The Great Bend High School Madrigal-Pops Singers were about to launch into a version of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” on Wednesday, as they sang for the Great Bend Kiwanis Club, meeting at Walnut Bowl. Choir Director Susan Stambaugh admitted that it actually didn’t look much like Christmas that day; with the dust blowing, some said it looked like the 1930s.
Wednesday was the select choir’s last performance of the season. Stambaugh credited her students for their hard work, noting, “they’ve always set aside the time.”
The choir sang “Happy Birthday” to Kiwanian Joe Boley, who turned 90 years old on Dec. 14. Stambaugh reminded the club members and students that Boley is a retired band director and they worked together at GBHS. “He was the co-director that helped start our variety show.”
The Madrigals were accompanied by Lindsay Luttrell on the keyboard. They finished their program with the group’s longtime signature song, “Reach Out and Touch.”
As for Boley, he was serenaded with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” again on Thursday, at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee.