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  • djspebs@aol.com
    Last Saturday afternoon and evening (03/31/01) I had the extreme privilege of being the Emcee at the Bozeman, Montana, Annual show -- held this year in
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 2, 2001
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      Last Saturday afternoon and evening (03/31/01) I had the extreme
      privilege of being the Emcee at the Bozeman, Montana, Annual
      show -- held this year in Belgrade, MT, a few miles to the West.

      The theme of this years' show was "The Phantom of the Barbershop",
      a locally written and produced take off on the program by the
      same name published elsewhere.

      I have never been a part of such a wonderful program -- a good mix
      of good Barbershop and a few selections of other styles. The
      Bozeman Chapter and The Chord Rustlers Chorus deserve accolades
      of the highest degree for their production and performance.

      Included were performances by the area Sweet Adelines --
      Bridger Mountain Harmony Gals (OUTSTANDING!) plus regional
      and area High school Quartets. Also, a Middle School Chorus
      of talented youngsters (The Gallatin Valley Children's Choir)
      was on the program. The Bozeman Chapter, by the way, made
      contributions of over $2500 to aid area school Music programs
      this past year.

      The local/area Bozeman Quartets (Par Four/One Time Only/
      Gallatones/Treble Makers/Doodle Dandies) added to the
      enjoyment of the audience. And 15 year old Mark Dehn,
      as the mysterious and hilarious "Phantom", made for a
      terrific program.

      The firm of Hassler, Lyon, Hodge and Wilkie (as Dorothy,
      Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion of "The Wizard Of Oz" fame)
      completed the festivities. The "firm" is also known to all
      of us as "The Most Happy Fellows" -- 1977 International
      Champions -- who redefined the term "TOP ENTERTAINERS".
      What a terrific show these guys put on!

      After the HAPS were on the "Retired from the Show Circuit" list for
      a few years, Tom Wilkie was asked to fill the spot vacated by the
      death of Ken Hawkinson. the original bass. His voice is a perfect
      blend with Hodge/Lyon/Hassler with most extraordinary sound
      being the result. Both the afternoon near capacity crowd, and the
      evening sell-out audience were thrilled with this now famous
      Wizard of Oz package.

      Great Show! Great Fun! Great Barbershop!

      Dick Johnson
      Great Falls, MT
    • djspebs@aol.com
      In a message dated 04/02/2001 8:53:32 AM, djspebs@aol.com writes:
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 2, 2001
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        In a message dated 04/02/2001 8:53:32 AM, djspebs@... writes:

        << After the HAPS were on the "Retired from the Show Circuit" list for
        a few years, Tom Wilkie was asked to fill the spot vacated by
        Ken Hawkinson. the original bass. Tom's voice is a perfect
        blend with Hodge/Lyon/Hassler with a most extraordinary sound
        being the result. Both the afternoon near capacity crowd, and the
        evening sell-out audience were thrilled with this now famous
        Wizard of Oz package. >>

        -----snip-----

        Corrected paragraph with the resurrection of Ken Hawkinson!

        ) ^8

        Dick Johnson
        Great Falls, MT
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