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[New!]Classic Urban Harmony

Celebrates Vocal Group Harmony

And the Masqueraders’ 50th Anniversary

June 10, 2012, Morristown, NJ

Part 1: Behind the Scenes

 

It had been a year and a half since Classic Urban Harmony’s last gala, our 5th Wedding Anniversary in October 2010.  The time was right to gather our music industry friends again and commemorate the many styles of vocal harmony.  There’s been enough negative talk lately about how our music is fading.  We wanted an evening not to eulogize vocal harmony, but to celebrate it.  Coincidently, our friends the Masqueraders were celebrating 50 years as a soul harmony group and we wanted to honor them.

Our first step was to pick a location.  We’d been actively involved with the Morris Museum’s “Jersey Rocks” exhibit and had assisted with two concerts in their Bickford Theatre.  We also gave two Classic Urban Harmony multimedia presentations there and attended the exhibit launch party, catered by Encore Caterers.  We were impressed by their food and professionalism.


Pam outside the Morris Museum


Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ


Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
 

Morris Museum & Bickford Theatre


Charlie at the Bickford Theatre Stage Door
 

Hence, the idea to hold a spectacular reception and buffet dinner in the museum followed by a concert in the Bickford Theatre.  We already held memberships in the Morristown museum and were very familiar with members of their organization.

After reserving the Morris Museum and Theatre, we contacted Encore Caterers and picked a menu.  Then it was time to pick the vocal groups we wanted to hire.  It was a tough decision, since we are friends with a lot of groups.  However, we made an early decision to make sure different styles of vocal harmony were represented and did not overlap.

The obvious choice of a soul harmony group was the Masqueraders, since it was their 50th anniversary and since the five key members had only sung together once in the past 20 years, and that was at our 2010 anniversary.  For a 1950’s R&B group, we selected the legendary Milton Love & the Solitaires.  They had sung at our wedding.  Vic Donna has been singing and recording vocal harmony since 1957.  The Vic Donna Group is known for their intricate R&B harmonies.  Little Isidore & the Inquisitors are one of the most unique and entertaining groups around.   Quiet Storm has made quite a name for themselves in the acappella vocal group world.  We wanted a great gospel vocal group and found one in King David’s Harp out of Virginia.

To set the scene, we had Re-MemberThen as a strolling acappella group during the reception.  They are an up and coming group with a street corner doo wop sound.

Warren Tesoro designed a sensational poster for us in 1950’s style, using Classic Urban Harmony colors (blue, yellow and red).


Concert Poster designed by Warren Tesora


The Invitation we designed and printed ourselves
after selecting the right paper and matching envelopes.
 

As parting gifts for each guest, we again hand-molded candy vocal group figurines out of chocolate.  Knowing record collectors favor red vinyl, we molded a limited number in RED chocolate!  We'd reserve those for the people who'd attended more of our Classic Urban Harmony events than anyone else.


Pam molding candy vocal  groups from red chocolate




Refrigerated Chocolate figures


Pam packaging the chocolates


Finished chocolate figures


Charlie cleaning the molds for the next set
 

For table centerpieces, we scanned record labels of some of our rarer 78’s.  We printed them, cut them out and pasted them onto green sticks.  The sticks were placed in small plants.


Scanned record labels in the computer


Pam cutting out the labels


The record labels


Green (Gospel series) Parrot label on stick


Labels on green sticks


Preparing the centerpieces


Finished centerpiece




 

For our out of town quests, we blocked out some rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel, close to CUH Headquarters.  Each guest received a welcome bag full of Classic Urban Harmony goodies.

 




Finished welcome bag
 

Four of the Masqueraders, Harold “Sundance” Thomas, Robert “Tex” Wrightsil, David "Cowboy" Sanders and Sammie Lee Hutchins arrived on Friday evening, June 8.  After checking in, they joined us for dinner in New Brunswick.


Masqueraders arriving at hotel in Somerset, NJ


Masqueraders David Sanders, Harold Thomas, Tex Wrightsil and Sammie Hutchins
at the hotel with concert poster.


Sammie Hutchins, Pam Horner, Charlie Horner, Sundance Thomas, Tex Wrightsil
at Old Man Rafferty's restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ


Saturday June 9, 2012, Masqueraders' Abdur-Rahman Hatim and Jimmy and Mary Merchant arrived at the hotel.
Jimmy Merchant is an original member of the legendary Teenagers and co-writer of "Why Do Fools Fall In Love".


Front: Harold Sundance Thomas.  Back row (left to right): Sammie Hutchins,
Charlie Horner, Jimmy Merchant, Mary Merchant, Tex Wrightsil, Pam Horner
David "Cowboy" Sanders, Abdur-Rahman Hatim


Dinner at Origins Thai restaurant in Somerville, NJ.
(Left to right: Jimmy Merchant, Charlie Horner, Pam Horner, Tex Wrightsil
Sammie Hutchins, David Sanders, Harold Thomas, Abdur-Rahman Hatim, Mary Merchant


 After dinner, we all went back to Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters where the Masqueraders serenaded us with some songs.


Masqueraders singing at CUH Headquarters


 

Teenagers' Jimmy Merchant touring Classic Urban Harmony Headquarters, poses
next to his framed and autographed sketch of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.
Jimmy is now an accomplished artist as well as an entertainer.


Left to right: David Sanders, Pam Horner, Tex Wrightsil, Jimmy Merchant
Harold Thomas and Sammie Hutchins


The Masqueraders with Mary & Jimmy Merchant


David, Tex, Mary, Jimmy, Harold, Charlie and Sammie.


On Sunday morning, June 10, Pam & Charlie went back to the hotel to listen to the Masqueraders rehearse.


Masqueraders rehearsing at the hotel.


Sundance Thomas at the keyboard.


Abdur-Rahman Hatim at rehearsal.


 

Because of the significance of the event, we've posted hundreds of photos and will post numerous short video clips, over the next few weeks.  Please click on the segment below that you'd like to view.

Part 1 - Behind the Scenes - Any event of this magnitude requires months of planning and preparation.  Here we'll give you the story behind selecting the venue, caterer, entertainment, invitations, table centerpieces and even the chocolate favors for the guests.

Part 2 - The Reception and Buffet - With 180 invited guests there were plenty of music celebrities attending.  See photos of who were there.

Part 3 - The Concert - See photos from the concert, featuring Re-MemberThen, King David's Harp, Quiet Storm, Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, the Vic Donna Group, Milton Love & the Solitaires and the Masqueraders.  We also have photos of the Masqueraders receiving plaques for 50 years of great R&B harmony.

Part 4 - The party continues at the hotel for out of town guests.

Part 5 - Some nice compliments we received from our guests - Coming Soon!

Part 6 - The Concert Videos - Coming Soon!.

 

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