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And away we go… Downeasters Chorus Rehearsal Agenda for Monday, August 29, 2011 7:00-7:10

Welcome Greet and come together!


Music America the Beautiful Battle Hymn




Sectional I Never Knew Key change and, Smoothness






Competition Chorus

Steve Tramack will be in the house! I mean school, to coach us! ********************************************************* Competition Chorus Auditions Aug. 29th is the last day for first time auditions for the competition songs. That means that, if one audition has occurred, the member can audition again after the 29th of August. The Downeasters Coaching Schedule-2011 Monday, Aug. 29 Saturday, Sept. 17 Monday, Sept. 19 Monday, Oct. 10 Notes of Interest …………………… Wednesday evening August 10, about 25 Downeasters car-pooled to Brewer for a taping of our performance at The Next Generation Theatre for The Nite Show with Danny Cashman. From the website ( ): “The Nite Show is a weekly, half-hour program that airs Saturday nights at 11:30 on WABI in Bangor; and Saturday nights at midnight on WPME (35) in Portland.” “August 27th Mixed Martial Artist, Marcus Davis Musical Guest, Portland Downeasters.” The show with our performance should be airing this Saturday at midnight on WPME (35). Here’s an email from the host about the show: Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the feedback. I’m happy that folks enjoyed themselves and I look forward to watching the show when it airs. The airdate for the first song will be Saturday, August 27. The show airs at 11:30 here in Bangor on WABI TV 5, and at midnight in Portland on WPME TV 35. The second song will be posted on our YouTube channel ( and will be linked to our website ( and our Facebook page ( Of course, if any of the group members are on Facebook and would like to “friend” us, we would appreciate that as well. The third song will air sometime down the road. We like to keep a “library” of performance guests to use sometime in the future so that performers can get two bites at the apple, so to speak, without having to haul their gear (or people) and set up twice. We have been on the air for 10 months and have only used two of these archived performances – once because of a last-minute cancellation, and the other because it was timely and appropriate. I wouldn’t anticipate this third song airing anytime soon, but if we continue on the air for the next several months/years, it will most certainly be used. Thanks again for all of your help and please let me know if you have any questions! Best, Dan Cashman About the Nor’easters Annual Show - Oct 29th - the supper is at 6 pm and show at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for the evening, one flat price - no seniors, no students pricing. We're hoping where this is a first time the chorus has tried something like this, that it will go well and we will sell at least 200 tickets. From Kathy Chamberlain Robitaille Start planning now for the Northeast District 2011 Fall Convention and Contests Springfield, Mass on October 21 & 22, 2011 Chorus Order of Appearance: 1. Halifax, NS SUN 2. Natick, MA PAT 3. Poughkeepsie, NY YAN 4. Burlington, VT MTN 5. Dartmouth, NS SUN 6. Providence, RI PAT 7. Kentville, NS SUN 8. Central CT YAN 9. Worcester, MA PAT 10. Schenectady, NY MTN 11. Hanover, NH G&P 12. Portland, ME G&P 13. Nashua, NH G&P 14. Danbury, CT YAN 15. New Bedford, MA PAT 16. Concord, MA PAT 17. Saratoga Springs, NY MTN 18. Manchester, CT YAN 19. Pittsfield, MA MTN 20. Lowell, MA PAT 21. Bedford-Sackville, NS SUN Contest Venue: Edward Bellamy Middle School, 314 Pendleton Avenue, Chicopee, Ma. Info on the contest and hotels: Have you reserved your hotel room, yet? Don’t wait too long or they may all be reserved… Headquarters Hotel: ( 8 miles from contest venue) Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel One Monarch Place, Springfield, Mass. 01144 tel: 413-781-1010 MARRIOTT HOTEL (Connected via Enclosed Bridge to Headquarters Hotel)

2 Boland Way, Springfield, Ma. 01115 tel: 413-781-7111 City Place Inn & Suites ( 8 miles. from contest venue) 711 Dwight Street, Springfield, Ma. tel: 413-781-0900

Future Events: Sept. 11, (Sun) What: 9-11 Commemoration, 10 year Rememberance, Where: Falmouth, Maine American Legion Post 164 Time: 2:00pm Sept. 13 (Tue) What: Summer Concert Series at the Turner Gazebo, Where: Turner, Maine Time: 5:00pm Sept. 17, 2011 (Sat) What: Windjammer Barbershop Chorus Annual Show Combined show with the Nor'easters! Where: Rockport Opera House, Central St., Rockport. 207-236-2159 Time: 7:00pm October Old-Timers' Luncheons (date to be announced) Oct. 21-23 (Fri – Sun) What: Northeastern District Convention Where: Springfield, MA Oct 29, 2011 (Sat) What: Nor’easters Annual Show, Cabaret Style, Halloween Costume Contest Type: Public performance & Dinner - Tickets are $25 for the evening, one flat price. Where: K of C Hall in Brunswick Time: Supper is at 6 pm and show at 7 pm Nov. 9-13 (Wed – Sun) What: Harmony Incorporated International Convention Where: Hershey, PA Dec. 3 (Sat) What: Community Little Theater – Holiday Concert Where: Auburn, Maine Time: 2:00pm Downeasters Leadership for 2011 Director


Jack Baggs (

Bill Peterlein (

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8/26/2011 Soundings Weekly  

The weekly newsletter of the Downeasters Barbershop Harmony Chorus