Chief of Staff, a Bellingham High a cappella group, has new single out and an album on the way

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 23, 2014 

Bellingham High School student Aidan Glaze recently posted something on Whatcom County Theatre's Facebook page that intrigued me. While he acknowledged his post wasn't directly related to theater, I thought it was worthy of more press.

Aidan wants people to know about Chief of Staff, a men's a cappella group from Bellingham High that recently released one of its first singles, and is in the process of recording an album and wants to share a taste of what to expect when it's finished.

Aidan says production isn't cheap when it comes to equipment, CDs and professional studio time, so the group is looking for ways to offset expenses. Part of that, he says, is through the album release, but they are also looking for gigs, so if anyone is interested in hiring a great group of entertainers with a great sound (slightly biased, but still true, he jokes), then email them at bhschiefofstaff@gmail.com.

Chief of Staff is a five-person group made up of Aidan Glaze, AJ Russo, Hunter Dunn, Ian Slater and Luke Robinson, all seniors or juniors.

They came together last April to put together an a cappella song for the school's talent show, and their performance was so popular that they decided to keep performing.

Last summer, Hunter and Aiden created their own arrangements of songs from many genres, including Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved," Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" and Coldplay's "Fix You," so that when fall arrived they had a solid set of performance-ready songs.

They hope to release their album in the next few months. A single, "Fix You," is available now and people can hear it at chiefofstaff.bandcamp.com/album/fix-you-single.

At the end of 2013, Chief of Staff won the KAFE 104.1 "Stars of Christmas" contest. They received a $1,000 prize for Bellingham High's music department for their cover of "Indiana Christmas" by Straight No Chaser, a nationally renowned a cappella group.

Aiden says everyone in Chief of Staff is a talented musician: Hunter is proficient at many instruments, including piano and guitar; Ian is a cellist who, with his instrumental quartet, Raisin Brahms, won the State Solo and Ensemble Competition; Luke has been in lead roles in musical productions at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle; AJ is a singer, songwriter and guitar player who has released his own EP; and Aiden has been in numerous stage productions and recently discovered talents for arranging, beat-boxing, and music production.

They also are members of Showstoppers, the advanced small choral ensemble at Bellingham High. For details, go to facebook.com/bhschiefofstaff, twitter.com/bhschiefofstaff or bhschiefofstaff.wix.com/chief-of-staff.

KULSHAN CHORUS SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

Under the new leadership of Dustin Willetts, Kulshan Chorus is seeking singers, especially tenors, baritones and basses, for its "Songs of Poetry and Peace" concert May 17.

Kulshan Chorus is a community choir of about 90 people who are committed to music education and to spirited performances celebrating the common bonds of humanity through music.

Auditions for new members is simple, tuition is reasonable (and free for college students), and scholarships are available.

To schedule an appointment, send an email to Willetts at dustin@kulshanchorus.org, or show up at 6:30 p.m. at the next Thursday rehearsal at Jones-Moles Funeral Home- 2465 Lakeway Drive. Regular rehearsals are 7 to 9:15 p.m. Thursdays until the concert Details: kulshanchorus.org.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com.

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