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Area college alumni who are vocalists or instrumentalists.
" We keep the group at 50 members now, " says the
director, noting there is a waitlist of talented vocalists and
musicians who would like to join. " Unless someone steps
down and leaves a vacancy, we don't add to the group. Replacements
are fi lled with someone in the same skill set. "
The group now performs three concerts the fi rst weekend
in August, with the exception being 2020, when the concert
was postponed until November due to COVID-19 concerns.
It wasn't until 2005 the group began going by Baby
Boomer Reunion Concert. The name refl ects the fact all
the music performed comes from 1955 to 1984. Kevin
comes up with the concert's theme and scours an average
of 2,000 songs fi tting the theme. He then offers the group
200 songs to consider. Vocalists choose their top fi ve and
the band chooses their faves for specials, leaving Kevin to
make the fi nal assignments.
" My wife, Rheannon, is very understanding of 1,500
hours it usually takes away from the family during the
year to prepare for the concert, " says Kevin, adding that
yes, his wife was indeed named after a Fleetwood Mac
song. " But she's also a band member, so she knows what
it takes to make this work on every level. "
Early on, the director personally burned CDs and delivered
them to performers. PDFs and electronic delivery
methods now help with that part
of the planning.
From nightclub singers to gospel
vocalists and classical musicians
to heavy metal guitarists, this
musical menagerie has it all.
Because many of the singers and
musicians don't live in the area, the
group only holds one practice.
Top: Former Black River Electric employee Lindy
LaChance, right, has been part of the band for 14 of
the group's 19 years. Below: Vocalists Alayna Momot,
her mother Marilyn Berry, Brian Kinder and Colleen
Mitchell are part of the large group of vocalists who
bring the Baby Boomer Reunion Concert to life the
fi rst weekend of August each year.
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