Who are the members of the Caveman Chorus?

We're a group of 45 men from various walks of life, and varying degrees of musical experience who all enjoy singing and entertaining audiences.  We have a diverse repertoire consisting of music ranging from barbershop favorites to rock-n-roll classics, jazz standards to patriotic, Broadway hits to sacred.  The Caveman Chorus have entertained thousands of people in Bowling Green, Southern Kentucky, and all over the United States.

The mission of The Caveman Chorus is:
To be excellent in our craft of acapella singing, while serving the community and our families.

Our Director

Joel Guyer began directing the Chorus in the summer of 2012, though heis not new to barbershop or acapella.  Joel has sung with numerous competition and show quartets in the Cardinal District, including the 2004 Cardinal District First Place Quartet, Boundary Line, alongside two of his brothers and a cousin.

Joel, along his brother, Derek, and fellow chorus members, Drew Ellis and Drew Kirkman, also sing in the 2013 Cardinal District Quartet Champs, Big Time! You can find out more about them on their facebook page.

Big Time! 2013 Cardinal District Quartet Champs
(Drew Kirkman, Derek Guyer, Joel Guyer, Drew Ellis)

Joel arranges much of our music and provides vocal and musical expertise, also providing voice lessons to individual chorus members as requested.  He and the music team also provide plenty to learn during rehearsals, vocal craft sessions, and section rehearsals.  The best way to build and further your vocal skills is through performing with our chorus!

You can hear Joel's singing and recording expertise on the Acapella Hymnal where he has nine albums and more than 100 songs recorded in acapella harmony. 

The immediate past director of the chorus is Greg Hollander.  Greg is best known for singing bass in the 2001 international Champion Quartet Michigan Jake.  He directed the chorus from 2001-2012 and now sings in the chorus alongside his son, Erick.

Our History

The formation of what eventually became the Mammoth Cave Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society began in the spring of 1971 at a meeting in Glasgow, Kentucky called by Society Field Representative Chet Fox.  The twelve men at the meeting elected Marvin Nicholson as president of what was proposed to be the Glasgow-Barren County Chapter.  Nicholson had previous barbershop experience as a member of the Versailles, Kentucky Chapter.

Bill Boone, the choral director at Glasgow High School, agreed to be the new group's first musical director despite the fact that he had no previous barbershop experience.  The proposed name for the as yet unlicensed chapter chorus was the "Highlander" chorus.  By the summer of 1972, after several public performances under Boone and successor John Malone (a senior at nearby Western Kentucky University), the men from Glasgow and Barren County were joined by approximately 10 ex-barbershoppers from a failed chapter in Bowling Green, about 35 miles west of Glasgow, and the site of Western Kentucky University.  With the solid contingent from Bowling Green now in the fold along with about seven or eight others from various towns in the Southern Kentucky area, it was decided to pursue the name "Mammoth Cave Chapter" with the Society in order to reflect the broader membership.

Since its inception, the Caveman Chorus has competed in the Cardinal District competition many times, even earning the right to compete at the annual International Barbershop Competition.

How You Can Help...

Your contribution will enable us to continue our philanthropic work in the community.  In December 2012, we performed a benefit concert for The Center for Courageous Kids, raising more than $6,000 for this great cause! Help us continue this important work in our community.

Your gift to the Caveman Chorus supports this year's upcoming performances.  Our shows provide great FAMILY entertainment and a broad spectrum of music.

In the last year, our chorus has grown by 30%, with almost all of that growth in younger members! With your help, we can continue this healthy growth rate for the forseeable future!

Your donation is tax-deductible and is accompanied by some benefits like being listed in our show programs, free tickets, CDs, and even private performances!  Please contact us for more information!

The Caveman Chorus is a 501 (c)(3) Not-for-profit Corporation.  With your donation, we will provide you a donation receipt with all pertinent information.  Thank you for your support.

Financial contributions make it possible for the Chorus to perform, and to continue to provide music education in our community. We thank all of our patrons for partnering with us this year! 

Phillip W. Bale, MD; William Travis, MD; Scott Gibson, MD
Houchens Industries

Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home
Independence Bank

Advantage Realtor Group
ATMOS Energy
Bill and Marjorie Bonds
Broadway Florist
Jenn Buckingham and Kim Jay
Community Farmer's Market LLC
Franklin Bank and Trust Company
Dr. Robert Gerber and Dr. Jep Hostetler
Goodnight Plumbing
William Gravely
Diana G. Hankla, Kentucky Author
Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home
Kentucky Science Olympiad
Donald and Doris Langley
Northside Pediatrics
Simpson County Tire Service
Springhill Pharmacy
Thomas M. Wright, Kentucky Planning Partners
TJ Samson Hospital
Westgate Veterinary Hospital

Barry McIntosh Builders
Batteries Plus of Bowling Green
Ginger Cleary, State Farm Insurance
Dairy Queen of Glasgow
Dr. Tim Donley
Franklin Express Co.
Franklin Pallet
Reverend and Mrs. Richard Hale
Heinze Family Chiropractic
Lessenberry Building Center
McGown Tire and Service
Mefford & Phillips - Attorneys at Law
Metric Computerz
Nation's Medicines
Paul's Lawn & Turf
Ralphie's Fun Center
Royal Music Company
Smith Interiors
Snooper's Attic
Tick Tock Clock Shop