PLATTSBURGH — The Cumberland Bay Barbershop Chorus trips down memory lane with “Jamming with Bob Brooks,” Saturday evening’s program at the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium.
Brooks, a lead singer, has been a member of the chorus for more than 50 years.
“The show is dedicated to his service in the chorus,” said Chris Kelly, publicity and marketing chairperson for the chorus.
“For the theme of the show, we all come into Bob’s basement and we start going through his record collection. As a record is pulled out, we talked a little bit about what the song is and then the chorus will sing that particular song.”
Melodies such as “Georgia on my Mind,” “Zip a De Doo Dah” and “Paper Moon” invokes nostalgic memories.
“We reminisce with him, and as we get into it, he reminisces with us,” Kelly said. “He will sing from his chair or get up to sing songs with us. We’re singing songs going back to the ’30s and ’50s to songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era to the Beach Boys.”
Saturday’s evening program also features the Sweet Adelines and SUNY Plattsburgh’s Minor Adjustments.
“We have a quartet in our chorus called the Philharmonix,” Kelly said. “That’s made up of four guys in our chorus. We have a guest quartet we’re bringing in. That’s Trade Secret, an international award-winning barbershop quartet.”
Brooks’ back story begins in Dannemora, his birthplace. A 1943 graduate of Dannemora High School, he entered the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a fire-control man on the starboard side of the USS Topeka. Most of his wartime action was in the Pacific Theater.
“I operated off Okinawa and was in two major battles off the island of Japan,” Brooks said. “We bombarded the island of Honshu and Nashima Saki on July 18, 1945.”