Founded in 2016, the men of True North formed at the Northern Edge of Lake County Illinois to share their love of 4-part a cappella singing. They are all members of the Brotherhood of Harmony Chorus.
It was an interesting beginning, as three members of the quartet all sing bass for the Brotherhood. Since Tim McGrail’s deep, resonant bass voice is a must for any performance, it was a natural fit for him to anchor the bass line for True North.
Charlie Crowther moved up one notch to baritone to blend his versatile vocalizing into the sound.
Tim Kowach’s extensive vocal range allowed him to come all the way ‘North’ to the lead, or melody role in the quartet.
Brian Larsen, who sings both lead and tenor for the Brotherhood, rounds out the quartet’s sound at the high end with the tenor.
True North looks forward to the opportunities ahead for bringing their love for a cappella harmony to the area.
Pole Position is a 2018 Illinois District Finalist Quartet. Pole Position is a barbershop quartet based in the Chicago and NW Suburbs of the Illinois District. The quartet has years of experience singing a cappella Barbershop quartet music, gospel, doo-wop, and various other
a cappella styles.
The quartet can provide entertainment and tailor a show for almost any type of gathering - banquets, weddings, church groups, corporate events, private parties - you name it!
For the very best in a cappella entertainment, contact Pole Position!
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Brian Cromer, tenor. Brian usually sings the tenor part. He likes to wear hats and we agree that’s a good decision for him. Brian directs the Brotherhood of Harmony chorus,
and we sometimes follow him.
Chad Jenkins, lead. Chad usually sings the lead part but sings baritone in the chorus. None of us really knows what he does.
He likes frozen food and can usually be found in the Target snack aisle.
Rob Pethes, baritone. Usually sings the baritone part but can also sing lead. Rob is not a bubbler. He also does not do comedy. But we think he is the funniest in the quartet.
Rob has three children, one of each kind.
Tom Kentish, bass. Usually sings loud.
Since 2016, Chicago Retro Quartet has been performing everything from doo-wop to barbershop all over Chicago land. Its emphasis is on songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.
Members are tenor Mike O’Donnell, lead John Q. Morris, baritone, Brian Cromer, and bass Joseph Schlesinger. They encourage audiences to clap along as they sing, and to join them in singing if they’re able.
Recent performances include singing weekends during the holidays in Santa’s Village, the Gladstone Park Throw Back Fest, and the Chicago Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon.
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Chicago Times has been around the block. Tenor Ray Henders, lead Bob Squires, baritone Dave Cowin, and bass Dave Boo boast more than 200 years as members of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
In 2006, the quartet placed third at the International Seniors contest in Sacramento, and later that year, it won the Illinois District Senior Quartet championship. The quartet’s repertoire is sprinkled with a wide range of barbershop favorites from the 1890s through many current show songs.
Known for generous portions of humor, dynamic singing, and non-stop entertainment, the quartet usually leaves audiences calling for more.
All members of Chicago Times have also had years of experience performing with other quartets throughout the country as well as various foreign countries.