Sierranaders perform four-part barbership harmony at annual installation dinner

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Members of the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Sierranaders, recently had their annual installation dinner gala at the Power Club in Auburn. Seven officers and two members at large were sworn in, with Verne Bagby repeating as president. Long time barbershopper Clark Abrahmson installed all the new officers with a humorous format, using modified words from the song “Bill Grogan’s Goat” to swear in all “the old goats.” One very special award was presented to Tony Prowense, who was chosen as Barbershopper of the Year for the chapter, an award to recognize all his contributions to both the chapter and the society in general. Prowense is a longtime barbershop singer, works hard to make the chapter better and was surprised and elated to win the coveted award, organizers said. The evening included a meal and lots of four-part harmony singing. Several quartets sang, as well as the entire chorus. The group loves to sing, has great comradeship and invites all men to come sing with them, organizers said. The group’s weekly Tuesday practice is held at 7 p.m. at the DeWitt center, 11577 E Ave, Auburn. Call Cliff Johnson at (530) 346-2757 for further information, or visit The group’s next event will be the annual singing Valentines. For that, a quartet will appear at your local location, sing two great songs and present a rose to that special person – all for $35, organizers said. If that someone special lives out of the area, a song can be delivered by phone with a personal message for $15, similar to the old singing telegrams. For more information, call Roger Perkins at (530) 823-0339. ~ Staff report