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)
Although there have been occasional personnel changes, the Washington Squares have been active for more than 20 years, not only on chapter shows but for many other groups as well. Several years ago the quartet visited the office of Mayor Norm Rice to represent all Barbershoppers as the mayor signed a proclamation recognizing April as Harmony Month. Currently, the quartet includes Howard Scheinholz on tenor; Jim Smith, lead; Bud Haynes, bari; and John Devitt, bass.
Howard Sheinholz, Jim Smith, John Devitt, Bud Haynes
Contact - Jim Smith
Far Shore Four
Paul Renhard, lead, lives in Seattle and retired after many years with REI. He has sung in other quartets and sings now with the Seattle Seachordsmen and the Bellevue Northwest Sound Chorus, where he is the current chapter president. Brian Ayers, baritone, is a retired Monroe high school teacher, and has served as a front line director and section leader. Currently, he is Bellevue’s Music Librarian and Assistant Director. Brian has also been a long-time member of several quartets, such as the Evergreen Express. Dick Merritt, tenor, and Chuck Benson, bass, are both major contributors to the Evergreen District. They are members of the Close Harmony Tradition quartet that won the International Senior Championship in 1987. Additionally, they are both members of the Evergreen District Hall of Fame. Dick, a retired engineer for Boeing who lives in Bellevue, was also Chairman of the 1983 International convention that was held in Seattle. Chuck, a Seattle resident, can be found volunteering at the Seattle Art Museum. All four of these men have earned the Bachelor of Barbershop Harmony award for their involvement in barbershopping for a collective 150+ years in the Society. In 2003, the quartet was crowned as Division II Senior Quartet Champions.
Dick Merritt, Paul Renhard, Chuck Benson, Brian Ayres
What's Cookin' is a group of singers that ends each rehearsal with a meal, so it's natural to ask, "what's cookin'?" With tenor Ed Dierdorff , leads Pete Gasparrelli and Tom Parks, baris Mike Cummings and Hiep Tran, and bass Rod Heivilin, it's as much fun to ring a chord as it is to ring the dinner bell.
Left to right: Mike, Rod, Pete, Ed, the other Mike
Here we are singing at the 2012 Big Gig, at the Triple Door.
Raining SoundsBarbershop Quartet was formed in the fall of 2007 under the tutelage of Stan Wagner, a tenor and long-time member of the Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus. Stan is now the coach of our quartet. Jeff Meigs is the tenor, Jack McPherson is the lead, Bill Bush is the baritone, and Dave Heffner brings his deep, rich bass to the quartet.