Olde Thyme
Harmony Quartet

About Us

Olde Thyme Harmony Quartet is a barbershop quartet comprised of four uniquely witty and charming individuals: Don, Tim, Jacob, and Tom (the new guy). Click on each member's image to read a little about him.

Don Horton the LEAD singer has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1967. Don is a real estate broker and appraiser. He began singing at Ferris State University in 1957 singing with the Crimson & Gold Choir and the Varsity Four barbershop quartet. He has sung in the Society with the Shia-Guys, Patch Chords, Collector's Choice, 4 County Connection, Pittsburgh Squealers, Sufficient Grounds and now Olde Thyme Harmony Quartet over the past 43 years.

As past Chapter President, Board Member, Program VP, Barbershopper of the Year, Don has always stayed active in the chapter.

Don & wife Sandy of over 50 years reside in Corunna MI. Don is the contact for the quartet his phone number is 517-202-1225.

Tim Oliver is the BARITONE (Bari) having recently switched from the Lead singer. Tim got his Barbershop start a few years ago singing in the quartet for the Owosso Community Players production of the MUSIC MAN. Shortly thereafter he became a member of the Society. He is the LEAD section leader of the Capitol City Chordsmen Chorus. Tim is an alumnus of the MSU SPARTAN BAND. He spent 8 years as the LEAD singer in Sufficient Grounds quartet.

Tim is a Doctor in Owosso specializing in Family Practice. He and his wife Marcia also reside in Owosso, MI.

Jacob is our TENOR, and at 22 years old is by far the youngest member of the quartet. Don Horton (LEAD) met Jacob when he was only six months old, bringing his quartet, Collector's Choice, to the Christmas party of his grandparents' real estate company. Don sang for Jacob almost every year since, and about three years ago invited him to join the Barbershop Harmony society. Jacob first joined the Flint chapter, but later transferred his membership to Lansing where he sings BASS in the Capital City Chordsmen Chorus.

In December of 2009, he was invited to help form the Olde Thyme Harmony Quartet, which was then unnamed. Since the quartet needed a TENOR, he agreed to step in. Jacob can sing all four parts, and he also has perfect pitch, so there is no need for the quartet to carry a pitch pipe. He has also arranged the songs Thank You Soldiers and The Old Rugged Coss for the quartet.

Jacob is single and lives in Fenton MI with his parents, brother and sisters.

Tom is a 30 plus year Barbershoper and has sung in several quartets in including "Cordinary Guys" Novice champs in 1986 and "In The Neighborhood" Senior Champs in 2004. He started with the Oakland County Chapter in 1980, went to the Wayne Chapter in 1985 and sang with the Wayne Renaissance Chorus in the International contest in 1986. Joined the Grosse Pointe Chorus in 1993 to present.

Other musical groups include - Fort Street Choral from 1981 to 1989, Judelairs - 1988 to 1993.

Tom is originally from Benzonia, Michigan. Served in the Army from 1958 to 1961. Graduated from Michigan State University in 1967. Worked for IBM out of college until he formed his own business in 1972. Presently owns FireService Management which serves Fire Departments in the Midwest.

Rates

Rates for Olde Thyme Harmony Quartet performances vary from weekdays to weekends. Rates may be modified for the type and length of performance.

For a firm commitment please contact Don Horton (Lead), Ph.517-202-1225 or e-mail Don at melodies780@gmail.com

Events

Song List

Songs on Priority List

  • The Lord's Prayer
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • All I Do is Dream of You

Religious/Gospel

  • In the Garden
  • Irish Blessing
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • Ride the Chariot

Show Tunes

  • Coney Island Baby
  • Edelweiss
  • Lida Rose
  • The Longest Time
  • So Happy Together
  • Zippity Doo Dah

 

Barbershop Standards

  • Darkness on the Delta
  • Down Our Way
  • Happy Birthday
  • Honey / Little 'Lize
  • I'm Sittin on Top of the World
  • Java Jive
  • The Longest Time
  • Mary Lou
  • McNamara's Band
  • Muskrat Ramble
  • Shine on Me
  • Wait 'til the Sun Shines Nellie
  • You Are My Sunshine

Contest Songs

  • First Hello to Last Goodbye
  • I Never See Maggie Alone
  • Introductions
  • Piano Roll Blues
  • Side by Side
  • What Does It Take to Make You Smile

 Love Songs

  • I Love You Truly
  • Happy Birthday/Anniversary
  • Heart of My Heart
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • My Wild Irish Rose
  • Sweet & Lovely
  • Sweet Roses of Morn

Patriotic

  • Cohen Medley
  • Dixie
  • God Bless America
  • Star Spangled Banner

Christmas

  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Jingle Bells
  • O Holy Night
  • Silent Night
  • Soldier Silent Night
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Photos

Videos

Contact Us

Don Horton
Phone:  517-202-1225
E-mail:  melodies780@gmail.com


Tom Smeltzer
Phone: 248-933-5960
E-mail: msmeltzer@comcast.net