San Francisco Bay Cities Report – June 2015   Jordan Makower

Casey Parker is being honored in this column today. He had a Ph.D, was a professional engineer, pilot, worked for US Naval Defense, and became a SPEBSQSA Barbershopper in 1947. Casey was one of the founders of SFBCQ. He and the group with him had an idea of building an organization that would be a ‘drop-into’, non-exclusionary place where quartets could practice their repertoire (even if they weren’t members of our group). That tradition is carried on today. At our meeting this month, we filled a row of tables at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose with our singers. Some people, on limited incomes, can’t afford to retain membership in BHS, or have been asked to leave by other groups because they can’t shape their mouth into the same smile that others have. Some people have diminished hearing and must sit close to someone with a strong voice to be able to hear a tune and attempt to sing along. Other people, patrons of Harry’s, stop by or sit down, and applaud our every song from The BarberPole Cat Song Book. Still others request songs that most of us remember, and we sing those, acapella-style.  We welcome everyone who wants to join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

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