- Published: Thursday, 07 July 2016 18:46
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- Paul "Buck" Sullivan
- Dan "Doc" Wilson
- Bob "Lefty" Sampson
- Carl "Dutch" Eckhardt
Cimarron Sidekicks sing your favorite songs of the silver screen, television and radio, along with the old cowboy standards we all love.
They perform selected songs made famous by Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Sons of the Pioneers and others, to bring back fond memories and recall the Old West with great vocal harmonies, foot stompin' instrumentals and plain, old fashioned, good fun!
- Published: Wednesday, 28 October 2015 20:49
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2016 FWD Qualifier
- Ray Estes (tenor)
- Trevor Way (lead)
- Timothy McMullen (bari)
- Shreyas Amin (bass)
Hot Spot came online in the spring of 2016 bringing together several members from various Far Western District barbershop quartets. Ray, Trevor, Tim, & Shreyas all hail from one of the hottest spots around, the Phoenix metro area, and together they enjoy the great companionship that comes from creating wonderful harmony together. Hot Spot strives to be an entertaining quartet singing a variety of music for fans of all ages, and hope that soon they can take an emotional ride with you via barbershop harmony.
Ray Estes, tenor, has been singing in quartets and choruses in Phoenix and Tucson for over 40 years. His most recent fame has come from being the tenor of 2016 International Senior BHS Quartet Champs, High Priority. Ray is the “class clown” of the quartet always looking for ways to get a chuckle from a crowd. Ray hopes the other guys will let him stick around, well, at least until he finds his next great quartet. Ray spends most days outside as a landscaper/general contractor and lives with his wife Rosy in Glendale. They have two wonderful daughters Rebecca and Rachel.
Trevor Way, lead, has lived all over the country always finding his way to sing barbershop with top quartets. Trevor had much success at the collegiate level and has translated that experience to the big stage. In addition to singing, Trevor is an accomplished photographer and entrepreneur, but currently pays the bills as a manger of The Club at PHX one of the top lounges at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. Trevor lives with his wife Sarah in Ahwatukee.
Tim McMullan, baritone, has transitioned to a new voice part after most recent success as the lead of Vocal Edition. Tim enjoys all the great experience singing with the quartet which he hopes to leverage with the someday-to-be-formed “McMullan and Sons” which will consist of himself and his 4 young boys. Tim’s day job is as a controller for a major retailer and he lives with his wife Erin and the boys in Peoria.
Shreyas Amin, bass, has spent the majority of his 21 years as a barbershopper in the Phoenix area after moving to the Valley from California in 2001. Shreyas certainly makes his mark in the quartet by being the most charming, best looking, funniest quartet member and most importantly by authoring all of the quartet bios. Shreyas real job is as a Services VP at a software company, and he lives with his wife Dianelle daughter Anjini, and son Kiretan in Ahwatukee.
- Published: Sunday, 17 May 2015 18:06
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2016 International Senior Quartet Champions
Formed in April of 2014, and with only four rehearsals under their belts, High Priority won the AZ SENIORS QUARTET CHAMPIONSHIP of the BARBERSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY on May 3rd, 2014, then in the October FAR WESTERN DISTRICT contest won FWD SENIORS QUARTET honors. In January 2015 HP traveled to New Orleans to compete in the BHS INTERNATIONAL SENIORS QUARTET contest. To their elation, they came in at 2nd place; and received SILVER MEDALS.
In October 2015 at the Fall Convention, High Priority was again chosen to represent the Far Western District at the BHS INTERNATIONAL SENIORS QUARTET contest in Reno. On January 30, 2016, before a huge crowd at the Peppermill Resort, High Priority stole the show with their stunning renditions of Stormy Weather and Mean to Me, and took top honors to become the 2016 INTERNATIONAL SENIORS QUARTET CHAMPION.
High Priority has decades of combined Barbershop singing experience. They are excited and enthusiastic about the quartet, and their achievments, and looking forward to many upcoming shows and performances, here at home and around the country.
Ray Estes - Tenor
Ray hails originally from California and has been singing Barbershop harmony for over 35 years. With a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern Arizona University, he's extremely knowledgeable regarding the musical arts (just ask him). Ray directed a Tucson Barbershop chorus for several years, and, singing Tenor or Baritone he's been a key element of many excellent quartets in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. The long list of quartets he's been a part of is too numerous to name here, including ones that competed on the International Stage. Suffice to say he's a popular guy in the quartet world (or locally, anyway).
Byron Bennett - Lead
Byron sang his first solo at a Hinton, IA school auditorium at the impressionable age of five, followed by a standing ovation and encore. He was hooked. Byron received vocal training at Morningside College and sang with numerous ensembles and theater groups. Byron has sung in fine Far West District quartets (some with HP's Ray Estes) including Saguaro Sound, Vocal Command, and Legacy. He is best known as Lead of Audacity Quartet, Barbershop Harmony Society's 2009 International Senior Quartet Champions. With Audacity Byron also competed in the regular International competition in 2009 and 2010. His passion for musical artistry and vocal excellence shine through in every performance.
Mark House - Baritone
Mark discovered barbershop harmony through his wife Joann, a member of Sweet Adelines International. In 2001 he joined the Phoenix chapter of SPEBSQSA (now BHS), the Phoenicians chorus, and has served in multiple capacities there, including time as a Baritone section leader. Mark quickly developed a love for quarteting, and in his first year was singing in a mixed quartet with his wife, a "performance quartet", and with Rhythm & Rhapsody Quartet, which won both AZ/SoNV/Utah Division and Far Western District Novice honors in 2002. Since then he's sung in several quartets, including the popular PHX! Quartet. High Priority is Mark's first venture into the Seniors category of quarteting, and some say his dashing silver hair adds an air of distinction to the quartet's appearance!
Dan Davenport - Bass
Unlike Byron, Dan started singing later in life (2nd grade), and was always in school choirs. Dan's dad Lew joined the Phoenicians Barbershop Chorus during Dan's high school years, and Dan attended a Phoenix show in 1973, "just to see Pop and his hokey chorus." He was surprised and thrilled at what he saw and heard, and was immediately "hooked", joining the Barbershop Society soon after. Dan spent many years singing Baritone in the chorus, and with quartets Positive Reaction, Gentlemen's Quarterly, The Promissory Notes (a Gospel group), and an earlier version of the Vocal Edition. He moved to the Bass part with the OK Chorale, Sharpshooters, Oasis, and Vocal Edition quartets. Dan's quartets have finished in the Far Western District top 10 several times, and his deep Bass voice is well known in barbershop circles.
High Priority Quartet
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Watch the Phoenicians perform to get an idea of the level of singing that the chorus delivers to its audiences.
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Visit our weekly chapter meeting, and we'll get you up and singing with us in the risers your very first night!
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The chorus is always looking for men who love to sing to join us in reaching for and finding the joy that comes from blending voices with a group of this level.
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We can perform for your church, community, organization, convention, or business. They will be talking about it for years to come!