Chapter Quartets

Quorum

Quorum is the reigning BHS International 5th place Bronze medalists! The quartet was formed and became an official Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet in 2014. Members include Nick Gordon-Baritone, Chris Vaughn-Lead, Gary Lewis-Bass and Puck Ross-Tenor. Quorum finished in 7th place in the Barbershop Harmony Foundation’s International Quartet Contest in Nashville in July 2016. Gary Lewis (bass) has won gold three times in his barbershop career – first as the tenor of The Real Deal, winners of the Society’s MBNA Collegiate Quartet Contest in 1994 then as tenor with 2000 Champions, Platinum and again in 2007 as the baritone with Max Q. Gary, who is also the Director of the Men of Independence, was the first person to win a collegiate gold medal and go on to win SPEBSQSA International gold. He is also the only tenor/baritone double gold medalist. Chris Vaughn (lead) won international gold as a member of Gotcha in the SPEBSQSA 2004 competition in Louisville, Kentucky. Nick Gordon (baritone) won his first international gold medal as a member of Prestige, the 2011 International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet champions. Jacob “Puck” Ross (tenor) won gold in the Johnny Appleseed District’s quartet competition in 2006 as a member of The Allies.

Hot Air Buffoons

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The Hot Air Buffoons became an official  Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA) member quartet in 1996. Members include Mark Lang-Lead, Randy “Beef” Baughman-Bass, Harry Haflett-Baritone, and William “Veal” Baughman-Tenor. The Hot Air Buffoons are among the world’s top comedy quartets. They captured 14th place in the 2016 BHS International Quartet Contest in July in Nashville, Tennessee and have been among the top 50 quartets in the world for 8 consecutive years. Their first taste of barbershop gold as a quartet was in 2001 as the Buckeye Invitational Comedy Quartet Competition champions. They won gold again in 2005 as the Johnny Appleseed District Champions. Their booming bass, Randy “Beef” Baughman won international gold in 1997 as a member of Yesteryear.

Cornerstone

Cornerstone was formed in 2015 and first competed in the Johnny Appleseed District quartet contest in October 2015. Comprised entirely of Men of Independence members, they include: Fred Locker-Tenor, Chris Foisy-Lead, David Hipp-Bass and Mike Sabo-Baritone. Cornerstone performs throughout the Greater Cleveland area in shows and for local events. They competed in October 2016 in the JAD quartet contest, garnering Mic Tester honors in the fall competition. They returned in October 2017 to climb the charts and finish 6th in the District.

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business
Unfinished Business was formed in August of 2015, to “finish some business” in Johnny Appleseed contests. So far, so good. After only 8 practices, this group finished 5th in the district fall contest of 2015! In the spring contest of 2016, they were named District Senior Quartet Champs, and in the fall contest of 2016, they moved up to 2nd position in the mighty JAD. Unfinished Business recently returned from San Antonio, where they represented our district in the International Seniors Competition. The top 25 best senior quartets in the world competed, and Unfinished Business won 4th place medals in their first International competition. All 4 members are also members of the Gold medal Vocal Seniority chorus that finished first in the chorus competition in San Antonio. This past fall Unfinished Business also won the JAD Senior’s title and will return to the Mid-Winter Contest as the JAD representatives in the International Seniors Competition in San Antonio. Members are Jeff Gehm – lead (and also bass in MOI), Bob Godot -bass, George Lepsch – baritone, and Dave McKinnon -tenor.

Speakeasy

Speakeasy was formed in 2015 as a Barbershop Harmony Society quartet and has quickly captured the attention of barbershop enthusiasts with their mellow sound and unique style. Members include: Matt Cook-Tenor, Keith Parker, Jr. -Lead, Terry Keith-Bass and Kerry Conrad-Baritone. Speakeasy competed in the Fall 2016 Johnny Appleseed Division quartet contest in Cranberry, PA and captured their first medal (4th place). Their score earned them a bid to the BHS International stage in July 2017 where they finished 50th. And they added a Johnny Appleseed District Quartet District Championship this past October! Kerry Conrad (baritone) won JAD gold in 2004 as a member of the quartet, Odds On.

The Tune Squad

In September 2014, four students at BGSU decided to audition to be in a barbershop quartet (Luke Schmidt-Baritone, Dean Moore-Bass, Quintin Bouillon-Lead and Tyler Dohar-Tenor). All of them were new to this genre of singing. The Tune Squad became a quartet and learned a few songs for Men’s Chorus concerts and tours. In December 2014 they competed in the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Collegiate Competition. That following April 2015 they competed in the JAD in April and finished 2nd in their first district contest! In the summer of 2016, they announced our first lineup changes. Jonathan Lang joined the quartet as Tenor. Tyler moved up Lead and Luke changed to Baritone. In 2017 The Tune Squad qualified for the International Youth Barbershop contest and finished 15th in the world! This past October Hot Air Buffoon, Mark Lang substituted for Luke Schmidt as the group’s baritone and they garnered a 5th place finish in the Johnny Appleseed District.

Wing It

The members of Wing It formed an instant bond through their passion for music while at Solon High School in Solon, Ohio (under the direction of Gary Lewis). The quartet formed in the fall of 2016 and competed in their first Johnny Appleseed District contest in the Fall of 2017, reaching the finals and winning the 2017 Novice Quartet Championship.  Currently they are the youngest competing quartet in the district, bringing tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the stage in every performance. If you’re curious about their name – it’s borne in the vocal range of all four members; uniquely able to sing any/all parts whenever they perform. Wing It includes: Kyle Fisher (tenor), Brandon Zlotnik (lead), Giovanni Castiglione (bass) and Hollis Wilson (baritone).