Who are the members of the Spirit of the Commonwealth Chorus?
The mission of The Spirit of the Commonwealth Chorus is:
To be excellent in our craft of acapella singing, while serving the community and our families.
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.
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.
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 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!
DIRECTOR'S MUSIC COMMITTEE $500+
Phillip W. Bale, MD; William Travis, MD; Scott Gibson, MD
SECTION LEADER $250+
Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home
HONORARY MEMBER $100+
Advantage Realtor Group
Bill and Marjorie Bonds
Jenn Buckingham and Kim Jay
Community Farmer's Market LLC
Franklin Bank and Trust Company
Dr. Robert Gerber and Dr. Jep Hostetler
Diana G. Hankla, Kentucky Author
Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home
Kentucky Science Olympiad
Donald and Doris Langley
Simpson County Tire Service
Thomas M. Wright, Kentucky Planning Partners
TJ Samson Hospital
Westgate Veterinary Hospital
FRIEND OF THE CHORUS $50+
Barry McIntosh Builders
Batteries Plus of Bowling Green
Ginger Cleary, State Farm Insurance
Dairy Queen of Glasgow
Dr. Tim Donley
Franklin Express Co.
Reverend and Mrs. Richard Hale
Heinze Family Chiropractic
Lessenberry Building Center
McGown Tire and Service
Mefford & Phillips - Attorneys at Law
Paul's Lawn & Turf
Ralphie's Fun Center
Royal Music Company
Tick Tock Clock Shop