Red Blazer Men's Chorus
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About Us

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The RBMC rehearses regularly on Thursday nights between September and May from 7:30 to 10:00 at Christ United Methodist Church in Amherst.

Besides the annual Red Blazer Varieties musical revue, the Chorus entertains various community groups, fraternal organizations, and retirement communities. We are also members of a regional consortium of male choruses in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario - combining with them in performing a common repertoire. 

In addition to rehearsals and performances, fellowship and camaraderie are part of being a member of the RBMC. Spouses/guests are invited to participate in social gatherings at our annual Christmas and Spring dinners, and our Summer picnic. 

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in learning more about singing with the Red Blazer Men’s Chorus.

FAQS

 
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Here are some frequently asked questions about the Red Blazer Men’s Chorus.

If you are thinking about singing with us, these may help answer some things for you.

 

Who can join Red Blazer Men’s Chorus?

We welcome men of any age who love to make music and who want to give back to our community.


Is reading music or being a stellar singer a prerequisite for membership?

No, many of our members learn the songs and enhance their voices during rehearsals.


What’s the criteria for joining?

Come to a rehearsal to meet the group and listen to us sing. We can assess your voice range (tenor, baritone, bass), and when you’re ready to join, you will meet with Brett Ransom, our Artistic Director, to learn more.


When and where are rehearsals held?

RBMC rehearses every Thursday from 7:30pm - 10:00pm from September through April, and are held at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Rd., Buffalo, NY 14226. Six weeks before the Red Blazer Varieties, we also rehearse on Sundays at 2pm - 5:00pm.


For what sorts of events does the Chorus perform?

We perform throughout Western New York and beyond at events like:

  • Our annual Senior Citizen Concert Series, where our performances are free to the residents, their families, and staff at senior living facilities across Erie County.

  • We host an annual “Voices for Veterans” concert to honor those who “fight to keep us free.” These concerts are free to veterans and active service men and women.

  • We also host our annual Red Blazer Varieties show in the spring and numerous other shows across the year.


Do I need to buy a red blazer?

No, we provide you with a custom fit red blazer.


What if I would like more information before I come to a rehearsal?

Please feel free to contact us at 716.406.RBMC (7262) and we'll happily answer your questions.

History

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  • 1948 - The Amherst Male Glee Club is founded by Walter E. Reitz as part of the Amherst Adult School
  • 1980 - The AMGC becomes incorporated as an independent not-for-profit organization
  • 2008 - Brett Ransom is named the new Artistic Director
  • 2013 - The AMGC changes its name to the Red Blazer Men's Chorus
  • 2017 - The RBMC celebrates its 70th season with an Alumni Concert

Our current membership is approximately 45 men from all over the Western New York area, and now includes some members from Ontario. 

Our male 4-part harmony has been heard throughout Western New York and the province of Ontario, extending to such varied places as Grand Rapids, Michigan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Marquette, Michigan.

Our repertoire is varied - from barbershop to old standards, Broadway to current music trends - our wide variety of music ensures something for everyone.

 

Artistic

Director

 
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Originally from Williamsville, NY, Brett Ransom holds his Master of Music degree from Ithaca College and his Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio University. Brett is the choir director at South Park High School. 

Brett has over 20 years of experience working with male choral ensembles including the Williamsville South Dynamics, the Singing Men of Ohio, the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, The Niagara Men’s Chorus, the Williamsville North Men’s Chorus, and the Red Blazer Men’s Chorus. 

Mr. Ransom is a member of the Erie County Music Educators Association, the New York State School Music Association, and National Association for Music Education. 

Brett resides in Williamsville with his wife Melissa, daughter Elin, and son Drew.