President: Jim Gordon
Jim got hooked on Barbershopping with the first tag he sang with the Big Orange Chorus in Jacksonville, Fl. He later served as bari section leader and president, and the chorus went on to compete on the International stage. Jim moved to Asheville just in time for the "Blizzard of '93" and has enjoyed the four season living here ever since. He's a retired Naval officer, tennis pro and Master Gardener who enjoys life on 2 acres in Leicester with his wife, Laura. He has 4 children and a bunch of grandkids and one great granddaughter. He is a quartet singer, promoter and enthusiast. A Harmony Brigade singer, he also founded and promotes Harmony Platoon events for the District.
After being chapter Secretary for a few years he now has a vision, as president, that Asheville become a chapter of quartet singers; and that in addition to full chorus performances we perform in quartets or small ensembles on a very regular basis. we perform regularly in quartets or small ensembles on a very regular basis. Jim is a tag singer and member of BSA, a group of the best tag singers on the East Coast; and he regularly brings a tag to rehearsals so that members and guests can enjoy that same experience that hooked him on Barbershopping.
Secretary: Bob Renjillian
Rev. Bob Renjilian joined the Asheville Chapter and Land of the Sky Chorus soon after his ministerial calling brought him to serve a church in Brevard beginning in 2020. As a child, his only chorus experience was Ms. Fiftal’s 5th grade mixed chorus, where he was among the boys singing the pirate’s songs. After a long break from singing (concentrating on marching/concert band instead) he joined the madrigal singers in college, and then a community symphony chorus. He was introduced to Barbershop Harmony by his father-in-law and brother-in-law during visits to their cities, which coincided with their own chapters’ rehearsals sometimes. Bob joined a Barbershop chorus in 1994, and has kept up his affiliation in this great singing tradition wherever he ended up, (except for a short break when the kids were young and there was no close-by chapter to attend). Bob sings bass, but has sometimes been asked to sing lead in Valentine’s Day quartets.
Treasurer: Charles Marth
Charles has been a chemistry professor at Western Carolina University for almost 20 years. He has sung in church choirs for many years, but just discovered barbershop three years ago – and was immediately hooked on the a cappella sound. In January of 2021 he was honored at the request to be treasurer for the chapter, and is also involved in setting up Blue Ridge Harmony, the new mixed-voice chorus. Charles grew up in Illinois, then came south to attend Duke University. He and his wife now live in Haywood County (where she grew up) and enjoy spending weekends at their cabin in the mountains near Lake Logan.
VP Music & Performance: Randy Hagan
Randy came to the Land of the Sky Chorus from the San Antonio, TX Marcsmen, where he and son Trevor began their adventure with Barbershop. Although Randy had been singing for 50 years in various choral capacities (church and community choirs/choruses), he had never sung a cappella or barbershop. After joining the Marcsmen he knew he’d found his calling. Since then he has performed on the International stage, won a District novice quartet championship, and served as a chapter treasurer. Before moving to N. Carolina, Randy completed a 40-yr Air Force career and has retired here with his wife (a 30-yr AF retiree) and son Trevor. In addition to membership in Land of the Sky Chorus, he also sings with Carolina Vocal Express (on the International Stage!) and with Carolina Statesmen.
VP Chapter Development & Membership: Terry Devereaux
Born and raised in Scranton, PA, of English/Welsh descent. Two older brothers, one younger sister.
Earliest memory of singing: age 4 while walking, rather marching, two blocks to grandparents home while singing”Onward Christian Soldiers”.
Grade school: loved singing Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.
Junior High: Won the 7th Grade talent contest singing “MacNamara’s Band”. Auditioned for the Apollo Boys Choir of West Palm Beach, gaining invitation to Florida as finalist. U.S. Army, 3 years, aircraft crew-chief, Bogota, Colombia.
Penn State- bachelors, Business Logistics.
Career: Transportation management-Philadelphia, Sacramento.
Family: wife Vicki, 32 years, 3 daughters , 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.
Barbershop: first exposure- Dad’s quartet rehearsing “She’s Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage” in our living room.
53 year member, 3 chapters/ choruses, 6 quartets, Area counselor, membership VP, board member, music team, section leader (leads), front row captain, choreography team.
Quartet efforts: mid-atlantic district: division 1st place (2), district novice award, district quartet 2nd place.
VP Marketing & Promotion: Bob Burns
Bob started singing, playing the piano and tap dancing, at age 4. His maternal grandfather sang barbershop on vaudeville. Bob has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for over 29 years, and a barbershop Lead since 1976. He has been VP of Marketing and PR for the Dixie and Carolinas Districts, and on the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Marketing Team for 4 years.
He has also served several years as Asheville Chapter President, and also VP of Marketing/PR.
He has been Barbershopper of the Year twice since joining the Chapter in 2003. Bob introduced his wife, Joyce Ramsey, to barbershop; she is a Tenor. Bob, Joyce, their cat Loki, and dog Happy, live in West Asheville. Bob’s favorite saying, passed down from Kevin Kehres is, “Singing is FUN! Let’s do more singing!"
Member at Large: Randy Freeman
Randy Freeman first became interested in music when he started playing trumpet in fifth grade. Though he did not sing in High School he discovered a love for singing in his early adult years and sang in a gospel trio with two of his brothers. They called themselves “The Freeman Brothers”. He was introduced to Barbershop in his early 40's and sang with the Circle City Sound chorus in Indianapolis. After three years with CCS he had to withdraw for a while due to work and family circumstances but came back to Barbershop in his 50's and remained active with the Indianapolis chapter until February of 2014. He sang in three quartets while active with the CCS chorus. Randy served as Membership VP and also as Marketing & PR VP while with the Indianapolis chapter. He left Indiana and moved to South Carolina in 2014.
His Sweet Adeline sister who lives near Columbia, SC introduced him to a lovely southern lady who is also a Sweet Adeline. She stole his heart and became his wife in April of 2015. He had become a member of the LOS during their courtship and was also in a Seniors quartet named Evergreen while with the chapter. He moved to the Columbia area to live with his bride but has maintained his connection with the LOS and recently renewed his membership. He and his wife will be moving to upstate South Carolina in the spring of 2020. He is looking forward to singing with and serving the chapter as well as singing in another quartet.
Immediate Past President: Steve Anderson
Steve is a retired Naval Officer and NATO Officer. He was a 17-year member of Voices International, a mixed-voice show choir based in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He and his wife Deborah were both founding members. Steve (first singing Tenor and later Bass) was their first Chairman, and held that role for 15 years. Deborah initially sang Alto, but then took on Choreography for the group for over 10 years. Voices International expanded from 20 folks who in 1997 just wanted to get together and sing, into a 50-voice semi-professional choral group performing a wide variety of music, over a dozen shows each year, and participating in international festivals from New York City to Vienna. Their time in Luxembourg turned out to be a great opportunity for both to delve into many artistic experiences. They enjoyed numerous roles in the musical and theatrical arenas, both on- and off-stage.