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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:

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Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda for United Methodist Church 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Maine Monday April 22, 2013 April 22 7:00-7:20 Warmup 7:20-7:40 God Bless America/Crazy 7:40-8:20 Teddy Bear work with Debbie 8:20-8:35 Business Mtg. and Break 8:35-9:30 Show songs run through with comments from Larry/Debbie 9:30-9:45 Raffle/KTWWS *************************************************************** ****************

Tentative Rehearsal Schedules April 29 7:00-7:20 Warmup 7:20-7:40 Setting the tone for the show: Live Til I Die 7:40-8:00 Crazy 8:00-8:15. Business Mtg. 8:15-8:50 Full Show Run Through

8:50-9:05 Break with song from each show quartet 9:05-9:30 Show Run Through 9:30-9:45 Raffle/KTWWS *************************************************************** ****************

Order Of Songs For The Annual Show: First Half: 1. I'm Gonna Live 'Till I Die 2. When I Fall In Love 3. Just In Time 4. Crazy 5. Anytime At All 6. Love Me 7. The Way You Look Tonight 8. You Make Me Feel So Young 9. How Deep Is The Ocean 10. Teddy Bear Second Half: 11. God Bless America

Tickets? -> Website/Pay Pal Encourage your friends to log onto our website and pay for their tickets, which are then held for them at the “will call� window prior to each show. Door Sales - Can be made with Credit or Debit cards.

Annual Show -> AfterGlow The afterglow will be at the AMVETS building on North St. in Yarmouth immediately following the show. The price will be $7.50 per attendee. The food will be platters of fruit, cheese and meats, and some Subway-like sandwiches. The facility will allow individual tabs to be run for any libations, does not take credit cards, and does have an ATM on the premises if you run out of money. We are able to stay until roughly 1:30 but the bar may close earlier due to State law. Ample parking and the hall is within a couple of miles from the High School. Please see either Larry Newth or Marshall Wagner about tickets. Visit the Members Only Section of for the Music Library and other Downeasters Resources.

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:

Elford Messer Remembered by Dick Wheeler Elford Messer died recently at the age of 90. "El" started barbershopping with Mick Lary, Al Phillips, and Tom Booth while all worked at Fairchild. They rehearsed at El's home during lunch break. Bob Fowler, a fellow employee, invited them to a chapter meeting at which they sang "It's Only A Bird In A Gilded Cage". All four joined the chapter and sang as the Atlantic Clippers for about a year in the late sixties. El sang bass in the chorus for a few years after Booth moved away and the quartet broke up. A talented man, El designed machinery and houses, flew a plane, played a clarinet, made furniture, kept bees, and was an avid genealogist. He taught science at a South Portland school He graduated from college majoring in Mechanical Engineering and at the age of 65 he returned to college and picked up two more degrees.

NH Barbershoppers Serenade Governor Hassan Greetings Friends, On Wednesday, April 17, twenty-three NH barbershoppers representing Concord, Hanover, Keene, Laconia and Nashua, and under the direction of Chris Belding, assistant director of the Concord Coachmen; serenaded NH Governor Maggie Hassan, Executive Council, department leaders and media. This auspicious occasion was a musical thank you for declaring Barbershop Harmony Week April 7-13, 2013. Reflecting on the tragedy in Boston, a VLQ sang "Let There Be Peace on Earth" to a solemn audience. Further, the barbershoppers sang 2 quintessential Polecats: "My Wild Irish Rose" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." "Keep the Whole World Singing" concluded our miniconcert. Governor Hassan read the proclamation and sincerely thanked us. Barbershop chords resonated in that historic NH State House, for sure. Certainly a great way to start a governor's meeting. The audience even gave us a standing ovation, for which we are grateful.

What a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience! Many thanks to those who took time from their schedules to travel many miles, thank and sing for Governor Hassan. Pictures will be posted on the NED Facebook site and emailed to NH Chapter Presidents this weekend. Thank you. "Sing"cerely, Peter Sajko NH 75th Anniversary Coordinator President, Concord Coachmen Here are videos of the whole performance taken by Dave Effman's daughter Ellen: Ron Higgins Clef Hangers Q-et Hanover Chapter Nashua Chapter

Thanks so much!!! Ryan: Please express our appreciation to the quartets for participating in MUSIC IN THE AIR yesterday. All three were real hits with the audience – very entertaining!! I hope many of that audience will return on May 4 for the Annual Spring Show. We received orders for nine (9) tickets from Downeaster members. As promised, a check has been drawn for $22.50 ($2.50 per) which I will give to Carl for the Angel Fund – or whatever use is chosen for it. Thanks again. You all were terrific!!


PS – Someone sitting behind me, obviously expecting straw hats and red-and-white-striped jackets, said, “I didnʼt know they could be funny.” ~




Wayne, Thanks so much for inviting the Downeasters!! Our quartets had a wonderful time and we

really enjoyed being a part of this terrific event. Also, we really appreciate your willingness to help us spread the word regarding our upcoming show! Thanks again! Ryan Norfleet

75th Anniversary Webcast with Ringmasters was a tremendous success!

You Can Still Watch It FREE! Delayed viewing available until May 10 Presented by the Barbershop Harmony Society and coordinated by Voices of Gotham It was wonderful to see our current champ Ringmasters performing at the top of their game, and to see some of New York City's finest groups on hand in top form showcasing some of the best the Society has to offer. A significant record was broken that day. Thanks to the wonderful PR efforts by the NYCbased barbershop groups, the Society, and the webcast host Opera Music Broadcast (who gave of their services for free, BTW), MORE THAN 110,000 people tuned in for the webcast. This broke the old record of 83,000 for their website. In fact, that day their website received over 500,000 hits based on their own PR efforts and mailing lists, so that is just a tremendous showing. Our own website received over 22,000 page hits that day, which is at least as much, if not more, than the hits it receives during peak International Convention time. YOU CAN STILL WATCH THIS AMAZING WEBCAST FREE HERE until May 10!. Click on the "songfest" link on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Again, the webcast is FREE to all. So tell your friends, your chapter, your prospective members, your local music educators. Link to Webcast Page

Project 23K of The Barbershop Harmony Society 23K Project We're reaching out to touch you! On April 1st, an army of volunteer callers will begin contacting every BHS member by telephone. You will be asked to give your opinion about the level of satisfaction with your own personal barbershop experience and to recommend things that need to be added, changed, improved or deleted to improve the barbershop experience. Each member will also be given the opportunity to send a message directly to the CEO and/or society president. Every member will be invited to enlist as a soldier in the BHS volunteer army, to help with projects for the society and his district. Additionally, the calling team will be gathering information to compile a database of skills and talents possessed by our members. The

database and comments will be used by society leaders to plan, create and lay the foundations of a better future for our society. We hope you will be prepared to relate your membership experience, help develop the skills database and share your vision for the future when one of our 23K project volunteers calls you. If someone calls and you are not at home, please help our calling team by returning the call. Dare to be part of making dreams come true!

Ask Not What Your Society Can Do For You... The 23K project needs approximately 200 volunteers to man the phones as we reach out to every member of our society. Each caller will be asked to make approximately 100 calls during a six month period. Volunteer callers can work at their own pace but must make a minimum of 2 calls per week. The length of each call varies---the average being 20 to 25 minutes. Callers will work from questionnaire on a dedicated web site, completing and filing each report on line. Those who are interested and can make this commitment should contact Bud Laumann HERE. Bud will provide you with a formal invitation, log on information and complete instructions for making calls. A calling list of members in your time zone will be provided. Only those who are sincerely interested in meeting new friends and helping with this vital project should apply for enrollment as a member of the 23K calling team. Callers who successfully complete 120 calls within the first six months of the program will be entered into a drawing for a VIP registration at the Las Vegas International convention. Two prizes will be awarded. We're calling for your help. Can you answer?

Contact Bud Laumann at Montana Jack keeping the faith, keeping it barbershop and keeping the "Q" in BHS 23K Project, Task Force Chairman

Bangor’s Mainely Music Chorus 40th Anniversary Show Show Title: " A Barbershop Journey" (our 40th anniversary show) When: Saturday April 20th Time: 2:00 p.m. with afterglow following (afterglow tickets are $5.00 children under 12 free) Guest Quartet: DownTown Crossing Tickets: In advance $10 from members or $12 at the door Where: Brewer Performing Arts Center (at the brand new Brewer Community School) 92 Pendleton Street Brewer, Maine 04412 Contact Information: Eric Stover  at  469-­‐3695  or  944-­‐8017,  Wayne  Leighton  217-­‐5964

FINAL REMINDER -- OLDE TYMERS' LUNCH The OVER THE HILL GANG will resume their lunches at Pat's Pizza in Yarmouth on Tuesday, April 23 at 11:30. Please notify one of the gentlemen listed below at least two days before that date so that we may give the restaurant a head count. Wayne Newton Dick Wheeler

781-2597 773-1991

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Future Events: Apr. 20 (Sat) What: Bangor's 40th Anniversary Show Where: Brewer Performing Arts Center (at the brand new Brewer Community School) 92 Pendleton Street, Brewer, Maine 04412 Times: 2:00 pm Afterglow following (afterglow tickets are $5.00 children under 12 free) Contact Information: Eric Stover  at  469-­‐3695  or  944-­‐8017,  Wayne  Leighton  217-­‐5964 Apr. 22 (Mon) What: Coaching Rehearsal Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 7:00pm Apr. 23 (Tue) What: OLDE TYMERS’ LUNCH Where: Pat's Pizza in Yarmouth Time: 11:30am Please contact one of us no later than two days before. Wayne Newland ph. 781-2597 Dick Wheeler ph. 773-1991 Apr. 26-28 (Fri-Sun) What: Harmony Inc Area 2 Contests

Where: Leominster, MA Times: TBA May 4 (Sat) What: Downeasters Annual Show Where: Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center, Yarmouth, Maine Time: 7:00pm May 4 (Sat) What: Annual Show -> AfterGlow Where: AMVETS building on North St. in Yarmouth, Maine Time: After Show: pm – 1:20am Please see either Larry Newth or Marshall Wagner about tickets. May 18 (Sat) What: Kora Shrine Center Concert Where: 11 Sabattus Street, Lewiston,, Maine Time: To Be Announced May. 20 (Mon) What: Coaching Rehearsal Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 7:00pm Jun. 10 (Mon) What: Coaching Rehearsal Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 7:00pm Jul. 29 (Mon) What: Coaching Rehearsal Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 7:00pm Aug. 3 (Sat) What: Deertrees Theatre Concert Where: 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison, Maine Time: To Be Announced Link: Aug. 23 (Fri) What: Coaching Retreat Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm Aug. 24 (Sat) What: Coaching Retreat Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm Aug. 26 (Fri)

What: Carry Over Retreat Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 7:00pm Sep. 20-22 (Fri - Sun) What: New England Harmony Brigade Extreme Quartetting Weekend Cost: $285 Total, $140 due with Application The Big Saturday Night Show (Public Invited) Sat. 7:00pm Where: Marlborough, Mass For more info: Sep. 21 (Sat) What: Windjammers Annual Show Where: Rockport Opera House, Rockport Times: 7:00pm Sep. 23 (Mon) What: Coaching Rehearsal Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 7:00pm Sep. 28 (Sat) What: Noreasters Annual Show Where: Methodist Church, Church Rd. Brunswick Times: 7:00pm Oct. 18-20 (Fri - Sun) What: Fall NED District Convention/Contest Where: Westbrook Performing Arts Ctr. 471-Stroudwater Street Westbrook, Maine 04092 Times: TBA Nov. 13-17 (Wed-Sun) What: Harmony Inc International Convention Where: Windsor, ONT. Times: TBA

Downeasters Leadership for 2013 President Granville Barrows <> Primary: (603) 553-3608 Secretary Dave Marstaller <> Primary: (207) 751-1339 Secondary: (207) 865-3731 VP - Music and Performance Miles Hunt <> Primary: (207) 653-8591

Past President Bill Peterlein <> Primary: (207) 576-3313 Secondary: (207) 926-3054 Treasurer Carl Cappello <> Primary: (207) 899-2200 VP - Mktg & PR David Sweet <> Primary: (207) 967-8553

VP of Membership & Chapter Development Jim Johnston <> Primary: (207) 619-7613 Secondary: (207) 400-9760 Board Member at Large Mike Soper <> Primary: (207) 318-7454 Secondary: (207) 730-5624 Chorus Manager

Director Jack Baggs <> Primary: (207) 892-5192 Board Member at Large Marshall Wagner <> Primary: (207) 232-1543

Webmaster Lawrence Bean <> Primary: (207) 283-0642 "Soundings" Newsletter Editor Bruce Sturgis <> Primary: (207) 312-3423 Secondary: (207) 784-1510

Librarian Dwight Pensiero <> Primary: (207) 353-3244 DVP of Events Dave Cole <> Primary: (207) 671-4730 Secondary: (207) 797-9618

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4/19/2013 Soundings Weekly  

The weekly newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Chorus