Jim Lake

Immediate Past President



YEARS IN BHS:  I think my card has 24 years, but I’ve been singing barbershop since 8th grade, so that would be 35 years, obviously I was not a BHS member through all of it.

VOICE PART:  Bass in chorus, historically tenor in organized quartets, also lead/baritone as needed for tags and polecats!

HOMETOWN: Born in Indianapolis, but mostly raised in St. Joseph, in southwestern Michigan.


QUARTET(s): I’ve been in several registered quartets that competed; of those I’ll name 3 – my high school quartet “Top Billing,”  a quartet from the erstwhile Bowie, MD chapter, “Quest,” and my most recent with the Alexandria Harmonizers, “Good Guys.” (That one was with SCC member Don Dillingham.)

WHAT GOT YOU INTO BARBERSHOP:  My dad would take me to rehearsals starting when I was about 10.

FAVORITE BARBERSHOP EXPERIENCE:  Singing in an octet with the Bluegrass Student Union and my high school quartet on their “Bluegrass Gospel Medley.”  Then medalling with the Alexandria Harmonizers (four bronze medals).  There are many more – too many to count.

OTHER BARBERSHOP EXPERIENCE: I was assistant director for the Bowie Knights of Harmony in the late 90s/early 2000s.  I was pitch-man for about 3 years with AH, and then bass section co-leader (with Andrew Havens of Da Capo) for AH as well for about a half year leading up to my International with them.