The Barnstormers to perform free concert

The Barnstormers will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. July 12, at Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St. The group also will sing at the church’s 10 a.m. worship service on July 13.

The Barnstormers, a volunteer male chorus, was founded nearly 70 years ago in Waterbury, Connecticut. G. Loring Burwell and 15 other men envisioned a chorus that enjoyed singing many styles of music.

The male glee club began performing concerts in Vermont and New Hampshire, and recruiting more singers.

Members today come from all the New England states as well as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Florida. The group gathers for three concerts a year – usually in late April, July and September. Each concert is dedicated to a member of the Barnstormers who died and whose memory inspires today’s singers.

Selections will include spirituals, gospel, patriotic and show tunes.

The Barnstormers will assemble the day before the concert and rehearse from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and then from 9 a.m. to noon the day of the event.

New male singers who are of high school age and older are accepted without audition if their voices are first and second tenors, baritones and bass.

The music director for the Barnstormers is Bill Davis, the former choral director and music coordinator for Naguatuck High School in Connecticut. Accompanist is Joan Reppert of Ithaca, New York.

The Barnstormers’ concerts are supported through dues and contributions from members and friends. The singers pay their own expenses while on tour. A free will offering will be taken during the concert.

Those interested in participating in the concert should contact the church office at 570-323-4604.