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Olde Town Harmony Members

Director:
Donald Connell
Lead:
Stephen Jenkins
Wilbur McCurley
Fritz Richardson
Tom Sopher
Tenor:
Jamie Alburger
Warren Capenos
Ken Carr
Ronald Jenkins
Rick Swanson
Baritone:
Bob Boice
Doug Brown
Rick Collins
Harold McDowell
Steve Smith
Bass:
Dave Jervis
Dustin Ryglewicz
Bill Weltman, III
Dave Winters
Eriel Bender
Curt Miller
Tim Matthews
Roger Towle

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Welcome to the Olde Town Harmony Website! Feel free to check out our pages & links then, if you're a male voice between 12 & 100 years old, come join us any Thursday night throughout the year and listen or better yet, sing with us - we'd love to have you as our guest.

 
 

Why We Sing Barbershop.....


If you love to sing, you will love those ringing barbershop chords - come on down and ring some with us- you'll be hooked - I am.

You don't need to be the next American Idol, just share a passion for singing. Barbershopping is a part-time craft fueled by regular Joe' s who for a few hours a week get to be celebrities followed by adoring fans. But after we leave a chapter meeting or performance, we hang up our costume and put on a shirt and tie or a fireman' s helmet or a Home Depot apron and blend in with the rest of the world.


And here's another way to see if you may be interested in barbershop singing. Visit the You Tube barbershop channel by going to "Our Favorite Links" BHS You Tube on the left column of this page.


 
What is Barbershop Harmony?


In simple terms, barbershop harmony is vocal harmony produced by four parts: lead, tenor, baritone and bass. It is different from any other kind of choral or group singing.

Finding the right part for your voice is the initial step.

Lead is the melody and is sung in the range between A below middle C, and C above middle C.

Tenor is a harmony part sung consistently above the lead. Although tenor is the highest voice in barbershop harmony, it should not be confused with soprano of conventional singing groups. The tenor should have a light, sweet, pure tone that will compliment but not overpower the lead voice.


Typical barbershop songs

Barbershop Harmony Society "Polecats" songs which all Barbershop Harmony Society members are encouraged to learn as a shared repertoire all famous, traditional examples of the genre:

  • "Down Our Way"
  • "Down by the Old Mill Stream"
  • "Honey/Li'l Lize Medley"
  • "Let Me Call You Sweetheat
  • "My Wild Irish Rose"
  • "Shine on Me"
  • "The Story of the Rose" ("Heart of My Heart")
  • "Sweet Adeline"
  • "Sweet and Lovely"
  • "Sweet, Sweet Roses of Morn"
  • "Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie"
  • "You Tell Me Your Dream (I'll Tell You Mine)"
 


Baritone covers approximately the same range as lead. The baritone harmony notes cross the lead notes; sometimes sung below and sometimes above. Baritones must constantly adjust their balance to accommodate their position in the chord.

Bass singers should have a rich, mellow voice and be able to sing the E flat below middle C easily. Basses should not be confused with the alto of conventional groups. Many altos can sing the bass part, but others are much better suited to lead or baritone, depending on range and vocal quality.






There are also several other well-known songs in the genre. Some are considered standards, such as "From the First Hello" and "Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby", while others are well-known because notable quartets are associated with them. An example of the latter is "Come Fly with Me", which gained popularity through association with the 2005 international quartet champion, Realtime.

Examples of other songs popular in the barbershop genre are:

  • "Alexander's Ragtime Band"
  • "Bright Was the Night"
  • "From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye"
  • "Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby"
  • "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen"
  • "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby"
  • "Hello My Baby"
  • "When My Baby Smiles at Me"
  • "Come Fly with Me"
  • "Shine On Harvest Moon"
  • "Sweet Georgia Brown"
  • "Darkness on the Delta"
 

Will YOU be our next member?
We are a group of 25 men who love to sing Barbershop Harmony. We meet weekly to croon our tunes. You don't have to read music to sing with us, we'll teach you what you need to know. Come give us a try for a couple weeks! Once you try us - you'll want to join us...

Webmaster: Rick Swanson


 
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