The Music Men Chorus, North County’s premier men’s a cappella chorus, began 2019 with a gala Installation Dinner at the Oceana club house in Oceanside on January 8. The event marked the 65th anniversary for the group which started in Fallbrook as the “Avocado Empire Chapter” of the Barbershop Harmony Society, but changed its name to the “Palomar-Pacific Chapter” when it moved to the more densely populated San Marcos area.
Highlight of the catered dinner was the swearing in of the new Board of Directors for 2019. Long-time member Joe Pascucci was the Installing Officer, administering the oath to: President, Joe Quince; Music/Performance V.P. Charlie Wendt; Membership Development, Scott Higgins; Marketing/PR, Tom Redler; Secretary, Alex Termulo; Member-at-Large, Bill Colburn; Treasurer, Chuck Youde; and Music Director, David Garstang.
The Music Men Chorus is the North San Diego County chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, enjoyment, and performance of the unique form of four-part, a cappella singing known as Barbershop. BHS is also dedicated to supporting and encouraging community singing of all forms. The Music Men share their music through performances at local senior and community centers, churches, and residential communities.
Most recently, the chorus performed a holiday concert to a standing-room crowd at the Oceanside Senior Center. The Music Men Chorus holds open rehearsals on Tuesday evenings at the San Marcos Senior Activity Center (111 Richmar Ave.), and men of all ages who enjoy singing are welcome to attend and learn more about barbershop singing. For additional information, visit www.musicmenchorus.org.
First order of 2019 business is to prepare for the group’s very popular Singing Valentine project. This is an annual fundraiser which helps defray chorus expenses. Every year at this time, the chorus is divided into quartets that are available to go anywhere in North County in order to surprise loved ones with two beautiful romantic love songs, plus a long-stemmed rose, and a personalized Valentine card! Personal deliveries will be available on Thursday, February 14, and Friday, February 15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Pricing for the entire package is $50 if delivery is requested during a two-hour time frame (i.e. 1-3 p.m.), and $60 if delivery must be made within 15 minutes of requested time. To book a time, or for further information, contact Tom Redler at 310-650-0810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a prelude to Valentine’s Day, an ensemble from the Music Men Chorus will entertain visitors to the Escondido Chocolate Festival on Saturday February 9. The group will sing at the Maple Street Plaza between 12:45 and 1:45 p.m.