We’re back from Las Vegas!

What a convention! That was a fun week. The chorus had a blast doing the Smile Medley/Who’ll Dry Your Tears set in Las Vegas, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Scarborough Dukes first gold medal. The Ontario District had already bought a spot on the big screens to congratulate the Dukes, as well as the competing quartets Test Drive, Yonge Guns and ‘Shoptimus Prime, so the audience knew the background on our set before we hit the stage on Friday.

And what a reception! There were roars from the crowd when the first green bowlers came out, then more cheering when the rest of the green bowlers landed, and even more noise when the green vests were finally revealed. We finished our first song to a standing ovation, with Barry Towner, Bob Gibson and Bruce Marchant in (more or less) the outfits that they wore forty years earlier. Our ballad went beautifully, and we walked off stage tired but happy with our performance.

It was a very strong chorus contest, and after scoring at almost the same level as we did in Toronto to win four years ago, we earned a fourth place medal. What a stellar chorus contest that was. And after that, we had a wonderful, emotional medal ceremony back in one of our chorus rehearsal rooms to finish off the day.

Finally, big congratulations to Test Drive (with brand new tenor Mike McKim), ‘Shoptimus Prime (with their awesome Back To The Future set), and Yonge Guns (for making it to the second round — and for some memorable .. dance moves) on their amazing performances.

Not everything that happens in Vegas .. stays in Vegas.