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September 23, 2003

Albany- The Dougherty High Chorale is tuning up for a major performance.

Director Mark Butler had about a week and a half to put it together. But he got the job done.

"I did walk around for two days going this is an honor, but what are we going to do Lord," Butler said during the group's last rehearsal Tuesday afternoon. "What are we going to do to get this accomplished."

Congressman Sanford Bishop invited the group to sing at the nation's Capital at the 33rd Congressional Black Caucus.

"It's also a joy to know that your people really do care about you and they're out there supporting you," Butler said.

To these students, an opportunity to take their talent on the road is another chance to make their voices heard, and more importantly, to make their voices stronger by being in tune to each other.

"In order to have great sound, you have to be one person," said Raquel Ewings, a sophomore. "And that requires unity."

But creating great sounds, requires a great leader, a role that seems easy for Mr. Butler.

"He's patient," said Tim Hardwick, a senior and the bass section leader. "He's willing to work with each and every one of us no matter what the situation, no matter what the case."

And in this case, it meant taking a just a little time to prepare a lot of talent.

posted at 10:20 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com