by Roger LaPoint
The 2017 Oshkosh Barbershopper Of The Year was recently awarded to Don Gibson. Gibson has been a barbershop member for more than 44 years with many of those years in the Oshkosh chapter. He is currently our chapter historian and has headed up our annual dinner concert along with being a member of our board of directors. Don was a unanimous choice to receive this prestigious award.
Written by Roger LaPoint
Originally from Little Chute Wisconsin, Chris Vander Pas learned about barbershop from a friend in High School and joined with the Fox Valleyaires when he was doing his undergraduate at UW-Oshkosh.
Chris just started his career teaching middle school and high school choir in Lomira, Wisc.
While at UW-Oshkosh, he got into a quartet called “SuperNova” – past Packerland Division Champs, and most recently “Vocal Fury” – Land O’ Lakes District Finalists, both singing Baritone.
Chris has been furthering his barbershop studies by attending Harmony University for the past two years in the Directors College branch. In the last few years, he has been a part of the Youth Barbershop Festivals as a teaching quartet member and has also been directing with the Appleton chapter.
Written by Jack Kile
In September 2008, Todd Oxley, a 25-year barbershopper, returned to direct the Winnebagoland Barbershop Chorus. He also directed the chorus in 1997 and 1998.
Todd, a distinguished music educator with over 30 years experience, recently retired as Director of Choral Music at Neenah High School. Prior to that, he served as Director of Choral Music at Winneconne High School.
Todd was introduced to barbershopping by his father, Norris, a founding member of the Minocqua-Woodruff chapter. While a student at UW-Stevens Point, Todd sang tenor with the quartet, “Crowd Pleasers.” For the past 23 years, he has sung lead with the Sawdust City Slickers, past Packerland Division champions and LOL District finalists. Presently, he is singing bass in “The Cheery-O’s” with his three sons (Jacob, Joshua, and Nathan), 2007 Packerland Division champs and LOL District finalists.
Through the years, Todd has been instrumental in introducing the barbershop style of music to many students and is a frequent teaching clinician at Youth In Harmony festivals.