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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: The Cruisin' Crooners sing all around the area

  • You name it, and they’ll sing for it.



    The “Cruisin’’ Crooners” are regulars at area nursing homes, but are also available for parties, class reunions and other festivities.

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  • You name it, and they’ll sing for it.
    The “Cruisin’’ Crooners” are regulars at area nursing homes, but are also available for parties, class reunions and other festivities.
    The trio, composed of Jim Mynatt, Mike Creel and Marsha Mauersberger, sings country and pop songs of the past and present.
    “They sing a wide variety of music, which is really good,” said Loretta Dalton, activity director at Golden LivingCenter, where the group sang Thursday afternoon.
    She said the group comes every month to entertain residents.
    “The residents love the music and remember these songs,” Dalton said. “They’ll sing along with them, and that helps their memory.”
    Mynatt, who was a designer in McNally’s Engineering Department for 22 years,  was the one who came up with the idea of forming a group in the fall of 2009, and bought the karaoke equipment.
    “What started this was that my mother spent her last days in a nursing home,” he said.
    Mynatt originally had others performing with him, and previously did a duo act with Jack Lemon as the “Karaoke Kings” for a time.
    Creel and Mauersberger are now happy to be part of the “Cruisin’’ Crooners.”
    “I started singing in church when I was 6 and stayed with it,” Creel said. “I was in some bands in the past, and Jim has been in some bands.”
    Mauersberger said she also grew up singing in church. She has been active in the Show-Me Harmony Chorus, an all-female singing group which is affiliated with Sweet Adelines International.
    The trio keeps busy.
    “We have seven gigs this week,” Mynatt said. “We were in Fort Scott Tuesday. We go as far as Chanute, St. Paul, Girard, Columbus, St. Paul, Galena, Pleasanton and Lamar, Mo. We also sang three hours at Meadowbrook Mall for the Salvation Army.”
    Another gig was a chocolate tasting event in Joplin to benefit Hospice Compassus. Mauersberger has been an active volunteer for the organization.
    But the nursing home visits are a great pleasure to them, and they make a point of greeting residents.
    “This group really connects with the residents,” Dalton said. “Sometimes the residents will make requests, and they’ll sing them. Once a girl on our staff wanted to sing, and they let her come up and do it.”
    On Thursday Mauersberger was delighted when one of the male residents got up and danced when she sang “Stupid Cupid.”
    “It’s so good to see the residents sitting there singing with us, it really lights up their face,” she said. “It doesn’t even feel like work to do this, it’s just fun.”
    Anyone interested in booking the “Cruisin’ Crooners” may contact Mynatt at 235-0354.
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