2019 has started with a bang . . . and a surprising twist! Mike Slamka announced his retirement, and helped us welcome back Karen Breidert, who will co-direct the chorus with DeeDee Kastler. We are so thankful to Mike for a wonderful six years under his direction, and are glad to know that, while he will not be with us on a weekly basis, he will remain in the Spirit family as our coach. We look forward to a bright future under this team!
The summer has brought new opportunities for growth; one of them is our new rehearsal location. Please come visit us on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Church of the Cross, Community Christian Center, 13500 Freshman Lane (Just off of Daniels Parkway), Fort Myers, FL 33912. We would love to see you!
On April 16 Spirit of the Gulf participated in the Region 9's Convention. It was rewarding and fun day for all competitors but especially for Spirit of the Gulf who won the region's top honors of gold medal Chorus with a fantastic score of 671. Spirit will represent Region 9 at the International Competition to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2016.
The Sweet Adelines 2015 International First Place Gold Medal quartet winner Bling!, with Tenor Dayve Gabbard, Lead Angie Love-Callahan, Baritone Deanna Kastler, and Bass Kim Elger-Griffin wowed the crowd of nearly ten thousand with their tightly ringing chords, impeccable sound, and magnificent blend. After the royal and regal coronation of the members of our beloved Bling! as SAI’s newest Queens of Harmony in Baltimore on November 7, 2014, a special celebration continued here in Ft. Myers, Tuesday, Nov. 11th. Baritone singer Deanna Kastler is also the Assistant Director of Spirit of the Gulf.
With a Capella singing reigniting its popularity around the world, one of its hottest flames is the category of women’s barbershop. Celebrated with glamour, sparkle, and joyful singing at the recent Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition in Baltimore during the week of Nov. 5th, Spirit of the Gulf came away with an exciting finish in the top ten of the world’s best women’s barbershop choruses.