OC Times

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L to R: Shawn, Sean, Cory and Patrick
OC Times is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2008 International Quartet Champion.

Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Shawn York
  • Lead: Sean Devine
  • Bari: Patrick Claypool
  • Bass: Cory Hunt

Former Members:

  • Bass: Drew Harrah (2004)

Contest Placements

Internationals

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
18th 5th 3rd 2nd 1st

Districts (FWD)

also Division Champion - SoCal East

Recordings

Let's Fly (2007)
Good Luck Charm
Teddy Bear
Love Me
Drivin' Me Crazy
Put Your Head On My Shoulder
Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)
Honey (Open That Door)/Hey Good Lookin' Medley
Grow Old With You
So Much In Love
Stormy Weather
Come Fly With Me
Anytime At All
You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine
Wonderful World
Save The Last Dance For Me/Sway Medley
Destinations (2010)
Oh! Look At Me Now
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Surfer Girl
Fun, Fun, Fun
Don't Be A Baby, Baby
Be My Baby Tonight
Dream A Little Dream of Me
You Belong To Me
Fool Such As I
Sail No More
It Happened In Monterrey
The Way We Were
Unbelievable
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (Live)
The Road (2014)
I’m Walkin’
Good Luck Charm (Pre-mix)
What’s Your Name
All I Do Is Dream Of You
In My Room
Happy Happy Birthday Baby
Beyond The Sea
Why Don’t We Just Dance
If I Fell
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)/My Girl (featuring the Musical Island Boys)
Wagon Wheel
From The First Hello (To The Last Goodbye)
One More Last Chance

Extended History

OC Times

Joy, Relief, Pride, Exuberance, Nervousness, Bliss, Apprehension, Release, Elation, Humility, Liberation, Anxiety, Delight, Gratification, Honor …

What is it like to win International? The new champion OC Times felt ALL these emotions and more.

Shawn York (Tenor), Sean Devine (Lead), Patrick Claypool (Baritone) and Cory Hunt (Bass) for winning the coveted gold medals in Nashville during the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 70th annual convention and contests.

They performed three consistent contest sets to win by 51 points (2700 / 2690 / 2684 = 8074). After placing 18th, 5th, 3rd, and 2nd the past four years, OC Times has been inching closer to their goal with each attempt. Their song selections have been unique and contributed to their rapid growth and popularity.

They competed with “Don’t Be a Baby, Baby”, “Oh, Look At Me Now”. “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”, “You’re Sixteen”, “You Belong To Me” and “Drivin’ Me Crazy”. Competing with these songs made popular by the likes of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr and Patti Page has expanded the barbershop realm to the delight of most.

They call Orange County, California home and are active members of the Masters of Harmony chorus, seven time international chorus champion. They are ALSO active members of Westminster, the 2007 international chorus champion. With their win of quartet gold medals they become only the third quartet to win CHORUS gold medals the same year.

OC Times formed in the spring of 2003. Shawn, Sean and Patrick are the original members. Their original bass was Drew Harrah. He won the FWD title with them and placed 18th in Louisville in 2004. In January 2005 Cory joined the group. The rest is, of course, history.


TIMES RIGHT!

OC TIMES WIN THE GOLD by Grady Kerr

Shawn York (Tenor), Sean Devine (Lead), Cory Hunt (Bass) and Patrick Claypool (Baritone)

Joy, Relief, Pride, Exuberance, Nervousness, Bliss, Apprehension, Release, Elation, Humility, Liberation, Anxiety, Delight, Gratification, Honor …

What is it like to win International? The new champion OC Times felt ALL these emotions and more.

Congratulations to Shawn York (Tenor), Sean Devine (Lead), Patrick Claypool (Baritone) and Cory Hunt (Bass) for winning the coveted gold medals in Nashville during the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 70th annual convention and contests.

They performed three consistent contest sets to win by 51 points (2700 / 2690 / 2684 = 8074). After placing 18th, 5th, 3rd, and 2nd the past four years, OC Times has been inching closer to their goal with each attempt. Their song selections have been unique and contributed to their rapid growth and popularity.

They competed with “Don’t Be a Baby, Baby”, “Oh, Look At Me Now”. “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”, “You’re Sixteen”, “You Belong To Me” and “Drivin’ Me Crazy”. Competing with these songs made popular by the likes of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr and Patti Page has expanded the barbershop realm to the delight of most.

They call Orange County, California home and are active members of the Masters of Harmony chorus, seven time international chorus champion. They are ALSO active members of Westminster, the 2007 international chorus champion. With their win of quartet gold medals they become only the third quartet to win CHORUS gold medals the same year.

OC Times formed in the spring of 2003. Shawn, Sean and Patrick are the original members. Their original bass was Drew Harrah. He won the FWD title with them and placed 18th in Louisville in 2004. In January 2005 Cory joined the group.



Getting to Know You

Shawn York – Tenor – age 33 Originally from Rescue, California, Shawn resides in South Corona, CA. He began singing barbershop shortly after seeing a bumper sticker that read “Want to sing barbershop? Call 1-800-876-SING”. The rest is history. Shawn earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Vanguard University, and currently owns and operates a Chick-fil-A restaurant in South Corona. Whenever they get the opportunity, Shawn and his lovely Hawaiian wife, Lani, enjoy vacations to Oahu, HI. They have three young children.

Shawn joined Society in 1996 and is already a four-time gold medalist with the Masters of Harmony, as well as the tenor section leader for the 2007 and 2010 International Champions, The Westminster Chorus.

Sean Devine – Lead – age 35 Currently living in Nashville, TN, Sean comes to us originally from "The Sweetest Place on Earth", Hershey, PA. Sean joined the Society in 1995 and moved out west in 2001 to pursue a career in music, performing full-time with a professional doo-wop group, The Alley Cats. They sang many high profile gigs including the 2006 Harmony Foundation Show and were the opening act at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas for Jay Leno for over a year (two weekends a month). He’s still singing with the “Cats” on a substitute basis.

In July 2008 Sean relocated to the Barbershop Harmony Society headquarters in “Music City, USA” to work as a Major Gifts Officer with Harmony Foundation International.

Sean is a four-time chorus gold medalist and served as lead section leader with the Masters of Harmony; a two time Far Western District Quartet Champ (2002 -2003 Sam's Club; 2004-2005 OC Times); and was lead section leader, gold medalist, and founding member of the 2007 and 2010 International Champions, The Westminster Chorus.

Patrick Claypool – Baritone – age 27 Their only native to Orange County, Pat was born and raised in the city of Orange. He was introduced to barbershop at age 12, joining his grandfather in the Orange Quartet Chapter in 1997.

Pat is a four-time chorus gold medalist, front row captain, and baritone section leader with the Masters of Harmony, as well as baritone section leader and founding member of the 2007 International Champions, The Westminster Chorus. Patrick also provides choreography direction for The Westminster Chorus.

Cory Hunt – Bass – age 25 Cory is a long distance member, commuting all the way from the Gem of the Silver State, Reno, Nevada. He is the “biggest little bass in the Society”, and pound for pound, Cory just might be the best there is! Cory is a May 2008 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, in Political Science and Cultural Geography. He also enjoys winning football and softball championships with his four college roommates and spending time with his family. He just landed his “dream job” right out of college. He’s now an environmental policy research associate.

Cory is a two-time chorus gold medalist with the Masters of Harmony, as well as a member of the Reno Silver Dollar Chorus and bass section leader for the 2007 and 2010 International Champions, The Westminster Chorus. He is also a Far Western District Quartet Champ (2003 -2004 Q). He joined the Society in 1993.


On The Road In their short history, OC Times has already performed many prestigious shows stateside and around the world including Hawaii, England, Sweden, and Finland. In August 2008 they will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia. They have headlined shows at Lincoln Center in New York City, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and will be appearing in Boston's Symphony Hall in April 2009.

OC Times Busy Schedule after winning - www.OCTimesQuartet.com 2008 Aug 14-16 - Helsinki and Pori, Finland Aug 17-25 - International Fine Arts Institute Harmony Festival - St. Petersburg, Russia Aug 29-Sept 1 - Sunshine District "Labor Day Jamboree" - Orlando, FL Sept 13 - The Narragansett Bay Chorus /Coastline Show Chorus Show - Providence, RI Sept 27 - Tune Town Chorus Show - Nashville, TN Oct 4 - Mitchell Chapter Show - Mitchell, SD Nov 1 - Harborlites Chorus Show - Long Beach, CA Nov 15 - Chapter Show - Simcoe, Ontario Dec 7 - Spirit of the Gulf Chorus Show - Ft. Myers, FL


A Letter from the Boys

Dear Friends,

I guess it's time to take that step and admit to ourselves that sometime we have to come down from the high we've been on since July 5th. It's almost impossible to explain just what winning the quartet and chorus championships means to us, but I guess that's part of the year as a champ … coming to grips with the reality that all the rehearsals, the time on the road, hours spent coaching and the many shows and tags shared with friends have really paid off. It's an odd feeling, fulfilling a lifelong dream … it's part relief, mostly elation and a healthy portion of shock.

The past few months have been full of hard rehearsals, chorus practice, coaching and somewhere in there, work and loving our families. We'd be remiss if we were to forget to acknowledge several key people and organizations that have nourished OC Times to where we are today.

Our choruses: the Reno Silver Dollar Chorus, the Westminster Chorus and the Masters of Harmony. Our mentors and friends, Rob Menaker, Jeff Baker, Brett Littlefield, Mark Hale and Aaron Dale. Our loving families; mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wife (Lani York), daughter (Kalea York), and girlfriends. Your patience, guidance, support and love made all of this possible. We truly could not have done it without you. Finally, we thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the talents He gave us, the loving people He put in our lives, and the opportunity to share His love through our music.

The past few months have also brought much change for the OC Times family. Baby Kalea York, is the light of both Shawn and Lani's lives and a particular highlight in ours as well. Cory graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in May and moved to Lake Tahoe to work at an environmental policy and consulting firm. Furthermore, Patrick is getting back to work on his "ten year plan" at Orange Coast College. Finally, Sean graduated from Azusa Pacific University and recently accepted a position with the Harmony Foundation in Nashville, TN at the beautiful BHS headquarters.

With all this change, many of you may be wondering "whatever is going to happen to OC Times?!" We want you to know... we're going to be around for a long, long time. We love innovating, performing, entertaining, teaching and sharing with barbershoppers, youth and any audience that is willing to lend us an ear. We're always accepting shows, youth harmony camps and other performances - and we don't see an end in sight.

On a much more serious note, we also recently lost a good brother in harmony, Rich Hasty, a fellow member of the Masters of Harmony, comedic genius, accomplished arranger, esteemed judge, great friend and loving husband and father. His sudden passing reminds us all that our time here is so short … we're so blessed to be a part of such an amazing family of barbershoppers.

At a recent Masters of Harmony retreat, we were urged to remember that for some people in the audience -- and even on the risers -- it may be their last … little did we know how true those words would become. Pray for the Hasty family for strength during this trying time and find comfort in knowing that Rich is singing praises in the "chorus in the sky." It was an honor knowing you, Rich.

That same family lifted Cory up when he was injured earlier this year. Your cards, emails, teddy bears and prayers paid off and he is making progress with his vision daily. All of these events have made us realize how truly great is to be a barbershopper. We count ourselves blessed to be a part of this wonderful family.

We are humbled and honored to be your quartet champions. We promise to represent you well -- to close out all the afterglows we can, sing tags with any willing singer, teach the youth, support our choruses and spread the love of barbershop to audiences wherever we are privileged to go. We look forward to what exciting things the coming years have for us, and for barbershop. Until we meet again.

Sincerely yours,

Shawn, Sean, Pat and Cory

OC Times 2008 International Quartet Champions

External Sites


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