Our Members

Jim McClellen - Tenor

Jim started singing in his junior high school chorus and church choir.  He formed his first quartet with his two cousins and his brother in 1948 called the Miller Boys.
That quartet last for two years and they specialized in singing Mills Brothers songs.  In 1973, he joined the BHS Chapters in Casa Grande and Pinal Los Grande Dons, and joined his second quartet, Forever Young in 1974.  He had a short stay in Farmington, New Mexico where he joined the San Juan Chapter and was in the Penultimate Chance quartet there.  He returned to the Phoenix suburbs in 1985 where he joined the Scottsdale Copper Statesmen and later joined the Mesa Lamplighters / East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers in 1995 singing in two quartets, Love At Home and Strictly Vintage.  In 2011, he joined the Casa Grande Desert Sounds and sang in a quartet there, Around Town.  In 2012, he joined the quartet, Mostly Vintage and sang with Rich Carey.  In 2016, he joined The Men of Song Barbershop Club. There he sang in the quartet,Tooney Loons from 2017-19.  Presently he sings tenor in Thunder Katz.

Singing has been part of Rich’s life early on starting with a Methodist church choir and then onto high school choir and ensembles in Aberdeen, WA.  In 1977, he joined a Catholic church in Brookfield, IL.  Notably that choir sang for Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy in 1996.  Barbershop singing started after his retirement from high school teaching.  In 2005, he joined the Illinois District’s West Towns Chorus in Downers Grove, IL and stayed until 2011.  He competed with the WTC chorus under Director Joe Krones in three International Contests.  During that time he was also in two quartets: Half Ton of Harmony and Note-Torius.  From 2011-2012 he joined the Chorus of DuPage under Director Craig Ahlgrim in Naperville, IL.  He remained there until his move to Mesa, AZ in August, 2012 where he joined The Lamplighters / East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers of Mesa.  There he sang Bass in three quartets:  Mostly Vintage, TILT, and The Other Guys.  In 2016, he joined The Men of Song Barbershop Club of Mesa. There he sang in the quartet, Tooney Loons from 2014-19. Presently he sings bass in  Thunder Katz.

Rich Carey - Bass
Dale Weatherford - Lead

Dale has been singing in front of audiences since 1962 (when he was 12 years old).  He has sung every kind of music and has been in a great number of singing groups including an a capella group, The Entertainers, folk, rock and barbershop.  He even sang Lead in a rock band for a number of years.  He has performed in musicals and classical choruses.  In the 1980’s, he sang in two barbershop quartets:  4-Squires and Seems Like Old Times [winning the novice quartet at the Arizona Division Contest].  In the early 1990’s, he sang in the Chord Street and Heritage Square quartets.  In 2001, he sang in Music Man at the Stages Theater in Scottsdale.  He’s been in numerous Far Western District Phoenix-area choruses including The Phoenicians, The Scottsdale Copper Statesmen, and  The Lamplighters / East Valley Harmonizers of Mesa, AZ.  From 2010-2017, he sang Lead in the doo-wop quartet, Backspin.  He likes to interact with audiences and has a life-long love of harmony singing.  In 2016, he joined The Men of Song Barbershop Club in Mesa, AZ.  He was raised in Arizona, loves the desert and continues to work part-time as a commercial truck salesman. In the Men of Song Barbershop Club of Mesa, he sang lead in the quartet, Tooney Loons from 2014-19.  Presently he sings lead in Thunder Katz.

Bernie’s musical interests began early in life. In elementary school he was active in the school chorus and appeared in several plays, some with singing parts. This evolved to self-taught guitar and garage bands throughout high school. Then life happened, and most organized singing was put on the back burner (other than the shower). It wasn’t until after the millenium that he was introduced to the Barbershop style of singing and ringing chords, and he was hooked! Bernie joined the Chicago Metro Chorus in 2007 and soon formed the Quartet, Fermata D’Aria. In 2012 Bernie moved to Mesa, AZ and became a member of the East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers Chorus. He soon joined the quartet “Two Under Par“, and later formed the “Tilt Quartet and The Other Guys“. He is also an active member of the Arizona Quartet Chapter and the Vice-President of the BQPA – Pioneers (Barbershop Quartet Preservation Association). In 2016, he joined The Men of Song Barbershop Club in Mesa, AZ. Bernie enjoys (mostly) all forms of music, but is particularly partial to “ringing chords” with a few of his buddies and of course Karaoke! He currently sings baritone in 2 Under Par and Thunder Katz.

Bernie Esberner - Baritone