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.
Past President – 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.
VP Membership –Duane Krause
Duane is the librarian for the chorus music library. He also assisted with Public Relations in 2017. Duane will be the 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 long 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 is the Judge Advocate for American Legion Post 76 in Show Low.
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.
He said, “ My only regret is that I didn’t have another 20 years to serve. But the best time of my life was and is my family. I give many thank yous to the High Country Barbershop Chorus for teaching and supporting me all these years. Here, I’m sure, I can serve another 20 years. My dear departed wife, Katie Burden, would like that. She too, loved barbershop!
VP Music – Jim Bohart
Jim and his wife Pat have been coming up to the White Mountains to spend their summers for the past seven years. Finding the White Mountain Barber Shop Chorus was icing on the cake for Jim as he enjoys singing tight four part harmonies. Since they are only up here in the summer Jim has to get the most out the time he has with the guys in the chorus. He accepted the position on MVP in order to give something back to the chorus. When not singing he enjoys reading, riding his bike, walking, playing the trumpet, and maybe just a little golf. He says that he is proud to be part of the leadership team of the HCBC.
Secretary / 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
At Large – Ron Montez
At Large – Ron Longenbaugh
At Large – 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.