RUSS WOOD - Tenor
Russ was asked to join SoundScape in 2009 after
original tenor, Steve Erlandson, decided to retire from the barbershop world.
Russ grew up in a long-time singing, playing, barbershopping family, where
both his father and mother were active barbershoppers, and where his five
brothers and sisters all sing and perform in various groups, at church, and
with each other at family events. Barbershopping just comes naturally
to Russ, as does most everything in the world of art. He currently
teaches art and film at Century High School in Pocatello, and is an avid
producer of comedic videos on YouTube.
Be sure to watch his "pizzatheface"
DUNN - Lead
Gary was introduced to Barbershopping in 1984 by Gary
Prince, a former member of the International Champion Pekin Chorus.
Having sung in classical, jazz, rock and country music
groups for as long as he can remember, Gary was
at first a bit lukewarm to barbershop singing - until he heard Bluegrass Student Union's
"Jukebox Saturday Night" album, and it was all over -- "I want to do
Gary joined the Pocatello Sharps and Flats in 1985 and was soon asked to direct the
chorus. He quickly joined with his first quartet, "Partners In Rhyme" singing
tenor for the next seven years. From
1994-1997, Gary sang lead with "Class Ring", a Rocky Mountain District finalist
quartet. He later sang lead with "Primary Colors" from
1998 - 2000.
For over 17 years, Gary served
as Director of the award winning Idaho Gateway Chorus
in Pocatello, Idaho, retiring from the position in 2006.
He is employed as an Engineering Manager for Basic American Foods.
His wife, Janet, is an avid Sweet Adeline and an "awesome Bass!
Last year, Gary was selected as the new Director of the Idaho Falls A Cappella
Chorus, the multiple award-winning Sweet Adelines chorus based in Idaho
Falls, Idaho. In the first year of Gary's directorship, the IFACC
membershop has grown 40%! In 2014, the chorus achieved 4th place
overall at their Regional Competition in Colorado Springs placing above many
choruses over twice their size.
MIDGYETTE - Bass
Christopher came to his first barbershop meeting
in late 1999 after hearing the Idaho Gateway Chorus singing at a local
restaurant. Christopher began singing at a very early age and has
performed with a variety of singing groups ranging from jazz, gospel,
broadway, rock and classical styles. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he
has sung and performed with such groups as the Singing Jets, Rocky Gil and
the Bishops, and the 200-man Seattle Men's Chorus. Christopher has also
studied classical voice and opera for many years and has performed with the
Idaho Falls Opera Theater.
For the past
Christopher has become a true "barbershop junkie", and
has become one of the most popular basses in the Rocky
Mountain District. "SoundScape," is Christopher's second
quartet. He sang with "Vocatella" from 2000 to 2001 with
tenor Steve Erlandson, in which he experienced his first barbershop
quartet competition. As Christopher would put it, "Having the only
musical instrument created by God is a gift everyone can share." In
addition to singing, Christopher works with a hazardous
materials handling team at BNFL.
LOUDEN - Bari
Mike has been singing since he was a small
child, and had a short stint in a Barbershop quartet way back in 1980. The
director of his high school choir, Don Goddard, was active in barbershop
and the men's section of his choir performed several SPEBSQSA
arrangements. Mike joined with 3 other choir members to perform these
arrangements as a quartet. Since then, Mike has sung with a traveling
college singing group, church groups, and several rock 'n roll
"garage bands". He became re-involved with barbershop when his
latest rock band wound down and he was looking for something different.
While at a local drive-in theater he heard familiar four-part harmony
being played in the car next to him, and after talking to his temporary
neighbor about the Idaho Gateway Chorus he joined immediately.
invited to join "SoundScape" while attending the Rocky Mountain District
competition with the chorus a year and a half later.
Mike also served
Director of the Idaho Gateway Chorus from 2006 through 2010. Mike is employed as
a maintenance technician at Virginia Transformer, and enjoys growing
massive amounts of vegetables in his large
garden, with his wife Judy and his son David, a fine barbershop bass! In 2010, Mike joined in with
David for a father-son quartet experience and won the RMD Novice Quartet
award at competition!