formed in March of 2004 specifically for the Corktown Historic
Homes Tour. The tour folks had previously booked a quartet, but
had lost touch with them. Enter, Paul Keiser.
than simply hunt down a quartet through his contacts in Barbershopping
circles, Paul decided this was a perfect opportunity to form a
NEW quartet! Aside from getting a few bucks and some free food
for having fun, his hopes were to become good enough to compete
in the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.* Pioneer district quartet competition.
a couple college kids who happened to come to the recent Detroit-Oakland
Chaper's show (Mike Nelson on Baritone and Brad Miller on Lead)
and an old high school friend (Paul Bastian on Bass). The young
upstarts learned enough songs to do very well at their first performance.
(You can see
some pictures of Coda Honor version 1.0 in the Photo Gallery)
came a name. Being husky guys, and adding up their combined weight,
"Half-A-Ton of Fun" was a definite possibility. However,
in the best tradition set forth by Homer J. Simpson, it needed
to be clever the first time you heard it, and less clever each
time afterwards. Keeping that rule in mind, on the way to a freind's
bachelor party Paul and his friend Ryan Parmenter came up with
"Coda Honor". Perfect!
comprised of three quarters 20-somethings and college students
and living a bit far apart, scheduling further rehearsals and
gigs became difficult and the quartet eventually faded away, as
too many good quartets often do.
then the Lead, Brad Miller, is singing with the barbershop quartet
at Henry Ford Greenfield Village in Dearborn, baritone Mike Nelson
is making his way on the west side of the state, and bass Paul
Bastian is working at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit and working
on his first solo album.
of 2005, as the Corktown Homes Tour was creeping up again, Paul
was ready to just pass the gig along to another quartet. After
talking with his friend Louis Coviak, whom he had sung with in
previous quartets, that spark came back to life. They went to
the 2005 Pioneer District Convention once again, this time on
the prowl for a new baritone and bass to form a new quartet. Finding
Mike Holland and Floyd McDaniel bumming around the lobby of the
hotel where the convention was being held, Lou grabs them both
and forces them at spork-point to sing. It was good. No, it was
better than that - it was FUN! Paul mentions the Corktown gig
and before you can say, "Sweet Adeline," a quartet is
of 2007, after lanquishing a bit as a quartet and getting busier
personal lives, Floyd and Mike bid a friendly farewell to the
quartet, leaving Paul & Lou to find 2 new guys who were maybe
a bit closer by and had easier schedules to accomodate. Looking
to the chorus, they found one of its newest members, Dave Beamer,
had not only a wonderful ear and great enthusiasm, but a Master's
Degree in Vocal Pedagogy! They swooped down like the musical vultures
they are and snatched him up before anyone else got to him.
under the reccomendation of Jack Day (Detroit Oakland Chapter's
Membership Chairman and member of the Langsford Men's Chorus),
they contacted Dave Conrad, a former barbershopper with quartet
experience, an extensive vocal performance résumé,
and a great sense of humor to boot! The first song they sang rang
like nobody's business. It was pure synergy. The went to their
first district contest in October 2007 and made a fantastic first
impression! This group spent the the next 3 years singing for many gatherings throughout the area.
Check out photos from old versions of Coda Honor.
In Late 2010 Coda
Honor transformed yet again. With Paul being the driving force and still holding down the Tenor, but now with Aaron Wilson singing Lead(who Paul met at the Great Lakes Harmony Brigade), Dave Montera singing Bass, and Ray Sturdy singing Baritone, both of whom Paul knew from the Detroit Oakland Chapter.
In 2014 Paul stepped down as Tenor due to growing family commitments and there not being enought hours in the day to fit it all in. Euel Kinsey has stepped in as Tenor joining Aaron, Dave and Ray and they are forging ahead with Coda Honor, even though Paul still seems to pop-up occasionally.
We have been busy building our repertoire and have gigs performing
at various social gatherings throughout
the Southeast Michigan area. Where they go from here,
only time will tell...