Welcome to the webpage of
The Gulfcoast Sandpiper Barbershop Chorus
located in Bradenton, Florida
We are officially the Manatee County Chapter (P0004) of The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS),
which is an international organization dedicated to Barbershop singing.
We are a member of the Sushine District of the BHS.
Our mission is to provide quality musical entertainment promoting the enjoyment of barbershop harmony in Manatee
County and surrounding communities.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
This site is updated frequently. Please visit often. Last update 7/23/2018
What is Barbershop singing?
Barbershop harmony is four-part, a cappella, close-harmony singing. The four parts are:
LEAD - usually sings the melody, although in some pieces other parts can sing the melody, briefly.
TENOR - usually sings above the lead.
BASS - usually sings the lowest notes.
BARITONE - usually sings between the Lead and the Bass.
Barbershoppers sing without reference to a printed score - i.e., from memory.
Barbershop Quartets are a vital part of Barbershop singing. Here each part is sung by a single person,
which means that each singer has only himself to carry his part. This puts a lot of pressure on the singers and
it requires a lot of practice.
We have two quartets ready to perform:
E-Z Keys                             Arne's Army
- Kent Joachim - Lead             Arne Hansen - Lead
- Barrett Dick - Tenor             Glen Moon - Tenor
- Charles Bunson - Bass         Ken Geisinger - Bass
- John Colket - Baritone         Jim Craig - Baritone
The Sandpiper Leaders
The leadership positions for 2015 are:
- President - Charley Lenny
- Chorus Director - Glen Moon
- Assistant Director - Jim Craig
- Tenor Section Leader- Barry Dick
- Lead Section Leader - Arne Hansen
- Bass Section Leader - Roy Turk
- Baritone Section Leader - John Colket
- 2012 Sandpiper of the Year - Charles Bunton
- Webmaster - Ken Geisinger
What we do
We hold rehearsals Thursday evenings between 7 and 9 pm at the clubhouse
at Waters Edge. in Bradenton. You are welcome to come and observe, and (men only, Supreme Court willing) join us. Enter
at gate on 30th Ave. W, located between 14th and 24th streets.
We welcome guests and potential new members at our rehersals. Call Charlie Lenny at 941-306-9495
We hold our annual show in March of every year. This year it will be at Harmony Hall on Lakeshore Drive in Colony Cove,
at 2:30 pm, Sun., March 13, 2016.
We will be singing at The Village Pub in Village Plaza in Sarasota on Nov. 18, at 6:30 pm. Sandpipers are invited to a complementary
dinner at 5:30 pm. Be there ready to sing at 6:00. The address is 3555 Estonia Rd. You can reach it from Beneva, one block North of Bee Ridge.
Turn off Beneva on Pine Crest.
These performances are open to the public. Call Charley Lenny for directions.
We are available to perform additional shows. Call Evelyn Ferguson (941-356-4719) for details.
Every February we perform singing valentines. The cost is $35. Call Charles Bunton 941-794-6768.