70 years of song with the TotemAires


70 years of song with the TotemAires

The only requirement to join the TotemAires is an interest in barber shop music and a willingness to be an active participant in the all-male singing group.
Rehearsals take place every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9:30 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Tacoma, and anyone interested in joining the group is encouraged to attend one of the weekly rehearsals. Singing and non-singing guests are always welcome.
“We are the oldest acapella men’s chorus in the Northwest,” said TotemAires president Ed Gentz, who has led the group for two years.

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