Eight students participate in acapella singing groups on campus.
Barbershop quartet features four gentlemen:
Dustin Smithson sings the lead part and is a senior. He is from Corona, California and is a Biology major. This will be his second year in the quartet.
“Everyone present at Vanguard has different abilities and talents. We all work together to point the world towards the most important aspect of life: Jesus Christ.”
Joshua Avne sings the tenor part and is a senior. He is also from Corona, California and is a Music major. This coming year will be his second in Barbershop and he hopes to encourage people through barbershop music.
“In whatever it is that you feel God has called you to, whether it be music, business, teaching, or even garbage management science, remember that it is all ministry and that we are called to be lights wherever we are.”
Jesse Hawkins sings the bass part and is a senior. He is from Longmont, Colorado and is a Music and Worship arts major. This will be his third year in the quartet.
“I try my hardest and give my all to everything I do. I am running this race with the knowledge that everything I do is for the Kingdom and not for fame or money. It’s not people that I sing for, but for my Saviour. My favourite verse is Colossians 3:23: ‘In everything you do, work at it with all your heart as if working for the Lord, not men.’”
Tyler Wayman sings the bass part and is a sophomore. He is from Boise, Idaho and is a Music-Vocal Performance major. This is his first year in barbershop. He wanted to be in the quartet because he had never done anything like it before and because it represents “more than just an ensemble, but a family-like, close group of guys.”
“Music isn’t about sounding good, looking good, and being recognized. Music speaks to our soul. It reaches past our misconceptions and brokenness. For me, music represents God’s presence in a tangible yet mind-blowing way. Whatever your “music” is in life – don’t be afraid to follow it whole heartedly.”
This year, the beauty shop quartet features four ladies:
Jayna Obusan is a sophomore and sings the lead part. She is from Mililani Oahu, Hawaii and is an English major. This will be her first year in Beautyshop.
“Music brings people together, and God gave us the gift of music. It’s not just about performing and being on stage, but it’s also remembering that it’s for an audience of one.”
Amanda White is a sophomore and sings the tenor part. She is from Palmdale, California and is a Music Ministry major. This will be her second year in the quartet.
“You could be singing on a worship team, performing in front of a group, talking to friends, or doing your homework. They can all be an act of worship, if done for God’s glory.”
Amy Dallenbach is a junior and sings the baritone part. She is from Vacaville, California and is an English major. This will be her first year in Beautyshop.
“God is so faithful, and His love never fails. It is this unfailing love that calls forth worship from our hearts. ‘I will sing a new song to the Lord, because He has been so good to me’ –Psalm 13:6.”
Ashley Zerillo is a junior and sings the bass part; She is from Lomita, California and is a Music – Vocal performance major. This will be her first year in Beautyshop.
“Just live your life, and let God surprise you!”