(from Chad)You are invited! Bring some folks with you! As most of you know, we are starting this Tuesday with our combined chorus rehearsal for October convention and other combined show songs. These will continue every other week until October when we evaluate and continue a path forward. We need your voice! (Every week in September) Rehearsals will be taking place in Swisher DanceMor – 77 2nd St SE, Swisher, IA 52338 Please listen to the songs so you are prepared to be a leader in your section.https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1lS_EvMVgRCOBL9u_YQObF9pkFUMUmevm The hardest song for us to get started on is brother can you spare a dime. Here is a video to help get the interp down prior to Tuesday. What I want to do is close to this. https://youtu.be/t0BhgqDFkEA
Tuesday, July 13 – 6:30pm-8:30pm
Songs to be sung are (link above to learning tracks):
*Contest – Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
*Contest – Happy Days (are Here Again)
*Indicates harder song where listening to learning tracks for your notes is highly important! Looking forward to leading you all on this journey. Let’s have fun doing it and making music together!
Where: Penn Meadows Park, North Liberty – South Concession Stand170 North Dubuque St, North Liberty, IA 52317 When: Saturday, July 17. 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
What to bring:
Dish to share
Beverages (ALCOHOL is Prohibited)
Lawn chairs (?)
We plan on singing at 5:00, and eating right after that. See you there!
Those who signed up need to report to Veteran’s Stadium at 5:30 this Thursday to join forces with the Old Capitol Chorus singing the National Anthem and, if you wish, stay for the game.
Joint rehearsals start July 13
From director Chad Knipfer:
We are about to embark on joint rehearsal with the Old Chorus in an endeavor to compete in Lawrence, KS on Oct. 9. I would like to see at least 40 guys on the risers for this event. Please send this out to anyone you think may be interested in attending. If someone is interested but doesn’t think he can financially afford it, please feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a member of your chorus’ board, as there are options available to try and accommodate all.
We will NOT just be singing and working our contest song in these joint rehearsals; we will be singing other songs that we both know. Below are the details of the rehearsal schedule and song list.
Mission: To create a musical experience and memory to last a lifetime with like-minded fellows & to elevate the barbershop experience in Eastern Iowa for as many people who want to participate. Creating and performing with a group such as this takes effort and commitment from everyone involved. Please respect everyone’s time by coming to rehearsals as prepared and warmed up as possible so we can make the best music possible with our time together.
Rehearsals will be taking place at DanceMor Ballroom, 77 2nd St SE, Swisher, IA 52338
During combined rehearsal weeks (below), we will not be holding normal chapter night on the “off” day (Thursday OCC, Tuesday Hawks), so that everyone needs to only commit to one night a week. Friends & Family are welcome and encouraged to come to rehearsals to listen and root us on!
Friends & Family Potluck
Saturday, July 17 – 4-8 pm, Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty – south shelter. Group sing around 5 pm. Bring a chair, dish to share, meat of your choice, and own drinks and table settings. Lets have everyone there!
Tuesday, July 13 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday, July 29 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, August 10 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday, August 26 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, September 7 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday, September 16 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, September 21 – 6:30pm-9:00pm
Thursday, September 30 – 6:30pm-9:00pm – Family & Friends send-off night. Will rehearse for an hour then perform our set a couple of times.
Songs to rehearse:
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Contest
Happy Days (Are Here Again) Contest
Support Oakley’s Great Guitar Buildoff
Oakley showed us his completed project Tuesday night, and it is impressive. To get a better idea of just what work went into this, watch this YouTube video and then go and vote.
To vote, all you need to do is click on the heart icon on the page to submit your vote!
Please share this with all of your family and friends coworkers, retired friends, golf buddies etc to help get that number up!!
Now that we are back rehearsing in person we will be featuring those who have renewed their memberships. This week we honor Tom Read who has been a chapter member for 47 years and has served as Chapter Development VP and Music librarian for many years. Thank you, Tom, for all you have done for the chorus!
July 9: National Anthem at Veteran’s Stadium, 5:30 p.m.
July 17: A joint cookout with the Old Capitol Chorus,
Penn Meadows Park, North Liberty – South Concession Stand
4 – 8 pm
Sing @ 5:00, eat following
Open invitation for anyone
Bring your own meat, dish to share, table service, beverages
August 13: Golf outing @ Airport National
September 25(?): Possible dessert fundraiser, two one-hour small audience concerts
Fall CSD Contest, Oct. 8 – 10 in Lawrence, KS
Gospel Concert, tentatively scheduled for November 12 or 19
Great rehearsal last Tuesday! I was told we had 21 people in attendance. Remember that Chad’s goal is to put over 40 on stage for the Central States District Fall Contest, so make sure you are inviting people to rehearsal. We did have one guest and Glen, a visitor from Old Capitol Chorus, at our rehearsal Tuesday.
Rehearsal Plans for Tuesday, June 15
Tag – Clouds on Fire
Isn’t She Lovely
Hallelujah (new song) The tracks and PDF are on the website.
Gospel Medley (if time permits)
IMPORTANT Off-Music Dates
We have set several dates to have us be off the music. Please work hard to meet these goals. Chad needs to get the most from us on these songs so we can be prepared to perform them.
June 29: Shenandoah, Homeward Bound;
July 13: Happy Days;
July 27: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
July 17: Joint picnic with Old Capitol Chorus, South Concession Stand Shelter in North Liberty, 4 to 8 p.m. 5 p.m. sing, Dinner following singing. Bring games to play.