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Heroes including late sheriff's Deputy John Mecklenburg honored at Nov. 12 show by Hernando Harmonizers

The Hernando Harmonizers will perform at Saturday’s show, which in addition to being a benefit for the Mecklenburg family, will also honor other local heroes.

Photo Courtesy Tom Rooney

The Hernando Harmonizers will perform at Saturday’s show, which in addition to being a benefit for the Mecklenburg family, will also honor other local heroes.

SPRING HILL — Earlier this year, as they were planning their annual concert, the Hernando Harmonizers intended for the theme to be honoring local heroes.

But when Hernando County sheriff's Deputy John Mecklenburg was killed in the line of duty July 3 during a chase, the focus of the group's 10th annual show shifted.

"We had come up with the idea of honoring local heroes before (Mecklenburg) died," said chorus manager Tom Rooney, who will also serve as the show's master of ceremonies. "But after (Mecklenburg's death), we decided we really needed to do something more."

The show, Heroes in Harmony, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northcliffe Baptist Church, is dedicated to Mecklenburg's memory. All of the proceeds, along with donations the chorus has been collecting over the past several months, will be donated to the deputy's widow, Penny, and their two young children, Andrew and Jessica.

"We're crossing our fingers and toes hoping this will be a significant donation," Rooney said.

Along with Mecklenburg, the show will honor several other local heroes, including a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, a teacher and someone who assisted in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"The whole idea is heroes come in all shapes and forms and sizes," Rooney said.

The Harmonizers are a men's barbershop chorus, and they sing a cappella four-part harmony. Along with the 30-member chorus, there will be performances by several quartets, including the Pine Chords, Sunset and Soundbyte.

The first half of the show kicks off with an honor guard, with the chorus singing upbeat barbershop songs — happy songs, Rooney said, which express hope and renewal. There will be a hero tribute, as well as a 9/11 tribute.

The second half of the show will include a tribute to fallen soldiers, local heroes who have lost their lives fighting for their country.

Along with the variety of popular barbershop songs, the chorus will perform some old-time favorites, such as An Irish Lullaby (Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra), I Believe, What a Wonderful World, Battle Hymn of the Republic, a medley of armed forces songs and America the Beautiful.

"This concert is really very special to us," he said. "It's not just donating the money to Penny, but putting together the very best show we can. And I believe we have."

>>IF YOU GO

Heroes in Harmony

What: A benefit show for

the Mecklenburg family by

the Hernando Harmonizers

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill

Admission: Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door

Information: Contact Tom Rooney at (352) 277-3120 or rooneyinmb@yahoo.com

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