The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 9, 2013

Barbershop singing provides fun and fitness



“It’s reminiscent of old vaudeville routines,” Poremsky said.

“It’s silly,” said Mastascusa.

Song selections include “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “In the Still of the Night,” “With a Wink and a Smile,” and “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad.”

“That’s a real wild arrangement of ‘I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad,’” said Chuck Root, show chairman and vice president for music and performance. “That’ll get ’em out of their seats.”

“Barbershop is part of the American culture,” said singer Ed Bordy. “It’s strictly American. It has spread to the rest of the world, but it’s strictly American.”

“And I think you’ll be hard-pressed to have an audience member leave here not going, ‘Oh, I knew that song,’” Poermsky said. “There should be something that will reach out to every member of the audience.”

“People say, ‘Gee, I went home from this knowing how to whistle to the songs,’” Root said.

The timing of the show makes it a memorable Mother’s Day activity, and the singers are confident that audience members will be royally entertained.

  “They’ll have fun,” Mastascusa said. “They’ll split a gut.”

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