Gaslight Chorus Leadership
Board Member at Large - Justin Barber, Larry Carlson
Communications VP - Tony Hope
Director - Phil Ordaz
I began my music career at USC, playing in its famous marching band, concert band and jazz band. Then I went to school with Mort Burtís son who invited me to a Whittier show in spring of 1982. It was a great show and I was wowed by what I heard. In September of that year, I joined the Whittier Chapter and the Society with my then future father-in-law.
As a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for more than 25 years, I have performed in and coached many quartets, and have earned a gold medal in chorus competition. I have also worked as a show producer, chorus director, arranger and certified music judge for the Society.
After leaving the Whittier Chapter, I suggested the idea of a chapter in Brea to Nick Papageorge, and the rest, as they say, is history.
I work for Vons (yes, Iím a retail grunt) and I teach high school biology for Biola Universityís STAR program. I also run Youth Worship Arts at my church.
Other than barbershop, I play saxophone or clarinet when I can. I played in marching and jazz bands in college and I have done some theater. Hey, I once directed the LA Philharmonic! Of course, thereís the occasional musical theater thing, and my son and I have shot off some model rockets. I also like watching and playing a little baseball.
Director Assistant - John Saylor
Guest Greeter - Jon Sutherland
Immediate Past President - Ken Briggs
Membership VP - Jon Sutherland
Music & Performance VP - John Saylor
President - Stephen Henry
I was raised with singing as part of my family life. Whenever we get the family together, we sing. We sing at church, at school, in the car. Music is part of us. Every couple of years we would travel to Indiana to visit the family. Whenever we visited my mother's aunt, my sister and I would watch her video of 'The Music Man' while the grown-ups talked in the other room. We never got tired of it and one of the best parts of the show was the Barbershop quartet. I have always had an innate appreciation and attraction to close, intricate and interesting harmonies and that describes Barbershop style singing perfectly. But for years Barbershop quartets and their delightful music remained a novelty to me; a rare and elusive treasure. So the joy of Barbershop slept.
Throughout my high school and college days, I was involved in theatrical productions: 'Godspell', '7 Brides for 7 Brothers', 'Westside Story', 'HMS Pinafore', et. al. I graduated from BIOLA University in 1997 with a major in Intercultural Studies (with an Anthropological Linguistics focus) and a minor in Communications. In July of that year, I started working at El Monte RV where I continue to work as the Assistant Manager of Reservations. I have been blessed with the opportunity to participate in numerous productions in various Theaters in the area: Whittier, Downey, Fullerton, La Habra, Covina and Glendora. In 2004 the Downey Civic Light Opera staged a production of 'The Music Man' and I was delighted not only to be a part of it, but was beyond ecstatic to play the part of Jacey Squires (the tenor of the Barbershop quartet). This was my first opportunity to actually participate in a Barbershop quartet and I adored it.
I have had other roles that I thoroughly enjoyed playing: Christ in 'Godspell', Inspector Hubbard in 'Dial "M" for Murder'; Ernst Ludwig in 'Cabaret'; Mr. Bratt in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' and Corporal Schultz in 'Stalag 17'; but none could match the shear exhilaration of Jacey Squires in 'The Music Man'. It was certainly the most musically challenging role that I have had so far and I have never felt so devoted to the character and to the three other actors who were part of the Barbershop quartet. For the whole run, we were inseparable and were constantly honing our craft whenever we weren't on stage. Even now, whenever we see one another, we cannot help but bring up the wondrous time we had. Much to the credit of our musical director, he brought in a professional 4th generation Barbershopper to help fine-tune our technique and give us some key insights as to what makes Barbershop style singing unique as well as some fascinating and helpful facts about its origin and history.
My Family and I attend Whittier Area Community Church where I am a member of the choir along with Doug Wolven. In November of 2008, Doug approached me after choir rehearsal one evening asking if I would like to participate in the Christmas production of the Gaslight Chorus of which he was a part. I agreed and had an absolutely fantastic time. Shortly after the New Year, I started regularly attending Gaslight Chorus rehearsals. I enjoyed it so much, I signed up to join the chapter as soon as I could.
This is such a blessing and a delight. I am so very thankful for the opportunity to get together with such a great bunch of guys who share the same passion for harmony. Every time we have a rehearsal, I don't want the time to end. I leave with a huge smile on my face, anxiously anticipating the next time.
Program VP - Jeff Reimer
Public Relations & Marketing VP - Tony Hope
Secretary - Richard Otto
Treasurer - Bob Dobson
I was born, raised and educated in Southern California. Yes, I am a rarity. I grew up in Hacienda Heights and was in the first 4-yr graduating class of Los Altos High School, of which I was valedictorian. While there, I played in all three sports, specializing in baseball. I was All-League shortstop three years and All-CIF for two years. After graduation I went to USC on a part academic/part athletic scholarship. I had the privilege of playing with some of the games greats: Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman & Jim Barr. A degree in Business Administration was also great.
For thirty plus years I have been in the wholesale flooring business and am now ready for retirement. During all those years, my two passions have been golf and music. After singing in our church choir for nearly twenty years, my good friend Ken Olson invited Bob Tomes and me to try barbershop. Wow, what an experience! I loved it from the get-go. Those harmonies; those chords; I was hooked. I look forward to Tuesday nights and our various performances. We have a great bunch of guys, a great director, and great music to perform. What could be better?