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POSTED: August 30, 2010 3:48 p.m.
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Savannah Barbershop Chorus Director Jeremy Conover coaches members in preparation for their October show.

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The 13th Colony Sound Barbershop Chorus is inviting all men interested in learning to sing in four-part harmony to a guest night from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at the Richmond Hill City Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Men of all ages are encouraged to attend, and there is no cost for the event.
Those living in the Savannah area may be familiar with the 13th Colony Sound Barbershop Chorus. Currently there are 40 members, ranging in age from 21 to over 80, and their singing experience ranges from just a few months to over 54 years. They come from all walks of life, and are brought together by the fun, the relaxation and the love of singing in the barbershop style.
One of the quartets originating from the Savannah Chorus is the Ossabaw Sound, composed of members Robert Hodges (lead), Dr. Bob Proctor (tenor), John Bennett (bass) and Alan Garrett (baritone). The latter three members are all long-time residents of Richmond Hill.
The Ossabaw Sound Quartet can be found singing in support of community events and for schools, retirement homes, service clubs and local charities.
“Not one of us is a professional singer but with much practice and the support of more experienced chorus members, we are able to learn our individual voice parts,” Bennett said. “When all four parts are put together, the sound is amazing and audiences love it.”
Proctor added that singing barbershop has been his favorite hobby for more than 24 years, and it accentuates his church choir singing abilities.
“There are many men who lack confidence in their singing ability,” he said. “Barbershop singing is a sure cure for that.”
In addition to the Ossabaw Sound Quartet, Richmond Hill is also home to the 13th Colony Sound’s director, Jeremy Conover. He began his barbershop career in 1997 because of his father’s love for the hobby, and he hasn’t looked back.
He is a two-time quartet champion in both Indiana and Kentucky and is a sought-after quartet and chorus coach. Conover has worked with male and female groups of all levels from all over the world and is proud to serve the Barbershop Harmony Society as a certified singing judge.
Conover also directs Savannah’s youth barbershop chorus for young men ages 16-21. This group is an outgrowth of efforts by 13th Colony Sound to teach the unique barbershop style of singing to high school and college students.
For more information on the 13th Colony Sound and the Savannah Storm visit www.savannahbarbershoppers.org. For more information about the guest night, contact John Bennett at 912-656-5646.
 

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