Pip Richards, Kev Riley, Bob Cole and Graeme Sharpe from Mansong are ready to entertain the crowd at their upcoming concert next month.
Pip Richards, Kev Riley, Bob Cole and Graeme Sharpe from Mansong are ready to entertain the crowd at their upcoming concert next month. Alistair Brightman

Mansong tunes into five-year bash

MUSICAL director Carol Sendall formed Mansong in 2012 with about 10 members.

Now, five years on, there's about 60 blokes who love to sing with the all-male group.

Member Graeme Sharpe said Mansong's tremendous growth would be celebrated with a fifth birthday bash at the Hervey Bay Community Centre on March 12, where the men will take their audience on a trip down "Mansong Memory Lane", with the repertoire spanning the period from 2012 to date.

"Over the ensuing five years, more than 60 men have at some time been part of Mansong, with the group now having almost 40 active, some would say hyperactive, members," Mr Sharpe said.

"This would be regarded as successful in any venture, however given the predominant demographic group from which Mansong men are drawn - 60 years plus into late 80s - the five-year milestone is considered even more meritorious."

Mr Sharpe said Mansong had established credibility in the local music industry due to their skills and growth under the tutelage of Ms Sendall.

Many locals would have seen the group in action at city events, community functions and retirement villages around the region.

"Confidence and improved stage presence come with practice and for three hours each Monday night, in a welcoming environment, more than 30 men willingly attend to learn and to have fun," he said.

"For most, this is much more than just singing practice."

The Mansong Fifth Birthday Show will start at 2pm on Sunday, March 12, at the Hervey Bay Community Centre, 22 Charles St, Pialba.

Mr Sharpe said the performance would be presented in a more casual format, providing an opportunity for interaction between Mansong members and their audience.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Ultra Music. Bar and barbecue available.

Mansong meets each Monday night for practice at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, from 6.30pm. No previous singing experience is necessary for anyone, of any age, who would like to join.

Members are taught from scratch so they learn about breathing, posture, how to perform and sing in tune.



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