Ed is our Lead singer, the artist, the guy in charge (well, so he thinks).

Ed started his singing journey in high school as Giuseppe in Gilbert and Sulivan's "The Gondoliers".  Shortly after that, his best friend in school introduced him to Barbershop Harmony in his home town of St Catharines, Ontario, Canada.  Thirty years later, and on the other side of the world, he is still singing.

Ed moved from Vancouver BC to Christchurch in 1997 at which time he became the Musical Director of The Canterbury Plainsmen.  Ed has also been a member of three NZABS champion quartets (Garden City Sound, Phoenix Rising and Over the Edge).  He is also singing tenor in the Christchurch Pops Choir.

In his spare time Ed works as an Applications Consultant for Pacific Radiology Group.



David is our Tenor singer; that is, he sings most of the really high notes, often without the aid of tight underwear.

His singing life started as a teenager when he performed in musical theater, in shows like Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, and Oliver.  He started singing a cappella in 1988 when he joined the Canterbury Plainsmen barbershop chorus, as a Bass.  He later switched to Tenor to help make up the numbers, and stayed there for about 20 years, taking on the role of Tenor Section Leader for most of that time.

He's also a member of the mixed a cappella group "Accord" (whose members come from the Canterbury Plainsmen and the Christchurch City Chorus of Sweet Adelines) in which he sings any part required, from male Bass to female Soprano, often adding vocal percussion to the mix as well.  As you may suspect, David has a fairly wide vocal range ;)

He recently left the Canterbury Plainsmen after nearly 25 years to join the Christchurch Pops Choir, again as a Bass.  Time for another new challenge...

In Real Life he's a computer programmer in a small software company.  In what little spare time he has, he makes multi-part vocal learning tracks for choruses, quartets, and the Pops Choir, in which he sings all the parts himself (you can hear a few of those songs here).

 

 

Andrew sings the lowest notes in the group, and provides the solid foundation that the rest of us rely on.  Without him, we'd sound like the Bee Gees. Andrew has been singing in quartets for 16 years.

He works as a software developer at eStar.
"eStar provides commerce solutions that deliver outstanding shopping experiences, helping brands grow sales and connect to more customers."

Andrew also speaks to High School students about choosing a future in tech.  In his spare time Andrew creates websites like http://www.yourviews.co.nz which is a business reviews website. If you want to share how awesome your local hairdresser, vet, or other business is - this is the place to go! 

Andrew enjoys spending a lot of time with his wife Natasha and children Cooper & Freya.

 

 

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Aaron's the musician of the group; he sings Baritone, arguably the hardest part of all, yet he still manages to keep smiling.

An accomplished trombone player, arranger, pianist and all-round music geek, his qualifications include a double major Diploma in Jazz Arranging/Composition and Performance, as well as a MusB Honours Degree in Jazz Performance.

His passion for music and performance has carried him around New Zealand and Australia in various jazz, latin and rock bands, and his arranging has led the way for one of New Zealand's premiere Blues bands, Blutopia which is now based in Auckland. 

When Aaron is not playing/ arranging music or surfing, he works as a Data Coordinator at Telecom helping manage data circuit installations for customers. as well as spending time with his wife Gilly, and their 3 children Brighid, Connall and Alexa.