A Work In Progress
Our name says it all ...
We're having fun, but always looking to get better. We really enjoy singing, and we would love to come sing for your group! Our repertoire includes barbershop classics, spirituals and other religious numbers, ballads, and toe-tapping "up-tunes".
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Performing on the 2009 Chordbusters Spring Show
Greg does a lot of the talking for the group, but rarely has any clue about what he's saying ... but as the group's Baritone he has a sweet deal because he pretty much gets to make up his notes as he goes along. He and his wife Beverly live in Jefferson City, MO ... their son Geremy, and his wife Margaret, live in KC with their daughter, Genevieve (holy cow, I'm a grandpa !?!). Greg is one of the Webmasters for the Chordbusters (which makes it easy to ensure that he always looks good on the web site), and Beverly is the group's most prolific photographer. An admitted quartet junky, Greg sings in as many quartets as will have him (or, rather, as many as Beverly will allow to have him!) When he's not singing, Greg enjoys playing golf and making lamps from musical instruments.
Tarry is an ordained minister teaching in the field of Church Music. He has led worship at two different churches in Columbia and taught for 37 years at a four-year Christian College in Moberly where he and his wife, Poppy, reside. Their daughter Julie and husband Tim have presented them a granddaughter, Emery, and grandson Carson. Their son, Cris, and daughter-in-law, Michelle, live in Ballwin, MO where he teaches music in Middle School and leads worship every Sunday. Tarry and Poppy visit them as often as they can get away because it gives them a chance to take in the culture and shopping of St. Louis while their kids think they are coming to see them. Tarry says he gets his "high" from Poppy (but not the flower!). She is a piano teacher and loving wife and mother. Music brought them together and is keeping them more active than they'd sometimes like. Tarry was the frontline director of the Boonslick Chordbusters for 15 years, and has enjoyed every minute of his barbershopping career.
Walter is the newest member of the quartet, but is no stranger to quartet singing, having sung Baritone with Dogs Without Leashes for eight years. We think you'll really like him as our Lead, but we do let him sing Bari on a few songs, just for fun. He moved to the Columbia area in 1998 from St. Louis, joining the Boonslick Chordbusters that same year having never sung barbershop music before. He and his wife, Alberta, have lived in Missouri since 1992 and love discovering the natural beauty the state has to offer. Walter graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. He is the President of Coplen Christian Counseling Center. Walter has been involved in music in churches most of his life, either as the music leader, choir member, as a soloist or as a member of a quartet. Walter and Alberta are interested in history and antiquing, they are always ready for a day trip to historical sites or just to antique on the back roads of Missouri and other states. They've lived in Ashland since 2005, and enjoy working in their yard and gardening.
Tom works in Columbia and lives in nearby Wisconsin . . . okay, we're kidding about that last part . . . he really just lives a few miles NE of Columbia, but sometimes it seems like we're driving all the way to Wisconsin when we travel to his place! Tom earned a Bachelors of Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a Masters of Church Music from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has taught school vocal music and served as Minister of Music in several local churches. Tom started singing barbershop in 1999 with the Boonslick Chordbusters and was named Assistant Director in 2000. Active in quartet singing, he sang Tenor in Dogs without Leashes, and Lead in A Work In Progress before moving to Tenor when Walter joined the quartet.
June 20, 2013
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