Ayer High School Acappella Choir
Ayer High School Band
Ayer High School Pops Staged Song Productions,
Ayer Town Hall, Spring 1962

John Carton directs the Ayer High School Choir and band, also Plays the Piano for the Pops Staged Song Productions.

Recordings and Program notes:

Ayer Jr. Sr. "Spring Pops V"
Ayer Town Hall at 8:15pm
May 16, 17, 18, 1962

AHS A Capella Choir

01  Charlotte Town's Burning Down
02  Paper Reeds by the Brooks, The
03  Every Night When The Sun Goes Down
04  At The Cry Of The First Bird
05  Were You There
06  I'm Gonna' Ride That Chariot

AHS Band

07  Strike Up The Band - George Gershwin
08  Three Songs of Colonial America - Arr. Jackson - Missing
09  Prelude In Five - Philip Gordan
10  Variations on a Tune for Timpany - Maurice Gardner, Solo Timpani - Charles Austin - Missing
11  Show Tune Medely [The Music Man] - Meridith Wilson
12  Hennesey (McHale's Navey) - Sonny Burke

AHS Folk Singers

13  Rock Island Line, The
14  Hush Little Baby
15  Pat Works On The Railway
16  If I Had A Hammer
17  Universal Dream, The
18  Shadrack, Meshak, Abednego

AHS A Capella Choir in Productions

19  Hey Look Me Over - Wildcat - Missing
20  Somewhere - West Side Story
21  I Enjoy Being A Girl
22  Standin' On The Corner - Most Happy Fella'
23  Till There Was You - The Music Man
24  I Got Plenty of Nuthin' - Porgy and Bess - Missing
25  Get Me To The Church On Time - My Fair Lady
26  Party's Over, The - The Bells Are Ringing (Carole Prentiss - Solo) 

If you know of any relevant information about any of the songs or about the performances, or about the Acapella Choir history  - Please send your information to Jim Deering at: - It will be greatly appreciated!

These Recordings were made in the Spring of 1962 the recordist is currently unknown. The microphone used was a Dynaco Type BM4 Ribbon microphone, center stage, approx 10 feet above the choirs (Property AHS Music Dept.). The Recording machine used was an Ampex 970 (c. 1960) stereo audio tape recorder (Property AHS Music Dept.) This particular model was one of the very first stereo audio tape recorders mass produced. The original 1/4 inch audio tapes were duplicated in 1964 by Jim Deering on a Roberts 770 1/4 track stereo recorder (Property Jim Deering) from which these digital recordings were made. The original recordings were left in the care of the Ayer Jr. Sr. High School Music Department. Over the ensuing 50 years Jim's copies have been in storage in various garages in various states. They have been played occasionally but full restoration has not been attempted until now (time/money/technology).


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