The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus is pleased to be one of the regulars with Lancaster’s own JetHawks as they Rock the Hawk again this year in search of more memorable moments in baseball.
The JetHawks have taken the championship for the first half of the season and we’ll be singing God Bless America during the 7th Inning Stretch tonight as they continue on their journey to capture the championship for the 2014-2015 baseball season.
As a chorus we enjoy being part of two wonderful American sports – Baseball and Barbershop Harmony. While most people associate the barbershop craft with either the men’s organization or simply quartets, there are hundreds of choruses through out the world of Sweet Adelines that join their voices to make sweet music each week.
Sweet Adelines began with their first meeting on a Friday the 13th…just like today. However, it was 68 years and 11 months ago on July 13, 1945 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Since that time the world of Sweet Adelines has grown to include chapters in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Wales and most of the 50 states in the United States. With over 23,000 members, Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performances.
Our regular rehearsals provide vocal music education for guest and members alike as they join together in song. One of our most recent additions to our repertoire is the Cups song made famous by Anna Kendrick in the movie Pitch Perfect. And every year in the spring, while baseball players are beginning their training, Sweet Adelines are embracing an opportunity to show off their skills and talents among their peers during our regional convention and competition. For Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus we traditionally travel to Bakersfield the later part of March to sing with the other choruses in Sequoia Pacifica Region 11.
While baseball had it’s first official game in June of 1946 thereby being 100+ years ahead of Sweet Adelines (our first Quartet Champion won in 1947— The Decaturettes and our first Chorus Contest wasn’t until 1973 when the Racine Chorus from Racine Wisconsin brought home the gold) there are @240 Major and Minor League teams throughout the United States. The hot dogs, peanuts and beer along with a rousing competition between two opposing teams typically brings more observers out for a game of baseball than a Sweet Adeline Show – but we’re working on that!
Please stop by and say hello when you see the chorus singing at the game and – if you know of any females that like to sing – send ‘em our way and watch the worlds largest voice lesson here.