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At a late 1980’s Huron Valley Harmonizer rehearsal, Dave Spizarny, bass, Rob Pettigrew, baritone, and Kelly Brummett, tenor/lead/baritone/bass, asked Paul Ellinger, a barely legal kid who had almost never sung a note out of the shower, to get together on a Friday night to ring a few chords. After singing Shine On Me around 50 times, Chordiology was born.
During Chordiology’s early years, we laughed more than we sang. Kelly told jokes and laughed louder than everyone else at the punch lines. Paul made us laugh with his kinetic energy; you never knew what he’d do next. Spiz made us laugh with pure sarcasm, and Rob made us laugh commenting on everything everyone did and said. It was a fun time for the quartet.
During Chordiology’s early middle years, we laughed more than we sang. We performed at several Barbershop and Sweet Adeline shows, and we developed different themes for shows, like pretending that we were rehearsing instead of performing or doing an entire show based on “things I always wanted to do on stage” – and don’t ask, because this show is coming out of retirement. Then we went to contest, and reality hit. We were successful entertainers, but we didn’t sing very well. We switched directions, concentrating less on comedy and more on singing. Rob dropped out of the quartet, Kelly switched to baritone, and Ed Pendleton joined as tenor. Ed’s humor and personality fit like a glove, so it was a fun time for the quartet.
works for the University of Michigan, managing a number
of computer and media facilities. Rob loves history, working outdoors,
and is a
bit of a Civil War buff. Rob
his wife in farming country near Saline, where he raises chickens and
cats. He also has a large garden, where he grows vegetables
and herbs to
feed the local rabbits.
lives with his wife and family in Davesburg, which is
in the middle of nowhere, Michigan.
Cliff is a salesman for Emhart Teknologies, where he earns
money to buy
toys that he loves almost as much as singing.
When he’s not working or singing, he’s
riding his snowmobile or tractor
or ATV or Harley. Cliff
lives with his wife in the independent nation of Ann
a radiologist at Henry Ford
Hospital, so he spends a lot of time in his car, listening to XM radio
on CD. He loves
history and politics,
which according to Spiz, comes from the Latin poly, which means many,
which are blood sucking arachnids.
the next time you see a Chordiologist, come over and
don’t come over unless you’re ready
to sing after a minute or two of small talk. A song, a tag,
or a song and
a tag, it doesn’t matter.
We love to
kick a guy or two out of the quartet and sing with different voices. It gives some of us a
chance to sing, and it
gives others of us a chance hear a new joke, chat with barbershoppers,
just reflect on this marvelous activity we call barbershop singing.