Update: Show Week!

More news on COVID

Larry has been told we have a second person who has tested positive, this weekend, for COVID. This person is not certain if he got it as a result of a Tuesday exposure or from somewhere else. We will still be going forward with the show this weekend.

Just for fun

Here is a fun video of Alexander’s Ragtime Band performed by a very young Bee Gees group. Notice the adjustment of the lyrics to play during an era where war was controversial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcROXLSZJ4U

And also this

At a Three Dog Night concert last Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, the show stopper was this song: https://youtu.be/qT8khYW8gkQ

Last Week’s Homework

Basses: Make sure you work on the words for Happy Together. Everyone continue to work on God Bless the USA.

Tuesday Plan

6:00 VLQ

Chorus

  • 6:30  Warm-Up
  • 6:40  Run Show with script
  • 7:40  Business & Break
  • 7:50  Work on starting songs and transitions, work on trouble spots
  • 8:30  KTWWS

Now It’s SHOWTIME!

Spring Show is Saturday. It has been a whirlwind and everyone has worked hard to get ready. Let us put on a great show that we can all be proud! Remember that if you volunteered to help with set up be at Prairie by 9:00.

Here is information for Saturday.

TIMELINE SATURDAY MAY 14TH

  • 9:00 – School opens for set up, risers, podium etc.
  • 9:45 – Chorus arrives
  • 10:00 – Rehearsal and sound checks for chorus, VLQ and quartets
  • 11:30 – Sound Check – Tapestry
  • 11:30ish – Lunch (on your own. Bring something if you want)
  • 1:00 – Chorus run-through with groups in the 1st act (starts/stops)
  • 1:45ish – Chorus change into uniforms
  • 2:00 – Prairie girls sound check
  • 2:00 Ticket Sales begin
  • 2:15 – Ushers arrive
  • 2:30 – Doors open
  • 3:00 – Show begins
  • 5:30 – Afterglow

SHOW ORDER

  • Happy Days
  • Isn’t She Lovely
  • Homeward Bound

Qtet-Prayer of the Children

VLQ-Yes, Indeed

  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  • Shenandoah
  • Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • Follow the Flag
  • God Bless the USA
  • This Is My Country

Corridor 4 Quartet

Intermission

Prairie Middle/High School Girls

Tapestry Quartet

  • Happy Together
  • Wonderful Day Medley
  • Happy Days Reprise (curtain call)
  • Keep the Whole World Singing

Afterglow

Please be ready to pay for any guests for the afterglow. The cost is $16 per person. Any person who assisted with the show will have their cost paid by the chorus. This should be a great time!

The afterglow will be held immediately following the show at the VFW Post located at 3240 Southgate Pl SW, Cedar Rapids. This is just off 6th Street SW and 33rd Avenue SW.

In harmony,

Larry

Chorus Update

Important! Chorus pictures will be taken Tuesday

We will be taking a chorus photo on April 26th. These photos (chorous, directors, VLQ and quartets) will be used in the program and future publicity, so don’t be left out. There is not retake opportunity. Please bring/wear your entire tux. This includes: 

  • Black pants
  • Red shirt
  • Black necktie
  • Tux jacket
  • Cummerbund (if needed)
  • Black, shiny shoes

Membership renewal

Congratulations to Leland Freie for renewing his membership with the chorus. Lee, who sings lead, has been a member of the BHS and the chorus for 21 years. Thank you for your service, Lee! Pictured with Lee is Ryan Ballantyne, chapter secretary.

Last call for donations

If you want to make a donation to be recognized in the show program, you make the donation or at least complete the contract form by rehearsal time Tuesday. Give your check to Al Huneke.

Crunch Time Approaches for our Spring Show

  • The show is only 3 weeks away. Now is the time to reach out to your contacts and sell tickets. Direct them to our website where they can purchase the tickets. 
    • $5 for students through high school
    • $10 for general admission and reserved seats for groups of ten or more
    • $15 for reserved seats
    • Free for children 6 and under who will not use a seat
  • If you need a flyer, pick one up or we can email a PDF version so you can sent it to people who may be interested.

Tuesday Plan

  • 6:00 VLQ
  • Rehearsal Plan:
  • 6:30  Warm-Up
  • 6:40  Pic
  • 6:55  God Bless the USA
  • Wonderful Day
  • Homeward Bound

7:30  Business & Break

7:45 Run the show (non-stop😁)

8:20  Work songs if possible

8:30  KTWWS

Rehearsal Date Change Possibility

We will not be changing rehearsal dates the week of the show as was presented last week.

Cookie Festival – May 5

Plan to attend the Cookie Festival in Iowa City. This is always a great event and gives everyone the opportunity to meet other barbershoppers! AND, there are greats treats.

  • Date: Thursday, May 5
  • Place: Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City
  • Time: check-in 6:30, event starts at 7:00

New on the Website

The Hawks Only and PDFs pages are now rearranged with the songs in show performance order. Please let Gary Lindsay know if any of the links do not work.

Chorus Update, March 12

Ad sales are underway

At Tuesday’s rehearsal we introduced the drive for ad sales and donation solicitation. If you have not yet completed the brief poll Gary LIndsay sent out please do so right away. You can access it at this link. We need information from this questionnaire to help each member be effective and reach his goal $500.

Here are two of the findings from my poll so far:

Forms response chart. Question title: Should rehearsal time be set aside to provide training for ad / contribution solicitation?. Number of responses: 14 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: To encourage everyone's participation in this effort would you support a goal of $500 per member? Ad sales, contributions solicited, your own donations, and ticket you sell can all contribute to this goal.. Number of responses: 14 responses.

Assist needed for group ticket sales

This from Mary Huneke

The objective of this outreach is to encourage Activity Directors and others who work with residents at area retirement facilities to organize groups of ten or more residents to come to our show. We are offering a price of $10 per ticket for each seat bought by a group of at least ten people.

Here’s how it would work. A Harmony Hawk would visit with an Activity Director and suggest they put our Spring Show on their list of activities. They would then actively encourage their residents to sign up for the activity. When the group reaches at least 10, the A.D. would call me (Mary) at 425-478-4793 between 8:30 am and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They will be asked to provide me with credit card information. I will purchase the tickets and have them sent to the contact. The A.D. would receive them and would be responsible for distributing the tickets and collecting payment. Showtix and the Harmony Hawks will have been paid already.

It doesn’t have to be a residential facility. We can work with any group that has a single contact person who will:

  • encourage group members to attend our show
  • contact me and pay for the tickets up front,
  • take responsibility for distributing tickets to the individuals in their group. 

This could be a church group, bridge club, whatever. A Hawk who sells to several such groups will sell a lot of tickets with relatively few contacts.

Thank you,

Mary Huneke, Ticket Manager

Steve Nelson is installed as a new member at last week’s rehearsal, March 8. Chorus President Larry Hlavacek leads the ceremony as Secretary Ryan Ballentine looks on.

New member installation

A highlight of last week’s rehearsal was the installation of Steve Nelson as a new member of the Harmony Hawks. Steve was a member previously and is rejoining after a long hiatus.

Tuesday’s rehearsal

  • VLQ @ 6PM
  • Warm-up (Shenandoah)
  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  • Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • God Bless the USA (work on key change at home)
  • <break>
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • Wonderful Day Medley
  • Happy Together

Off the music dates established

DateSong
3/22/2022Follow the Flag
3/22/2022I’ll Fly Away
3/22/2022Isn’t She Lovely
3/29/2022Happy Days
3/29/2022Homeward Bound
3/29/2022Shenandoah
4/5/2022Alexander’s Ragtime Band
4/5/2022Happy Together
4/12/2022Brother Can You Spare a Dime
4/12/2022God Bless the USA
4/19/2022This Is My Country  (not sure if we will sing this one yet)
4/19/2022Wonderful Day Medley
Above are the songs that we have on the Spring Show, along with the date that you need to be off the music. We need to have everyone off their music as soon as possible so that Chad can work on getting each song in performance quality.

Upcoming Events

  • March 19 – 10:00 –  Audition for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Please arrive 15 minutes early (like any other appointment that you schedule). Wear your blue short-sleeved polo, if you have one.
  • March 21 – 7:00 – Board Meeting
  • April 8 – Ad and donation contracts due
  • May 14 – 3:00 – Spring Show and Afterglow. Sign up at the table as you enter the rehearsal hall.
  • May 18 – 5:30 – Mercy Foundation sing-out. We need 12-15 singers to sing 15-20 minutes of songs, using songs that will be sung for the Spring Show. Sign up at the table as you enter the rehearsal hall.
  • June 17 – Tribute to Heroes sing-out. Venue to be determined. More details to come.