Since February of 2001,the Chordmasters Barbershop Quartet, in one formation or another, has performed over 325 times. We have been in Lake Zurich, Waukegan, Lake Forest, Bannockburn, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, Glencoe, Evanston, Niles, Chicago, Lombard, Palos Heights, Itasca, Naperville, Wheaton, Bartlett, Aurora, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elmhurst, Minooka and a few other places in between.
We have sung for "Village Days", business functions, Christmas parties, retirement homes, family reunions, veteran's groups, property owners' associations, volunteer appreciation luncheons, ice cream socials, church suppers, birthday parties, wedding anniversaries and various other funtions.
We are all members of the Arlingtones, a barbershop chorus located in Arlington Heights, and of the Barbershop Harmony Society (formerly SPEBSQSA).
Jim Gieseler: Baritone
Bernie Martin: Bass
Doug McConnell: Lead
Elmer Sweet: Tenor
The Chordmasters Barbershop Quartet, in one formation or another, has been ringing chords throughout Chicago's northwest suburbs since getting together on Valentine's Day of 2001.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 40 - 90 minutes
The Chordmasters do both Programs and Walk-Abouts.
The Programs last about 35-45 minutes and work best when the audience is seated and paying attention, especially since they may be requested to partcipate. Programs work well for birthday parties, luncheons, club meetings, and the like.
The Walk-About works best when the audience is coming and going at various times such as ice cream socials, corporate picnics, etc.
We try to be as flexible as possible and to live up to our motto, "Barbershop Harmony For All Occasions".
No set up needed unless audience exceeds 100 people.
Our songs, while primarily in the barbershop style, vary from the classic oldies such as "Aura Lee" to more modern tunes like "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", from the serious "Precious Lord" to the light-hearted "I Won't Call You Sweetheart". We try to customize our music to fit the occasion and to encourage audience participation.
2006: 36 gigs
2007: 29 gigs
2008: 25 gigs
2009: 24 gigs
2010: 28 gigs
2011: 30 gigs
2012: 12 gigs
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Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Corporate Event, Fundraiser, Holiday Party, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Restaurant, Wedding Reception