In harmony for 75 years, Bluewater Chordsmen mark anniversary

Bluewater Chordsmen at the Imperial Theatre. March 2015. (Photo from the Bluewater Chordsmen's website).

Sarnia’s Bluewater Chordsmen are celebrating their 75th anniversary Friday.

The local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society was chartered September 4, 1945 at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club and is the second oldest in Ontario, following London’s, which chartered in June of 1945.

President David Crosbie said they hope to gather in some form to celebrate.

“We’ve been having outdoor practices and hopefully, fingers crossed, the weather will cooperate and we can get out and sing a bit,” said Crosbie.

He said they started with 22 men, peaked at close to 50 members and now have about 35 in the group.

The Chordsmen are typically very active in the community, hosting concerts and performing at music festivals and private functions, but Crosbie said those events have been halted during the pandemic.

Even so, he said they’re always looking for new members.

“We don’t care about their singing skill level or whether they’ve got any formal training and they don’t have to know how to read music,” he said. “We have retirees, college kids, we have a young chap that goes to Northern High School that’s a member of the group.”

Anyone interested in joining can call David Crosbie at 226-402-3060 or visit www.bluewaterchordsmen.com.