‘70 Years of the High C’s:’ Harmony Brigade to perform annual show April 8

-Messenger photos by Chad Thompson Clair Nerem leads the Harmony Brigade during a rehearsal at First Presbyterian Church recently. Nerem is the 11th director in 70 years for the Fort Dodge Harmony Brigade.

Members of the Fort Dodge Harmony Brigade will mark 70 years of singing with a pair of nautically themed concerts that will feature guest appearances by three quartets from across the United States.

The ”70 Years of the High C’s” shows will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 8 at the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St.

Adult tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Student tickets cost $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Children under age 8 are free.

Tickets can be purchased from any Harmony Brigade member or at Hy-Vee, 115 S. 29th St.

The tickets can also be ordered by mail by sending a check to Harmony Brigade, P.O. Box 302, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

-Messenger photos by Chad Thompson Terry Parker works on his vocals at a Harmony Brigade rehearsal at First Presbyterian Church recently.

Concert organizers say the show will take the audience aboard the cruise ship USS Harmony for a trip to Hawaii.

During the musical cruise, the Harmony Brigade will perform ”It’s a Good Day,” ”Shenandoah,” ”Beer Barrel Polka,” ”Yesterday,” ”You’re 16, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine,” ”Sweet Caroline,” ”What a Wonderful World,” ”Jump Shout Boogie” and many more favorites.

Some slap stick humor will be mixed in with the songs.

The guest quartets will be Quorum, The New Fangled Four and Vintage Mix.

Quorum is a four-part a cappella ensemble.

The New Fangled Four is from southern California. The quartet recently appeared on the Hallmark Channel USA show ”Home & Family,” singing Valentine’s Day songs.

Four 16-year-old siblings make up the quartet Vintage Mix.

The members of Vintage Mix will conduct workshops for high school and middle school students on April 7. The workshops will highlight a cappella and barbershop quartet singing.

The Fort Dodge Harmony Brigade practices each Tuesday evening at First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Fifth Ave. N.