Big Chicken Chorus to visit Cartersville facilities
by Marie Nesmith
Jul 12, 2012 | 1533 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local members of the Big Chicken Chorus — Dave Elvers, left, Don Jackson, Mac McKenzie, Bill Devine and Frank Biscardi — will perform at six Cartersville assisted living and nursing home facilities Friday. Bartow County residents Jake Simpson and Adam Gifford also will be among the 15 Big Chicken Chorus vocalists who will participate. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, file
Local members of the Big Chicken Chorus — Dave Elvers, left, Don Jackson, Mac McKenzie, Bill Devine and Frank Biscardi — will perform at six Cartersville assisted living and nursing home facilities Friday. Bartow County residents Jake Simpson and Adam Gifford also will be among the 15 Big Chicken Chorus vocalists who will participate. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, file
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In honor of Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, 15 members of the Big Chicken Chorus will entertain residents at a variety of Cartersville assisted living and nursing home sites on Friday. Starting with Waldrop Assisted Living at 10 a.m., the group also will showcase its vocal talents at Maple Ridge Health Care Center, The Fite Living Centre, Townsend Park Health & Rehabilitation, Cartersville Heights Care & Rehabilitation Center and Felton Manor Assisted Living.

"The activities director for Cartersville Heights, which is one of our locations, was looking for some entertainment [for Barbershop Music Appreciation Day]," said Bill Devine, a Cartersville resident and member of the Big Chicken Chorus. "... [She] found our website and called one of our guys, and it just so happened that she didn't even know that we have a bunch of guys from Cartersville singing in the chorus.

"We thought, 'OK, we'd like to do this.' And then, we thought, 'If we're going to do one location, we might as well try to do a bunch.' So we started to notify or contact the various assisted living and nursing homes in the Cartersville area. We came up with a list of six that were interested in us coming to do a mini-performance, and we got it all set up."

During the past two and a half years, Devine has been performing in the Big Chicken Chorus, which is the Marietta Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. On Friday, he will join six of his fellow local members -- Don Jackson, Dave Elvers, Mac McKenzie, Frank Biscardi, Jake Simpson and Adam Gifford -- and several other singers of the Big Chicken Chorus for the mini-concerts.

"We've got seven songs that we're going to do at each facility," Devine said. "We try to keep the songs a little more upbeat. We try to [offer some] religious [songs and] some ballads. I think that we get a lot of satisfaction if we can bring some joy to people we're singing to. ... The Big Chicken Chorus as a whole tries to do things that are beneficial to the communities in which our members live."

Grateful for the group's willingness to perform, Karen Tate -- director of activities for Cartersville Heights Care & Rehabilitation Center -- said the facility's residents will delight in the musical offering.

"Our residents absolutely love [when people perform]," Tate said. "They love [when groups sing] gospel. And that's one thing with this group is that they're singing songs of old, that would be performed in a barbershop.

"So I'm really thinking they will love this and [it will] be an up beat to their day. We do appreciate them coming out and doing this for our residents, and we hope to have them back many times."