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Choir alumni sought for special concert event

On May 7, alumni of the acclaimed Long Beach High School Choir will take the stage with the current choir for a special “Welcome Home Alumni” Concert event, the first alumni concert the group has held in a decade.

“Several things prompted us to do this,” said Brian Chancey, associate choral director at Long Beach High School. “Mainly, we wanted to make sure our alumni know we really appreciate the legacy that they have created with the Long Beach High School Choir.”

Two rehearsals – one on Friday evening, May 6, from 6 until 8 p.m., and another on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. until noon, will ensure the group is ready to perform at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

In between practices, there are plans to have an alumni mixer at a local venue after the Friday rehearsal.

Chancey said the group is hopeful that the new Long Beach High School auditorium will be finished in time for them to be able to hold the rehearsals and concert there, but they have reserved the First Baptist Church facility, just in case.

Alumni are encouraged to register to participate by completing the registration form at Registration is $25, to cover the cost of music and refreshments, and the deadline to register is April 24. Sheet music and rehearsal tracks will be provided to registered participants. Dress will be concert black.

With almost fifty alumni already registered, Chancey says the group is hoping to have more than one hundred alumni sign up to participate.

“Many of our alumni have children and younger siblings singing now, and it will give them a chance to share the stage with them,” said Chancey. “We have several ‘famous’ alumni we hope will attend - Dr. Talia Lock, Dr. David Reeves, Mr. Richie Brown, and many of our current and former teachers!”

The concert will be open to the public, and tickets will not be required. The choir will be directed by Joanne Edwards, Joel Dunlap and Terry Walker.

For more information, call 228-326-0331, or email Chancey at

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