Triad residents find fellowship and community through Triad Harmony Express

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Triad residents find fellowship and community through Triad Harmony Express



RISK. BRIGHT GREEN IS A LEVEL ONE HAZARD. THAT’S WHY IT’S AN IMPACT DAY. THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WILL BE IMPACT DAYS AS HEAT AND HUMIDITY INDEX LEVELS REACH TRIPLE DIGITS. AUDREY: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL ADD SUNSHINE TO THIS RAINY, GORGEOUS DAY. TAKE A LISTENING. ♪ AUDREY: IT’S TRIAD HARMONY EXPRESS. THEY ARE THE WINSTON-SALEM CHAPTER OF THE BARBERSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY, AND AT THEY PERFORM THROUGHOUT THE CAROLINES. TO TELL US MORE, WELCOME TO TED LEINBACH. HE IS THE VP OF PROGRAM FOR TRIAD HARMONY EXPRESS. TED, THANK YOU FOR JOIN US. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU. TED: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR HOSTING ME. AUDREY: YOU ARE SO WELCOME. WHAT IS BARBERSHOP HARMONY AND WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? TED: BARBERSHOP HARMONY IS A CAPPELLA HARMONY. THE MELODY LINE IS USUALLY IN THE SECOND VOICE, TENOR UP, BASS DOWN, AND A BARITONE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE. IT’S A BIT LIKE A CHURCH CHOIR. IT STARTED IN 1938. IT’S GENERALLY SONGS THAT ARE WELL KNOWN AND EASILY SONG MELODY LINES HARMONIZED AROUND IT. AND I HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR 40 YEARS. AUDREY: WOW. TED: A GUY FROM MY CHURCH CHOIR SAID, DID YOU EVER SING A CAPPELLA? I SAID NO. I HAVE BEEN HOOKED SINCE. AUDREY: STILL STRONG TODAY. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? TED: ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE. OUR CHAPTER IS AN ORGANIZATION OF ALL MEN. YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ THE MUSIC. WE MEET REGULARLY, 6.30-9.00 PM TUESDAYS AT A LOCAL CHURCH HERE IN WINSTON-SALEM ON HAWTHORNE ROAD, JUST NEXT TO REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL. AUDREY: HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED? IS THERE A MAX? COULD IT GROW AND GROW? TED: IT COULD TAKE ANY SIZE. WE CURRENTLY HAVE APPROXIMATELY 33 MEMBERS. WE HAVE INTERNATIONALLY COMPETITING CHOIRS OF MORE THAN 100 MEMBERS. SO THERE ARE REALLY NO LIMITS. OF COURSE, A QUARTET IS FOUR. AND WE HAVE A VARIETY OF QUARTET. BUT THERE ARE REALLY NO SIZE LIMITATIONS. AUDREY: WHAT EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES HAVE YOU PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR? TED: A TYPICAL YEAR INCLUDE A VALENTINE’S DAY SONG IN FEBRUARY FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL. WE COMPETE REGULARLY IN THE CAROLINAS DISTRICT, TWICE A YEAR. AND WE DO AN ANNUAL SHOW. OUR LAST YEAR WAS APRIL 30. IT WAS A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN KIOSK. AND WE ALSO DO A VARIETY OF PERFORMANCES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FOR CHURCH OR CORPORATE EVENTS. CAROLING IN HOSPITALS AT CHRISTMAS TIME. AUDREY: HOW MANY YEARS DID YOU SAY? YOU HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR DECADES, HAVE YOU? TED: 43 YEARS. I LOOKED AT MY MEMBERSHIP CARD. AUDREY: THIS IS FANTASTIC. WOW. TED: I STARTED WHEN I WAS TWO. AUDREY: [LAUGHTER] IT WAS A PLEASURE, RIGHT? TED: It was a joke. AUDREY: SO, OF COURSE, THIS COULD BE A FUN PASTIME FOR SOMEBODY, BUT YOU CLEARLY FOUND A LOT OF JOY IN BEING A PART OF THIS HARMONY EXPRESS. TELL ME MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT IT. TED: I got hooked the first night and went to a rehearsal. AND JUST THE SENSE OF THIS CLOSE HARMONY I HAD NEVER EXPERIENCED. AND WE SAY PEOPLE COME FOR THE MUSIC AND THEY STAY FOR THE FRIENDSHIPS, SO I HAVE MADE MANY, MANY LIFETIME FRIENDS THROUGH SOCIETY, THROUGH OUR CHAPTER HERE IN WINSTON-SALEM, THROUGH THE CHAPTER IN CHARLOTTE WHERE I BELONGED FOR MANY YEARS. IT’S THE FEELING YOU GET FROM SINGING A CLOSED FOUR-PART HARMONY THAT IS REALLY THE DRIVING FORCE THAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE. AUDREY: I BET. HOW CAN PEOPLE GET INVOLVED IF THEY ARE INTERESTED? TED: AS I SAID, MEETINGS ARE OPEN ALMOST EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT. TRIADHARMONEYEXPRESS.COM IS OUR WEBSITE. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL US. 336-774-4044 IS OUR PHONE NUMBER. THE EASIEST WAY IS TO ARRIVE AT 6:30 PM ON TUESDAY NIGHT. WE HAVE GUEST BOOKS. WE HAVE LEARNING TRACKS TO LEARN MUSIC. YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ THE MUSIC. AUDREY: THAT’S GREAT, PEOPLE CAN PASS. WE HAVE THE WEBSITE ON SCREEN FOR THESE PEOPLE AT HOME, SO NO NEED TO WORRY, THEY CAN ALWAYS LEARN MORE ON OUR WEBSITE. THEN WE THIS

Triad residents find fellowship and community through Triad Harmony Express

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