|Type of post:||Newsletter|
|Posted By:||David Wiener|
|Date Posted:||Tue, 1 Jun 2021|
It won’t be long now until our 2021 Spring show is up and available online! Watch your mail!
Despite the constraints of the pandemic restrictions, we will be mounting a wonderful performance, but virtually, as we did for our 2020 Christmas show.
The format will be similar to the Christmas production, with clips from several of our past International performances, some guest-quartet appearances, and a recently-recorded song by the chorus.
In order to produce the most recent song, each member submitted two recordings to our techies, as we did at Christmas. The first was an audio recording, where each of us sang alone, a cappella; the second a video recording, where we lip-synched our parts, accompanied by the learning tracks.
All the submissions are being melded into a seamless performance of the song, which you will be able to enjoy when the show premieres.
LET US HEAR FROM YOU
If you’re a fan and friend of Harbourtown Sound, we’d love to hear from you. Your suggestions for songs you’d like to hear, your ideas for future performances, or even constructive criticism of how we’re doing---all would be helpful to us.
You can send us your thoughts by clicking this link--- firstname.lastname@example.org
BARBERSHOPPERS OF RENOWN
The 2021 BHS Ontario District Barbershoppers of Renown Award winners include two distinguished members of our Harbourtown Sound chorus, Scott McCarthy and Dale Wood.
Congratulations to both these men, who are exquisitely deserving of this honour. As President Ted Byers said, “They have colourful and extraordinary stories in the Society as performers and devoted chapter members, with a deep history of service at many levels.”
Our 2021 spring fundraising campaign recently ended, successfully coordinated by Vic Linka’s hardworking team. Thanks to members and friends of the chorus, we sold more than 450 boxes of product from MacGregor Meats, just in time for barbecue season---a new record!
Harbourtown Sound is grateful to all who helped us out by purchasing this record number of product; your support is very important to us. Fundraising is a necessary, behind-the-scenes activity for a chorus such as ours to support our performances and community outreach endeavours.
Because of our inability to perform for live audiences as a result of the pandemic restrictions during 2020 and 2021, our revenues are substantially off, so this year’s campaign was especially important.
For the second year in a row, the Barbershop Harmony Society World Harmony Championship was cancelled; first, Los Angeles, CA in 2020, then Cleveland, OH in 2021. Damn that Covid!
We were pleased to represent the Ontario District at International in Las Vegas, NV in 2014, Pittsburgh, PA in 2015, and Nashville, TN in 2016. We qualified to go to Las Vegas again in 2017, but declined---hard to describe what Las Vegas is like in the first week in July!
We also competed in Orlando, FL in 2018, but didn’t qualify for Salt Lake City, UT in 2019. However, Harbourtown Sound has received an invitation to compete in the 2022 competition in Charlotte, NC. There are more than 800 choruses in the BHS, and only thirty qualify for International each year. We are looking forward to getting back to the big-time!
If you wonder what it’s like to compete in this annual contest featuring some of the greatest choruses in the world, read on. The process starts when director Jordan Travis and his committee announce the songs we’re going to sing, an announcement that marks the start of months of careful preparation.
Jordan and assistant director Scott McCarthy walk us through the message of the songs, and we work on communicating with the audience---not just with the music, but through our emotions, faces, and bodies. It’s really fun seeing the songs come together as we get closer to the finish.
We’re part of a team of seventy-five men, and it’s nice to hear all sections---tenor, lead, baritone, and bass---getting closer to where we want to be.
Finally, it’s time to travel. Depending on the location, we go by bus or car, or fly. The hotels always have practice facilities, which we use every day to stay ‘honed’. As the anticipation builds, we also take time to enjoy wonderful music presentations by other competitors.
When our day to compete arrives, two motor-coaches drive us to the rear of the contest venue. We file inside and line up in correct placement, ready to go. Everything is timed to within seconds.
When we hear the applause for the previous chorus, we know it’s time to move. Filing onto an almost totally-dark stage (no curtain), we quietly move into position on the risers. Our supporters are 'out there', whooping it up with enthusiastic cheers. We hear the official announcer say, Representing Hamilton in the Ontario chapter, under the direction of Jordan Travis and Scott McCarthy, please welcome “Harbourtown Sound”!
To loud applause from the thousands in the audience, the lights come up, and we listen for the pitch pipe. Jordan gives us a smile, one more thumb’s up, and we’re on---about eight minutes in total to sing a ballad and an up-tempo song, the very best that we can.
Before we know it, we’re done, and what a feeling! We’ve been chasing excellence for months, and this is our reward---the sense and satisfaction of being on a great team, with a wonderful bunch of men, all doing what we love.
Afterwards, we often join the audience to listen to some of the other excellent competitors. Over the years, we’ve competed with choruses from New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Sweden, and many cities in the US.
Sadly, some of our members are unable to come because of health issues, work obligations, or family constraints, but they’re at home, cheering us on. They will also see our performance on YouTube, where it appears after a period of time. We all have a memory that we can watch anytime in future.
Harbourtown Sound---what a team to belong to!
(Thanks to Larry Armatage for this piece)
A few years ago, John Roach sat down to explain our music to his late sister, Gloria. Then his niece, Dawne, had some fun with the captions.
HARBOURTOWN SOUND CLOTHING
Do you believe in the old adage that you are what you wear? Well, if so, we have good news for you!
Members, family, and friends of Harbourtown Sound can order high-quality, fashionable, and affordable Under Armour clothing online, embossed with our name and logo, from Marchants our chorus supplier.
Full details as to selection and pricing, including pictures, are at this safe website---https://www.youwear.ca/HTS/ Ordering is simple and fast, as you will see from this short video---https://youtu.be/VlgfQ2uaEqs
You’ll find it well worth your while to browse the selection to find something that will suit you---or a loved one---to a T.(Sample of Harbourtown Gear.)
NAMES TO KNOW
Ted Byers, President
Jordan Travis, Music Director
Scott McCarthy, Assistant Director
Mark Yung, VP Secretary
Jim Boyd, VP Marketing
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