Singing Buckeyes

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The Singing Buckeyes are a men's Barbershop Chorus based in Columbus, OH. The Columbus, OH Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and its performing chorus, The Singing Buckeyes, have been in existence since their chartering in 1950. The chapter formed from the Columbus Capitol Chapter, which is still in existence.

The Chapter has produced many members who have held high administrative offices in the International and District levels of the Barbershop Harmony Society. These include Charles "Chuck" Watson, Past International President; George Chamblin, International Vice-president and Jack W. Wentworth, JAD President.

The group is consistently one of the largest chapters in the Johhny Appleseed District of the Barbershop Harmony Society with over 100 members.

The Singing Buckeyes are the only chorus in the Johnny Appleseed District to have won a Chorus championship in all six decades that the contest has been held.


David Calland (2022-Current)

Chad Wulf (2011-2021)

Doug Smeltz (1995-1998 & 2005-2010)

Steve Kovach (2003-2004)

Eric Kauffman (2002)

Gary Wulf

RD Mathey (1999-2000)

Mark Stock

Dusty Rhoades

Champion Quartets


Year Quartet Tenor, Lead, Baritone, Bass
1994 Joker's Wild Steve Iannacchione, Mark Green, Steve Legters, David Kindinger


Year Quartet Tenor, Lead, Baritone, Bass
1947 Buzz Saws Bruce Lynn, Don Vorce*, George Chamblin, Staff Taylor
1960 Four-Get-Me-Notes Ron Morrison, Cline Clary, Bob Durst, George Core
1964 Wayfarers Frank Martin, Barry Porter, Paul Shannon, Tom Ewald
1989 Bowery Boys Pat Tucker-Kelly, Gary Wulf, Doug Smeltz, Steve Denino
1990 Joker's Wild Steve Iannacchione, Mark Green, Steve Legters, David Kindinger
1996 Uptown Sound Jeff Archer, David Calland, Steve Kovach, Steve Denino
1997 Dynamics Dave Wallace, Gary Wulf, Matt Bridger, Bill Baughman
2000 Park Avenue Mark Nofziger, Gary Wulf, Matt Bridger, Mark Hannum
2002 Impulse Jason Wulf, Chad Wulf, Mike Byrley, Richard Brooks
2003 Rhythmix Mike Nessler, Chad St. John, Mike Hull, Matt Rice
2008 Cadillac Jack Carl J. Cash III, Mike Harrison, Steve Kovach, Richard Brooks
2014 Jam Session Adam Reimnitz, Jeremy Conover, Chad Wulf, Paul Agnew
2022 Rare Blend Jason Wulf, Chad Wulf, Jeff Dolan, Ryan McDivitt

Buckeye Invitational - (1989 - 2007)

The Singing Buckeyes chorus has also been a pioneer in inventing new and exciting ways to bring barbershop to the community. One way was through the creation of the Buckeye Invitational Contest. This annual convention was the first to offer a place for the second best choruses in every district with a place to come and compete against other international talent. It incorporated not only contest music but a complete show package to ensure the most entertainment value for the audience. It also was the first contest to include audience judging. 50% of the grand champion vote went to the audience and the other 50% was by the certified panel of judges. Not to stop there the invitational went on to create the first venue where men's and women's choruses would compete head to head against each other. There also was a comedy contest and a mixed voice A Capella contest.

Several groups competed and won awards at the Buckeye Invitational only to go on to win awards at the BHS International Contest:

1989 Quartet 2nd Place Medalist Power Play (2003 International Champions)
1992 Chorus Grand Champions Ambassadors of Harmony (2004 & 2009 Intl Champions)
1997 Quartet Grand Champions Gotcha! (2004 International Champions)
1997 Chorus Grand Champions Midwest Vocal Express (International Medalists)
2001 Comedy Quartet Champions Hot Air Baffoons (International Semi-Finalists)

Buckeye Harmony Camp (1994-2016)

The Singing Buckeyes chorus hosted and sponsored a barbershop youth harmony camp every summer starting in 1994. The camp grew from just 15 young men in the first year to a peak attendance of over 300 boys and girls from all over the country. At this four day camp the students learned 4 songs taught by the best barbershop talent in the world. The campers had an opportunity to perform at the Columbus Zoo, the Ohio State Fair, and other local areas of interest. The camp would conclude with a performance by the chorus and quartets at the Singing Buckeyes "Stars of the Night" show on Saturday night in front of 2,000 or more barbershop enthusiasts. The final Harmony Camp was held in 2016. A devoted group of the same volunteers who supported Harmony Camp throughout the years have carried on with the creation of another central Ohio youth harmony camp called the Ohio Harmony Xperience, aka OHX.

Contest Placement


1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
? ? ? 11th
1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 .... 1980
8th 7th 8th
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
11th 10th 14th 13th 13th 13th 11th
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
10th 11th 24th
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
22nd 15th
2021 2022


Represents the Johnny Appleseed District.

District Awards

District Barbershopper of the Year

2005 - Paul Shannon

2003 - P. W. "Bill" Miller

1998 - Mike Renner

1997 - Lane Bushong

1989 - Pat Tucker-Kelly

1987 - Chuck Watson

1984 - Dick Dickhaus

1977 - Jack Wentworth

1963 - Robert Maher

1955 - Staff Taylor

District Hall of Fame

1994 - Gary Wulf

1994 - Joker's Wild (Mark Green,David Kindinger, Steve Legters, Steve Iannachionne)

1984 - Chuck Watson

1981 - Frank Martin

1977 - Jack Wentworth

1958 - Bob Maher

1955 - Staff Taylor

1952 - George Chamblin

District Molly Reagon Novice Quartet

1998 - Impulse

1993 - Once Around the Block

1985 - Reveille

1983 - Special Delivery

1979 - Harrington Brothers

Bob Loose Golden Apple Award - Director of the Year

2014 - Chad Wulf

2000 - R. D. Mathey

1999 - Paul Shannon (For directing the Zanesville Chapter)

1991 - Doug Smeltz

1987 - Lane Bushong (For directing the Lima Beane Chapter)

1985 - Bill Miller (For directing the Newark Chapter)

1979 - Roy "Dusty" Rhoades

Bob Loose Golden Apple Award - Coach of the Year

2016 - Chad Wulf

2013 - Gary Wulf

2009 - Mark Stock

2006 - Doug Smeltz

2003 - R.D. Mathey

2000 - Mark Green

1997 - David Calland

1996 - Steve Legters

1988 - Pat Tucker-Kelly

1987 - Gary Wulf

1979 - Frank Martin

See Also

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