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The Brotherhood Band and the Brotherhood Chorus
Among the thousands of participating Arrowmen, there are a select few that
have voluntarily given up other NOAC activities to serve their brothers through the
Brotherhood Band or the Brotherhood Chorus.
The Brotherhood Band had been a part of NOAC for many years, but in the
late 80's had started to decline. For the 1992 NOAC, Randy Decker was asked to restart
the program. That year the band had only 35 members, and limited performances. Over
the next three Conferences, the band grew and grew, and became once again a featured part
of NOAC. The 1998 NOAC Brotherhood Band consists of over a 120 participants and
||"Being a school teacher, I come for the youth. Sure I have
fun doing this, but I am mainly here to enrich the lives of every member of the
Brotherhood Band."--Randy Decker, Director
The participants of the band play a pre-show concert every night and also
present a parade during Founders Day. All members that participate fully receive a
limited edition commemorative Brotherhood Band and Chorus neckerchief. This neckerchief
can only be earned through the Brotherhood Band and Chorus program.
Full Band Photo
|"The Brotherhood Band is one of the best aspects of
the NOAC shows"-- Ricky
Map denotes band members home town
|"The Brotherhood Band is an interesting part of NOAC,
if you are musically inclined. To see musicians from all over the nation come together and
beautifully play a piece of music with minimal rehearsal is an amazing sight to
|The Brotherhood Chorus also has over 120 members and is under the
direction of Alan Eggleston from La Porte, Indiana and Sakima Lodge #573.
Alan is a District Executive and a former Professor of Music at the University of
|This year's chorus is the biggest ever. They rehearse for a solid hour
every day and have performed four to five times a day at events such as the VIA Lunch, the
DSA dinner, the opening of the OA Museum, the Section Officers and Advisers Dinner and
tailgate parties. The Chorus will perform at the Professional Scouters Dinner,
Founder's Day and the closing show.
People choose to be part of the Chorus for many reasons - "love of music",
"the very high quality of the music"," because it requires a sense of
discipline"," the follow through","and because the young men want a
chance to live up to the high expectations."
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