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.
CHAD BENNETT (Tenor II)
A recent transplant to Tennessee, Chad Bennett is a multi-faceted entertainer who has performed with multiple groups around the world. With a background in vocal performance and musical theater, and as a proficient player of many instruments, it's no surprise that he has a passion for singing and entertainment of all kinds. Chad is probably best known for his 18 years as a four part singer with the Dapper Dans of Main Street USA at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando FL. A member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Chad has several District quartet championships, competed at the International Convention nearly twenty times, and won the International Collegiate Quartet contest with Heritage Station in 1993. He currently serves on the Sunshine District Board of Directors as the Executive VP. Before that, Chad spent 13 years planning and executing countless District events and conventions. As a professional musician, he is a lead vocalist and plays guitar with the Landsharks, a popular Jimmy Buffet/Beach Boys tribute band. He also plays bass and sings historic music of the sea with the Rusty Cutlass pirate band. Chad is also the main vocal and instrumental sub for Let's Hang On!, America's number one Frankie Valli tribute. Growing up in West Virginia, he became an avid outdoorsman, and continues to enjoy nature today. Chad and his wife Kristi live in Hendersonville, TN with their daughter Vivian and her best buddy Desmond the papillon.
BRUCE COKEROFT (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.
LENNY FARMER (Baritone I)
Lenny and Elaine were married in November of 1999 and live in Smyrna, Tennessee. Together they have four children, Jill, Joy, Joshua and Jordan. They also have 3 grandchildren, who just happen to be the apple of their eyes. He was born in North Carolina in 1952. His education consisted of many elementary schools living in a military home, and he attended high school in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lenny holds an Associate degree from Anderson University, Anderson, SC; a Bachelor degree from Erskine College, Due West, SC; a Master of Church Music degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY; a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, NC. Lenny is a bi-vocational minister at LifePoint Church in Smyrna, where he serves as the Minister to Senior Adults. His duties involve caring for and ministering to senior adults above 55 years of age. He also preaches the Sunday Evening “traditional” worship service. He works full-time as a Certified Pre-Arranging Consultant selling insurance underwritten funeral policies at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro, TN. Lenny serves the chorus as a member of the President's Council, a member of the Membership Committee, and Celebration Coordinator. He received the Rookie of the Year Award for 2012.
WILLIAM MASSIE (Lead II)
Conyers, Georgia native William Massie is a new addition to the Nashville Singers lead section. Appreciation for music was prominent in William’s family. His mother was a choir teacher, composer, and accompanist. He started singing at eight years of age and developed his skills by performing in choirs at school, his church, and also with the Spivey Hall Children's Choir. This experience and dedication led to William being selected for Georgia Governors Honors Program in his junior year of high school, one of just eight male singers in the entire state to receive this honor. Performing with various high school groups led to domestic tours to Washington D.C., Florida and Canada, as well as international tours to Italy, Austria, and the Czech Republic. William initially pursued a vocal performance degree at Kennesaw State, which included performing the lead in two different operas at the university. He eventually changed majors and graduated with a BA in management and entrepreneurship. Since July of 2013, William has been working with Jersey Mike's Subs, a franchise with more than 750 locations open and in development across the United States. Massie is now an Operating Partner responsible for managing multiple franchise locations.
DEREK MEDEIROS (Lead I)
Derek Medeiros graduated from Belmont University with a BBA in Music Business/Audio Engineering and a Minor in Music. He has been around music since day one, trying desperately as a toddler to bang out the notes and sing along to Happy Birthday for his father on a small Fisher Price xylophone. Since then, he’s tried at every chance to can get to surround himself with music, from the Youth Performing Arts high school stage to Christmas at Belmont. His first job was as an Opera Singer at Macaroni Grill, however he has performed in various capacities as a singer and a keyboard player in both Nashville and Louisville. At Belmont, he was one of 12 members of the pop vocal ensemble “Company” and the chorister for the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He was always told that idle hands make for devil hands, so he likes to stay busy. Currently working at Broadcast Music Inc., he also manages several bands, is SOLID’s University Representative for Lipsomb University and is teaching a bike workshop every week at Room in the Inn. Derek is excited and honored to have been given the opportunity to sing with the Nashville Singers.
DOUG MORRISON (Baritone II)
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 FirstBaptistChurch, 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.
PAUL GENTRY (Lead II)
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.
TIM MULLICAN (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 Choir, Tim 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.
BRYAN PATRICK (Lead II)
Although he concentrated on drumming starting at age 4, Bryan came into the vocal music world in his teen years, singing in a local youth church choir which just happened to also be directed by the local barbershop chorus director.He invited Bryan to come and check out the chapter one night and see what barbershop singing was all about.That was 16 years ago, and the rest, as they say, is history.The moment he heard the chords of “The Old Songs” ring at the opening of that first visit, he knew he had found his home.Since then, he has performed all over the United States and in Europe in various quartets, choruses, chorales, and groups of differing styles and genres.Favorite venues he has performed in include Carnegie Hall and the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral in France.Currently, Bryan is the musical director for the Men of Harmony Barbershop Chorus in Goodlettsville, TN, and sings tenor in a quartet called Ragtag.Other current musical affiliations include:the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Al Menah Shrine Chanters, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Nashville Choir, Brothershop (a Masonic barbershop quartet), and QFX (a non-barbershop quartet).Bryan is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Master Mason, Shriner of the Al Menah Temple, as well as a Knight of St. Andrew, and is a passionate Nashville Predators hockey fan. Bryan serves the chorus as a member of the President's Council and Costume Manager. He received the Rookie of the Year Award for 2010.
TONY RAMSEY (Bass I)
Tony Ramsey spent the last 24 years of my working life as Senior Systems
Engineer for Syniverse, Inc., a company that provides software goods
and services to the service providers of the Mobile Telephone industry.
He began singing acappella harmonies as a young man in church. Near the
end of high school, he and three of his church friends formed a gospel
quartet. Through that experience I was introduced to the Barbershop
Harmony Society. In 1992, I joined the Barbershop Harmony Society while
living in Fairfax, Virginia and was a member of the Fairfax Jubilaires
chorus. Soon after his company relocated Tony to Tampa, where he joined
the Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony under the direction of Tony DeRosa.
He sang with the Heralds until 2000 when he joined the Winter Park
Sunshine Jubilee chorus in Orlando, under the direction or Marshall
Webb. Tony sang with them for about five years, and then returned back
to the Tampa chorus. During these years, he sang in two quartets,
Friendly Arrangement and Proclamation. Tony retired in 2013 and moved to
Nashville to be close to his children and grandchildren. Tony's
son-in-law, David Carden, is a member of the Music City Chorus and also
sings bass in an internationally ranked Barbershop quartet named TNS.
Tony loves the musical challenges presented by the Nashville Singers,
enjoys the great camaraderie between the members and is looking forward to improving his skills as a singer and performer.
MICHAEL THORNTON (Lead I)
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.
RODNEY TURNER (Bass II)
Rodney began singing in church when he was three. Born and raised in Miami Springs, Florida his family was musically centered – from his mother, who sang in a trio with his two aunts, two sisters who both sing, and play the piano, and everyone, even his Dad, sang in church choir. Rodney began playing clarinet in the 6th grade and was asked by his high school band director to play tenor sax and baritone sax in marching and concert band, respectively. Singing has always been Rodney’s first love – from a three year old at the Miami Springs Baptist Church to quartets and church choirs throughout his life. After a 30-year career, Rodney recently as an air traffic controller in Nashville, Tennessee. He is married to Julie Chambers Turner of Lenoir City, Tennessee has one daughter, Rylie, three – two sons, Joey – 30 and Bryan – 25 with 5 grandchildren – Tanner, McKenzie, Kyle, Michael and Christopher. Rodney is currently pursuing a second career as a voice-over talent. He received the Rookie of the Year Award for 2011.
HARLAN WILSON (Baritone II)
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.
TAYLOR WILSON (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.
TODD WILSON (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.
SLOAN YARBOROUGH (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.
DANN ZEHR (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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