The Core

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The Core is a men's barbershop quartet from Ohio. They are the 2013 Johnny Appleseed District Quartet Champions.

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Formed in early 2013, they rapidly grew as a top-end performing group and qualified for the annual international barbershop quartet contest where they placed 23rd. This foursome may be a new combination, but their members have been accomplished international barbershop performers for many years. Founded on the belief that music is about sharing. This quartet formed to embark on a journey together.

Entertaining audiences through genuine and honest delivery of music is the goal of this foursome. From love ballads, inspirational music, traditional barbershop, and feature selections we hope you will enjoy their unique blend and artistry that makes them one of the top performing groups in the barbershop harmony society.

The Core was originally named Common Core but changed their name to avoid any association with the political and education policy in the US known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Quartet Members

  • Tenor: Michael Nesler
  • Lead: Josh Van Gorder
  • Bari: Mike Hull
  • Bass: Stephen Denino

Contest Placements


2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
23rd 19th 16th 15th 13th 15th 10th

District (JAD)

Extended History

From the Singing Buckeyes and The Alliance.

Individual Histories

Michael Nesler

Josh Van Gorder

Mike Hull

Stephen Denino

External Links