When we lost or Music VP Ben Furino in the summer of 2016. Jim offered to step in to take his place. Before becoming our Music VP he was already helping out our chorus as an assistant director. He worked with our Director Craig Ahlgrim keeping the chorus members on track to learn new music for our Christmas show. For our Christmas show he wrote the script and added much needed humor and fun to our annual show. Jim was the obvious choice for our 2016 Barbershopper of the year.
Ben has not been a member or our chorus for very long he jumped right in attended Harmony University took the Music VP position.. Ben led our warm ups, filled in for Craig directing, taught tags, put together several quartets. He had some health set backs during the year but this did not slow him down much.. We will all remember after the start of his chemo treatments earlier in the day he shows up at our performance in LaGrange and sang with his quartet.
.Jim Ahlgrim the father of our director Craig has been show chairman for our 3rd annual Christmas show. Each year the show audience has grown and has become an annual event for our patrons and members. In 2014 Jim also booked us for the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade and Hinsdale 4th of July Parade. Jim was responsible for bookings and events that generated 70% of our chorus revenues in 2014.
Bruce was one of the group of guys that followed our director Craig over to join the Chorus of Dupage in 2011. He quickly became the guy that greeted and got to know every one of the long time Chorus of Dupage members and the many new members that started showin up at our rehearsals. He took on the Membeship VP position this past year and always took care of each visitor and guest. He made sure that guests were not left alone and got a chance to sing a tag during breaks. We are a society formed for the encougement of barbershop quartet singing. Bruce took this to heart singing with his own quartet and making sure as many members and new members as possible got to experience singing in a quartet.