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Barbershop show celebrates 40 years

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters members pride themselves on their unique costumes, like these Confederate soldier uniforms.The Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters will present their 40th anniversary reunion show, “Thanks for the Memories” this Saturday.

Chuck Olson of Forest Grove co-founded the group four decades ago and has been touring and performing since. Currently, there are about 35 men in the TVHM, ranging in age from their early 20s to their mid-90s.

“We’ve done a lot of really fun things over the years,” said Olson, who was the group’s chorus director for many years and came up with costume ideas that ranged from chickens to knights to bikers. Olson even dressed as Little Bo Peep while the rest of the men donned sheep costumes.

“We’ve always sung songs from the heart,” Olson said. “That’s what barbershop is.”

Jim Macmillan, the group’s president, hopes to attract a big audience for the show, including a younger crowd. “The barbershop style is so wonderful, so unique, so American,” MacMillan said. “It’s beautiful entertainment.”

Special guests include the Tualatones, Overtime and Penny Arcade.

“We love what we do; I believe it keeps us alive,” said Olson, 79. “A lot of the guys — that’s all they’ve got is to sing. That and the fellowship. It gives them something to live for.”

The event will take place at Glencoe High School, 2700 N.W. Glencoe Road in Hillsboro. The 2 p.m. show is $12 and the 7 p.m. show is $16. Purchase tickets at tualatinvalley.com, 503-357-4407 or at the door.

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