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The Downeasters Soundings Weekly is a weekly email newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Chorus -Please send any Barbershopping news, Chorus news and show dates, Quartet news and appearances, Notes of Interest- including Chorus Shows and other Public Entertainment dates from around New England, 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. -This, and all Soundings are available online at:

And away we go…

Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda United Methodist Church 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Maine Monday, February 20, 2017 6:00-7:00 Early Birds Quick reminder that going forward our chapter meeting starts at 6 for those interested and able.

7:00pm – 9:30pm Chorus Rehearsal Assuming we can't get Steve this coming week we will still plan on him for Monday, Feb 27. I will be away that Monday but the music team will have a plan. 7:00 Get the guys singing well. I recommend we incorporate Raymond's scale exercise, expanded to work on the intervals from Do to Mi, Mi to Sol, high Do down to Sol, and low Do up to Sol, as those are intervals we most consistently have trouble with. 7:20 Tin Roof Blues- emphasis on continuous sound per Steve, and “How they can play the blues, play those blues" 7:35 Sectionals on same 7:50 Tell the guys we are going to record, record Tin Roof Blues. Instruct chapter to do Steves’ 3-step eval. 8:00 If I loved you emphasis on telling the back story 8:15 break 8:20 program -Fred 8:25 sectionals on the the first half of If I loved you. Basses split into two sections 8:40 Tell the guys we are going record, record same- instruct chorus to follow Steve’s 3 step self eval 8:45 2nd half of if I Loved You-emphasis on difference between 1st and second iteration of “soon you’d leave me” 8:55 sectionals on same 9:15 Tell the guys we re going to record, then record same 9:20 repertoire review: Wonderful Day, Longest Time Hope everyone has gotten themselves unburied from all this snow! Jay *********************************************************************

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Downeasters Chorus Pillars of Success

Established 2013

As members of the Downeasters Chorus, the following Pillars of Success are our guiding principles.

8. HAVE FUN 1. Stand Like a Champion! 2. Bring the Whole Singer 3. The Pitchpipe is Sacred 4. Sing Tall and Forward 5. Be Artistic with Your Voice, Face and Body 6. Bring the Audience on Your Journey 7. Expect to Grow!

Rehearsal or Event Cancellation Notices 1. Watch your email and check it before leaving the house or work 2. WCSH6 will show Downeaster Chorus info on the ticker during their evening news 3. If either of those are not handy at the time you need to know, phone a friend to check.

Downeasters Mailing Lists This is a reminder that we have a number of mailing lists/discussion groups on our web site for various functional groups. They are not just for leadership sending messages to the chorus. We'd like to encourage discussion of any sort. You can see the list here, as well as view old messages and send new ones:

Active Repertoire A Cop On The Beat Anytime At All Blue Skies God Bless America I Will Go Sailing No More I'm Gonna Live Till I Die If I Loved You Keep The Whole World Singing Longest Time Love Me O Canada Star Spangled Banner Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me / Undecided Medley Wonderful Day Medley You Don't Know Me You'll Never Walk Alone Tin Roof Blues Click here to go to the music Downeasters Practice Videos: Chris’s channel:

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~ 2017 ~ Feb. 27 (Mon) What: Steve Tramack Coaching Session Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church, Cumberland, Maine Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm Apr. 21, 22 (Fri-Sat) What: 2017 NED Spring Regional Contest/Convention (Granite & Pine/Patriot Divisions) Where: TBA Times: Fri, 6:00pm - Sat 4:00pm For More Info Link:

Jul. 2-9 (Sun – Sun) What: BHS International Las vegas Where: Las Vegas, Nevada Link: Headquarters Hotel is Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas Aug. 4, 5, 6 (Fri-Sun) What: Harmony College Northeast Where: TBA Times: TBA For More Info Link: Sep. 15, 16, 17 (Fri-Sun) What: 2017 New England Harmony Brigade Where: Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough, Mass. Times: TBA For More Info Link: ~ 2018 ~

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Anything Interesting Going On? Let Us Know What You Are Up To Out There! Singing Valentines on WCSH6 TV - 207 Show Friday February 17 at 7:00pm

Exchange Street had a great time delivering Singing Valentines Tuesday. We contacted the WCSH6 TV show "207" before today, and had Rob Nesbitt come with us to film about 4 of our gigs. He got lots of good material, and tells us we will be on "207" this Friday at 7:00 PM. Thought you might be interested in tuning in to see it. Looking forward to hearing stories from our other quartets Port City Sound, Senior Discount, and the Dan Clark 4.

Notes of Interest * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Please send pictures and notes of your quartet’s outings, Shows that you have seen, Shows that you are looking forward to seeing, Quartet or Chorus news from around New England to:

Thank You! "The Nor'easters would like to thank the Downeasters for passing on a couple of Singing Valentines orders in our area. It was most appreciated. We would also like to thank Carl Cappello for coming up and helping to round out one of our Quartets for the morning, to Ed Headley and the revised Porch Time QT to perform several Singing Valentines and lastly to Senior Discount who sang to our beloved Cotton Damon at Avita in Westbrook. Many thanks gentlemen!" Kathy Robitaille, Director Nor'easters Barbershop Chorus Kennebec Valley Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus


History of Barbershop, with Dr. David Wright TWO of our most popular Harmony University classes are now online! Join Dr. David Wright and his students for this class series, captured this past summer at Belmont University. Divided into a series of hourlong episodes, this class is chock full of barbershop facts and insights. Sound clips, vintage photos and artifacts, personal anecdotes... it's all there! Spend some time with your fellow barbershop history buffs and learn about our rich history and legacy, all online. YouTube Link: History of Barbershop - Dr. David Wright Have you signed up for LiveWire yet? Link: LiveWire to Sign up and View Back Issues Downeasters Leadership for 2017 President Mike Soper <> Primary: (207) 400-9184 Secondary: (207) 730-5624

Immediate Past President Granville Barrows <> Primary: (603) 553-3608

Secretary Arne Gronningsater <> Primary: (207) 232-3159

Treasurer Peter McCracken <> Primary: (207) 846-0150 Cell: (207) 650-7768

First Vice President Rich Parsons <> Primary (207) 985-9196 Secondary (207) 400-9760

Second Vice President Chris Howard <> Primary: (201) 893-1173

Board Member at Large Marshall Wagner <> Primary: (207) 232-1543

Board Member at Large Curt Roberts <> Primary: (207) 504-7620

Director Jay Wiley <> Primary: (207) 446-2166

VP - Mktg & PR Tim Wyant <> Primary: (540) 454-3684

Board Member Jack Baggs <> Primary: (207) 892-5192

VP - Music George Feinberg <> Primary: (207) 615-3748

Board Member Miles Hunt <> Primary: (207) 653-8591

Board Member Dave Marstaller <> Primary: (207) 751-1339

VP - Music Walt Dowling <> Primary: (207) 934-5857 Secondary (207) 468-9723

Board Member at Large Gary Lessard <> Primary: (207) 754-0394

Librarian Dwight Pensiero <> Primary: (207) 353-3244

"Soundings" Newsletter Editor Bruce Sturgis <> Primary: (207) 520-8354

Bruce Sturgis Soundings Weekly Editor email: Downeasters Barbershop Chorus

2/17/2017 Soundings Weekly  

The weekly newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Society Chorus in Yarmouth/Portland, Maine USA