By 1812Blockhouse

A melody has echoed through the community for half a century, bringing people together in harmony and joy. The Fun Center Chordsmen, a focus of barbershop and a cappella music, marks its 50th anniversary with a special celebration event, encapsulating decades of musical memories, camaraderie, and community engagement.

A Journey Through Song

The story of the Fun Center Chordsmen is a tale of passion, dedication, and the universal language of music. Founded in 1974, the chorus emerged from a simple advertisement in the Mansfield News Journal, calling for individuals who shared a love for singing. This call was answered by many, leading to the formation of a group that would become a staple in the local music scene and a certified chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Over the years, the Chordsmen have not only grown in number but in spirit, performing in countless community events, spreading the joy of the holidays, and forming quartets that have serenaded residents across the region. Their annual shows, particularly those at the Renaissance Theatre and the festive gatherings at Malabar Farm, have become much-anticipated local traditions.

A Celebration of Harmony

The 50-year milestone is a significant achievement, celebrated in a grand fashion on Saturday, March 23, at 3:00 PM, in the Lexington High School auditorium. This event promises to be a nostalgic journey and a showcase of the timeless appeal of barbershop music. Dave Kracker, the founding director, along with current director Trevor Garrabrant (6-12 choral director at Mount Vernon Schools), assistant directors, and four former directors, will lead the chorus in a selection of pieces that span the group’s extensive repertoire.

The celebration will also feature an exhibition of historical paraphernalia, offering attendees a glimpse into the Chordsmen’s rich history. This event is not just a concert but a tribute to the enduring legacy of the Fun Center Chordsmen and their impact on the community.

Join the Chorus

The Fun Center Chordsmen’s philosophy is one of inclusivity and joy in music. According to Kracker, the only requirement for joining is a love for singing and a desire for fellowship. Rehearsals are held every Monday at 7:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church on South Trimble Rd., welcoming anyone interested in being part of this harmonious community.

Tickets for the 50th-anniversary celebration are priced at $15 for adults and $5 for children, making it an accessible event for families to enjoy. For additional information, the community is encouraged to reach out to Dave Kracker.

As the Chordsmen prepare to celebrate this significant milestone, their story remains a testament to the power of music to unite, inspire, and enrich our lives. Here’s to fifty years of harmony and the melodies yet to come.

Image by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay

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