Monday, September 19, 2011

September, 2011

Another Successful Corn Roast

On Tuesday, September 6, barbershoppers from the far reaches of NE Ohio gathered at the Tadmore Shrine shelter for the annual Akron Chapter Corn Roast. As always, a myriad of volunteers, under the capable direction of Dan Nichols, provided all those in attendance with great food, refreshing beverages and a wonderful evening of chorus and quartet singing. MC Rip Wilson kept the evening's program moving and the slightly cool, but dry weather made for a very enjoyable event. Thanks again to all those who helped to make the corn roast happen.


Harmony In Derby

Our President, Jim Bishop, has been communicating with members of the Derby A Cappella Chorus located in the English town of Derby. (Note: Robin Reid assures me that the pronunciation is "Darby". It's good to have at least one of our chorus members that speaks English.) Jim felt that the Derby Chorus and the Derbytown Chorus had a natural bond and that it would be good for us to get better acquainted.

A link to the website for the Derby Chorus has been added to the Quick Connections section on the left of The Bulletin page. You are encouraged to visit that site and find out more about their activities.

Here is a little preview


The Tradition Continues

On Saturday, August 27, The Derbytown Chorus made its second appearance of the summer at an Akron Aeros baseball game. As usual, we sang The National Anthem before the start of the game and led the crowd in singing Take Me Out To The Ball Game during the seventh inning stretch. Jack Kunklier continued another tradition by ably tossing the ceremonial first pitch. I suspect that Jack and Stan Martin have been practicing together because Jack's form was very similar to that of Stan when he did the honors at the July game.


September Birthdays

Frank Lopresti 9/4
Erik Salmons 9/8
Don Seagren 9/12
Luke Frohnapfel 9/19
Bill Evans 9/27


Chapter Quartet News

Lock 4 (formerly known as Research)

On August 15, Lock 4 helped FirstEnergy kick off their 2011-2012 United Way campaign. The quartet provided musical entertainment for the company's Ice Cream Social and United Way Agency Fair. From left to right are:
Scott Giles, tenor (subbing for Mike Halter), Keith Fuller, lead, Tom Gentry, baritone and Mike Sitter, bass.


On Saturday, September 10, Eu4ria helped the family of Helen Johnson celebrate her 95th birthday. Dan Nichols, tenor, Jim Heaton, lead, Jim Elliott, bass and Jim Bishop, baritone donned their red vests and straw hats and serenaded Helen at the Everett Road covered bridge in Bath Township. If you didn't see the article from the Beacon Journal on the bulletin board at rehearsal, I have included a link to it in the Quick Connections.

The Chapter is always interested in what our quartets are doing , so please forward any information about your gigs to The Bulletin email.


Barbershop Classics

If you wonder what The Suntones sound like fifty years after they won gold, here they are at the chorditorium during the KC International this year.