Potter Club Song
The Story, Now even Longer
We have finally been able resurrect the Potter Club Song! We have had the words, all along, and most of the Albany group could manage recalling the melody, but the actual sheet music was not to be found. Howie Lynch, 1943, had sung the song years ago, as he remembered it, to a music teacher who transcribed it from Howie's rendition. That handwritten score was put into a computer composing program that can print the music and play it back. The results were still wide of the mark. Milan Krchniak, 1953, gave it a whirl, humming it for yet another music teacher. Milan was, after all, the Potter Club Chorus Director back in those days. The result was closer to recollections, but still needed tweaking. After tweaking, and tweaking, and tweaking, we think we have a reasonable facsimile of the original, one we think Raymond Hughes, `36 and James VanDerPoel, `37, might find acceptable.
Below are the words, the sheet music,
and the music. The sheet music is in PDF format, which you should be
able to view with Adobe Reader. The music should open in programs such as
Windows Media Player.
Click on the links below for the sheet music and for the music played by computer in a piano voice.
Please let us know how all this works out for you. We are still entertaining feedback for improvement.
And, if you will be attending the 80th Reunion, practice, practice, practice. If you are unable to attend the 80th Reunion, practice, practice, practice (and sing along with us from home, or wherever you are, Saturday, October 1, 2011, probably about 8:30 P.M. EDT.)
The latest!!! Now an
actual audio recording of the Potter Club Chorus has surfaced thanks to David
This recording features three songs prepared for the Christmas Sing, 1954, conducted by W. David Borden, `55.
These included: Hanover Winter Song; The Birthday of a King; and The Potter Club Song.
We are seeking information from anyone who remembers this event, listened to the Christmas Sing, or sang in the chorus.
Potter Club Chorus won the Christmas Sing at that 1954 event.
Also on the tape are three songs by a Potter Club Quartet.
The songs include: Ride in the Chariot; Now the Day is Over; and Vive le Compagnie
Bob Sage, `55, says the quartet included: John Flanagan, `56; Sam Krchniak, `56; Sven Sloth, `54; and Bob Sage, `55
Bob says the quartet's sole public performance was at a Potter Club Ball (He didn't mention the year. 1954?)
We don't believe there is any issue with the copyright status of Hanover Winter Song. If a complaint arises we will comply.
Click on the links below for these songs to listen to the music.
Hanover Winter Song The Birthday of a King Potter Club Song
Ride the Chariot Now the Day is Over Vive le Compagnie
Potter Club Song, the words
words by Raymond Hughes, 1936
music by James VanDerpoel, 1937
Rise up lads, our pledge to renew.
Lift your voices in joyous strain;
We'll clasp each hand in friendship true
and join in the sweet refrain.
Ne’er were lads more richly blest.
Firm we stand as comrades bound;
so affirm the vow, renew the quest,
with cheers let the heav'ns resound.
Potter men we here declare,
"Friendship, faith, sincerity"
And in this we'll ever more keep trust
to the dawn of eternity.
Potter Club Song, the Sheet Music (PDF file) Potter Club Song, the music (MIDI file)