Barbershop chorus members honored

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By Kirsten Laskey

It isn’t the chance to win competitions or become professional singers that keeps members of the Lads of Enchantment singing; no, these glittery ideals are pushed aside in favor of a much simpler one, to just have some fun.

Recently, two members were presented awards for enhancing on that fun. The Man of Many Notes, which honors a member who has brought new singers to the group, was given to Terry Langham. Langham recruited eight new members to the chorus.

Additionally, Barbershopper of the Year was awarded to John Baillie. This award is the highest recognition given through the organization.

Recipients are singers who regularly attend, have fun, grow in skill, support others in the chorus and can be counted on to do the volunteer jobs.

President of the chorus, Phil Seeger, explained Langham and Baillie were honored because, “they have been here 13 (Baillie) and 15 (Langham) years ee they are the backbone that keeps the group going.”

The chorus also operates on enjoyment.

“The reason why guys come is because it’s fun,” Seeger said.

Additionally, it is an opportunity to sing. “We support other nonprofit groups,” Seeger said. “We’re always available to sing.”

One of their most recent outings was the Girl Scout Cookie Caper, held April 11 in Santa Fe. Seeger added they also host regular concerts at Sombrillo Nursing Home and Aspen Ridge Lodge for holidays.

The music group supports community organizations in more ways than just music; Seeger said a scholarship is typically awarded to high school or middle school students who are interested in attending a music camp.

Funds for the scholarship are gathered through fees the group charges to sing at different functions.

The biggest event, however, is the fall show. Seeger said the concert features a prize-winning barbershop quartet.

This year, the Saturday Evening Post has been invited to the concert, which will be held Nov. 7-8.

The Lad of Enchantment has been in Los Alamos for 15 years. It is part of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Although its membership totals 23 male singers, it celebrates barbershop quartet music. Seeger explained barbershop quartet music is a four-part men’s acappella harmony.

“Smooth blend and very close harmony is what it’s all about,” he said.

In a song, Seeger added, no one voice stands out.

Seeger praises the current members of the chorus for its ability to perform this type of music. “We have a very high quality director, Stan Bennett,” he said. “He’s a musician at heart.”

Seeger added, “One of things I personally like about our group is that I can learn a lot about singing and I do improve more as we practice.”

If people are interested in becoming a member, call Seeger at 662-7163 or Joe Fritz at 662-7985.

The group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the United Church. Seeger said they are encouraging the younger generation to join the fun.

“Our emphasis is having fun and fellowship,” Seeger said. “We’re out with the guys in a very supportive organization.”