Chordially Yours

Mansfield, OH
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419-543-1582

In 2003, the urge to sing in a quartet for four Fun Center Chordsmen, could no longer be ignored. They came together for a voice check and, as they say, the rest is history. Chordially Yours was formed and has chosen not to be a competition quartert, but rather one that simply enjoys singing together and singing for others’ enjoyment.  While they sometimes find it difficult to accommodate the schedules of all four members, they work hard in rehearsals to improve their quartet sound. They truly enjoy the opportunity to share the thrill of singing barbershop harmony with others.

Gayle Ray is the tenor and has been singing since his high school days when he sang in choir and various special groups.  He has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and the Fun Center Chordsmen since 1978. As the transportation manager, he has been the person responsible for transporting and setting up risers for the chorus performances for many years. Gayle has been employed with Thermo-disc for 34 years.  He spends his spare time looking after 15 grandchildren.

Dan Strader sings lead and has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and singing with the Fun Center Chordsmen since 2004. He joined the quartet in 2006. Dan is a former Chapter President and currently serves as the Secretary of the chapter. Dan sang in high school and college choruses and theatre, and was a music major at Indiana University.  Dan’s career has been in computers and he is currently self-employed.

Frank DeWitt is the baritone and  has been singing barbershop for many years.  He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society and the Fun Center Chordsmen shortly after it was chartered in 1974.  Frank is retired from a career in graphic design.  He is owner of DeWitt Designs, a graphic design company. Frank willingly designs the advertising, tickets and cover for the program for the Chordsmen's annual show.  He and his wife Shirley travel frequently to visit out of town and out of state children and grandchildren.

Stan Popp sings the bass part has been singing since his early days in church and all through school.  He sang in choir and special groups with tenor Gayle Ray in high school, and sang in a 90 voice church choir for many years.  He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society and the Fun Center Chordsmen in early 2000.  He is a former annual show chair and has served as the ticket chair for the annual show for the past several years.