was the start of our Valentine quartet evening,
which was fun and rewarding. You never know what joy
you bring to the people you are performing for. At the
first home we visited, the mom and daughter were cuddled
on the sofa, near the warm fireplace, while we sang our
two love songs to them. It was a beautiful scene and we
could tell by their glistening eyes that we touched their
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Our next stop was at a restaurant where we sang to a
lovely woman. She received the rose and the card and the
couples in the surrounding tables got to listen in as we
delivered the love songs to her. A few asked if we could
sing for them also . . . a nice reminder that you never
know the impact you have on others, or who may be
listening from afar.
Later, that evening, we ended up at the home of Lou’s
A lovely couple, Bob and Jean Heath, with the quartet of Ron Newson, Rich friend. There we sang for a house full of guests of all
Kacvinski, Ron Todd, and Dave Farber, in New Hope Bank. Ain’t love grand? ages—from a 1-year-old little girl, upwards to the
grandma. They all seemed to join in, responding to the
music and love phrases. At the party, we had to sing
some extra songs for the crowd, and they just ate it up
when we sang “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby” to the newborn.
What fun!!! We even got dessert afterwards!!
Besides this we had a good time together. “IT’S
GREAT TO BE A BARBERSHOPPER, ESPECIALLY
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IN A CHIROPRACTOR’S LARGE CAR.” Besides the
requirement of deodorant, we discussed the areas of
our skill, our missed notes (usually none . . . stop
laughing!!!), and what we can do to sound better. We
noticed, and made mention of the importance of
listening to each other as we perform. We noted some
improvement in this area in our quartet. We constantly
need to remind ourselves . . . always listen while
A “Singing Valentine” for Barb at Flemington Prudential. performing, and listen to all the essential sounds we
In Tune . . . February 20, 2007, page 5
TAGS & TIDDLIES yesterday to sing to us. We are sorry there were
only 3 ladies present when you came, but those 3
CD DEBUTS ON “APPLAUSE” thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the singing
On February 15, Rich Taylor introduced the new HH CD on the and the thought behind the visit. It did make
APPLAUSE SHOW, his weekly broadcast on The Harmony Valentine’s Day extra special. We hope you all
Network (THN). Here’s his announcement: had a good day and felt especially good about
Tonight we will be doing the official debut of a new CD your efforts on that terrible weather day. We
produced by the Hunterdon County Harmonizers, an thank you for your time and talent all year long.
MAD chorus that has appeared on the International Stage. Keep up the good work you do and the joy you
These men, who produce an incredible Annual Show, bring to so many. Thanks again.
and are performing in their community at major events ________
throughout the year, have just completed their CD called
“Patriotic and Inspirational” that features the
That was “Unbrained” – but it could have been any of the
Harmonizers and their chapter quartets performing 14
groups that make this such a special gift of song.
selections that are meant to inspire the soul and pay
tribute to our country. We will be playing several features
tonight and next week. SMALL WORLD!
Thanks, Rich, and we look forward to seeing you and our A surprising story from Don Reckenbeil: He went into NYC to
Rahway Friends at Divisions in Newark. see Les Miserables as part of “Kids Night on B’way.” Before the
FIND BARBERSHOP ON WWW.YOUTUBE.COM show, the deal also included a free visit to Madame Toussead’s
Wax Museum. It was a very long line to get in, so they found their
Max Sabor found a website on the internet where you can see
way to the end of the line. Don started to chat with a mother and
performances by international quartets. Go to www.youtube.com
and search for “barbershop quartet” or “barbershop international” daughter in front of them, and was immediately asked, “Aren’t
or even “barbershop comedy.” you with the Hunterdon Harmonizers?” He replied, “Indeed!
How do you know that?”
A VALENTINE’S DAY THANK YOU
From: Betty Kenny It turned out that it was Jenny, whose daughter, Claire, played
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 3:12 PM with the Hunterdon Fiddlers in both of our Christmas shows! Ali
To: email@example.com was also recognized from JB Jeopardy (dancing with her Dad on
Subject: Valentine’s Day stage!), and remembered that the HH were the vocalists in Sir
Douglas. Small world!
We want you to know that we tremendously
appreciate your coming to the Senior Center
Jim Siverly has been systematically learning our repertoire
for about a year now, and I guess this is what you’d expect
from a Systems Engineer. He’s been a great addition to our
bass section, and has a wonderful way of passing on what he
has been learning with the Harmonizers, by leading the children
in music at the Clinton Southridge Community Church.
Jim is a former Pharmaceutical Scientist, educated at
California State University, Fresno, and at Southern Cal, where
he received his Ph. D. His current work entails wearing a lot of
different hats working with security and computer access
systems, developing logic and reporting tools. Most of his
design work is custom, so it is always a challenge.
Jim is single, has participated in triathalons, has run the
Marine Corps Marathon, and he is thinking about trying his
hand at distance running again. Jim’s musical talents are also
instrumental; he plays clarinet and guitar. The Harmonizers
are lucky to have his smiling face in our merry band of basses.
We’re also happy to have his daughter, Jacqueline (6), in our
Jim Siverly, bass ever-growing cheering section.
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PROGRAM A SUCCESS
Thanks to all who participated in the Singing
Valentines this year. Although we booked 46
Singing Valentines, 11 were canceled because
of the weather. If it didn’t snow, we would
have had 27 Singing Valentines to deliver. We
ended up with a total of 34: one on Friday,
four on Saturday, three on Sunday, two on
Monday, eight on Tuesday, and finally 16 on Valentines Day. I
really want to given an extra special mention to the guys who
delivered the Valentines on Wednesday under such adverse
conditions. You guys were great! And a very special mention for
Jim Maitland who made that long trip in terrible wintry
conditions, and still arrived at Lee’s office by 8:30 a.m.
Special accolades to Bruce Budde whose advertising efforts George dances with staff while singing a Valentine at VA.
were extraordinary. It’s amazing how much coverage we had in
the local papers and other places.
Thanks to Graham Cleaves who did all of the maps and
A NOTE ON THE HARMONY BRIGADE
directions. And Amy Heitkamp, thank you very much for the I’m writing to encourage those of you who haven’t, to look
wonderful calligraphy you did on the Valentine cards. into the many benefits the Harmony Brigade Program has
Finally, I’d like to thank all the Hunterdon Harmonizer to offer the members of your chorus, your chapter and yes,
barbershoppers who gave their time to this “loving” venture: Jim even the directors.
Maitland, Pat Cerillo, Art Cole, Tom Mariano, Rusty
The Harmony Brigade program is a great way to satisfy
Williams, Ron Newsom, Charlie Mohr, Ed Kunkel, George
the guys who want to spread their wings, challenge
Schwerdt, Al Byer, Ed Kunkel, Rich Kacvinski, Dave Farber,
Ron Todd, Carmen Olivo, John Fiess, Max Sabor, Woody themselves and become stronger, more independent singers
Kneebone, Jim Siverly, and Lou Barile. while invigorating their enthusiasm for the Society. The
Brigade can be a part of that WITHOUT cutting into your
chapter’s precious time because its only a once a year
It is not a novice program; it’s meant for the truly
ambitious, aspiring guys who want to push themselves a
little harder than the average chorus singer and for whom
the lack of opportunity is stifling.
Do you know any guys like that? The AHB is a great
opportunity for them to “mix it up with” and benefit from
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the synergy of other committed quartetters! It’s not an elite
program just a demanding and somewhat uncompromising
Get to know what’s in the Brigade program for you all
and your chapter. And to appreciate that, for many members
it’s a perfect compliment and supplement to their chorus
and chapter life.
Over 400 men in North Carolina, Indiana, and now the
Mid-Atlantic District, can attest to it—34 of whom are
directors or assistant directors.
Co-founder, Atlantic Harmony Brigade
3 Jerseys and a Penn with Charlie Mohr, Ed Kunkle, George Schwerdt (516) 671-2534
(subbing for Al), and Ron Newsom, spent several hours entertaining the VA
staff and patients. www.AtlanticHarmonyBrigade.com
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HUNTERDON HARMONIZER 2007 SCHEDULE
make sure to confirm your commitment to performances (sign-up sheets)
Date Event Location Time
March 9–10 Prelims Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster, PA
March 24 Coaching with Gary Plaag Elks 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
May 4–5 Northern Division Contest Doubletree Hotel, Elizabeth, NJ
(Newark Airport area)
March 4 ................................. Don Reckenbeil
March 11 ............................... Tristan Peer
March 16............................... George Schwerdt
March 20............................... Gordon Braun
March 22............................... Bob Thomas
March 23............................... Max Sabor
March 27............................... Ron Todd
Manuscripts must be in the editor’s hands on MARCH 15th for publication in the next issue
of In Tune with the Hunterdon Harmonizers bulletin. E-mail articles to firstname.lastname@example.org
or send them to Linda Williams, 24 Toad Lane, Ringoes, NJ 08551.
MUSIC Electronic Equipment & Holiday Show Uniforms FINANCIAL
Assistant Directors Learning Tapes Pat Cerillo & Ron Newsom Lou Barile DEVELOPMENT
Max Sabor Mike Fordice Picnic Housing (Elks) AND GRANTS
George Schwerdt Music Librarian Richard Kacvinski Art Cole, Jr. Rich Cornelison
Rusty Williams Ron Todd Rusty Williams Rich Kacvinski
Vocal Coach CHORUS Ron Todd
Chorus Contact Singing Valentines
Alden Fulcomer MERCHANDISE
Ron Newsom Charlie Mohr
Choreographer CDs AUXILIARY
Quartet Contact Church Choir Relief (summer)
Vida Allworthy Richard Kacvinski Co–Chairpersons
Ron Newsom Jack Gardner Ron Roth
Section Leader, Tenor Sharon Cole
Public Relations Cups, etc. Carol McKevitt
Jim Maitland Jack Gardner
Section Leader, Lead SHOWS AND Treasurer
Young Men in Harmony
Pat Cerillo PERFORMANCES Linda Kacvinski
Chris Heitkamp PROGRAMS
Section Leader, Baritone Craft Show Corresponding Secretary
Don Reckenbeil Richard Cornelison CHORUS WELFARE Graham Cleaves Alice Rigas
Section Leader, Bass Badges/ Health & Welfare Recording Secretary
Rusty Williams District Convention Richard Cornelison Linda Williams
Mike Fordice (Assistant) Bruce Budde
Ringoes, NJ 08551
24 Toad Lane
c/o Linda Williams, Editor
The Harmonizers’ vision is
To be recognized as a quality musical organization performing music in the four-part a capella style known
Sharing our love of singing well with men of all ages who have similar interests.
The Harmonizers are dedicated to
Promoting and preserving this truly American art form known as barbershop harmony.
Bringing our music and love of music to a broad-based audience.
Providing education and instructional experiences in our craft to men of all ages.
Inspiring our audiences with memorable performances.
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National
Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.
It’s Great to be a Barbershopper in Hunterdon County!