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CA$Hin' In

May 01, 2001

CA$Hin' In



By KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com



CA$Hin' In

Chambersburg Area Senior High School students Andy Boryan, left, Jacob Drake, Peter Vincenti and James Minnix make up CA$Hin' In, a barbershop quartet.

If you go


"Whistlestop Barbershop," the 37th annual benefit show presented by the Mason-Dixon Chorus of the Hagerstown Chapter of Barbershop singers.

When: Saturday, May 5, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive

Hagerstown

Perfroming will be the 35-member Mason-Dixon Chorus, CA$Hin' In, and two featured quartets from Frederick. Md., New Tricks Dot Com and Mom's Night Out - a Sweet Adelines, the women's barbershop society - quartet.

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Tickets cost $9 for general admission; $7 for seniors; $5 for ages 11 and younger. Tickets are available at Machen Music, 1337 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

For information, call Howard Nicholas at 301-766-0955.



The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc. has a motto: "Keep The Whole World Singing."

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Four Chambersburg Area Senior High School students are giving voice to that mission - in four-part harmony.

CA$Hin' In is the name of their barbershop quartet. Senior Jacob Drake, 18, sings lead or melody; junior James Minnix, 17, sings baritone; Andy Boryan, a 17-year-old senior, is the tenor voice; and Peter Vincenti, 17, a junior, sings bass.

The quartet will perform Saturday, May 5, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. The young men will be part of the 37th annual benefit show, "Whistlestop Barbershop," presented by the Mason-Dixon Chorus of the Hagerstown Chapter of Barbershop singers.

CA$Hin' In represents the national organization's - SPEBSQSA's - youth outreach programs, an effort to preserve the art of barbershop quartet singing by introducing it to a new generation of singers, according to information on the society's Web site at www.spebsqsa.org.

"We're a bunch of old men. We have to get young men interested in this kind of singing," said Jim Doyle of Chambersburg, Pa., president of the local chapter.

"Whistlestop Barbershop" is a musical take on Harry Truman's electioneering campaign by train. Truman was a member of the barbershop society, according to the group's Web site.

Doyle sang in church choirs for years. He always wanted to get into a barbershop group. Now he joins more than 30 members of the Mason-Dixon Chorus Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at Haven Lutheran Church in Hagerstown to practice.

The CA$Hin' In quartet doesn't have a set rehearsal schedule. The young men practice when they can - getting together between their other musical activities at CASHS. James said their high school has an active music program. All four are members of the Choristers, the 47-member chorus that performed last week at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in New York City. They also are members of the Esquires, the high school's 12-man song and dance troupe.

CASHS' Director of Choral Music, Robert Eyer Jr., leads the chorus and serves as adviser to the quartet. "He breaks up the fights," Andy joked.

There was a lot of good-natured teasing at a recent gathering of CA$Hin' In. But the young men made beautiful music when they joined their voices in "My Wild Irish Rose," a song they will perform May 5. They also hope to have another tune ready - "The Irish Blessing."

"My Wild Irish Rose" is a sentimental old song, and they like it. "We are cultured men of the classics," Andy said.

The quartet sings a cappella - without accompaniment. You don't have support from instruments, said Drake. "It's awesome," he added.

Is singing barbershop harmony different from singing other four-part harmony?

"The harmonies of barbershop are a higher degree of difficulty," Peter said. "Music is an expression of the emotions," he added.

The others groaned.

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