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Local Barbershop Singers Get Ready for Annual Show

Two local choruses serenade Patch readers as a sneak preview for the event.

They'll make you feel so young.

And if not, at least this group of 40 barbershop performers will have you singing the words to that song, along with others made popular in the "Rat Pack" era.

The combined Heart of the Hills and Guardians of Harmony barbershop choruses will present their annual concert, "You Make Me Feel So Young," at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester. Tickets for the show are $20 adults, $17 students and seniors; they can be purchased at the door or ordered online or by phone.

The choruses will perform songs from the 50s and 60s; the show will feature special guests, including a comedy quartet called the Hot Air Buffoons. 

"It's good, clean entertainment — something you can bring your grandma or your kids to," said Matthew Tipton, one of the musical directors of the show. 

Performers range in age from 35 to 82; they are from across Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties — and beyond.

The two choruses are chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The Heart of the Hills chorus, based in Oakland County, is conducted by Mike Hartrick of Auburn Hills; the Guardians of Harmony chorus, based in Macomb County, is directed by Tipton. 

Barbershop chorus members

Last Name First Name City Anderson David Clinton Twp.                   Anderson T. Paul Sterling Heights               Bammert Robert Flushing                       Bax Edward Livonia                        Bober John Macomb Commerson Larry Chesterfield                    Conn J E Huntington Woods               Dakin Dennis Rochester Hills Davidson Roger Brighton                       Dorow Duane Rochester Hills                Eppinga Peter Macomb Frucci Jack Grosse Ile                     Galbraith Lonnie Westland                       Gore Dennis Washington                     Hanson Dale Indian River Hartrick Michael Auburn Hills                   Hatch Charles Rochester Hills                Hawley Mark Brighton                       Hipple Bruce New Baltimore                  Hipple Glen Harper Woods                   Humbel Gregory Ann Arbor                      Jaissle Michael St Clair Shores                Kauppila Walter Rochester Hills                Klein Kenneth St Clair Shores                Kondor Donald Milan                          Latulippe Dan Troy                           Ledwith Donald Rochester Hills                 Lewis Don Shelby Twp                     Lonsbury Dave Fenton                         Maxwell Joseph Madison Heights                McCaffrey Robert Oxford                         McHargue Harry Clinton Township Murphy Donald Rochester Hills                Murray Charles Ortonville                     Nelson Donald Rochester Nolte John Naperville, IL Pacey William New Haven Pashby Harold Warren                         Pastor Nicholas Birmingham                     Pearcy Louis Rochester Hills                Redman Jon Warren Sheaffer William West Bloomfield Slamka Michael Fort Myers, FL Smith Robert Macomb                         Spires Jeffery Waterford Stoll Walter Grosse Ile Szewc John Grosse Ile                     Tipton Matthew Sterling Heights               Tomlinson Wesley Rochester Hills Troeger James Rochester Hills Walker John Saint Clair Shores     

For more information on the choruses or the show, visit heartofthehillschorus.org or www.guardiansofharmony.org.

Margo October 02, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I would love to go but $20 a person is a lot of money!
Megan Bildner October 03, 2012 at 02:22 PM
They Sound Great!
Jay Wiencko October 03, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Catch the pre-performance interview on CMNtv at: http://video.cmntv.org/video/651/cmntv-reaching-out-guardians-o

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