Updated on 02/17/2017  

 

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FROM: THE LONG ISLAND HARMONIZERS

For Immediate Release

Tony Leone named 2016 Barbershopper of the Year

Westbury, NY - At their February 7th, 2017 chapter meeting, the Long Island Harmonizers paid tribute to Tony Leone for his continuing contributions to the success of the chapter. As lead singer of Almost Famous, one of our premiere chapter quartets, his contributions to our public performances are invaluable.

In making the presentation, President George Seelinger made reference to Tony’s constant smile, his infectious sense of humor and his unwavering willingness to do whatever he can to help anyone in need.

We often think of the chorus as extended family and nobody actualizes the concept more than Tony does. Congratulations to our 2016 BOTY.

At the same ceremony, and for the second time in three years, baritone Ray Shotter, who publishes the annual show journal and is an outstanding chapter Secretary, received the Distinguished Service award for his dedication to the organization’s success. 


 

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NASSAU MID-ISLAND CHAPTER’S NEW BOARD  ELECTED FOR 2017

 

Westbury, NY – George Seelinger  has been re-elected President of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Nassau Mid-Island Chapter following procedures to select personnel for 2017. Responsibilities begin on Jan. 1 with formal installation ceremonies also that month.  Seelinger, a baritone, has been with the chapter since 2004.

 

Re-elected to other key posts were Bob Merrill VP Chapter Development, John Brolly, Treasurer, Ray Shotter, Secretary, Bernie Genzer, VP for Music and Performance, and Wayne Lazar as Program VP.  The organization’s Trustees for 2017 will be Don Rausch, Howard Bailin, Bob Miraglia, Dennis Weiss, Bill Spencer and Dennis Novick.

 

Administrative Personnel will include Tony Leone, Uniforms, John Brolly, Chorus Manager, and George Seelinger, Chapter Librarian.

 

The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society has provided song to the Long Island Community for some 67 years.  It is part of an international organization numbering more than 20,000 members in more than 800 chapters in the United States and Canada.  The performance arm of the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter is the Long Island Harmonizers Chorus, under the direction of Maurice Debar.

 

The chorus rehearses from 7:30 to 10:00 PM on Tuesday evenings at Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent, 555 Advent Street in Westbury, Long Island.  The Chapter encourages men of all ages who are interested in singing, to spend an evening with us and experience the wonder of barbershop harmony.


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NASSAU M-I CHAPTER NAMES MAURICE DEBAR

 BARBERSHOPPER OF THE YEAR FOR 2015

 

Westbury, NY – Maurice Debar, the current and longtime director of the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter’s Long Island Harmonizers chorus, was named the organization’s Barbershopper of the Year for 2015 at ceremonies conducted as part of Installation Night ceremonies involving its recently-elected officers and administrative personnel for the new year (see separate story below). The disclosure of the honoree was announced at the special evening held at Westbury Manor on January 14, 2016.

 

The selection committee unhesitatingly broke with a Chapter tradition of not repeating the top accolade for an organizational member, but in this instance, unanimously felt it was unquestionably called for. Debar was also given the BSOY award in 1999.

 

Awards also presented during the Installation Night proceedings included a plaque for Distinguished Service to George Seelinger, chapter president; and a Meritorious Service Award to member Tony Leone acknowledging significant contributions over the last 12 months.

 

The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society has enriched the Long Island community with its barbershop style for some

66 years and is one of more than 800 such chapters in North America.

 

The chorus gathers to rehearse 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights in Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent, 555 Advent Street, in Westbury, Long Island, and continues to welcome men interested in joining to experience the pleasure of its camaraderie and four-part barbershop harmony at any one of them.

 


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 CHAPTER SADDENED AT LOSS OF WILLIAM HARDMAN

William Hardman

1943-2015

 

William (Bill) Hardman, an 11-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and its Nassau Mid-Island Chapter, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 72 years of age, following declining health, the necessity to relinquish active singing, and hospitalization. He was a stalwart member of the Chapter’s bass section.

 

Born in Brooklyn, Bill later lived in Hempstead until his marriage to his wife Marie, in 1973.  After several years in Elmont, they decided to purchase a house in Massapequa, their residence for the past 39 years.

 

After attending Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School in Hempstead, Bill was a student at Uniondale High School before furthering his education at Nassau Community College in Garden City.

 

Most of Bill’s long career involved an association with banking institutions. From 1969 to 2004 he worked for Chase Manhattan Bank and Chemical Bank in New York.   He joined the Chapter with the encouragement of a Chapter barbershopper who heard the timbre of his deep voice at their mutual workplace on Long Island.

 

Bill, who had a great fondness for folk music, aside from four-part harmony, found added vocal pleasure singing and accompanying himself on a six-string folk guitar and a five-string banjo.  He proudly performed at both rehearsals and at Chapter singouts. He particularly enjoyed the music of The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary.

 

“Bill’s voice was as rock solid as his determination to fulfill his role as a valued barbershopper,” noted George Seelinger, Chapter president. “He was an unmistakable presence in our bass section.”

 

Bill is survived by his wife, Marie; their son, Bryan; a sister, Elizabeth McDonough of Seaford; and a brother, James, who resides in California.

 

Nassau Mid-Island Chapter members were honored to sing at Bill’s wake held at the Charles G. Schmitt Funeral Home, in Seaford. 

 

Our deepest condolences are extended to the Hardman family and loved ones.

 


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CHAPTER GRIEVES AT PASSING OF DAVID D’ANTONIO

David D’Antonio, a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and its Nassau Mid-Island Chapter for 45 years passed away on August 3, 2015 at the age of 80, following hospitalizations and battle against the illness that finally claimed his life.

 

Dave, who repeatedly took good natured kidding about being height-challenged, will always be remembered as standing tall in a lifelong devotion to four-part harmony, the B.H.S. and the Chapter that nourished that interest. He served as Nassau Mid-Island president in 1990 and was again elected to the top position in 2000, when he was additionally chosen as “Barbershopper of the Year.” He was also recognized for significant contributions with the Chapter’s special “Beyond the Baton Award” when he held the post of Uniforms Chairman for the organization.

 

Aside from being a valuable member of the Long Island Harmonizers in the lead section of the chorus, Dave achieved plaudits for singing as one of “The Three Tenors” that performed in several of its Annual Shows. Over the years he was a generous contributor to BHS Harmony Foundation and other Society programs, and regular attendee at the organization’s international and district conventions.

 

Dave, who was raised in the Bay Ridge Section of Brooklyn, attended Brooklyn Tech High School before continuing his education at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania where he received a BA Degree in Math. He then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education from New York University before becoming a teacher at Massapequa High School for many years. Other local organization memberships included the Garden City Ski Club, Amityville Historical Society and Rotary Club.

 

For many years, members of the Long Island Harmonizers, friends and neighbors were privileged to attend annual Christmas parties hosted by Dave and his wife Caroline in their Amityville home, where the chorus gathered in fellowship and to sing.

 

In reflecting on David’s association with the Long Island Harmonizers chorus, George Seelinger, current President, noted: "In setting a standard for constancy in contributions as well as steadfastness in a desire to excel, Dave had no peer. In his quiet way, that determination was always apparent.”

 

Members of the Long Island Harmonizers chorus were given the honor to sing at David’s wake held at Powell Funeral Home in Amityville.

 

The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter offers its sincerest condolences to his wife, Caroline, the D’Antonio  family, as well as to loved ones and friends. He will truly be missed.


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CHAPER GRIEVES OVER PASSING OF BOB ROTH

 

WESTBURY, NY -- Bob Roth, a much beloved 22-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society's Nassau Mid-Island Chapter, passed away on June 7 at age 81. His passing followed a brief hospitalization after a two-year battle with lung cancer that never eroded his joy of singing four-part harmony even when forced to abandon attendance at rehearsals of the Long Island Harmonizers chorus and participation in its performances. In his long years and valuable association with the Chapter, he took on many responsibilities and also distinguished himself as the baritone in "Long Island Express," a quartet whose original members were Bill Ruth, tenor; Gene Kammerer, lead; and the late John Laughlin as its bass. Later, the bass part in the highly regarded quartet was sung by Joe Massaro.

 

Bob, affectionately referred to by his family as "Tall Pop" in a placed ad appearing in the Chapter's annual show program in April, was also an avid golfer and an active member of Nassau Golfers.  In his retirement years, the Massapequa Park resident lent his expertise to the village's Zoning Board, serving as its Chairman during 13 of the 17 years that spanned that association. He was also a member and, at one-time, president of a Long Island Chapter of Telephone Pioneers, part of the world’s largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service.  Until a few years ago, he was an education chairman at Chapter level. Bob also served on the church council of St. David's Lutheran Church and became part of its choir.

 

In reflecting on Bob's association with the Long Island Harmonizers chorus, George Seelinger, current President, stated: "It is impossible to overstate his steadfast contributions to our Chapter.  His wisdom, his humor, friendship and strong, accurate voice were just a few of reasons he was so well loved."

 

Longtime friend Bill Ruth, noted: “Bob was one of the stalwarts of the baritone section, and took a leadership role in our quartet.  He had an excellent ear for music and learned both the words and music very quickly. When he returned from his annual four-month trip to Florida you could be sure he had done his musical homework." 

 

Bob grew up in Lynbrook, graduating from Lynbrook High School before attending Lehigh University, majoring in industrial engineering.  In September 1955, he was employed by the New York Telephone Company as a trainee engineer and later was assigned to Bell Laboratories for 18 months where he earned an equivalent to a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He retired in 1990 as a district manager with additional assignments in the personnel and labor relations departments.

 

While attending Lehigh, Bob entered its ROTC program and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF under that program. Shortly after joining the phone company he was posted to Lackland AFB as an Aircraft Maintenance officer. He left the service achieving the rank of Captain.

 

Chorus members were honored to sing at Bob’s wake at Massapequa Funeral Home.

 

Sincere Chapter condolences are offered to his tight knit family -- his wife "Mo” (Muriel), their daughter, Debra, son, Robert Jr. and daughter-in-law Mary, much adored  grandchildren Matthew and Daniel, his brother Donald, as well as other loved ones. He will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched.

 


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BARBERSHOP HARMONY CHAPTER SOW SINGING SEEDS OF SPRING

 AND INVITES NEW MEMBERS TO "PLANT THEMSELVES" ON ITS RISERS

 

WESTBURY, NY -- Springtime is the season for new growth, and with that in mind, the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society (also known as the Long Island Harmonizers chorus) has launched a special push to bring new members into the organization. The membership drive encouraging additional tenors, leads, baritones and basses to experience barbershop-style singing, invites those interested to attend a rehearsal, "plant themselves" on its risers, and, if so inclined, ask to join. The campaign for new members will be implemented with the distribution and posting of special flyers as well as other publicity efforts.


The 23,000-member Barbershop Harmony Society is the largest all-male singing organization of its kind. The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter has been serving the local community for 65 years. 

"The Spring is when we find new growth all around us, and certainly an appropriate time to sow the seeds leading to an expanded roster," notes Bob Merrill, the organization's vice president for chapter development. "Over the years after our Annual Shows in April, it has become a great time to welcome new male singers to our rehearsals whether they have heard or perhaps performed our special style of singing, or care to become 'budding barbershoppers' ready to familiarize themselves with the sounds of our four-part harmony.” Whatever the case, Merrill adds, qualified singers can expect to flourish under the talented musical direction of Maurice Debar, learn a wide range of music, join in a sense of pride, and enjoy a special camaraderie.  

The Long Island Harmonizers chorus rehearses Tuesday evenings at Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent, 555 Advent Street, in Westbury from 7:30 until 10 pm.  For more, check out the Chapter's website at longislandharmonizers.org or call 516-242-2059.

 


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CHAPTER SADDENED WITH THE PASSING OF

CHARLES (CHIZ) BELL

 

WESTBURY, NY – Charles (Chiz) Bell, age 96, a revered, longtime member of Barbershop Harmony Society and its Nassau Mid-Island Chapter passed away on January 20, 2015 following declining health and a period of absence from the organization so dearly loved.

 

Remembered for his always-kind and compassionate demeanor, strengths as an editor and publisher of the Chapter’s bulletin, Toosday Toons (originally issued with the name, The Voice), and Chapter historian, this gentlemen’s gentlemen  and BHS member for twenty-five years,  offered an unswerving commitment to the barbershop organization and its activities. He was a member in the tenor and baritone sections of the chorus, as well as offering his sweet voice in several of its barbershop quartets, among them, Lighthouse Quartet, for ten years.

 

Chiz was the recipient of a special service award acknowledging his role with Toons, a responsibility he happily carried out for more than 20 years, at the Chapter’s  60th Annual Show in 2010.

 

In speaking for the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter, its Musical Director Maurice Debar noted “the heart of our chorus has been broken.”

 

A resident of Sea Cliff, LI, Chiz attended Sea Cliff H.S., and later served the local community as President and Supervising Pharmacist at Bell and Halpern Pharmacy in Glen Gove for more than twenty-five years until retirement in 1982.

 

A World War II US Navy veteran,  Chiz was attached to the 7th Fleet and discharged as a Chief Pharmacists Mate before continuing his education at the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy and Wesleyan University  in Middletown, CT.

 

Chiz came out of retirement to be employed as the outpatient pharmacist at St. Francis Hospital’s heart center before retiring again, and staying on as a valued volunteer.  He also served as the District 725 Governor of Rotary International from 1985-1986.

 

Vocal abilities additionally brought Chiz to the choir of the United Methodist Church in Sea Cliff, the Bass and Treble Club, the Long Island Singers and the local Community Chorus, but, as he would quickly confirm, barbershop was his special passion.

 

Chiz Bell at a Memorial

Day Parade in 2012.

 

Members of the Long Island Harmonizers chorus were honored to sing at Chiz’s wake on January 25.

 

The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter offers deepest condolences to his wife Bess as well as family members. We all sorely miss him. May he rest in peace.

  


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CHAPTER SADDENED WITH THE PASSING OF HARRY RUVOLO

WESTBURY, NY Harry Ruvolo, age 87, a longtime and treasured  member of the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society passed away on October 30th following declining health and a period of absence from the organization he loved so well. Remembered for his reserved demeanor, cheerful smile and unswerving commitment to the Chapter and its activities, Harry was a member in its lead section for many years. His special participation as part of several the Chapter's Annual Shows in what was referred to as Nassau Mid-Island's "Three Tenors," could be counted on to draw enthusiastic applause.

 

 Harry Ruvolo, who grew up in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn attended Brooklyn Technical High School and following graduation devoted his energies to the dry cleaning business for 32 years, before serving in a sales position with  JCPenney. He was a proud member of the U.S. Navy during WWII.

 

Members of the Long Island Harmonizers chorus were honored to sing at Harry's wake on November 2. The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter offers deepest condolences to his wife Agatha, and all family members. We all miss him. May he rest in peace.

 


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N-MI Chapter Selects Board Officials for 2015

 

Westbury, NY --George Seelinger has been named president of the Barbershop Harmony Society's Nassau Mid-Island Chapter for 2015, following voting by the Chapter for board members and other key personnel. The new Board officially assumes its decision-making responsibilities on January 1 with formal installation ceremonies to take place at Westbury Manor the evening of January 15.

 

Seelinger has been with the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter since 2004, and was the Chapter's president from 2008 to 2010 before being named to that position again in 2014.  He was honored as the Chapter's "Barbershopper of the Year" in 2006 and has also been the recipient of a "Beyond the Baton" award for significant non-singing contributions to the organization. Aside from being a chorus member, he is the baritone in two of the Chapter's barbershop quartets,  Just Duckie and All In A Chord.

 

Returned to other key posts were Vincent Colonna as VP Program, Hal Verity as VP Music and Presentation, Bob Heim, VP Marketing and Public Relations and Michael Creaney as Treasurer. Bob Merrill has been elected as the new VP Chapter Development and Ray Shotter has been named Secretary, relinquishing an unfulfilled term as a Board Member at Large.  Jon Ayers remains on the Board as its Immediate Past President

 

In the composition of the Board for 2015, its Board Members at Large will include Bill Spencer,  Wayne Lazar, Don Rausch,  with Bob Miraglia and Dennis Weiss, added. One slot remains yet to be filled. The Chapter's Counselor is Steve Marrin.

 

Key administrative personnel in the new year will include Tony Leone, who will have Uniforms responsibilities, and George Seelinger who will retain the duties as the Chapter's librarian as well as attendance. Annual Show  Chairman for 2015 is Wayne Lazar. Bob Heim will continue to serve as the Chapter's webmaster and Editor of N-MI's monthly bulletin, "Toosday Toons."

 

The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society has provided song to the Long Island community for 

65 years. It is part of a national organization numbering approximately 25,000 members in the U.S. and Canada, and is one of over 800 chapters in North America with affiliated organizations around the world.

 

Known as the Long Island Harmonizers chorus, the singing group is under the musical direction of Maurice Debar and rehearses 8 p.m. Tuesday evenings at Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent, 555 Advent Street, in Westbury, Long Island. The Chapter extends a welcome to new members throughout the year.

 


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CHAPTER MOURNS PASSING OF FRANK MURRAY

 

WESTBURY, NY – Frank Murray, age 91, a member of the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society for 38 years, passed away on February 1, at Winthrop University Hospital following two previous hospitalizations and a lengthy stay at Sun Harbor Manor in Roslyn Heights. A lifetime lead in the chorus, Frank supported the chapter even beyond his active singing years with kind donations to both its “Singing Valentines” program and annual show.

 

Frank served as a tail gunner in the US Air Corps during World War II and for 22 years, was a member of New York City Police Department, retiring with the rank of detective. He later became a security officer with the United Parcel Service in the Loss Prevention Department, Long Island District -- a responsibility he took on for 18 years.

 

Beloved husband of 58 years of the late Ann.  Devoted father of Ruth Ann, Daniel,  Gregory (Mercedes) and Frank Jr.  Proud grandfather of Brendan Francis.   Dear brother of Jerome Murray.  Cherished brother-in-law of Ruth Hoops and Joan Sabbatini, he is also survived by beloved nieces, nephews and many friends.

 

We will all miss his kindness.   May he rest in peace.

 


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CHAPTER SADDENED BY PASSING OF DON PARIS

1932-2013

WESTBURY, NY – The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter is sad to report the passing of Don Paris on December 18, 2013. Don, a valued member of the organization, held membership in the Long Island Harmonizers between 2002 and 2008, serving as Annual Show Ticket Sales Chairman in 2006 as well as Good & Welfare Chairman for many years with an affability that was his trademark. Born in Flushing, NY before moving to Mineola, Paris and his wife, Adriana, opted to live in Bluffton, SC after Don’s health issues forced him to leave the Mid-Islanders. Most recently they resided in Southbury, CT.

After attending Bayside High School, Don served in the US Navy for four years and was married to his first wife, Eleanore, before resuming his education at Pratt Evening College, where he earned an associate’s degree in building and construction.  For the next 35 years he worked as an electrical design engineer in nuclear and fossil-fueled power plants and then with Loral Electronics. During those 35 years, he and his wife had four children who will miss him greatly, Denise, Daniel, Andrew and Allison. After retirement in 1996, he worked for the Great Neck School District with a variety of responsibilities, and re-married to his present, loving wife, Adriana.

Aside from his association with the Nassau Mid-Islanders, Don applied his love of singing talent with a number of other organizations including the St. Aidan’s Choir and Mineola Choral Society.  As a longtime member of American Legion Post 144 in Williston Park, Don performed at various dinners, military balls, legion conventions and other events.  

Members of the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter were privileged to be asked to sing at Don’s wake at Weigand Bros. Funeral Home in Williston Park. 

Condolences are sincerely offered to his wife, Adriana, his children, Denise (her husband Richard), Daniel, Andrew (his wife Jennifer) and Allison (her husband Dean), and his five grandchildren, Andrew John, Ashley, Anastasia, Sean and Ashley, as well as all of their loved ones. He will be assuredly missed.


 

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NEW "OFFICIAL PHOTO" UNVEILED BY

LONG ISLAND HARMONIZERS CHORUS

 

WESTBURY, NY -- The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, continuing to welcome those who love to sing, has replaced its "official" group photo taken  three years ago, with one that reflects changes on its risers since that time.  In the newly released photo taken earlier this year, the chorus members are pictured with their  Musical Director, Maurice Debar.  

 

Among its many applications, the updated photo will appear on the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter's website at  www.longislandharmonizers.org, used in connection with promotional literature, disseminated as part of press release material, and enlarged to poster size for chorus singouts.

 

"We have been fortunate in continuing to show gains both musically and with the addition of new members since our last "official' photograph" noted George Seelinger, VP Chapter Development for 2013. "The most recent photo mirrors our ability as well as determination to encourage newcomers to join us in singjng a cappella four-part barbershop harmony."

 

The Long Island Harmonizers invites those interested, to attend any of its Tuesday night rehearsals beginning 8 pm and concluding at 10:30 pm at Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent (555 Advent Street, one block south of Jericho Turnpike and one block East of Post Avenue), and if accepted for membership, to join the nonprofit all-male chorus. Dedicated to preserving the art of barbershop-style singing, the Barbershop Harmony Society chapter has been providing vocal entertainment to Long Islanders for over 60 years.

 

For more information about the organization, explore the Chapter's website or call 516-938-4272 with any questions.

 

For the full sized poster version of our new photo, kindly click here. (PDF)


 

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John Laughlin 1928 - 2013

 

CHAPTER MOURNS THE PASSING OF JOHN LAUGHLIN

 

WESTBURY, NY -- The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter is sad to report the passing  John Laughlin, a longtime brother in song  who, until health concerns forced him to leave the Long Island Harmonizers chorus in 2012, was an active member of the organization for 25 years.

 

Laughlin served on the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter's Board of Directors as its Vice President - Membership in 1992 and held the post of Executive Vice President of the vocal group between 1995 through 1998.  In his long and devoted association with the Chapter, he also contributed his considerable talents as part of its performing barbershop quartets, the last, as bass with "Long Island Express" and its three other members Bill Ruth, Gene Kammerer and Bob Roth."

 

"Singing and regularly rehearsing with John in our Long Island Express quartet for 16 years provided us with extra and very special personal rewards," Ruth declared. "Aside from providing his musical skills in our quartet settings, John, also added his great sense of humor, and often would regale us with stories both about his Navy service and career as a court officer. May he deservedly Rest in Peace."

 

Laughlin enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII as an Electrician's Mate with the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer.  His successful professional career included employment with the New York Telephone Company, and from 1961 until his retirement in 1991, he worked for the New York State Supreme Court located in Mineola.

 

Members of the Long Island Harmonizers chorus were given the honor to sing at John's wake for held at Weigand Brothers Funeral Home located in Williston Park.

 

The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter offers its sincerest condolences to his wife, Pat and the Laughlin family, as well as to loved ones and friends. He will assuredly be missed.

 

 


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DANNY FREEMAN'S DARTMOUTH AIRES FINISHES SECOND

IN NBC'S 10-WEEK SERIES, "THE SING-OFF"

 

Westbury, NY -- After 10 weeks of fierce competition in front of judges Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles and Shawn Stockman, along with Nick Lachey, host of NBC TV's popular all-vocal singing competition series, “The Sing-Off,”  a field of 16 talented groups was narrowed down to just three – collegians, Dartmouth Aires; Pentatonix and Urban Method. After the tallying of millions of votes cast by Americans in the final voting, Dartmouth Aires achieved a prestigious second place (with Pentatonix the winner).

 

Dartmouth Aires, with its 15 members, includes an energetic and talented Danny Freeman, who spent time prior to his college entrance a few years ago as a regular guest enjoying barbershop with our Long Island Harmonizers chorus, singing alongside his dad, Steve. “Thousands of singers across America auditioned for this show,” Lachey said. “Week after week, Pentatonix and the Aires rose above the rest.”

 

“The Sing-Off” averaged 4.67 million viewers a week. (We were behind you, Danny, every step of the way.)

 

 


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BARBERSHOP HARMONY CHAPTER SETS SIGHTS ON NEW MEMBERS
 

WESTBURY, NY -- The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society (also known as the Long Island Harmonizers chorus) is currently using a musical question to encourage men, young and old, to join its roster and enjoy the fun of barbershop-style singing.

 

"What's missing here?" asks the new campaign that shows a scale with the exception of one of the notes. "If you said 'mi,'" it  states, "we invite you to experience the pleasures of four-part harmony with the largest Barbershop Harmony Society Chapter on Long Island. The Harmony Society boasts some 30,000 members in the U.S. and Canada with affiliates around the globe.  

 

The membership campaign is being supported by the placement of flyers in prominent community locations, special material on the Chapter's website as well as additional  publicity. Weekly practice time by the all-male a cappella group continues to be on Tuesday evenings at Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent, 555 Advent Street, in Westbury from 8 until 10:30 pm, as the chorus focuses its attention on new music added as part of its 2011 and 2012 repertoire.

 


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"BARBERSHOP BEHIND THE GLASS" PROGRAM
BEGUN BY NASSAU MID-ISLAND CHAPTER

 

Westbury, NY -- The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society has launched a special program aimed at educating the general public and attracting new members through library exhibit facilities throughout Nassau County. First to take advantage of the program dubbed "Barbershop Behind the Glass," was Wantagh's Public Library that offered the exhibit during the months of October and November, 2010. Additional locations are being arranged for the new year (and will be indicated on our "Upcoming Events" website page).

 

 

Some 40 illustrations and text cover a wide range of barbershop-related subjects including the birth of the Society that now numbers approximately 25,000 members in the U.S. and Canada, notables that have sung barbershop (Frank Sinatra, former President Harry Truman and New York's former Mayor LaGuardia, among them), the use of barbershop in TV animation (The Simpsons, Family Guy, and The Muppets to cite just three), the invention of the pitch pipe (a basic barbershop "tool"), and much more. Library books on the subject matter and sampling of barbershop sheet music in four-part harmony are also on display.

 

"In our over 60 years in serving the Nassau community, our fine chorus and quartets have had a long and gratifying history of performing in the County's fine libraries," noted John Brolly, Vice President - Chapter Development for the 67 member organization. "It makes perfect sense that such focal points for education and learning continue to play such an major role in achieving awareness and widened attention for this special art form and the preservation of it. The use of exhibit space in our libraries further cements this strong association and spirit of cooperation."

 

"Barbershop Behind the Glass" is intended as an easily moveable exhibit, and other libraries wishing to consider it in their planning are invited to contact the Chapter. The display was created by the organization's V.P. Public Relations, Bob Heim.

 

The non-profit Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is the biggest chorus of its kind on Long Island and welcomes new members throughout the year. The a cappella all-male singing group is under the direction of Maurice Debar and rehearses Tuesday evenings starting at 8 p.m. at Winthrop Hall, Church of the Advent, 555 Advent Street, in Westbury, Long Island.

 

 

THE "EYES" HAVE IT -- Elaine Yarris of the Wantagh Library, added her personal vote of approval when she inspected this newly-created exhibit bearing on the Barbershop Harmony Society, its growth, and the elements that make the musical art form so fascinating.

 

The traveling exhibit program called "Barbershop Behind the Glass" launched by the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter, is intended to educate and entertain as well as attract new members to the Society. The Wantagh library was the first to schedule the special presentation for viewing.

 

 

 

 

 


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CONTACT: Bob Heim
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GILMARTIN HONORED WITH 'BEYOND THE BATON' AWARD
 

WESTBURY, NY -- Dan Gilmartin, web designer of the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter's Barbershop Harmony Society site at http://www.longislandharmonizers.org / has been named as the fifth recipient of the organization's "Beyond the Baton" award "in recognition of his mastery in website design and great contributions creatively focusing attention on the Chapter and its activities." The special award is presented for especially noteworthy "non singing" activities impacting on the operational elements of the chapter, its development and growth.

 

"This is the first time that we have gone outside our own membership to honor deserving individuals," noted George Seelinger, president. "Dan has distinguished himself by using supplied text and photos to make our website not only informative but outstandingly attractive. We are pleased to have him on our team."

 

Web Designs by Dan Gilmartin is a Long Island-based company that specializes in providing assistance to small businesses, that include municipal government agencies, international fire chiefs associations, fire departments, police and PBA websites, sports groups, and non-profit organizations among more than forty clients.

 

The a cappella nonprofit Long Island Harmonizers, led by its talented musical director, Maurice Debar, has been serving the Nassau community with its singing for over 60 years. Its chapter webmaster is member Bob Heim.

 


FOR: Long Island Harmonizers Chorus
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter - Barbershop Harmony Society
CONTACT: Bob Heim
E-Mail:
heimbob@aol.com

 

LOCAL BARBERSHOP HARMONY CHAPTER LOOKS TO
(WELL, OF COURSE) BARBERSHOPS IN SCHEDULING LIVE
'CUT TIME' PERFORMANCES TO GENERATE INTEREST
 

WESTBURY, NY -- They were gathering places where the love of four-part unaccompanied singing became all the rage in the early 1900s. Four or more men with one of them more likely than not holding tools of his trade -- a comb and long, extremely sharp scissors. Or maybe a lather-filled mug. A place where "sharp" often referred to music as well as use of a straight razor. It was the barbershop -- years before a society would be formed (in 1938) that today boasts approximately 25,000 members in the U.S. and Canada alone (including some 1,500 registered quartets), with additional barbershoppers in affiliate organizations overseas.

 

That is very the reason why the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (largest on Long Island) has established a program that has its members returning to those places where that special art form gained momentum to offer a bit of serenading under a "Barbershop For Barbershops" program launched in 2009. Informal performances lasting about ten minutes, will be provided to barbershop patrons and others on hand to listen -- by foursomes from the Long Island Harmonizers chorus -- all aimed at producing awareness in this kind of music, and interest in joining the organization that has been serving the local community in song for more than 60 years.

 

"We are looking forward in underscoring the historical connection between the barbershop and the joys of barbershop singing," says John Brolly, vice president-chapter development for the Long Island Harmonizers chorus. "Under this special program, the barber pole will once again act as a beacon in attracting those who enjoy such music."

 

For more information about the Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society continue to check its website at www.longislandharmonizers.org or call 516-938-4272.

 

The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter wishes to salute Maurice Debar, named the organization's "Barbershopper of the Year for 2015" during Installation Night ceremonies held in January. Breaking with a long-standing tradition of not repeating past winners for the top award, the Chapter’s musical director, who became Barbershopper of the Year for 1999, was the selection committee’s unhesitatingly made unanimous choice due to Debar’s indelible imprint on the Chapter’s progress over the past year. The qualities of professional competence, sense of mission, musicality, and enthusiasm, to cite just a few of the reasons for the decision, has witnessed new levels of barbershop achievement and the promise, under his masterful combination of abilities, of further strides by Long Island Harmonizers chorus membership.

Installation night ceremonies also saw a Distinguished Service Award accorded to Chapter President George Seelinger and a Meritorious Service Award given to member Tony Leone. We congratulate them all with enormous pride.

Bill Hardman - 2015

Bill Schlageter - 2015

Dave D'Antonio - 2015

Bob Roth - 2015

Charles (Chiz) Bell - 2015

Harry Ruvolo - 2014

Neil O'Neill - 2014

Frank Murray - 2014 

Don Paris - 2013

John Laughlin - 2013

Rudy Eckhardt - 2011

Peter Kenny - 2011

Joe Butler - 2011

George Pavlicin - 2010

Bart Peluso - 2010

Sam Glicksman - 2010

Herbert Oshrain - 2010

David Grimes - 2010

Stanley Squires - 2010

Richard Colace - 2010

Vern Stevenson - 2009

Tom McElraevy - 2009

 

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