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Singers sought for seniors' glee club

Members of the Happy Gang Glee Club sing at Zion Park Manor.

Are you a secret singer over age 55? If so, a Cloverdale musical group would like to have a chat.

The Happy Gang Glee Club is looking for new members to help entertain fellow seniors at care centres in the area. Club director Bob Taylor says the group is all about having fun, socializing and putting on a good show. Anyone over the age of 55 can join up, and you don't have to be the next Luciano Pavarotti – although that wouldn't hurt.

"All I ask is that you can carry a tune," Taylor said.

"What we're looking for is people who enjoy singing and having fun with singing."

The club uses the facilities at the Cloverdale Seniors' Centre, so each singer must also have a membership at the seniors' centre. That's where the age requirement comes in.

The group currently has 14 singers, and Taylor would like to see that number rise up to 21. While all types of singers are welcome, the club has a pressing need right now for male tenors.

The club practices every Tuesday, from 9:45 a.m. until noon, with performances normally on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. The shows consist of 15 songs accompanied by live piano, with five groups of three songs each. A soloist takes over in between each group of songs to allow the other singers time to have a break.

"It's not a tough go at all," Taylor said.

Every club member will have an opportunity to sing solo, but it's not mandatory.

Taylor says the club is a great way to meet new people, show off your skills and discover your untapped talent.

The group, previously known as the Jambusters Glee Club, has been performing in and around Cloverdale since 1999.

For more information, contact Bob Taylor at 604-576-6100 – or via the Cloverdale Seniors' Centre at 604-502-6432 – or May Paulicelli at 604-574-4514.

–Colin Oswin, Black Press

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