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Silvertones reunite on a high note

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February 28th, 2009

TINTON FALLS, NJ The Silvertones, a choral group at Seabrook, may have disbanded last year, but with the upcoming arrival of a dedicated and musically talented new community member, the group has reunited for its eleventh year. Jane MacNutt, former director and pianist for the Silvertones who gave up her director s seat to channel her attention to the piano, says the demand for a choral group was strong. So strong that Seabrook Event Coordinator Barbara Chachko suggested a woman currently on the community s priority list a waiting list for people who plan to move there. She had an impressive musical background and was interested in leading the Silvertones. At Chachko s suggestion, Mary Vincelli took over the director s spot even before moving to the community. "The Silvertones are very dear to my heart, and they are a lovely group of men and woman," she says. "The biggest challenge for me is to make sure that they have a good time and enjoy the music. And if they learn in the process, all the better. I learn from them, and they learn from me." Today, 35 members make up the Silvertones. "I like the camaraderie of getting together every week," says Seabrook resident and Silvertones member Culver Hayes. "You really feel the feedback from the audience when we perform, and I really enjoy myself. We were very happy when Mary arrived; I m glad to be back singing again." "I feel thanked and honored every week that I am with the Silvertones," Vincelli says. "There isn t a week that someone doesn t thank me for coming. It s such a pleasure." "Mary is a blessing," says Silvertones member Betty Hayes. "We re so happy [to have her]." The Silvertones will take the stage for the first time this year on Saturday, March 28, after a performance by jazz saxophonist Joseph Vincelli (Mary Vincelli s son) in the Seabrook auditorium. The public is invited to attend this performance. Admission is $4 at the door, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.