|First Baptist Church has asked our chorus to move our practice sessions to room 140. This room has a fairly large assembly room with 4 or 5 class rooms nearby. It is located near the far end of the first floor. From our present room you go through the fellowship hall, turn right by the kitchen and go to the next to the last room on the right. It would be more convenient to use the east Entrance number 4 and go down the stairs near the reception desk. The first time we will use this room is August 20th. The church has a new access code, please see previous emails about the code.|
|The Dixie District publishes an online, monthly newsletter entitled the Town Crier. Please go to the district website and view if interested. Of special note this month, Wildfire, a varsity (college) quartet won gold at international this past July. Wildfire represents our Dixie District very well. Congrats guys!|
|For more information, see:||www.dixiedistrict.org/index.php/documents-and-media/town-crier-archive/category/76-volume-11-2019?download=470:town-crier-vol-11-issue-7|
We regret to announce the passing of one of our brothers in music. Mr. Murray Edwin “Bud” Warren passed from this earth early Wednesday, June 19th 2019 at the age of 93. Funeral service was Monday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Gary Bradley and Jason Bybee officiating followed by burial at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Born in Canada in December 1925, Murray (Bud) came to the USA (hitchhiking from Ontario Canada to Searcy, Arkansas) in 1946 to attend Harding College, where he completed a bachelor's degree in Bible. He went on to complete two master's degrees at Harding Graduate School in Memphis. He then worked on a doctorate degree in counseling at New Orleans Baptist Seminary, where he studied family counseling. He was a Church of Christ preacher for over 60 years and a licensed professional counselor in Alabama.
He loved music and enjoyed singing in choruses and especially loved the barbershop style of music. He was a member of the Rocket City Chorus for 23 years and he sang bass as a member of a chapter quartet for 6 of those years. Besides his love for music, he loved to fish and was an avid bear and deer hunter.
In New Orleans, he met and married Iris Barrow Warren, his wife of 48 years. He is also survived by three children, Buddy Warren, Bonnie Wiebers, Lake Ozark, MO and Teddy (Tarrin) Warren of Milano, TX; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rose Miller, Dorothy Collier, and Betty Warren; two brothers, Jim Warren and Aubrey (Betty) Warren, all from Ontario. He is preceded in death by two daughters, Connie Beth Warren and April Warren Page; three sisters, and four brothers.
Donations may be made to the April Ashlee Warren Page Nursing Scholarship at Harding University, Searcy, AR 27943.
|The Rocket City Chorus performed at the Arts Huntsville - Panoply 2019 in Big Spring Park on Friday, April 26th. They sang 14 songs, including some classic barbershop tunes and showcased some of their showtunes from their upcoming summer show. Photos courtesy of Chris Brightwell of Huntsville, Alabama.|
|JD Horne has been singing since he was a teenager, joined the military, but returned to barbershop. His current membership is for 47 years! Though he does have more. |
Pictured are JD on the left and Chapter Secretary, Jim Savage, on the right.
Brian Nelson Of Harmony Foundation visits the Huntsville Metropolitan Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and the Rocket City Chorus. He spoke about MidWinter and Harmony University and the impact on the youth that participate in these programs. Brian also stayed to sing with us for the night.
What is Harmony Foundation?
Taken from their website:
We strive to be the premier international agent through which individuals and organizations invest in the lifelong benefits of singing. This is our vision for our organization.
Harmony Foundation believes that singing improves lives, and we seek philanthropic partners who wish to share the gift of singing as a means of making lives more enjoyable, satisfying and meaningful. We provide funding for music education programs for students in middle and high school and college, as well as outreach programs in communities, to promote, develop and advance opportunities for lifelong singing.
*Harmony Foundation International, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law..
|For more information, see:||harmonyfoundation.org/brian-nelson|
|Can you believe this? Clowns? You guys were terrorfying back then. If I'd seen this yesterday, I'd pulled an April Fool's Day prank on you saying this is our new uniform. We will have to find out who is still around from them and ask them "WHY?" Thanks to Jim Savage for the photo.|
|EDIT: APRIL FOOLS JOKE |
For immediate release, April 1, 2019
The Rocket City Chorus will be learning a new set of songs to go along with the new Hee-Haw theme in barbershop style for the summer show. Songs include:
- Where Are You Tonight
- Gloom, Despair & Agony
- Hee Haw Theme Song
- Dueling Banjos, A Capella
Director Norm Myers was quoted saying, "There's not enough 'twang' in barbershop, and we hope to correct that with this show."
As a special surprise, we will have a Junior Samples look-a-like to host the show. It was easy to reach him, we just called BR549.
President Dick Savage was excited for the new change and urged all chorus members to buckle up and learn them fast, and to also check today's date.
Can anyone identify this quartet and it's members?
|The Rocket City Chorus performed the Star Spangled Banner for the 8th Annual Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration, March 30th, 2019 at the Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Memorial.|
You’re as welcome as can be. Welcome Robert & Brian to the Rocket City Chorus and the BHS!
|The Rocket City Chorus and the Huntsville Metropolitan Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society are happy to announce the update of our website. We've added new features and will be adding even more in the future.|
|The Rocket City Chorus sang for and entertained the Cancer Support Group at Mayfair Church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama on November 5, 2018.|
|It was a pleasure for the Rocket City Chorus, under the direction of Col. Norman Myers, USA, Retired, to sing for the Veterans of the Vietnam War and their family members at the closing chapel service for The Wall That Heals as it departed Huntsville, Alabama on November 4, 2018. Thank you all the Veterans in our chorus and our community who served or lost loved ones.|