Farmington High School graduates Chris Cordle (2013) and Aaron Pollard (2011), with the Frontier Barbershop Quartet, last month won awards in two competitions held in Orlando, Florida.
The Next Generation Contest and the International Open Contest took place at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Competition. Frontier took top honors in the Next Generation Contest for groups aged 18-25 and placed 18th in the open contest for quartets ages 25 and older.
Only 19 quartets were invited to compete after a video audition. Frontier performed “Evermore” from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and a comedic rendition of “Do You Know The Muffin Man?” for the judges and posted A-level scores.
In 2017, the Quartet earned sixth place in the Next Generation Contest and 35th in the International Open Contest.
In addition to Cordle, a tenor, and Pollard, lead, Frontier members are Brandon Smith, baritone, from Monroe, and Cody Harrell, bass, from Lansing. The group has been together for more than three years, but Cordle and Pollard have been singing together since high school.
Frontier regularly performs and teaches across the country. The group has also performed in Indonesia and helped with efforts to start barbershop quartets there. Most recently, they held a Harmony Camp in Mount Pleasant and attended a week-long coaching session at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
“This quartet is a family,” Cordle said. “These guys are my brothers, and I can’t wait for what’s next.”
– Press release