February 2012: Our Town - Hilton Head Shore Notes Razzle and Dazzle
Author: Frank Dunne, Jr.
Be prepared, because they’re going to razzle you. And when they’re done razzling you, they’ll turn around and dazzle you. They are the Hilton Head Shore Notes and, along with a few special guests, they are puttin’ on a show.
With all that razzling and dazzling going on, the show is appropriately called “Razzle Dazzle ’Em!” and you can catch it on Saturday, February 25, at the Hilton Head High School Visual and Performing Arts Center. When you go, expect a dazzling (somebody stop me!) spectacle of song selections covering an array of musical genres, all performed barbershop style. But don’t expect to see four guys in striped blazers, bowties and straw boater hats.
The Hilton Head Shore Notes is actually a group of fine Lowcountry ladies who love to sing in the four-part a cappella harmony known as barbershop. The group’s repertoire includes show tunes, ballads, rock, swing, jazz, pop, standards, country…basically anything that can be voiced in four-part harmony which, according to the Shore Notes, is just about anything.
Formed in 1997 as a non-profit organization, the Shore Notes can be heard throughout the year, singing for civic and charitable organizations, private groups, churches, community events, and fundraisers. “We particularly enjoy caroling at the island’s retirement communities during the holiday season,” said Shore Notes member Marcia Cornell.
As a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the official worldwide governing body of women’s barbershop, the Hilton Head Shore Notes regularly compete in regional and national competitions. In fact, they earned a second-place medal at their regional competition in Daytona last April and look forward to competing again this April. Yup, these girls are good!
While a love for the music is the driving force behind the group, another rewarding aspect of being a Shore Note is the opportunity to give back to the community. So a portion of the profits from “Razzle Dazzle ’Em!” will be donated to the music enrichment program at Memory Matters, an organization dedicated to helping families face the challenges of living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and all other types of dementia.
“Razzle Dazzle ’Em!” will include performances by both the full 24-member Shore Notes chorus and their quartet, Coastal Rhythm; plus two featured guests will add a little flavor of their own. The 20-member Hilton Head Plantation Big Band promises to get the joint jumping with standards from the Swing Era to the modern day, and a new vocal group, the Vocal Jazz Project, will belt out jazz standards and hits from the 1950s in a style reminiscent of the Modernaires and Manhattan Transfer. VJP’s set includes segments paying tribute to Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer.
The concert is sponsored by Hilton Head BMW, First Federal Bank, Lang’s Heating & Air, Dr. Matthew Mastrorocco, Mangiamo! and Total Design Concepts, to whom the Shore Notes are very grateful for their ongoing and generous support.
Who: The Hilton Head Shore Notes, Coastal Rhythm, Hilton Head Plantation Big Band, Vocal Jazz Project
What: “Razzle Dazzle ’Em!”
Where: Hilton Head High School Visual and Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, February 25, at 7 p.m.
Why: To support the music enrichment program at Memory Matters
How: Tickets to “Razzle Dazzle ’Em!” can be purchased in advance for $15 at Burke’s Pharmacy and Pretty Papers on Hilton Head Island, and at Markel’s and All Four Paws in Bluffton, or at the door for $20. For more information, visit hiltonheadshorenotes.com or call Sherry at (843) 706-9877.