Local barbershop chorale draws ‘em in with ‘guest night’
■ By Pat Savage / Contributed
The Hemet Harmonizers barbershop singing group recently entertained residents of Heritage Ranch in San Jacinto during a special “guest night” with a medley of old favorites from “Let Me Call you Sweetheart” to “Hello Mary Lou.”
The Hemet Harmonizers is a chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society of Hemet, formally known as the Society for The Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA).
The guest night performance at Heritage Ranch was held in the community center there and was one of many performances the group has given locally. Members who sang during the evening’s performance include Scott Compton, Keith Culbreth, Terry Hambly, Art James, Larry Hull, Bill Leader, Chris Lowe, Dennis Nyberg, Clay Panlaqui, Joe Perry, Jim Robinson, Rod Rothrock, Pat Savage, Will Wingard, and Dave Kelley.
Barbershop singing is either performed by a quartet or a chorus and is traditionally sung by men taking one of several parts – high tenor, lead, baritone, or bass.
Songs performed July 19 at Heritage Ranch included, “Hi Neighbor,” “One Song At a Time,” “Tiger Rag,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Hello Mary Lou,” “I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World,” and “Why Don’t We Do This More Often.”
In addition to entertaining residents with their singing, the group slowed down a bit and demonstrated to the audience how the different parts blend together. Guests were invited to participate.
While barbershop singing usually is reserved for men, the Hemet Harmonizers this year is granting full membership to women for the first time since formation of the Barbershop Harmony Society. While no women performed during guest night, this fall’s singing performances should be highly entertaining once the group’s women members return to the fold from their summer travels.
Hemet Harmonizers routinely sing for service club functions, community groups, mobile home park associations, retirement home facilities, nursing homes, and at weddings and funerals.
Everyone is welcome at the Harmonizers’ practice sessions, which are held at the Heritage Ranch Community Hall, 800 W. Community College Drive, San Jacinto on Thursday nights, from 7-9 p.m. If interested in joining the group of singers, or if you would like to have the group perform for you, contact Pat Savage at 206-890-4077 or Bill Leader at 951- 925-4114, or email Pat at email@example.com.
Pat Savage has been singing barbershop for 10 years and been a member of Hemet Harmonizers for the past three years. He and his wife, Sue, live in Hemet.