SeaChordsmen Quartets

SeaChordsmen is proud to have the following quartets associated with our chorus.  They are available for booking by contacting the quartet directly.



One of the Northwest's Premiere Barbershop Quartets

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Four men with a passion for a cappella harmony have joined together to form an exceptional quartet, "4.0" (Four-Point-Oh). 4.0 combines the classically trained voices of brothers Gavin and Tyson Jensen, on lead and bass, with the veteran barbershop experience of both Ira Allen on baritone and Ted Chamberlain on tenor, resulting in a vibrant, exciting sound.

4.0 formed in August 2011, after Gavin and Ted met while singing in Seattle's Illumni Men's Chorale.  Gavin brought Tyson on board not long after the quartet formed, and Ira, Ted's good friend and former quartet mate, joined the group in May, 2012.  4.0 went on to a 4th place finish, and were named Novice Quartet Champions, at the Evergreen District contest in the fall of 2012.  In April 2013, the quartet placed first at the Evergreen District International Preliminary Contest and went on to represent the Evergreen District at the International Barbershop Quartet Contest in Toronto. In 2014, placed 2nd at the District contest, and in the spring of 2015, again placed 1st in the International Preliminary contest and will represent the Evergreen District at the International contest in July 2015.

Gavin Jensen is a classically trained singer, graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Computer Science.  He has sung in numerous acclaimed choral groups, including Choral Arts Northwest, The Tudor Choir, and Illumni Men's Chorale.  He has also sung for Pacific Northwest Ballet.  Gavin is a software engineer at Microsoft Studios and lives in Renton, WA, with his wife, Holly, and their two young boys.

Tyson Jensen is trained in opera as a lyric baritone and is also trained as a classical alto saxophonist.  He has performed with a variety of notable groups, including the Spokane and Tri-Cities Opera Companies, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Whitworth Choir, and Billings Symphony.  He is currently a member of Illumni as well as 4.0.  Tyson makes his living as an independent electronics consultant in Olympia, WA, and is the quartet’s very “eligible” bachelor.

Ira Allen has been singing barbershop harmony since 1983 and is currently a member of the Northwest Sound Chorus.  He has sung most recently with Sincerely Yours and, before that, Flashpoint, Evergreen District quartet champion (2001) and International competitor.  Ira is a pathologist and Medical Director of the Clinical Laboratory at Valley Medical Center in Renton, WA.  He lives in Bellevue, WA, with his wife, Elizabeth, and one of their two children. 

Ted Chamberlain is both a classically trained singer, with a vocal performance degree, and a seasoned barbershopper, who sang most recently with Ira in Sincerely Yours.  He is a two-time Evergreen District quartet champion (Vocal Attraction in 1989 and Vocal Magic in 2005) and has competed multiple times on the International stage.  Ted has also directed several choruses, including his current directorship of the Seattle SeaChordsmen.  Ted is a National Board Certified Choir and Orchestra teacher at Meridian Middle School in Kent, WA, and also runs a private vocal instruction (and barbershop coaching) studio out of his home.  He resides in Puyallup, WA, with his wife, Michele, and one of their four children.
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4.0 members...
Bass:Tyson Jensen
Tenor:Ted Chamberlain
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General public contact: Ted Chamberlain



Counterbalance members...
Lead:Tom Parks
Bass:Rod Heivilin
Baritone:Bill Bush
Tenor:John Osborn
General public contact: Rod Heivilin




The SeaSharp’s Quartet was formed in 2003.  We have been very active singing to an audience averaging 35,000 people a year.  Billy Gard is a very special member who is blessed (or cursed!) with perfect pitch.  He's our arranger and songwriter.

Clockwise from the top left: , Terry Baker (BS), Mike Walsh (L), Billy Gard (T), Bob Mahoney (Ba)

SeaSharps members...
Lead:Billy Gard
Bass:Terry Baker
Baritone:Bob Mahony
Bill Cranston
General public contact: Mike Walsh


Top of the Hill

Top of the Hill: Bill Bush (baritone), Billy Gard (bass), Gary Ackerman (lead), David Rice (tenor)

Top of the Hill is our newest quartet!  In our Spring Show, "GROOVY!", they sang "In My Room" to an appreciative audience.

Top of the Hill members...
Lead:Gary Ackerman
Bass:Billy Gard
Baritone:Bill Bush
Tenor:David Rice
General public contact: Gary Ackerman


ZippityDoo & Tyler Too

ZippityDoo & Tyler Too
ZippityDoo & Tyler Too members...
Lead:Tyler Salvage
Bass:Dave Heffner
Baritone:Jon Eggers
Tenor:Paul Heffner
General public contact: Dave Heffner