A new year, a new logo and a new sound. The Blenders cane away from Newcastle encouraged by what we learned and ready to drive our sound to new heights. At the convention, our leadership released our new logo, which you can see here adjacent, and the chorus loved it. It has been heartily embraced as part of our culture of new. Barbershop may have been around a long time but it is constantly in renewal and the Blenders are no different with new image, new ideas, new music, new sounds, new rehearsal strategy, new events and new energy in the chorus. The music team is stepping up the pace and the chorus is responding with an awesome sound through the first three weeks of the new year.
Two Blender Greats Stepping Back
The leadership team wishes to acknowledge two great stalwarts of the Blenders over many years.
Mark McCann on the right has recently retired from the choir due to health reasons and he will be sadly missed. Over 28 years Mark has sung different parts, contributed strongly to the leadership of the chorus and been involved with our quartets programs. Thank you Mark for all you have done for the chorus. We wish you well in the future and hope to have you back on the risers with us one day.
Shown left, the other giant in recent Blenders history is our most recent past President Doug Goetze who has also held the role of VP Membership for the Blenders Chorus. Doug has the ability to snag and reel in new talent for the chorus that is truly awesome to behold and we are going to need a platoon to replace his solo efforts. Doug is taking a break and going to enjoy travelling with his family but we hope to have him on the risers with us whenever he is in town refuelling and restocking. Thanks Dougie.
Voices in Paradise 2017
The Blenders will again host one of our favourite events, this year on May 27, with the fifth annual Voices in Paradise A Cappella Revolution. There is a changed teaching line up this year with the BHA champion 2016 quartet Blindside and the seriously good Drums of War from Melbourne locked in. We are so proud to host the event, grow the youth involvement in singing in our region and basically have a damn good time. If you have young people in the South East Queensland or Northern NSW region that you know would love it, check it out on line for registration. Jono, you’ve done it again. Bring it on, I can’t wait.