May 18, 2013
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Awards: 2012 Region 7, 5th Place Quartet
"If I am no longer young in age, I hope I am young in spirit never to fear failure.
Young enough still, to take a chance and march in the parade." ~ Walt Disney
Parade Quartet was formed in the Fall of 2011 featuring members from The Kansas City Chorus. We sing four-part a capella harmony primarily in the barbershop style.
More About Parade!
Mary Duncan, Tenor
The best song to use to describe Mary’s ability to sing barbershop would be Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. She’s a third generation barbershopper with a Grandma who has competed on the international stage, and a Mom who won the 2010 International Quartet Championship as the tenor of the quartet with Zing! When you combine that with her ability to sing all four parts, (having officially sung bass, baritone, and tenor in the award winning Kansas City Chorus), her love for singing tags into the wee small hours of the morning, and the fact that she is now the youngest woman to have ever medaled in the Region 7 Quartet Competition, all you can say is, “whoa!”
Stepping outside of barbershop, Mary plays a couple of instruments and is an accomplished cellist in both the Advanced Orchestra at Olathe Northwest High School and in the Olathe Youth Symphony. She loves Music Theory and is a straight “A” Student.
In her spare time (yeah, right!), Mary enjoys spending time with her family: Mom, Dad, Step-Dad, and big Brother Steven, all of whom are barbershoppers as well! OK, so not Dad, but he’s super supportive of all of Mary’s hobbies and is a nurse, so if you choke on a chord he’s got you covered.
In short, you can try to be as amazing as Mary….but it probably won’t happen.
Sheri Hart, Lead
Sheri’s answer to whatever challenges life seems to throw her way is, “but I can sing and dance!” followed by her fabulous display of Jazz Hands. And you won’t ever have to wonder if she is nearby because you’ll hear the laugh from a mile away.
Sheri joined the Kansas City Chorus in 1994 shortly after graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. She’s been trying to eliminate the vibrato they taught her ever since.
When not singing with Parade and the KCC, Sheri can’t seem to leave the barbershop world alone. Taking her experience as the KCC Choreographer on the road, Sheri has worked with quartets and choruses from both the Sweet Adelines and Barbershop Harmony Society organizations in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, and Oklahoma. She specializes in the categories of Showmanship, Expression, and Presentation, but the voice training stuff sneaks in there every now and then as well.
In the “real world” Sheri has worked at PlattForm Advertising for over 10 years. (Direct Response advertising and Compliance….even though we know you don’t care).Outside of all of that Sheri loves to spend time with her Mom and Dad and her fabulous cat Roxie. Get it? Roxie Hart? Oh well, at least she can sing and dance.
Stacy Patton, Baritone
Stacy didn’t come from a barbershop family like Lori and Mary so she decided the only thing to do was to marry into one. Stacy’s mother-in-law Barb is a long time member of the Kansas City Chorus and brought her to rehearsal when she was dating her now husband Brian. (We have two Brian husbands in this quartet so we just refer to them as Brian 1 and Brian 2…we’ll let them duke it out as to which one is which). Barbershop will forever play a role in their life after Brian pulled a stunt using the Kansas City Chorus while they were “rehearsing” the song “When I Fall in Love” and proposed to Stacy on the spot. Aww...pretty sweet, huh?
After that, she and Brian started their own quest for some multi-generational barbershoppers by having their two daughters Renae and Mackenzie...spend some time around these cuties, and you’ll know they are Sweet Adeline material for sure!
Outside of barbershop, Stacy has worked for the Lee’s Summit School district for over 10 years at the Summit Lakes Middle School. Did you catch that? She works with middle school aged children and has stayed there for TEN YEARS! This woman clearly has the patience of Job. Which is a good thing, considering if you’ve ever spent more than 10 minutes around the other 3 in this quartet, you know it comes in handy for her.
Lori Carrender, Bass
A born and raised musician and singer, Lori is in one of those families that might remind you of the Von Trapp Family Singers. OK, so not so many of them, but there was music to be had at most family functions all through Lori’s childhood. There are some Aunt/Uncle combos of Lori’s within the Kansas City Chorus and The Heart of America Chorus (BHS) but they’re too long and confusing to put here, so you’ll need to ask her about them the next time you see her. I’m pretty sure her Aunt Jeffi was the one that got her to come to her first Kansas City Chorus rehearsal in 2001, but who can keep these things straight?
Considering that Lori is the oldest child in her family, she used to be an English Teacher, and she’s now the Assistant Director of the Kansas City Chorus, it’s a small wonder that she doesn’t boss us around more. Maybe she’s just too nice. No, seriously, this girl is REALLY nice. Again, come and say hi the next time you see Parade and you’ll know what I mean. Her journey to English Teacher came after graduating from Northwest Missouri State (Go Bearcats!...um, she made me say that), where she also minored in music, small wonder.
Another third generation barbershopper, Lori’s Grandma sang bass in the Jacomo Chorus of Sweet Adelines, so that was how Lori found out that woman can do that and thought it was amazing. Growing up, Lori played the flute and lived in that treble clef world through college...good thing she’s found the bass clef, because we think she’s pretty awesome there.In her spare time (again, who are we kidding here) Lori loves to scrapbook, read, and spend time with her family. Husband Brian, son Ben, and daughter Sarah are all supportive listeners when we rehearse at her house, so we let her see them now and then.