Blake Ostler's blog
After a 16 month hiatus from all group singing due to the Covid -19 pandemic, the Beehive Statesmen dusted off the old pitch pipe, and anxiously performed their summer repertoire for a culturally starved audience. A great crowd was in attendance, for an evening of 4 -part Barbershop harmony. Some of the audience favorites sung by the "Men in Blue" were, Hi Neighbor, A Wink & A Smile, Danny Boy, America the beautiful, to name just a few. A Sing a long was welcomed by the audience, and was enjoyed alot. There were 4 Chapter Quartets that performed on the show...4th Street, SLick City. Beehive Blend, and Here For You. The weather was perfect with the stage nestled between the tall trees.
During May of 2019, the Beehive Statesmen presented four shows, including shows in West Valley, South Jordan, and Draper.
This marks an expansion of the Statesmen's service area which heretofore had been mostly relegated to the North East and East Central regions of the city.
The Statesmen, who sing as a service to senior care facilities, and 'because it is fun', have presented seven shows in 2019 and plan to present a total of 25 shows by years end.
The hallowed halls of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers (SUP) building were invaded on June 1st and 2nd by dozens of fearsome buccaneers sailing in on the S. S. Lida Rose. The pirates, led by Captain Penny Peshell and First Officer Paul Barlow, arrived just in time to start celebrating the 70th birthday of the Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus. Both the Friday evening show, and the Saturday matinee, were loaded with privateers, barbershop classic choral pieces, barbershop quartets, and one-legged jokes.
The Statesmen, presenting their 70th annual Spring show as part of their 70th birthday party, were supported by 3 quartets, 4th Street, SLiC City, and Staying Alive.
On Saturday, July 15th, the Beehive Statesmen, under the direction of Penny Peshell and Paul Barlow, held concerts at three different venues, the William G.
The Beehive Statesmen's Spring 2017 show was a smashing success, with an audience of nearly 300. The younger folks delighted in songs like "I Will Go Sailing No More, (from Toy Story 2), and "Be Our Guest", (from Beauty and the Beast), while the more seasoned audience members enjoyed old favorites like "Danny Boy" and "God Bless America". The Statesmen's efforts were bolstered by Rocky Mountain District Quartet Champions "The Pine" and by three local quartets, Fourth Street, SLiC City and Deck of Bards.