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Rotunda Singing

Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 4, 2006

The ninth session of the Rotunda Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in February at the Alabama State Capitol in the beautiful Rotunda. Four books were used: The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, Christian Harmony, Colored Sacred Harp, and The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition.

The class was called to order by Jim Carnes, who welcomed everyone and recognized Joey Brackner and Steve Grauberger, members of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Joey Brackner welcomed everyone, commented on the Homeland Security measures at the Alabama State Capitol, and thanked the Arts Council for their support. The morning prayer was offered by Danny Creel.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Judy Caudle.

The first session of singing was held from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Jim Carnes and Joey Brackner 48t; John Plunkett 77t; Judy Caudle 177; Gary Smith 225t; Emily Creel 269; Jonathan Blakeley 213t; Karen Swenson 373; Marlin Beasley 137; Corene White and Jim Carnes 171; Elene Stovall 99.

The second session was held from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Billy Thompson 157; Danny Creel 31t; Tim Cook 63b; John Etheridge 64; Ruth Wyers 264; Bill Hogan 51; Stanley Smith 43; Don Clark 253 (for Bobby Jackson); Nathan Blackwood 131; Paul Wyatt 147; Morgan Bunch 214; Dr. Robert Dupree 293.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Jim Carnes, and the next session was held from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Henry Jackson 12; Bernice Harvey 9, John Etheridge 4; Stanley Smith 24; Janice Jackson 19; Steve Grauberger 74b; Bernice Harvey “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time”; Henry Jackson 84b, 87.

The fourth session was held from the Cooper Book. Leaders: John Etheridge 577; Tommie Spurlock 140; Karen Clark 55; Bill Aplin 277; Delores Self 199; Frank Hataway 395b; Sue Bunch 133; Bill Hogan 567; Linda Thomas 84; Marion Patrick 358. Prayer for the noon meal was offered by Marlin Beasley.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with songs led from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Jim Carnes 81t; Jack Nelson 480 (for Bobby Jackson); Lou Rogers 159; Denise Burleson 196; Jonathon Thompson 155; Mary Ellen Blackwood and Nathan Blackwood 31t; Sarah Smith 290; Hubert Nall 299; Sandra Wilkinson 448t; Uel Freeman 64; Bufrey Dean and Brenda Dean 47b; Jim Carnes and Celia Carnes 436.

The next session was held from the Christian Harmony. Leaders: Robert Walker 178; Emily Creel 19; Karen Clark 189; J.A. Mosley 82b (for Edith Tate); Ann Webb 85b; Stanley Smith 93 (for Harrison Creel); Elene Stovall 117; Gary Smith 46t.

The third afternoon session was held from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Henry Jackson 31; Bernice Harvey 25; John Etheridge 3; Stanley Smith 20; Tommie Spurlock 22t; Henry Jackson 59, 62; Steve Grauberger 65t.

The final session was held from the Cooper Book. Leaders: Don Clark 98; Ercyl Vidrine 87; Elene Stovall 478; Tim Cook 393t; John Plunkett 322; Kenneth Sunbird 161; Voncille Graves 47t; Paula Fagan 488b; Roshelle Wright 174.

Following announcements, Jim Carnes, Joey Brackner, and Judy Caudle led 146 as the closing song. Marlin Beasley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Judy Caudle.