The Glen Echoes began in 1997 when Richard Cook (singing Lead) and Darrel Dietlein
(singing Bass) met at a meeting of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and found that their voices
blended well. While a start, they still needed two more members to complete a quartet.
Finding a Tenor
A few early tries at forming a quartet did not pan out until later in 1997 when they found tried singing with Mike Holmes.
Mike was singing Baritone, but what they really needed was a gret tenor; Mike's Tenor voice was a perfect fit and he joined
Richard and Darrel.
Completing the group
A good Baritone is hard to find, Before the end of the year we completed the quartet with John Hosie singing Bartone, and
the Glen Echoes began building a repertoire.
The Quartet in 1997 - The Original Members
The Quartet in 2001
The Washington DC area is quite transient and changes in membership are inevetible. Richard and Mike are still in the quartet,
but our Baritone has changed once and our Bass has changed three times. Our first change came in 2001 when John Hosie left the quartet
and formed a Mens Four-Part Gospel group in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The search for a new Baritone found our current Baritone -
The second change came in 2005 when Darrel relocated to New Hampshire. We had a few months warning so our search for a new bass
quickly found Charlie Sheridan. Charlie jumped in and started learning our 40-plus
repertoire songs in record time. By the time Darrel moved, Charlie was ready to perform in public.
The Quartet in 2006 - With a new Bass
The Quartet in 2010 - Another new Bass
Our third change occurred in 2010, Charlie decided it was time to retire from the quartet and asked us to find a replacement for
him, while offering to continue until we had a new Bass up to speed. The search was difficult, all of our previous members had
been drawn from the membership of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, this time we extended our
search and found Michael Gilmore, a member of the Alexandria, Virginia Chapter. Michael
bacame our Bass in December 2010 when Charlie officially retired.
Our most recent change came in January 2013 with the departure of Michael Gilmore. Michael has wanted to pursue the
Barbershop Harmony Society's competetive circuit for some time and the opportunity came in mid 2012 for him to join three other
like-minded singers forming a new quartet Handsome Reward.
In late January 2013 we were pleased to add Al Blount as our new Bass. Al learned the quartet's large repertoire in record time,
Al has the added challenge in that he sings the Baritone part of some of our material with Harmony Express and now has to Know
two parts of the same song.
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