A Turtle’s History
Bruce Ferko was born Sept. 21, 1956; he passed away from Covid 19 complications on Jan. 28, 2021 joined the Turtle Creek Chorale on Aug. 1, 1992 as a bass. He sang through July 1995. He returned as an active member on Aug. 21, 2018 and sang through December 2019 when he moved to Arizona. His first concert was “Pipes” in October 1992; his last performance was “”40 Years of Fa La La.”
Bruce was never a soloist nor an officer, but he was featured in several roles during his tenure. In December 1992 in “Magic!” he played the part of a reindeer. The following June 1993 he was a dancer in the “Monks” skit. In that year’s production of “The Wizard o Oz he played the role of an Ozian manicurist. A year later in December 1994 Bruce was a Sugar Plum Fairy in the concert “Blast from the Past & Bests from the Future.” After his return to performing, in March 2019 in “Blinded” he sang “Landslide” with a group. Finally, in “40 Years of Fa La La,” he returned to the role of a “signing” monk.
During his hiatus, in December 2004, Bruce updated the members of the TCC with news of his activities. In his own words, Bruce wrote: “
I have earned a second masters degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University in 2003. I have been teaching for 26 years and am presently working on my Doctorate in Elementary Education. I am presently working with Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.About Alumni in TCC:
I was a Bass in the Turtle Creek Chorale. I was very privileged to sing with the Chorale. I held no leadership positions or sang any solos, however I have held close the memories of my times in the Chorale.” Obviously, sixteen years after writing this, Bruce decided to return to his many friends still singing. This writer rememebers vividly sitting with Bruce at several rehearsals as he looked around, amazed at all the new faces.
Those of us who were around during Bruce’s first tour, will never his role as Babs McDermott in the most unforgettable retreat show ever, some would say, when Bruce dressed in a Scottish lass’ short-skirted tartan outfit, weighing in at over 300 lbs., did a thunderous tap dance routine ending in his doing the splits. Bruce later reprised the act with a grown up Babs in the Miss Big Thickette Pageant of 1994.