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Brazos River Singing (Cooper Book)

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, Texas

Saturday, April 6, 2002

The Brazos River Singing was held at the Washington-on-the-Brazos Texas State Park on Saturday before the first Sunday in April. Gaylon Powell called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. by leading songs on pages 449 and 45t. Richard Goodrum offered the opening prayer.

A business session was held to elect the following officers: Chairman—Tom Owen; Vice Chairman—Leon Ballinger; Secretary—Cissy Moseley.

Leaders: Tom Owen 425b, 424; Leon Ballinger 330, 49t; Cissy Moseley 99; Jeb Owen 176t, 168; Barbara Moore 171, 268t; Terre Schill 387, 178; Charles Whitmer 500, 578; Cheryl Foreman 54t, 511b; Mary Bachmann 386, 505; Lee Wilburn 72.


Tom Owen called the class back together leading song on page 271b. Leaders: Kevin Powell 511t, 331b; Doris Hanks 444t, 422b; Olivia Powell and Garrett Powell 36b, 559; Gaylon Powell 346, 460; Barbara Moore 427, 398b; Steve Fildes 239, 268b; Jeb Owen 384, 421; Terre Schill 383, 139; Charles Whitmer 488b, 410.

The class broke for lunch with special thanks being extended to Landis Powell, Charlotte Powell, and family for providing a hamburger luncheon for the singers. Gaylon Powell offered the noon prayer.


The afternoon session began with Leon Ballinger leading songs on pages 84 and 137.

Leaders: Kevin Powell 416t; Cheryl Foreman 183, 140; Doris Hanks 299, 450; Lee Wilburn 112, 63; Mary Bachmann 341, 400; Olivia Powell and Garrett Powell 280, 282; Gaylon Powell 311, 361; Barbara Moore 229, 58; Cissy Moseley 142, 543; Jeb Owen 144, 558b; Charles Whitmer 507b, 376; Tom Owen 507t, 508; Cheryl Foreman 53, 203; Terre Schill 230, 218; Kevin Powell 200, 240; Lee Wilburn 128.

Announcements were made. Having several people new to Sacred Harp in attendance, Chairman Tom Owen asked for selections from the class and led 82 by request. He was followed by these requests: Jeb Owen 40; Gaylon Powell 146; Kevin Powell 277; and Cissy Moseley 563.

Other than the leaders, the following singers were present: Mary Ballinger, Linda Henthorn, Cheryl Kitsch, Mike Kitsch, Richard Knight, Sarah Knight, Garry McDonald, Kathy Post, Charlotte Powell, Landis Powell, Jo Powell, Tammy Powell, Lela Wilburn, and still others who were not registered, but gladly welcomed.

The class agreed that next year’s singing will be held in the State Park Conference Center, Saturday, April 5, 2003.

Tom Owen led song on page 69 as the closing song, and Lee Wilburn dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Tom Owen; Vice Chairman—Leon Ballinger; Secretary—Cissy Moseley.