Students gathered to hear the music as a singing telegram for one local teacher became a school wide presentation on Valentine’s Day when a quartet from East Texas Men in Harmony showed up at Brook Hill’s lower school to sing to second-grade teacher Nelda Jones.

“I thought we were going to have a class meeting,” said Jones, “and I was called into the next room where apparently my husband had conspired with some people about doing a singing-gram.

“I did not have any idea why they were here,” she said.

Jones’ curiosity turned to surprise when she realized that the quartet was there for her. After calling her up to the front of the classroom filled with students from different classes, East Texas Men in Harmony members broke out in the song “Heart of my Heart.”

“Our favorite event of the year is our singing Valentines program,” said chorus member John Berry. “We’ll split up into three or four quartets and go all over East Texas and perform for folks, and make them cry and make them laugh. It’s just a lot of fun.”

By the time her singing valentine was over, Jones was blushing and fanning herself.

“It was absolutely beautiful, these guys are just phenomenal, and I have a great husband,” Jones said.

After their first singing Valentine at the school, the quartet moved into the Brook Hill’s rotunda to continue singing. Drawing students and staff out of their classrooms, strong male voices reverberated throughout the halls, and captivated their audience with a four-part harmony.

The East Texas Men in Harmony is a barbershop chorus that sings throughout the year at civic, community and church events.

Berry said that the chorus is constantly looking for new members.

“Our doors are always open for anyone who enjoys singing,” Berry said. “We’re an all-male chorus but if you can even carry a tune in the shower, come check us out.”

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