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Choral event succeeds

May 7, 2012
Messenger News

To the editor:

I sing.

You sing.

Where do you sing?

I sing with the Harmony Brigade Chorus and we presented our 65th annual show a couple of weeks ago. I sing with 20 other guys who also enjoy a-capella singing and harmonizing. We sing in four-part harmony. And it would probably surprise you to know that more than half of us don't read music. Want to sing with us? Read below.

Many fine compliments were expressed about the show. There was much harmonizing with the chorus singing, "I Believe In Music," a scripted presentation of familiar ballads and up-tunes. Included was a special crowd pleaser with Jack Weber doing "The Mississippi Squirrel Revival," a song about a mischievous squirrel that got loose in the "first self righteous church in a sleepy little town of Pascagoola."

The second half of the show presented two top-notch quartets; one from Illinois and the other from the Washington, D.C., area. They thrilled the audiences with their excellent harmonics. Both had placed in the top 16 quartets in international competition last year.

The folks who attended the Afterglow at the Quality Inn were treated to more quartet singing by all the quartets who sang on the show. Another quartet from Algona also sang. One song they presented will standout forever in attendees minds. The surprise addition to the "Side By Side" parody was hilarious. You had to be there.

Do you ever get the urge to sing somewhere else besides church and the shower?

If so, you are welcome to come to a special "open house" rehearsal. We meet weekly on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. for a couple hours. You are invited to come and enjoy yourself with the good time singing and camaraderie of we Barbershoppers. Come May 8, to the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Williams Drive. Join us for an enjoyable evening. Age is no limiting factor. Our members range from 12 to 81. Singing - it's a great hobby.

Ted Bodensteiner

36-year Harmony

Brigade member

Fort Dodge



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