Nonprofit View: Gift of Song is a wonderful thing

Nonprofit View: Gift of Song is a wonderful thing
The Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus sang the National Anthem to kick-off the 2018 Let Freedom Ring parade in Sykesville July 1. (Courtesy photo)

“76 Trombones” led the big parade.

Well actually, we opened the July 1 Sykesville “Let Freedom Ring” Parade with the National Anthem, then we sang about trombones. Just as, on July 22, we’ll be singing the Star-Spangled Banner at Westminster Park.


We also have performances scheduled for Carroll Lutheran Village (August and December), at the Eldersburg Library (September and December), at the Festival of Trees in November, and other performances that haven’t yet been finalized.

We like to sing, and people like to hear us.

The gift of song is a wonderful thing, whether it’s a Christmas Concert, a Singing Valentine, a fun 50’s Doo Wop ditty, or a Broadway ballad.

As we sing, we watch faces light up with joy, we hear voices join with us to sing along, we hear people laugh.

The Old Line Statesmen is a growing, thriving, a cappella singing organization — recognized as such by the Carroll County Arts Council and by those who hear us sing.

Our mission is to provide our audiences with entertaining performances that are diverse in content, yet rooted in the tradition of four-part barbershop harmony. Our performances provide audiences, members, and prospective members with a source of enrichment, fun and fellowship by incorporating the qualities of humor, showmanship, variety, community involvement and audience participation.

Barbershop harmony is brotherhood. Men from all over the world, all walks of life and all ages can come together and share in this truly American art form and find common ground through self-expression in song.

Barbershop harmony is a way of life. Perfecting this musical art form takes commitment. When done well, our music reaches audiences on a personal level. You will experience personal growth, build self-confidence and create lasting memories as you work to sing with others, performing for a variety of audiences, from large concerts to intimate Singing Valentines.

Barbershop harmony is music in a very pure form created with nothing but human voices coming together to produce a rich and satisfying texture that is pleasing to the ears and invigorating to the soul. This began as men passed time at their barbershop singing spirituals, folk songs and popular songs. This tradition and joy lives on today in Carroll County and all over the world.

The Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus embodies all of the above. Come on out for a visit and see if this is something you would enjoy. (There are no auditions, only a warm welcome.) If you like to sing and enjoy good camaraderie, we think you will have a great time.

Come hear us. Or better yet — come sing with us! We meet and practice at 7:30 every Monday evening at Carroll Lutheran Village in the Krug Chapel. But it’s best if you call first (410-795-5050), we might be out in the community, singing to our heart's content, and the audience’s joy. Our web site is Look for us on Facebook by searching for the Old Line Statesmen.

Dean Carroll is the vice-president of marketing and public relations, and a bass, for the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus.