Re: [bbshop] What hooked you...
- Hey, everyone!
My first experience in Barbershopping occurred 3 years ago while I was still
in High School. A good friend of mine who had been singing for 4 or 5 years
heard me singing in the halls at school. He asked me if I'd like to come to
a Barbershop meeting that night. I immediately said sure. After all, it
might be interesting, even though I'd never heard of Barbershop in my life.
That night, I made my way to my first ever rehearsal of the Oakville
Entertainers chorus. The minute I entered the rehearsal hall, I was welcomed
by my buddy as well as another friend who had joined not long before. They
introduced me to the chorus director, who took me aside and voice tested me.
He told me I could sing tenor, lead or bari, but for the time being, I
should sing in the lead section. A few moments later, as I was being
introduced to the other leads and standing between my two buddies, one in
the tenor section, and the other in the lead section to help me out, a pitch
pipe blew, and the guys hummed the pitch. I was hooked from right then and
there. After singing a few songs, I was certain that the chorus was where I
belonged. They let me join that evening, after singing several tags with
members who quickly became some of my best friends. I will be eternally
grateful to my friend and the members of that wonderful chorus that allowed
me to fully appreciate this wonderful hobby.
tenor, lead and occasional baritone
Guelph Royal City Ambassadors
19 years young and enjoying every minute of it.
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- I had been "woodshedding" with three friends nearly
all the way through High school. We didn't know about
the "Society" or that there were "written" arrangements
or anything like that. We were hired to perform for
local functions ($5/$10) but sang mostly for our own
amazement. I was one of those *fortunate* vocalists
who "heard" the Baritone note instinctively and,
until my 1950 encounter with OCCash in Topeka, KS,
sang that part for years. Every quartet I have
been a part of has been one in which the Lead
and Bari switched parts on certain songs.
My friend Burt Huish likes to tell "The Rest Of The
Story". It goes like this:
After graduating from High School in 1946, I heard
about this outfit in a nearby town that sang
BBShop music. I learned the address of the rehearsal
hall and the date and time of their gathering.
I got to the hall several minutes ahead of time
and, being somewhat nervous, went into the closest
"Necessary Room" where there were 4 guys in the
corner "rendering" their version of "Watermelon
Time In Lou'siana" (or some such). While the
lead and Bass for pretty good, the tenor was
weak and the Bari was AWFUL!
I said (to myself, of course), "Boy! I sure could
help THOSE guys!" (*)
As it turned out, I was asked to come back when
I had three other guys (it was a Quartet Chapter
-- as they all were in those days) and the rest
Great Falls, MT
(*) A year or so after joining (with three of my
friends) I got together with the Bass of that
'Outhouse Four,' and, with a new Bari and Tenor,
I switched to Lead -- and "The ChordHuskers"
quartet was born.
- I'm surprised that I can remember anything that long ago, however:
My high school choir teacher, Dr. Homer Hummel, was a member of the Hollywood
(CA) chapter and he brought quartets down to our choir banquets. Later he got
my girl friend singing in a girls quartet publicizing the annual. I went
straight out of HS into USAF and, while stationed in the San Bernardino area,
our base USO had the local (Colton CA) chapter over to entertain us. I joined
the next week. I was sent to Colorado, joined the Denver chapter, and when I
got out of the service, I couldn't find a chapter in the Los Angeles area.
Until I was driving down the street one day and saw a car with a barbershop
emblem on the back. I literally ran the guy over to the curb, almost causing
an accident, and found out where the local chapter met. I hope to get my 50
year pin in Nashville next year.
Once, when I did not remember when I joined, I asked Kenosha to confirm the
date. They sent me the chapter secretary's report and it showed two members
who joined that month. I was one and the other was Gerald (Jay) Wright, bass
of the Sidewinders, 1965 Gold Medal Quartet.
By the way, Dr. Hummel managed to snag at least one more member, Mike Senter,
Bass of the Golden Staters.
Shelley A. Herman
- Shelley A. Herman said in his post he had to call Kenosha to find out the
date he joined the Society. I don't know how long they have been doing this,
but SAI has the month and year I joined on my membership card. This date was
transferred to the new card I received when I transferred to another chorus a
year and a half ago.
Peggy B2, tenor
Fox Valley Chorus
- I'd enjoyed the Buffalo Bills in the Music Man and the
Perry Como show, but what hooked me was an 'accidental
taping' of a special on our PBS station. I was trying
to tape a Star Trek episode and missed by one channel.
When I went to check the tape, it started with a song
by Showtime. It took about 30 seconds to hook me.
When I found out Showtime was 'local talent' (I live
in the Tampa Bay area) I started looking around at
what was available and found Gulf to Bay Chorus. The
rest is <*ahem*> history!?!?! :)
I'm on my fifth quartet, am a chorus officer, and I'm doing
websites for choruses who don't have one... and singing
every chance I can. (They have to pay me to shut up! :)
Mary Jo Hurd
Gulf to Bay Chorus technodweeb & Secretary
SA Region 9 Website Editor