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Two decades of music

Walter Osmond is one of the original members of the St. James men's choir in Port aux Basques.
Walter Osmond is one of the original members of the St. James men's choir in Port aux Basques.

For 21 years, the men's choir at St. James Anglican has entertained the community and raised money to support the church.

Walter Osmond is one of a handful of choir members involved since its inception.
"I got a call from Chris," Osmond said, referring to Christine Buffett, who has directed the choir for 21 years. Osmond said Buffett asked if he'd be interested in joining a new men's choir at the church.
"I volunteered," he said.
Before joining the choir, Osmond said he was part of a small group that looked after the parish hall and raised money to support it. He said in a two-year span, they were able to give $25,000.
Osmond said the choir has held concerts, a dinner theatre and recorded a CD, which has made its way all over Canada through family and friends. All told, the choir raised $7,000 through sales of the CD. All of that went back to the church and was used to purchase a new window.
There's no denying the popularity of the group's performances, as Osmond said the concerts usually attract at least 200 people.
The choir performs many kinds of music, and Osmond said a variety of instruments have accompanied the group over the years.
Osmond said the group is "a good crowd of boys," and despite the loss of a handful of members over the years, the choir is still going strong.
"You couldn't ask for better."
He also credited Buffett for her work in keeping the group going.
"I think Chris has done a good job for putting up for 21 years with 25 to 30 average men," he said with a laugh.
Buffett said she enjoys the choir, adding the men's voices all blend together well.
She also praised Osmond for his commitment.
"He's one of the hardest workers we've had," she said.
The group performs in the fall, wrapping things up with a concert just before Christmas.
bryan.tait@tc.tc

Walter Osmond is one of a handful of choir members involved since its inception.
"I got a call from Chris," Osmond said, referring to Christine Buffett, who has directed the choir for 21 years. Osmond said Buffett asked if he'd be interested in joining a new men's choir at the church.
"I volunteered," he said.
Before joining the choir, Osmond said he was part of a small group that looked after the parish hall and raised money to support it. He said in a two-year span, they were able to give $25,000.
Osmond said the choir has held concerts, a dinner theatre and recorded a CD, which has made its way all over Canada through family and friends. All told, the choir raised $7,000 through sales of the CD. All of that went back to the church and was used to purchase a new window.
There's no denying the popularity of the group's performances, as Osmond said the concerts usually attract at least 200 people.
The choir performs many kinds of music, and Osmond said a variety of instruments have accompanied the group over the years.
Osmond said the group is "a good crowd of boys," and despite the loss of a handful of members over the years, the choir is still going strong.
"You couldn't ask for better."
He also credited Buffett for her work in keeping the group going.
"I think Chris has done a good job for putting up for 21 years with 25 to 30 average men," he said with a laugh.
Buffett said she enjoys the choir, adding the men's voices all blend together well.
She also praised Osmond for his commitment.
"He's one of the hardest workers we've had," she said.
The group performs in the fall, wrapping things up with a concert just before Christmas.
bryan.tait@tc.tc

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