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The Downeasters Soundings Weekly is a weekly email newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Chorus. Send any Barbershopping news, Chorus news, Quartet news, requests to be removed from or added to the distribution list, etc. to Deadline for submission of articles of interest to the chorus is 5:00pm Thursdays. And away we go…

Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda for Monday, January 17, 2011 7:00-7:15 P. M.

Welcome Songs-I’ll Be Seeing You and Lost In The Stars

7:15-8:00 P. M.

Introduce, Almost Like Being In Love & Sectionals(Leads/Bari’s, Tenors/Basses)

8:00-8:15 P. M.


8:15-8:45 P. M.

Repertoire music The Old Songs God Bless America Alexander’s Ragtime Band

8:45-9:00 P. M.

Craft-Using Almost Like Being In Love, review generic skills-posture, breathing, reset and

support. 9:00-9:30 P. M.

Business meeting/Program Keep The Whole World Singing!

Schedule for Introduction of New Music For 2011 Jan. 3, 2011

I’ll Be Seeing You

Jan. 17, 2011 Feb. 7, 2011 Feb. 28, 2011 March 21, 2011 April 11, 2011 April 25, 2011

Almost Like Being In Love Chattanooga Choo Choo How Deep Is The Ocean I Found A Million Dollar Baby Come Fly With Me The Little Drummer Boy

Installation Pot Luck Banquet Saturday, January 22, at 6:00 pm. It is being held at Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main St, Yarmouth. There is a Mass at 4:30 pm, so the parking lot should empty out about 5:30. The hall is in the basement of the church. There will be signups for food to bring at Monday’s rehearsal, and we’ll need a head count so we know how many tables to set and how much paper goods to purchase. You don't have to wait for Monday, to sign up, you can email Diane Blanchard at or call her at 775-3340. A couple of volunteers are needed at the hall on Friday, Jan 21 to help set up and move some tables around and move some of those portable partitions to one side etc. which usually only takes about an hour or two in the morning or afternoon. On Saturday, a couple of volunteers to help with putting dishes in the oven to keep warm and bringing them out to the buffet table when we're ready to serve. And of course, help is always needed cleaning up on Saturday night too. Please contact Diane if you are able to help.

Mike McBride (former Downeaster now living in Memphis) had bypass surgery last week. Report is very positive -- he came through it just fine. Submitted by: Wayne Newland

Treasurer Needed By Larry Bean

Downeasters, I am announcing my intention to retire as Treasurer at the close of this calendar year. I will not be submitting my name for the officer's slate for the 2012 calendar year. I believe it would be better for you as the new treasurer to have a thorough understanding of how things work before you are asked to assume the duties, rather than to be thrust into the role. If you step up to the plate now to be the new treasurer for next year, you will get a year's worth of training and will feel completely comfortable by the time it becomes officially yours. Your training will start by spending a day with me (soon) doing the 2010 calendar year taxes, which will give you a thorough understanding of the scope of the Downeasters income and expenditures and how to fill out the forms. It will continue by setting up an environment where you will be able to track all finances in Quicken for the remainder of the year, simply by mirroring what I do and asking clarifying questions when needed. At Clam Festival time you will meet with me and each of the officers to go through the fiscal year budget creation process, learn how to set up the new budget year in Quicken, and continue to mirror the inflows and outflows. By next January it should be second nature. I will do the 2011 taxes with you, and still be available as a resource when help or guidance is needed. Please do not hesitate, reply directly to me ( with your interest. Thank you!

Future Events: Jan 15, 2011 Chapter Shows: Manchester, Connecticut Those who may remember watching the quartet finals in Philadelphia last year might recall the 2nd and 3rd place Finalists, “Old School” and “Ringmasters” (from Stockholm, Sweden), respectively. Those two quartets headline Manchester CT’s Annual Show on Saturday, Jan. 15 (performances at 1:30 and 7:30). The current NED champs “Snapshot” and last year’s champs “On Q” will also perform.

Manchester High School is a 3-hour drive from Portland. Further information, plus ticket orders and directions, can be found on Manchester’s website: Click under Performances, Annual Show.

Jan 22, 2011 The 2011 Installation Banquet will be on Saturday January 22 at Sacred Heart church in Yarmouth at 6 PM – pot luck. The Brunswick chapter will be joining us. Kurt Roberts will be doing the installation and Jay Wiley will be the MC. See above article about food dishes.

Feb 21, 2011 What: Coaching Retreat with Steve Tramack Type: Downeasters-only event (all members invited) Where: Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth, ME Time: 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

March 18-19 (Fri & Sat) What: Granite/Pine and Patriot Division Competition Type: Barbershop competition (public welcome) Where: Lincoln, RI (exact venue TBD)

May 14, 2011 (Sat) What: Downeasters Annual Concert, featuring Scollay Square Quartet Type: Public performance Where: Winslow Homer Auditorium, Scarborough High School, 20 Gorham Road, Scarborough, ME

April, June, August, October Old-Timers' Luncheons (dates to be announced)

Sept. 11, 2011 (Sun. -- 2:00 p.m.) 9-11 Commemoration, American Legion Post 164, Falmouth

Downeasters Leadership for 2011 Director Jack Baggs ( (207) 892-5192 (home) Webmaster Tom Liebert ( (603) 812-6777 (cell) VP - Chap. Dvlpmnt, Mktg & PR Gerry Barnicle ( (207) 797-4627 (home) Treasurer Larry Bean ( (888) 678-9866 Librarian Dwight Pensiero ( (207) 353-3244 (home) Board Member at Large David Brown (888) 678-9866 "Soundings" Newsletter Editor Bruce Sturgis ( (207) 784-1510 (home) (207) 312-3423 (cell)

-Bruce Sturgis Soundings Editor email: Downeasters Barbershop Chorus

President Bill Peterlein ( (207) 576-3313 (home) (207) 926-3054 (cell) VP - Music and Performance Walt Dowling ( (207) 934-5857 (home) Secretary Dave Marstaller ( (207) 865-3731 (home) (207) 751-1339 (cell) Chorus Manager Ryan Norfleet ( (207) 510-1444 (home) (207) 253-9433 (cell) NED Rep for Maine Dave Cole ( (207) 797-9618 (home) (207) 671-4730 (cell) Board Member at Large (Currently vacant) Past President Ted Tracy ( (207) 882-9795 (home) (207) 744-5109 (cell)


8:45-9:00 P. M. Craft-Using Almost Like Being In Love, review generic skills-posture, breathing, reset and support. 9:00-9:30 P. M. Business...

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