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From our fans...

"The Top Notchers went above and beyond to help in any way they could for the success of the "Flavors of America" fundraising event for the Pacific Chorale (Orange County). I couldn't recommend them HIGHLY ENOUGH!! They were on time, looked superb, and their music was fantastic... They delighted every one of the guests. A real hit!"
-- Jan Landstrom, Event Chair

Art (the Tenor)

Art Taylor recently celebrated his 45th year as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Art has earned eight chorus gold medals as a barbershopper, two with the Phoenicians and six with the Masters of Harmony. He has medals singing tenor, lead and baritone, and his dream is to get one in the bass section soon. Art has always been active in quartets, most notably Nostalgia, Remember When and Mutual Fun which placed second in the International Seniors Quartet Competition in 2000.

Larry (the Lead)

Larry started his music career as a professional trumpet player, appearing with the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, the Beverly Hills Opera Company, and many others. Appearance locations included the Greek Theater and Hollywood Bowl. Twenty years ago he became a vocalist as one of the founding members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Shortly thereafter, Larry joined the six-time international champion Masters of Harmony. In the past few years Larry has been featured in several productions of The Music Man. Locations have included The Glendale Alex Theater, the Whittier Center Theater, and The Thousand Oaks Center For Performing Arts.

Bob (the Baritone)

Bob Heron plays the piano and organ and has been singing all of his life. Prior to joining the Barbershop Harmony Society he spent fifteen years as a music director and pianist for musicals at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica. He discovered barbershop singing and joined the Santa Monica Chapter in 1992 and is now their director. He has earned four gold medals with the Masters of Harmony since joining in 1995. Bob was the baritone in "Time Honored," the 2002 Far Western District Senior champion quartet.

Dan (the Bass)

Dan Place is a 47 year barbershopper. The wall in his den is covered with photos of his quartet and chorus achievements. As a longtime member of the Arcadia chapter and a six-time gold medal winner with the Masters of Harmony, Dan does a super job of handling those low notes. It's often said that "they swoon for the tenor but they go home with the bass."

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