Those who joined GraceConnect last summer for our annual corporation meeting during Fellowshift, the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, may remember Third Lane, the barbershop quartet from Hagerstown, Md., who provided dinner music. The quartet included Dan Thornton, former BMH board member and pastor of Maranatha Brethren Church in Hagerstown. Dan is also part of the Mason-Dixon Barbershop Quartet, which is featured in this story in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. Dan is quoted in the story and is featured in the accompanying video, where you’ll also capture a glimpse of another Grace Brethren pastor, Doug Courter, who is on staff at Valley Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown (Dan Pritchett, pastor).
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Barbershop quartet gets in tune for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a busy time for the harmonizing groups that often end up in places like banks and hospitals delivering tender love songs that give the holiday an extra romantic touch.
Singers with the Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus, which has been in business for 60 years, said they often perform 25 to 30 times over the holiday period.
“Right now, I’m up to 32,” chorus President Jeff Matthews said Monday night as the group rehearsed at Haven Lutheran Church off Pennsylvania Avenue. …
About 10 members of Matthews’ group rehearsed songs Monday night as they readied themselves for the upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend.
One of the singers, Dan Thornton of Smithsburg, led the group through a variety of numbers, making last-minute adjustments to get the sound just right.
“Give it all you got and talk with your hands,” Thornton told his colleagues. …
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