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Sugar Valley Singers offer Valentine’s song to your sweetheart

February 3, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — A Valentine’s surprise will occur across offices, restaurants, living rooms, street corners and classrooms Feb. 14 as the Sugar Valley Singers deliver singing valentines.

The local Barbershop Harmony Society chapter has participated in the singing Valentines for the past 30 years of the group’s 45 years in the area. They perform a love song to unsuspecting sweethearts. With each performance, the Sugar Valley Singers present the recipient with a rose and chocolates. This special service takes the Sugar Valley Singers to Torrington, Wyoming, and the Scottsbluff, Gering and Terrytown area. The singers have also performed in Bridgeport.

Dan Clark, who directs the group, shared how the group has been practicing a new song for this Valentine’s Day.

“We will have a new song this year,” he said. “We’ve probably been singing the same two songs for the last eight or nine years, so last year I thought we need to have a new song.”

The Valentine’s Day singing grams is a national effort by the Barbershop Harmony Society to share music with others, especially youth, so the beauty of chorus and quartet do not disappear.

The group has been practicing their new song “Girl of my Dreams” for the past year. The previous songs were “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Heart of My Heart.”

“It’s kind of a problem because we get a few requests from women to sing to their husband, so we have to modify the words,” Clark said.

Over the years, Clark shared how the members enjoy visiting people in the community and seeing the various reactions from the recipients.

“It’s always fun for us,” said Clark. “But the interesting thing is the difference where some people are very embarrassed or almost angry and others are tickled to death.”

As the holiday approaches and people consider what to get their spouses, parents, in-laws or bosses, Clark said the singing valentine is “Probably a much more novel valentine than they’ve had for a while,” he said. “When people think of it, they say it’s something different than our usual valentine.”

Clark asks for people to call early so they can plan their route for the day to spend more time singing and less time driving. Roughly 12 singers will perform across the valley and Wyoming for 12 hours on Valentine’s Day. A quartet will perform around the Scottsbluff area and barbershop members who live in Torrington will perform there.

The Sugar Valley Singers’ performance typically lasts between five and 15 minutes.

To purchase a singing valentine surprise for your sweetheart, contact Dan Clark at 308-641-2121. The cost is $35 and will be delivered between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Cash or check is accepted and can be mailed or paid after the performance.

Money raised from the $35 singing grams is used for chapter expenses to buy music, donate to local churches where the groups practice, and pay costs for district contests.

lauren.brant@starherald.com