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Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda for United Methodist Church 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Maine Monday April 21, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Chorus Rehearsal Hi all, Coming off of a great evening with Steve it’s time to apply all of those new skills to music we’ll be performing on our annual show. Guess what? We have only 3 rehearsals (including Monday) before the show! The show will include at least these songs listed below, so start (continue!) listening and reviewing movement as well! Wonderful Day Medley Love Me Anytime at All I will go Sailing No More Cop on the Beat I'm Gonna Live 'Till I Die You Make Me Feel So Young The Way You Look Tonight and/or You Don’t Know Me God Bless America This week we’ll work these: Wonderful Day Medley o review the choreography, and while you’re practicing your “doot doot” precision, throw in some moves! I’m Gonna Live Til I Die You Don’t Know Me I Will Go Sailing No More Anytime at All o a soloist does not mean that the chorus can relax. As was once pointed out by a great coach (don’t ask me who), “the key to a great feature or solo is the cleanliness of the background.” Please go back to your music and Boston Common track and review! Have a great weekend! ~George


Our Mission: "We will PERFORM a PERSONAL story with IN-TUNE, CLEAN, IN SYNC sound that has a FRESH, NATURAL, EMOTIONAL energy and EXCITEMENT that shows an INTENSITY and EXTREME VARIETY of DYNAMIC INVOLVEMENT." 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!  

Monday’s Rehearsal with Steve Tramack! Who were those guys? I don't know about anyone else, but from where I got to stand at the end of the evening I heard a different chorus! Those of you who couldn't make last night's session with Steve Tramack really missed a lot. Those of you there know what the others missed! You experienced what it feels like to sing at an extremely high level, even if only for a few measures at a time. Steve and the folks in front were not kidding -- it really was *that* good. This wasn't "just another coaching session." Steve filled it with very clear instructions on skills we all need to practice to the point they become habit: 1. Chorus breathing. We not only have license, but are required to breath more often, leaving out words. This is an extremely important skill and one that should become part of your learning process. Endless air is a wonderful thing. 2. No scooping. This is mostly awareness. We all know we shouldn't do it but aren't always aware when we are. Get in touch with your inner scooper, and hide him away in the closet! 3. Energy in the tone -- always. You should always sound like there's more to give, just under the surface. You are a Ferrari, cruising along, but able to go 0-60 in no time, and everyone can feel that potential energy.

4. Be nimble note to note (the "doot" exercise). We all did it, but not the first time. Let's do it the first time, every time! 5. Not everyone needs to sing all notes. Sing the ones that *you* can sing very well and smile and breath otherwise. Remember the "5th" part (the word left out)! "It's not about you, it's about the chorus." "Do no harm." 6. Keep the sound out of the throat (tongue forward, relaxed). It needs to sound good in front of you, not in your head!

The music team will be doing our part to remind everyone of these things. If anyone has questions abou anything definitely talk with someone on the MLT. It can be very hard to know if you are doing things correctly and the MLT is more than willing to help! ~George Visit the Members Only Section of for the Music Library and other Downeasters Resources.

Yarmouth Clam Festival Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21 Lime Rickie makin’ time will be here before you know it! Mark your calendars! The Clam Festival Schedule is still being worked on, but right now I hear that the Downeasters are tentatively scheduled to perform at the NYA Tent on Saturday at 3:30 PM Jul. 20 (Sat) What: Yarmouth Clam Festival Performance Where: North Yarmouth Academy Tent, Yarmouth, Maine Time: 3:30 PM Jul. 19, 20, 21 (Fri, Sat, Sun) What: Working in the Downeasters Booth Where: Yarmouth Clam Festival Time: Fri 4:00pm–10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm

Future Events: ………………………………………………………… ~ 2014 ~ Apr. 26 (Sat) What: Barbershop Concert and Silent Auction Who: Nor’Easters and WindJammers Where: United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd, Brunswick Time: 5:30PM Apr. 25-27 (Fri-Sun) What: Harmony Inc Area 2 Convention Where: Portland ME

Times: TBA May 10 (Sat) What: Downeasters Annual Show ~ “Lets Put On A Show!” Guest Quartet: Downtown Crossings Website: With: North Yarmouth Academy Vocal Ensemble Where: Yarmouth Performing Arts Center at Yarmouth High School Time: 7:00pm Showtime AfterGlow: AMVETS Post #2 in Yarmouth Downtown Crossing - 2012 Portland BHS International Set: May 18 (Sun) What: Raymond Village Community Church Show Where: Raymond, Maine Time: 3:00pm Showtime Jun. 7 (Sat) What: Sounds of the Seacoast Annual Show with Kismet Where: Durham, NH at UNH Time: 7:00PM Jun. 29-Jul. 6 (Sun – Sun) What: BHS International Convention Where: MGM Grand Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV Link: Jul. 19, 20, 21 (Fri, Sat, Sun) What: Working in the Downeasters Booth Where: Yarmouth Clam Festival Time: Fri 4:00pm–10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm Jul. 20 (Sat) What: Yarmouth Clam Festival Performance Where: North Yarmouth Academy Tent, Yarmouth, Maine Time: 3:30 PM Sep. 5 (Fri) What: Two Performances Where: Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Foundation 371 Sawyer Road Greene, Maine 04236 Times: 2:00pm & 7:00pm Link: Sep. 6 (Sat) What: Brunswick Noreasters Annual Show Combined with Camden Windjammers - Guest Chorus Guest Quartet: Exchange Street Where: United Methodist Church in Brunswick Times: 7:00pm Showtime

Sep. 13 (Sat) What: Camden Windjammers Annual Show Combined with Brunswick Noreasters - Guest Chorus Guest Quartet: Back Bay Four Where: Rockport Opera House Times: 7:00pm Showtime Sep. 13 (Sat) What: Music with a Mission Show Where: North Windham Union Church 723 Roosevelt Trail Windham, Maine 04062 Time: 7:00 pm Oct. 17-19 (Fri-Sun) What: NED Fall Convention Where: Providence, RI Times: TBA Nov. 12-16 (Wed-Sun) What: Harmony Inc International Convention Where: Louisville, KY. Times: TBA ~ 2015 ~ Jun. 28-Jul. 5 (Sun – Sun) What: BHS International Convention Where: Pittsburgh, PA Link:

Quartet Corner …………………………………………………………… Quartets, this is for you, free advertising or just let fellow Barbershoppers know what you’ve been to. Send me the Link to your Facebook pages! Kismet Quartet Port City Sound Back Bay Four Exchange Street Senior Discount Porch Time Any Others? Send In Your Quartet News!

On Saturday afternoon. March 29, Port City Sound put on a concert at Piper Shores before a delightful and very enthusiastic audience. On April 11, fresh from bring lucky enough to win the Granite and Pine Division quartet championship the previous weekend, Port City Sound put on an hour-long beneft concert at the First Parish Congregational Church in Scrarborough. It is safe to say we sang pretty much everything we knew! We had a great audience. In fact they gave us a standing ovation at the close of the concert. Audienc members were asked to fill out a brief survey on their way out. All of those who filled out the survey rate 10 out of 10. Well, all right- one gave us a 9.87. Awesome! ~Fred Moore

Vienna Barbershop show April 19, 7 p.m.

Please join Back Bay Four, Chantez and Good Time Sound quartets as we perform an evening of barbershop a capella music at the Union Hall in Vienna, Maine on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets $8 advance, $10 at the door.

~Jay Wiley

Notes of Interest …………………………………………………………

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


ROLAND GORMAN, a former long time member, presented the Chapter with a generous donation at Wednesdays OLDE TYMERS LUNCHEON at Pat's Pizza. ROLLIE, who is nearing 91, made a previous last year. The gift was accepted by MARSHALL WAGNER on the behalf of the chapter's board of directo ROLLIE showed his still powerful voice with a rendition of the opening lines to "The Way You Roll Your Eyes".. ROLLIE was accompanied by his daughter, CHRIS NASON. Others in attendance besides MARSHALL were DAVE SWEET, DICK LOUGHLIN, CHARLIE MAGGS, DAVE BURNS, MANEN CLEMENTS, CURT ROBERTS, RAY HOULDEN, LARRY NEWTH, JACK BAGGS, MIKE DALEY, WAY NEWLAND, and DICK WHEELER Pictures By Larry Newth

Rollie Gorman, with his daughter Chris Nason

Rollie Presenting his donation to Marshall.

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Barbershop Concert and Silent Auction Saturday April 26,2014

This is our annual benefit concert for Respite Care for Brunswick area and this year it will be Noreasters and Windjammers combined. Would love to have some of the Downeasters come up it. We are fortunate to also have a young man's group called Octapella from Brunswick High Sch joining us. They are fairly new at learning barbershop but giving it a good try! ~Kathy Robitaille

Apr. 26 (Sat) What: Barbershop Concert and Silent Auction Who: Nor’Easters and WindJammers Where: United Methodist Church, 320 Church Rd, Brunswick Time: 5:30PM

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4/18/2014 Soundings Weekly  

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

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