President –Duane Krause
Duane was our librarian for the chorus music library 2015 -2018. He received the 2015 Spark Plug award, 2016 Director’s award and 2018 Barbershopper of the Year award. Duane also assisted with Public Relations in 2017, Advertising Chairman and Membership VP for 2018. His musical claim to fame includes being selected after audition to sing in the Minnesota Allstate Choir in 1961. He beat his opponent on the TV show Name That Tune in 1985 but missed the $100,000 final round to move on to the next show. He and his wife Karon and two sons have lived in Arizona since 1983 except for a few years in Maine. Karon lost a seven year battle against cancer in June 2018. The two were married fifty three years.
Before retiring he managed one of Arizona’s largest HOA’s, 1,665 homes and amenities with nearly 3,000 “happy” senior citizens. He is a USAF veteran, working on the B-52 electronic counter measures equipment and was Commander American Legion Post 102 in Tucson and the Judge Advocate for American Legion Post 76 in Show Low.
Past President – Jerry Schrunk
Jerry and his wife Jane became permanent residents of the White Mountain community after many years in the Phoenix Valley. A few years prior to retirement the couple had researched many Arizona communities in which to buy a second home, with an eye toward later retirement. The Show Low / Pinetop area won.
Like many of the chorus members, Jerry’s prior singing experience was primarily in High School. He has served in many areas of the chorus, and is currently in charge of the web site, wmhcbc.com.
VP Membership – Jim Barden
Jim was born in Waseca, Minnesota and lived there until 1964 when Uncle Sam’s Army came calling. In the Army, he spent time in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. And then Ft. Huachuca, AZ. Where he was an instructor on the OV1B Mohawk Side Looking Radar System. After Army life he worked for Motorola GED, Dickson Electronics and Siemens Corporation all located in Scottsdale, AZ before going into the swimming pool business in the Phoenix area for over 40 years.
He received a BS Management degree from Arizona State University.
He met Margaret and has been married for 49 wonderful years. As far as singing experience his only exposure prior to Barbershop was in high school chorus. Getting tired of the hot weather in the Valley they moved to Pinetop in 2010.
Secretary – Millard Bold
VP Marketing / PR – James Burden
James H. Burden, sings lead in the High country Chorus and has been with the chorus for more than 10years. James started singing barbershop back in 2003 with the Deserts Sounds Chorus in Casa Grande, Arizona. James has sung with the Ponderosa Pines Quartet, the Crook’s Trail and Knotty Pines quartets. He has served as VP of membership, VP public relations and board member at large several times. He is retired from the United States Military: Army, Air force, Air National Guard with a total of 27 years of service.
VP Music – Tom Wallis
Tom was born in Montana and lived near Red Lodge, Mt. until he was a teen. The family relocated to Southern California. At 19, Tom was drafted into the Army where he spent 14 months in Viet Nam. He bacame a transport refrigeration tech, spending 35 years at the same company. Tom and his wife Merri were married in 1978, each of them bringing two boys into their blended family. Tom was a Boy scout master for several years. His barbershop life started in 1984 after he saw a show and was smitten. He joined what was then called the Pomona Valley Carousel Chorus. Tom has sung in several quartets over the years. In December of 2016, Tom and Merri relocated to Show Low, where they plan to live out their days in this beautiful place. He joined the High Country chorus shortly afterward.
Secretary – Millard Bold
Secretary – Millard Bolt
Millard and his wife Nicole made the decision to live full-time in the beautiful White Mountains after having spent five summers here in the cool pines (Tucson heat gets old). Millard’s barbershop experience began with the Peninsulaires in 1985 and continued with the Bay Area Metro chorus until his retirement in 1994. They then moved to the foothills of the Sierra where Millard acted, sang, and danced in more than 350 Sierra Repertoire Company performances. After moving to Tucson in 2006, he helped found the Sunflower Chorale and conducted the group for its first five years. Finding the High Country Barbershop Chorus was a real “gold nugget” for him, and he is looking forward to many years of association and service. Millard served as President of the chorus board for 2016 and 2017.
Treasurer – Don Murrow
Don was born in Ames, Iowa & raised on a farm 12 miles East of Des Moines, Iowa.He started singing at the ripe old age of 5, when he sang a duet in church with his 14 year old Sister. He has been singing ever since.
Don lived in Alaska for 20 years, 11 of them at Prudhoe Bay, Ak. He lived in Phoenix, Az., for 30 yrs. and moved to Lakeside, Az. a few years ago.
He has been married to Margie for 33 yrs.
Don retired from America West Airlines on June 18, 2004. He joined the White Mountain Barbershop Chorus in November of 2012. Other than spending time with Margie, there is nothing he likes better than Harmonizing with the guys
Chorus Manager – Everett Peterson
Everett Peterson was one of the original members of the High Country Barbershop Chorus, starting at the time the Chorus was formed by Doc Dockendorf in the year 2000. Everett has sung in several, if not most of the music groups in the area, currently singing Tenor in the Chorus, and singing with the Fat Chance Band, a very active group in the White Mountains.
Everett has been a consistent contributor to the chorus, has sung in the Pine Tones Quartet for many years, and now in the Pine Trails Quartet. These quartets have been active in most or all of the Singing Valentines activities throughout the years.
The Chorus Manager is the party to call to schedule a chorus or quartet performance.
Member at Large – Jeff Walker
Jeff Walker is a business man offering Certified Public Accounting service in the White Mountains of Arizona. He played the part of “Wildcat Kelly” in the Chorus’ 2018 summer show “Happy Trails II You”, and sings lead in the Chorus. This will be Jeff’s first year on the Board of Directors.
Member at Large – Ken Gray
Ken Gray joined the chorus recently, and was elected to the 2019 board. His enthusiasm and energy earned him the “Spark Plug of the Year” award for 2018, which was presented to him at the 2019 Officers Installation Dinner in January, 2019. Ken sings lead in the Chorus.
Ken has a strong background in vocal performance and conducting, particularly in Church music, but his career was in school finance and inventory control with Tucson Unified School District.
He and his wife, Sheralyn, became permanent residents of Pinetop in the late summer of 2016 and love “The Mountain”.