Gaslight Chorus Leadership

PositionName
Board Member at LargeSteve Risser
Jeff Reimer
Matt Pfaff
Communications VPJustin Barber
DirectorPhil Ordaz
Director AssistantJohn Saylor
Guest Greeter
Immediate Past PresidentStephen Henry
Membership VP
Music & Performance VPJohn Saylor
PresidentBryan Forbes
Program VPJon Sutherland
Public Relations & Marketing VPTony Hope
SecretaryJohn Gaston
TreasurerRichard Otto


 

Board Member at Large - Steve Risser, Jeff Reimer, Matt Pfaff

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Communications VP - Justin Barber

Justin Barber

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Director - Phil Ordaz

Phil Ordaz

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Director Assistant - John Saylor

John Saylor

John learned about Barbershop in high school when a friend of his from choir asked him to sing a tag, from here he was hooked. He started singing at the local chapter in Santa Clarita, formed his first quartet "the Double Deuces" and even started a small chorus at school that rehearsed once a week at lunch. 

 

Once John graduated high school, he moved to San Luis Obispo for his higher education and sought the local chapter in the area. It was here where he met one of his best friends to this day, Logan, and really began to be immersed in the Barbershop culture. John went to his first international convention in the summer 2007 and then later to Harmony College West to further enhance his Barbershop knowledge. During these years John really focused on one aspect of the culture "tags", learning the theory of progressions so that he could memorize tags quicker and teach them to others. This cultural aspect has allowed him to make many friendships and connections across the country. 

 

In 2008 John moved to Fullerton to complete his upper division higher education where he joined the Brea chapter shortly after in 2009. He has become very involved in the chapter since then taking up leadership roles, many quartets, and even assistant directorship. He hopes to one day make it to the international stage in a quartet or participating with his chorus. 

 

John graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Music in 2014 from Cal State Fullerton and is now pursuing a teaching credential.

 

Let's sing a tag sometime!

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Guest Greeter

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Immediate Past President - Stephen Henry

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.

 

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Membership VP

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Music & Performance VP - John Saylor

John Saylor

John learned about Barbershop in high school when a friend of his from choir asked him to sing a tag, from here he was hooked. He started singing at the local chapter in Santa Clarita, formed his first quartet "the Double Deuces" and even started a small chorus at school that rehearsed once a week at lunch. 

 

Once John graduated high school, he moved to San Luis Obispo for his higher education and sought the local chapter in the area. It was here where he met one of his best friends to this day, Logan, and really began to be immersed in the Barbershop culture. John went to his first international convention in the summer 2007 and then later to Harmony College West to further enhance his Barbershop knowledge. During these years John really focused on one aspect of the culture "tags", learning the theory of progressions so that he could memorize tags quicker and teach them to others. This cultural aspect has allowed him to make many friendships and connections across the country. 

 

In 2008 John moved to Fullerton to complete his upper division higher education where he joined the Brea chapter shortly after in 2009. He has become very involved in the chapter since then taking up leadership roles, many quartets, and even assistant directorship. He hopes to one day make it to the international stage in a quartet or participating with his chorus. 

 

John graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Music in 2014 from Cal State Fullerton and is now pursuing a teaching credential.

 

Let's sing a tag sometime!

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President - Bryan Forbes

Bryan Forbes

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Program VP - Jon Sutherland

Jon Sutherland

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Public Relations & Marketing VP - Tony Hope

Tony Hope

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Secretary - John Gaston

John Gaston

My first exposure to barbershop was at La Serna High School in Whittier during a production of “The Music Man” in 1987. In July 1989 while enjoying the Uptown Festival in Whittier I heard the sound of a barbershop quartet coming from one of the booths. The gentlemen at the booth had an authentic old-fashioned barber chair positioned with a quartet singing songs to people passing by. After a short time listening one of the men passed me an invitation card and a map to where their chorus met for rehearsals. I was at the very next rehearsal and have been involved with the Society ever since.

I am one of the six founding members of the Gaslight Chorus. The founding group conceived the idea of a new chapter in late 2001 and eventually chartered the Brea Chapter in early 2002. The Chapter was eventually incorporated as a recognized chapter in the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2004.

In my professional life I work for a construction management and dispute resolution firm.

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Treasurer - Richard Otto

Richard Otto

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