If you participate in any of the chat threads for the teams that I'm involved with, you'll have seen me refer to the Drifters. You might be wondering just what that is (I know some of you certainly know what I'm talking about).
The Drifters is a small choir formed 25 years ago or so (not exactly sure of the date) by an older gentleman who had a heart for pastoral care especially to those in nursing and retirement homes. He liked to go in to do a little service on occasion but he also wanted to bring them some music, so he got a small group of people together to sing and called them the Drifters. I'm not sure how many homes they group originally visited but over time it has evolved into a choir that visits five nursing-retirement homes each month to present a program of secular and sacred music, I knew the gentleman, Tom, who started the group as we both sang in the same church choir and I often heard him refer to his "Drifters". I think he gave them that name as they just "drifted" from place to place to sing a few songs.
A dear friend of mine who sadly passed away almost six years ago, was involved in the group for a number of years, and two years after I retired asked me if I wanted to join them.
I have always loved singing and music - sang my first solo when I was 9 years old at Sunday School . I've been involved in three church choirs over the year as a youth, young adult and adult. I sang in the choir of the church I attended for just over 20 years until I left the church.
It was fun to get involved in a small choir that has less pressure than a church choir and does a wide variety of music. We try to perform as flawlessly as possible but not everyone reads music (luckily I had the opportunity to take a few years of piano) and gaffes do happen! Fortunately our audiences are VERY forgiving and it's most satisfying to be able to brighten up their day and have them sing along.
Our former director had health problems on and off for a few years before finally having to relinquish his duties about three and a half years ago. Because I had done some directing of school choirs when I taught and was comfortable enough with the role, I filled in for him when he was unable to be there and "inherited" the role of director when he retired.
We've had many members come and go over the 11 years that I've been involved with the choir, but we all have one thing in common - we like to sing and bring some smiles to those who now reside in nursing and retirement homes. I'm happy to say that some of those residents have told me they look forward to our visits.
I'm happy that I'm able to share my love of music and singing with others a few times a month and will carry on as long as I'm able.
P. S. Losing weight and being fit and healthy gives me the stamina I need to fulfill my role.