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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 for United Methodist Church 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Maine Monday, September 10, 2012 7:00-7:20

Welcome/warm up-Miles


ChorusJust In Time When I Fall In Love


The song is in tune.-Fred


Chorus-The song IS in tune.




Chorus-Repertoire songs Love Me I’m Gonna Live Til I Die More, as needed






Competition music 9:05-9:25 Sectionals-I Never Knew Medley 9:25-10:00 Chorus-I Never Knew Medley


RETREAT ALERT                RETREAT  ALERT                RETREAT  ALERT                RETREAT  ALERT                          Plan  on  attending  our  weekend  retreat  on  Friday  and  Saturday,  September  21  &  22,   respectively,  and  help  us  welcome  Raymond  Schwarzkopf.    Self  described  music  judge,   coach,  director,  quartet  guy  and  computer  geek,  Raymond  brings  energy  and   enthusiasm  to  any  group  with  whom  he  works.          Place  a  high  priority  on  attending  these  very  important  sessions,  meet  Raymond,  

welcome him  to  Maine  and  take  advantage  of  what  he  has  to  offer  the  Downeasters.   Location:  Tuttle  Road  Methodist  Church,  our  regular  rehearsal  site.          The  retreat  schedule  is  as  follows:                  Friday-­‐Downeaster  Competition  chorus  7:00-­‐9:00  P.M.                      Saturday-­‐Downeaster  chorus-­‐10:00  A.M.-­‐3:00  P.M.   -­‐ Lunch  will  be  provided    

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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:

Guest and New Member Preparation Guys: I am sending this to hopefully help advance the process for new members and guests that we have been generating recently. You may have met my old friend Joe a few rehearsals ago-great singer who caught onto the music pretty quickly. I followed up with Joe a few days later and have him coming on September 10th to our next rehearsal. Firstly, had I not followed up with him, he most likely would not be coming. Secondly, in preparation for that, I asked Joe if it would help him if I sent him the mp3s and sheet music for the songs the chorus plans to work on coming up to rehearsal. I reached out to Walt and found out what songs that we'd be working on. I then emailed the learning track and the sheet music for those songs to Joe so that he could have some familiarity with the songs before hand. He will now have almost 2 weeks to prepare the 4 songs that Walt sent me. It got me thinking how intimidating and overwhelming it is when you get shoved onto the risers with a notebook having, most likely, never heard the songs before. If we plan just a little in advance and take responsibility for the guests that we bring to ensure that they are comfortable and well-prepared, I think it could go a long way towards member retention, as well as making their experience more rewarding. I have seen alot of guests standing on the risers alone, with no one really taking ownership of making their experience easy and fun. I still think that if you bring a guest, you should be responsible for ensuring that the guest is having fun, engaged and prepared. If you don't have the means to do the above, just get me their email address and I will email them tracks/dots for the songs that we have coming up. Just a few thoughts. See you all on the 10th! From an email by Miles Hunt!

New England's First Harmony Brigade- Check out the show and sign up next year. History in the making! New England's, newest "eXtreme Quartetting", Harmony Brigade holds its inaugural showcase on Saturday, Sept 15th. Here's a link to the show flyer & info. It will be a mix of Champion quartets, a parade of NEHB Brigade quartets and the 100-plus man N.E.H.B. show chorus. It will amaze you what 100 guys can do, at the drop of a hat, when they are completely prepared when they meet. Check out the show- which will be a knockout in itself; see if that's not enough to convince you to participate in the New England Harmony Brigade next year! DON'T MISS IT!

New England Harmony Brigade - Invites You ! Greetings Fellow Barbershoppers! On the weekend of September 14-15, a major event in the world of Barbershop and a cappella will be making its debut in NED. Almost one hundred barbershoppers, most from NED but some coming from as far away as Texas, will descend on Central Massachusetts. They will arrive having learned 12 new songs note and word perfect, in four months, arrangements so difficult that they are sung only by the top quartets in the world. That's more than most choruses learn in two or three years but these men have persevered, meeting in small groups to practice after having learned their part thoroughly from the music and learning tracks. They are practicing and perfecting these songs for a weekend of Extreme Quartetting called a Harmony Brigade. Get ready NED; the New England Harmony Brigade has arrived, and it’s a first for our district!

On Friday, the 14th, these men will be randomly placed in quartets and assigned one of the 12 songs they learned. They will have an hour to rehearse with this "new quartet" and then they get to sing their song for a panel of judges and for the rest of the guys. Winners will be proclaimed but the fun has only just started because they will be singing all of the other songs with all the other guys for the rest of the weekend, bringing "pick-up quartet singing" to a new level. Most of the weekend is a private affair with quartets singing everywhere, but on Saturday evening, the 15th, the Brigade will open its doors to the public with a massive show displaying some of the quartets formed that weekend plus a Chorus of all the men attending. Our very own Men in Black will be headlining the show, fresh off an 8th place finish at International in Portland, Oregon. Also on the program will be a Senior Quartet from the Dixie District called Village Green, who have flown here from the Southeast. These guys have competed in the Senior International Quartet contest several times, finishing as high as seventh place. This will be a show like no other you've ever attended because it will be guys just like you and me who love quartetting and have decided to try something new. Will you be joining us? I'm one of those guys and would love to have you see what the Brigade is about and maybe be part of it next year? Harmonically, Earl Parker Secretary New England Harmony Brigade WHAT: New England Harmony Brigade - Saturday Evening Show WHERE: Assabet Valley Regional Technical H.S. 215 Fitchburg St., Marlborough, MA WHEN: Sat, September 15 at 7:30 PM PRICE: Adult ($15.00), Student under 18 ($10.00) HOW TO BUY TICKETS ONLINE: Go To and click on the Show Poster YOU CAN ALSO MAIL TICKET REQUESTS TO: Jeff Forman 42 Dalton Road Holliston, MA 01746-2417 If you have any questions, or need to contact someone, please send email to: Jeff Forman, <>

Northeastern District 2012 Fall District Convention & Contests October 19-20-21, 2012 Westbrook, Maine Host Chapter:

Downeasters Chorus ~ Portland, Maine Local Chairman - contact:

Marshall Wagner 207-232-1543 ~ emwagner31 @ aol . com Westbrook Performing Arts Center Westbrook Middle School 471 Stroudwater St. Westbrook, Maine 04092 For more information visit the NED website:

'The Soundings' 50th Anniversary Issue. Here’s that link – Enjoy!

COACHING Schedule: June-October, 2012 Sept. 21 & 22 Friday evening & Saturday October 1 Monday Future Events: Sep. 14 - 16 (Fri, Sat, Sun) What: New England Harmony Brigade Where: Central Massachusetts area Time: Fri 3:30pm, Sat All Day, Sun Breakfast Saturday Evening Show – 7:30pm Link to The New England Harmony Brigade website: Sep. 15 (Sat) What: Camden Windjammer’s Annual Show Guest quartets: Port City Sound AND Downtown Crossing Where: Rockport Opera House Time: 7:00pm

Sep. 21 (Fri) What: Competition Chorus Retreat with Raymond Schwarzkopf Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Sep. 22 (Sat) What: Chorus Retreat with Raymond Schwarzkopf Where: Tuttle Road Methodist Church Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm -Lunch Provided Sep. 29 (Sat) What: The Nor’Easters Annual Show Guest quartets: Back Bay Four AND Downtown Crossing Where: Methodist Church, Church Rd, Brunswick Time: 7:00pm Oct. 19 – Nov. 22 (Fri-Sun) What: Northeast District Convention & Contests Where: Westbrook Performing Arts Center Westbrook Middle School, 471 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, Maine Time: Nov. 10 (Sat) What: Wounded Heroes Benefit Performance Where: Winslow Homer Auditorium, Scarborough High School Time: 2:00pm

Downeasters Leadership for 2012 President Granville Barrows <> Primary: (603) 553-3608 Secretary Dave Marstaller <> Primary: (207) 751-1339 Secondary: (207) 865-3731 VP - Music and Performance Walt Dowling <> Primary: (207) 934-5857 Co-VP of Membership & Chapter Development Cy Kendrick < Primary: (207) 449-8587 Secondary: (207) 729-5201 Board Member at Large Mike Soper <> Primary: (508) 517-1647 Secondary: (207) 730-5624 Director Jack Baggs <> Primary: (207) 892-5192 Webmaster Lawrence Bean <> Primary: (888) 678-9866 "Soundings" Newsletter Editor Bruce Sturgis <> Primary: (207) 312-3423 Secondary: (207) 784-1510

Bruce Sturgis Soundings Weekly Editor email:

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 Co-VP of Membership & Chapter Development David Brown <> Primary: (207) 650-2454 Board Member at Large Marshall Wagner <> Primary: (207) 232-1543 Chorus Manager Ryan Norfleet <> Primary: (207) 253-9433 Secondary: (207) 510-1444 Librarian Dwight Pensiero <> Primary: (207) 353-3244 DVP of Membership Dave Cole <> Primary: (207) 671-4730 Secondary: (207) 797-9618

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9/7/2012 Soundings Weekly  

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