Hot Air Buffoons

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The Hot Air Buffoons first weighed in back in 1996. We set out on a quest to sing well and entertain our audiences in a fashion they have never seen before. We soon surprised ourselves and others by not only making people laugh but by progressing in the competition realm as well. We excelled in a competition that was MADE for us and took home gold medals and a pretty large trophy (which signifies 1st place) in the 2001 internationally renowned Buckeye Invitational Comedy Quartet Competition in Columbus, Ohio. Try saying that 5 times real fast. We have continued in the competition realm and are now the 2005 Johnny Appleseed District Champions. We have also competed internationally and have been ranked in the top 50 quartets for the last 5 years and as high as 16th, twice. Despite our successes in the competition venue, our true love is to entertain. The BUFFOONS have performed on a number of chapter shows (pick any number between 1 and 1,000,000) and if you ask anyone that we have performed for, they will confirm that we are never serious (nor do we want to be). If you have seen us before, we hope that you have enjoyed our performance and have fully recovered from the injuries suffered from "sidesplitting" laughter. But, if you haven't had the chance to hear the unique style of the HOT AIR BUFFOONS, we encourage you to lock yourself in your storm cellar now, because before long, we'll be everywhere and you'll find yourself sucked into our stupid humor and crazy antics. We just ask one thing, DON'T MAKE FUN OF THE FAT GUY!!!!!!!!!!

Quartet Members

  • Tenor: Denny Price
  • Lead: Mark Lang
  • Bari: Harry Haflett
  • Bass: Randy "Beef" Baughman

Contest Placement


2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
45th 16th 16th 41st 25th 20th 37th 20th Did Not Compete 15th 22nd 14th

District (JAD)

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
17th -- 18th 10th 5th 4th 4th 4th 1st


The Hot Air Buffoons completed their first recording "Will Sing 4 Food" in 2006.

"Will Sing 4 Food" is a creative collaboration from all members of the quartet. There are plenty of fun things and funny things in this recording (other than the tuning, that is).. The songs on the recording are:

Sittin' On Top of the World (arr. Rob Hopkins)

Last Night Was the End of the World (arr. SPEBSQSA)

Crash Test Dummies (arr. Dennis Driscoll)

Dummy Mummy (arr. Tom Gentry)

Food Jive (arr. Ed Waesche & Don Gray)

Mistakes (arr. Roy Keys)

Yes Sir, That's Godzilla (arr. Jack Baird) From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye (arr. Lou Perry)

Let's Get a Plate From Them All (arr. Rob Hopkins)

South Rampart Street Buffet (arr. David Wright)

What'll I Do? (arr. Ed Waesche)

Shine on Me (arr. SPEBSQSA)

Chewing Gum (arr. Randy Baughman)

This recording is available through the Harmony Marketplace and


Randy "Beef" Baughman sings the bass part and was born in Dover, Ohio at the delicate size of 4lbs, 8ozs. He has since put on weight and moved to Bowling Green, Ohio where he resides with his wife, Janine, and son, William. In real life, Randy teaches music at Whitmer High School in Toledo. His first a capella singing group was Melvin and the Nuclear Turnips while in high school. In college, Richard Mathey and the University Men's Chorus introduced Randy to barbershop music. He also performed two summers in a barbershop quartet at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Competition soon beckoned, and Randy's first quartet, the Varsity Lettermen, placed in the top ten their first time out! They would place no higher. His second quartet, the Varsity Lettermen (it was easier to get three new guys than a new name), placed third in their first competition! They would place no higher. Realizing that competition just wasn't working out, Randy joined a group called Yesteryear in 1985 just to have fun. They won the District competition in 1993 and went on to win the International competition in 1997. They would place no higher. Since Yesteryear retired in 2000, Randy joined up with the Hot Air Buffoons, just to have fun.

Harry Haflett sings the baritone part. Harry resides in Euclid Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Harry works nights and has a degree in Music Education. Harry is a second-generation barbershopper and has been a member of the Society since 1983. Harry Haflett harbors hopes of hopping happily on horses hooves, however, hardly has it happened.

Mark Lang sings the lead part and is the least experienced barbershopper of the group. He is also the youngest, the shortest, the most handsome, the one with the lowest golf handicap, the one with the least amount of mental illness, and the one with the youngest kids. He has a beautiful wife, Pam, of just over 15 years (that's 15 years of marriage not 15 years of age) and 2 children, Alyssa (12) and Jonathan (10), both of which love to sing (barbershop none-the-less). Mark lives in Cortland, Ohio where he works as a nurse anesthetist. He says this is where he gets his "sick" sense of humor. His hobbies include anything his wife tells him to do. Aside from his hobbies, he is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but don't hold that against him because he can still admit it in public (humiliation enough).

Denny Price sings the tenor part. Denny is a registered massotherapist (I guess you could say he gets paid to rub people the right way). He lives with his wife, Margie, who also sings in a Sweet Adeline's quartet and The Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus, which Denny directs. He has attained the distinction of Master Director with this chorus as well. In his spare time he also directs the Penn-Ohio Singers, a mens barbershop group in Sharon, PA near where he lives. He has 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and various animals of all shapes and sizes. Denny is considered the outsider of the quartet because he resides in West Middlesex, PA. He is the only grandfather in the quartet.

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