The Singers

(Baritone I)

Larry moved from Maryland to Tennessee in May 2010. In Maryland, he sang with the Bay Country Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus, and the the Mountain Christian Church Choir. He also sang with "His Harvesters" gospel quartet. Larry grew up in a singing family and performed with various groups in high school and college. He serves the chorus as President/Board Chair and Royalty Compliance officer.

(Tenor I)

With over 25 years of combined church ministry and music industry experience, Bruce Cokeroft comes from a rich musical heritage. As the son of international quartet champion, Gene Cokeroft of the Suntones, Bruce began singing tags and songs with his family at a very early age. He was active with the Miami, Florida chapter in the 1980s and is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. With songs and arrangements in catalogs such as Word, EMI Christian Music, Brentwood-Benson, and Alfred Publishing, he has also been privileged to work along side such notable arrangers, producers, and writers as Robert Sterling, David T. Clydesdale, Lari Goss, and Greg Nelson.  Bruce recently retired from LifeWay Music Group. Bruce no serves as Co-Founder of Encouraging Presence Ministries, a service ministry dedicated to individuals and organizations involved in local church ministry: music and worship, missions, and home school education. He is a Dove Award nominee and a current member of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers. A church music worship leader and independent artist/vocalist, Bruce lives in Smyrna, Tennessee with his wife Kellye. Bruce is one of the four founding members of the chorus and serves as tenor section leader and auditions manager. He received the coveted Member of the Year Award for 2010.


Doug grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a singing family and has participated in church choir and gospel quartets since his early teens.   His father sang tenor in a barbershop harmony chorus and quartet leading Doug to enjoy the art of a cappella singing. Moving to Nashville, TN, in 1977 Doug made his spiritual home at First Baptist Church, Donelson, and is an active member in the church music department.  Doug is retired from the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve and as an officer in the Department of Homeland Security. Doug lives in Hermitage with his wife, Trish, and two sons, Layton and Calen.  His other hobbies include motorcycle riding, hunting, shooting sports and pitching horseshoes. Doug serves the chorus as a member of the President's Council.


Growing up in the Upper Cumberland region of Middle Tennessee, a cappella harmonies are some of Paul’s earliest memories.  Going to a “Singing” always elicited excitement and anticipation of the sounds and fellowship associated with such gatherings.  Singing was a staple on a social level and in worship, thus harmonies were practiced and polished.  On Sunday afternoon family gatherings, invariably one of the cousins would begin a melody.  The others would join in, each singing a complimentary harmony.  Traveling song ministers would visit the local churches to teach sight reading by a method known as “shape notes”.   The faithful would eagerly congregate for these workshops to learn the method and sing a cappella gospel songs well into the night.  This emphasis on a cappella music and the joy that comes from singing has always been one of Paul’s singular pleasures.  Paul sang tenor several seasons with the Music City Community Chorus, directed by the renowned Renee Grant-Williams.  He enjoys coaching his sons’ baseball teams, reading, vegetable gardening and of course singing.

 (Lead II)

Tim started singing in front of the mirror in has parents bedroom at the age of three. He would sing churchhymns and imitate the song leader where his family attended worship.  He began leading singing in church at the age of 16.  Tim was a member of the McGavock High School Band playing French horn in the Wind Ensemble and the marching band. He also played in the Jazz Rock Ensemble and the Nashville Youth Symphony. He sang in the chorus two years and was a member of the Tennessee All-State Band and All-State chorus his senior year. Tim was selected to the Who’s Who Among American High School Students in 1976. After attending Middle Tennessee State University in 1977 where he sang in the Concert ChoirTim enlisted in the USAF where he began training as an air traffic controller. After separating from the Air Force, he was hired by the FAA as an air traffic controller. Tim worked in Atlanta, Georgia and moved back home to Nashville in 1990 so he and his wife Amy could be close to their families. Tim and Amy have been married 26 years and have two sons, Zachary and Parker. He serves the chorus as Assistant Treasurer, in-house photographer, and historian.

(Lead I)

Michael has been I have involved with singing groups for all of his adult life including the A Cappella Chorus at Lipscomb, The Lipscomb University Community Chorus and others. He has recorded several CD's with Faith, Family, and Friends and also performed with The Thoroughbreds Barbershop Chorus out of Louisville, KY. He serves the chorus as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Assistant Music Librarian, and the Music Evaluation Committee. Michael was awarded with the coveted Member of the Year Award in 2014.

(Emeritus Member)

Harlan is an entertainer, ensemble singer, soloist, choral director and vocal coach. He has vast experience in producing and directing live concert performances, as well as performing over two thousand a cappella singing concerts with the Suntones, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1961 International Quartet Champion.  Harlan served for many years as a faculty member of various Harmony Education Programs all over North America, as well as seven yeas on the faculty at Harmony College. His choral directing resume includes 20 years as Musical Director of the Coastmen Chorus, based in Palm Beach County, Florida. Under his leadership, the group won the Florida State Championships six times. They also competed 10 times at the International level, earning Bronze Medal Award. Harlan is the member of a select group of men who have earned International Medals as a quartet singer and as a Chorus Director. He served as Director of Music for the Royal Palm Show Chorus, also of South Florida. This group also competed at the International level. Harlan founded and directed The Vocal Gentry Ensemble Singers in South Florida and was associated with the Music Men of Greater Asheville, North Carolina. He and his wife, Sandy relocated to Nashville in April of 2008. Harlan and his son, Todd, were the first father/son International Quartet Champions in the history of the Barbershop Harmony Society. In 1986, Harlan was inducted into the Sunshine District Hall Fame. In 2005, the Suntones were inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society's Hall of Fame. Harlan was one of the four founding members of the chorus. He received the Executive Director Award from Nashville Singers in 2011 for his three years of service to the board of directors.

(Baritone I)

Taylor's love for music is no accident. His dad and his grandfather are both International Quartet Champion singers. Taylor joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2003 and quickly earned a Southwestern District Chorus Championship with the Houston Tidelanders.  After relocating to Kenosha, Wisconsin with his family in 2005, Taylor joined the Brotherhood of Harmony, a chorus based in Schaumburg, Illinois. He competed with that ensemble at the 2006 International Chorus Contest. Before graduating in 2010, Taylor played trumpet and was the captain of Nashville’s award-winning McGavock High School Marching, Symphonic, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Bands.  He was also a member of McGavock's premier singing group, Soundbytes. Taylor has worked at Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort and Treetop Adventure Park for seven years in a variety of capacities, including, lifeguard, lead guard,  Emergency Medical Technician, Operations Manager at Treetop Adventure Park and Campgrounds at Nashville Shores and currently as Account Executive. When he has any free time, he enjoys playing his ukelele and writing songs. Taylor is one of the four founding members of the chorus and serves Nashville Singers as a member of the board of directors, baritone section leader, visual performance coach, and on the music evaluation committee. He received the Best Attendance Award from Nashville Singers for 2010.

(Bass II)

Todd moved to Nashville in 2007 when the Barbershop Harmony Society relocated its headquarters operations to downtown Nashville. Todd served as Director of Marketing for the largest all-male singing organization in the world for almost five years. He currently works as a marketing, public relations, and organizational management consultant in the non-profit sector. During his 40 years of membership with the Barbershop Harmony Society, Todd has competed at the international level sixteen times, earning six International Chorus Championships with the Vocal Majority and one International Quartet Championship singing tenor with ACOUSTIX. Todd was the first second-generation International Quartet Champion in the history of barbershop singing. His father’s quartet, the Suntones won the gold in 1961. Since 1999, he has also been singing bass with the Suntones. Over the last 30 years, Todd has served as a Musical Director for five different mixed, male or female choral ensembles, including two “Top 10” finishes in international competition with the 90-voice Houston Tidelanders. He has served as a performance coach to countless quartets and choruses in the USA, Canada and Australia. For two decades, Todd’s quartet ACOUSTIX has been electrifying audiences in 11 countries around the world for 25 years.  He is a member of the Hall of Fame of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Southwestern District.  Todd served on the Society’s Board of Directors for almost three years before joining the professional staff. He has over 35 years of experience in the fields of sales, marketing and advertising. Todd serves as General Manager of Strategy and Operations for Double Diamond Marketing + Communications. He has been married to his wife Jennifer since 1989. They have two sons, Taylor and Travis.
He received the Member of the Year Award for 2009, and the Best Attendance award for 2012. He serves Nashville Singers as Executive Director, Director of Music, Webmaster, Newsletter Editor, and on the Music Evaluation Committee.

(Bass I)

Sloan has spent most of his life here in the Nashville area involved in the arts as a chorus member, studio singer, professional actor, teacher and guitar player. He was the President and Student Conductor of the Auburn University Singers while at Auburn. In 2002, Sloan moved back to Nashville and joined the Hospital Corporation of America in early 2003.  Sloan is passionate about teaching children and taught musical theater at Jan Williams School of Music and Theater in Brentwood for two years. He is also involved with the childrens drama program and music ministry at Christ Presbyterian Church. He is very active in the theater community and has appeared on stage in over 25 shows mostly at the Boiler Room Theater in Franklin. Sloan also serves as Rehearsal Director for the Nashville Choir. He enjoys golf, watching college football (War Eagle!), and hanging out with his nephew Dylan. He resides in Brentwood, Tennessee. Sloan was the President/Board Chair of Nashville Singers in 2012. He currently serves as Associate Director, Bass Section Leader, and on the Music Evaluation Committee. He received the coveted Member of the Year Award for 2012 and 2015.

(Baritone I)

Dann Zehr sang his first solo as a two year-old at First Missionary Church, Ft. Wayne, Indiana where his Dad served for 17 years as Music Minister. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree with vocal concentration, from Fort Wayne Bible College (Taylor University, Ft. Wayne Campus) under the musical tutelage of Dr. Jay Platte, Shirley Platte, Dana Collins, Marlene Everson, Deb Shaw & Dr. Ira Gerig. After college, Dann joined The Penny Loafers Quartet out of Berea, Kentucky, recorded three CDs with them including some of his own original material and traveled 20 states singing 15-20 times per month for several years.  Most importantly, he also met his wife Ashley while traveling with the Penny Loafers and then moved to Nashville in 1994.  For 18 years. he served as a regular 'lead worshipper' on various praise bands at Lifepoint Church in Smyrna. Dann sang bass at The Grand Ole Opry with The Chapman Brothers & Loretta Lynn. He normally sang that group's baritone part, but the bass singer was out of town at a wedding & the show must go on!  In the past few years, Dann has sung lead in several tributes/ tribute bands including those of Chicago, Steely Dan, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald & The BeeGees. He also played the part of barbershop quartet member Oliver Hix in the Springhouse Theatre Company's Production (formerly Lamplighters Theatre Company) of "The Music Man." Dann received the 2015 Rookie of the Year award.
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