21 singers, representing all 4 Alberta BHS chapters, met in Red Deer on Saturday March 12, 2016 to participate in the second annual Alberta Harmony Platoon.
M.C. and organizer Murray Young got the ball rolling and kept it moving, assigning quartets, giving them names like "Instant Plastic", and drawing songs..
Singers were were assigned to quartets, and songs were drawn and assigned to each quartet from the 6 songs which had been learned in advance by the particiants.
The first round of singing featured a chance to rehearse the selected song, while rounds 2 and 3 songs were drawn and then performed immediately.
A good time was had by all and some fine singing ensued ( though not always perfectly for an entire song or by all 4 members of a quartet).
Randy Peters, Chorus Director of Western Hospitality Singers, was honoured and presented with the Dr. Paul E. Tamblyn Music Educator Award for 2015.
James Thexton, Treasurer of Sing Canada Harmony, presented this prestigious award to Randy on December 7th on behalf of Sing Canada Harmony and all barbershop chapters in Canada. This recognizes Randy for his long-standing excellence in advancing and encouraging music educators in Barbershop Harmony and a cappella singing,
Here's a link to a small gallery of pictures taken by John Simpson during the recent event at Paul McKenna's house, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the granting to WHS of a charter as Calgary Foothills chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (S.P.E.B.Q.S.A.):
Alberta Harmony Platoon 2015, sponsored by Western Hospitality Singers, was held in Red Deer at Wild Rose Harmonizers' rehearsal venue, the Church of Christ in Davenport on May 2nd. Twenty-one singers from four Alberta choruses attended, singing one song drawn from four prepared songs in luck of draw quartets, for three rounds.
Western Hospitality Singers were on hand at Confederation Park in Calgary on March 29th to entertain and to cheer on an enthusiastic crowd of walkers and joggers for the 2015 Trek for Tourette.
Trek for Tourette is a 5km walk held annually on the last Sunday of March in communities across Canada in support of the Tourette Syndrome cause. It is Canada's only national fundraiser for Tourette Syndrome.
Money raised from the Calgary Trek is invested in research and treatments that benefit Tourette patients in southern Alberta.
On March 16th, Christina of the 72nd Calgary Pathfinders and Sophia of the 79th Calgary Girl Guides paid a visit to the Western Hospitality Singers in Calgary to promote fundraising for their respective groups.
Tying this visit into the semi-annual Cookie Campaign to help support community activities and leadership development for young girls in the Girl Guide program, Christina and Sophia delivered orders of cookies and even sold more to happy barbershoppers.
For their part, the men of Western Hospitality Singers were very happy to support this fundraiser as part of their commitment to community outreach. The smiles on their faces when they received their orders show that the guys were equally happy to see the cookies!