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Don Kirkpatrick, lead singer, croons along with other members, from left, Jim Shubert, Bob Byron and Bob Rose Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at the Slade residence in Naples, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'

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Corey Perrine/Staff Don Kirkpatrick, lead singer, croons along with other members, from left, Jim Shubert, Bob Byron and Bob Rose Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at the Slade residence in Naples, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which "Story of a Rose" and "Let me Call you Sweetheart," are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of "snow birds." They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. "We're not going to make a living doing this," Shubert said. "It's just something we do, to keep us busy."

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Don Kirkpatrick, lead singer, croons along with other members, from left, Jim Shubert, Bob Byron and Bob Rose Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at the Slade residence in Naples, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Pat Jenkins is surprised at her door before bing serenaded Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at her home in Estero, Fla. A barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones.
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From left, Bob Byron, Jim Shubert and Don Kirkpatrick get ready before singing Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at a home in Estero, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Jim Shubert is seen in the lobby Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at The Retreat at Bentley Village in Bonita Springs, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Pat Jenkins, center left, and her husband Jim Jenkins, center right, are framed between Don Kirkpatrick, left, and Bob Byron, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at their Spring Run Golf Club home in Estero, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. 'I was just amazed,' Pat said. 'I had no idea what was happening, I've never been so excited in all my life.' They came and sang three songs. Two of their most popular songs is 'Heart of my Heart' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart.'
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Members depart The Retreat at BentleyVillage in Bonita Springs to head to a home in Naples Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at , Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Eve Stewart looks through the window while eating to witness singers Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at The Retreat at Bentley Village in Bonita Springs, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.' 

'They were wonderful, I wish they sang a little longer,' Stewart said.
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From left, Susan Byron smiles next to Joan Bruning and Toddy Strudevant Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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After receiving a rose, Pat Loughran, center, is sung to Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at the Retreat at Bently Village in Bonita Springs, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.' According to Kathy Doherty, Loughran's home health aide, from quartet member Don Kirkpatrick, 'She said, 'Thank you this is a miracle from God. She was down in the dumps lately. This is the highest we've seen her,'' Kirkpatrick said came from Doherty.
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Ele Fox applauds the entertainment Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at The Retreat at Bentley Village in Bonita Springs, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Jim Shubert, center, and Bob Byron walk into the Slade residence Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Naples, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Quartet members are reflected in a table Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at , Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Jim Shubert blows on a pitch pipe Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at the Jenkins' residence in Estero, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Heart of my Heart' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. Shubert arranges the music for the group sometimes in a lower key due to range constraints. B flat is 'the concert key' for the group a starting position easy to work off of with several pieces.
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From left, Bob Byron, Jim Shubert and Don Kirkpatrick wait for the next gig to start Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Marinda Brandariz, center, claps alongside fellow resident, Ginny Schwarzmann, left, after viewing a performance Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at The Retreat at Bentley Village in Bonita Sptings, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Pat Jenkins, center right, thanks Don Kirkpatrick for performing while Bob Rose, right, is thanked by Jim Jenkins Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at , Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Linda Slade thanks Bob Byron with a hug Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at her Naples, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Pat and Jim Jenkins are seen serenaded in their home Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Estero, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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A rose is held by Linda Slade while being serenaded at her home Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Naples, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Pat Jenkins, left, and husband Jim Jenkins, laugh at comical lyrics while being sung to Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at their home in Estero, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Pat Jenkins, left, and her husband Jim Jenkins are delighted to be serenaded to Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at their home in Estero, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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From left, Jim Shubert, Bob Byron, Don Kirkpatrick and Bob Rose perform at the Bonita Bay Club for Dorothy Durako, bottom left, and Jean Scanlon and guests Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Don Kirkpatrick is hugged by Linda Slade after performing at her Kensington Golf & Country Club home Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 in Naples, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'
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Jim Shubert is seen in the lobby Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at The Retreat at Bentley Village in Bonita Springs, Fla. The for hire barbershop quartet, The Tropical Depressions, surprises dozens of neapolitans each year by singing love songs to them in public or at their work as a gift from loved ones. They usually sing one to three songs of which 'Story of a Rose' and 'Let me Call you Sweetheart,' are popular favorites. They formed as a offshoot from the Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus. Jim Shubert said he wanted to create a quartet after leaving Illinois in 2009 and composed of singers who lived here full time since the Coastmen is largely composed of 'snow birds.' They foursome formed in the spring of 2010 and have been singing since. 'We're not going to make a living doing this,' Shubert said. 'It's just something we do, to keep us busy.'

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