CHIPS Quartet
LOL District Novice Champions



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CHIPS Quartet Schedule

02/09/14 Sun "Hearts in Harmony 5" -- all-barbershop benefit show at Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls
02/14/14 Fri Singing Valentines! (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Menomonie)
04/12/14 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show, Colfax, Wisc.
04/22/14 Tues Stout Ale House, Menomonie (private party)
04/24/14 Thurs Foster Grandparents Recognition Banquet, Avalon Chippewa Falls
04/27/14 Sun 2pm Funeral in Chippewa Falls
04/29/14 Tues Turtleback Golf Course, Rice Lake (private party)
05/01/14 Thurs Horizon's Supper Club, Tilden (private party)
07/13/14 Sun Northern Wisconsin State Fair (Gordy's Front Porch, time TBD)
02/08/15 Sun "Hearts in Harmony 6" -- all-barbershop benefit show at Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls
02/13/15 Fri Singing Valentines! (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire)

Check out the Singing Valentines photos:
| 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2008 | 2009 | 2011 |

Newspaper columns about CHIPS:


Anne O'Brien, 1981-2003

(Jerry's beloved daughter)


CHIPS is a barbershop quartet in the Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls area of west-central Wisconsin. They are an officially registered quartet in the LOL District of SPEBSQSA (they are members of the Dunn County, Black River Falls, and Eau Claire chapters). Formed in January 1995, they steadily increased their ranking in official SPEBSQSA quartet contests for the next couple years. They were crowned the District Novice Quartet Champions in Rochester, Minnesota in October 1996, and made it into the finals (Top Ten) in the October 1997 district contest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The four individuals have a combined total of over 150 years of experience singing barbershop harmony in quartets and choruses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oregon. What is barbershop harmony? In a nutshell, it's four voices singing a cappella (without instruments), with the lead usually in the second highest part, and with chord progessions around the circle of fifths (Gashouse Gang example). Their repertoire includes some songs that stray outside the barbershop umbrella, such as 50s and doo-wop (e.g., "Lion Sleeps Tonight"), but it's all delicious four-part a cappella male harmony.

What sort of performances do they do? Anything and everything! They have sung for all sorts of events in the Chippewa Valley, like weddings, banquets, visiting touring groups, private parties, etc., in addition to several barbershop chapter shows. They were featured in a local production of The Music Man at the historic State Theater in Eau Claire in the summer of '96. One recurring "singout" they particularly enjoy doing is Singing Valentines.

CHIPS is a fun-loving group whose main purpose is to spread joy by singing for people, and to preserve and encourage an old original american artform, barbershop harmony. They commit a certain percentage of their time to doing free concerts for good causes, but they do have expenses to pay (uniforms, sheet music arrangements, tapes, travel, coaching fees, sound system), so they do need to charge money for most performances.

Send 'em some email if you'd like to be added to their mailing list, or if you'd like to add a touch of class to your next event.

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Meet the CHIPS Members

Tenor Jerry O'Brien Tenor Jerry O'Brien is a software developer with KRM Information Services in Eau Claire. He has three grown children and lives in Eau Claire. Jerry got his start in barbershop with the New Mexichords chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986. He has since sung with the Eau Claire and Black River Falls, WI. chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Jerry also sings classical choral music with The Master Singers of Eau Claire, vocal jazz with PBJ of Black River Falls, and plays guitar and sings spirituals with Fairview Four. While not singing, Jerry enjoys silent sports like kayaking and canoeing with Pure Water Paddlers, cross-country skiiing, and biking.
(email: obrienje@gmail.com)
Lead Randy Knaack owns Knaack Advertising in Menomonie. CHIPS is his first competing quartet, although he has been singing barbershop harmony with the Dunn County chorus since the early 80's. He lives in Menomonie with his wife and two children, and was elected to the school board (the real one in Menomonie, not River City). (And as of 2010, he is the MAYOR!)
(email: knaack @wwt.net)
Baritone Tom Arneberg is an IC Design Engineer at Cray, Inc. in Chippewa Falls (he designs chips in Chippewa!), where he lives with his wife Beth and five children (actually, two are in college already!). He has been in several barbershop choruses and quartets in Minnesota, Colorado, and Oregon, before moving to Wisconsin in 1991. He served as the communications officer for the Land O'Lakes District.
(email: tom@arneberg.com)
Bass Steve Hein, the new guy who replaced the retiring Rod Bailey in late 2010, is an engineer at SGI in Chippewa Falls. (Hey, three engineers in one quartet!) Steve and his wife Shelley are raising two kids. CHIPS is Steve's first barbershop quartet, although he has sung for years with Tom on a worship team quartet at CVBC
(email:heinss@hotmail.com)

Official contact email address: info@chipsQuartet.com


Past gigs since 1998 (for reminiscing):

09/19/98 Sat Milk Haulers State Convention, Waupaca, WI
09/22/98 Tue Farm Progress Days, Old Towne in Menomonie
09/26/98 Sat Barron, WI Chapter Show (w/Keepsake, '92 Int'l Champs)
10/10/98 Sat Duluth, MN Chapter Show
11/07/98 Sat Eau Claire SPEBSQSA Chapter Show
12/06/98 Sun Eau Claire Sweet Adelines Chapter Show (Bloomer, 2pm)
12/12/98 Sat Eau Claire Sweet Adelines Chapter Show (Eau Claire, 7:30 pm)
02/12/99 Fri Singing Valentines! (All day, all over Chippewa Falls & Eau Claire)
03/03/99 Wed Red Cedar Bank employees at Old Towne in Menomonie
03/27/99 Sat Eau Claire Chapter Gospel Show, Masonic Lodge in downtown Eau Claire
03/30/99 Tues Westconsin Credit Union Annual Shareholders Meeting (Menomonie High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.)
04/17/99 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show (Colfax High School, 8:00 p.m.)
05/29/99 Sat Alumni Reunion, Fairchild High School
07/17/99 Sat Dunn County Fair, Menomonie (1pm, 4pm)
07/21/99 Wed Ladies' Golf Tournament, White Tail Golf Club
08/25/99 Wed Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, Chippewa Falls
09/25/99 Sat Wedding reception, Old Towne in Menomonie
10/02/99 Sat Chapter Show, Escanaba, Michigan (U.P.)
11/06/99 Sat Eau Claire Chapter Show
12/07/99 Tue Senior Citizens at Mabel-Tainter theater, Menomonie
12/27/99 Mon Gratzi's Restaurant, Menomonie (private party)
02/14/00 Mon Singing Valentines! (All day, all over Chippewa Falls & Eau Claire)
02/16/00 Wed Party for employees of Northwestern Bank-CF at Fill-Inn
03/13/00 Mon Choir Concert at North H.S., Eau Claire
03/18/00 Sat 10,000 Lakes Division Contest, Stillwater, MN
04/01/00 Sat Annual Shareholders Meeting, West Wisconsin Telcom, 1:30pm Downsville
04/02/00 Sun Menomonie Music Lovers' Association
04/08/00 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show (Colfax High School, 8:00 p.m.)
04/09/00 Sun Heyde Center for the Arts Grand Opening (Chip.Falls, 2:30/7:30)
04/16/00 Sun Eau Claire Chapter Gospel Show, Masonic Lodge in downtown Eau Claire (7:30pm)
05/10/00 Wed Medford Memorial Employee Appreciation Banquet, Medford, WI
05/27/00 Sat Alumni Reunion, Fairchild High School
07/06/00 Thurs International Convention in Kansas City, MO (thru Saturday) (we are just going to watch!)
07/26/00 Wed Dunn County Fair, Menomonie (3pm, 5pm)
08/16/00 Wed Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, Chippewa Falls (FREE! Donations accepted for CVCA.)
08/31/00 Thurs Dunn County Interfaith Volunteers, Menomonie, mortgage-burning ceremony
10/03/00 Tue Milk Haulers National Convention, Wisconsin Dells (Chula Vista Resort)
10/07/00 Sat Polk County Chapter Show, Balsam Lake, WI (2pm & 8pm)
11/04/00 Sat Eau Claire Chapter Show (State Theater, 7:30pm)
02/04/01 Sun Eastern Star (Chippewa Falls Middle School, 2:00 p.m.)
02/14/01 Mon Singing Valentines! (All day, all over Chippewa Falls & Eau Claire)
04/16/01 Mon Masons at Gratzi's in Menomonie
04/21/01 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show (Colfax High School, 8:00 p.m.)
04/24/01 Tue St. James Hotel in Red Wing, MN (Lake City Medical Center Volunteer Recognition Banquet)
05/09/01 Wed Medford Memorial Hospital Employee Appreciation Banquet, Medford, WI
07/25/01 Fri Dunn County Fair, Menomonie (4pm & 6pm)
08/11/01 Sat Pure Water Days Parade/Heritage Fun Fest, Chippewa Falls
09/02/01 Sun Tara Tompkins' Wedding Reception
09/15/01 Sat Black River Falls, WI Sweet Adeline Chapter Show ( "Rhythm of the River Chorus")
10/27/01 Sat Rock Island, IL chapter show
12/12/01 Wed NW Veterinary Assoc., Holiday Inn- Eau Claire
02/14/02 Fri Singing Valentines! (All day, all over Chippewa Falls & Eau Claire)
03/18/02 Mon Spring Concert at North H.S., Eau Claire
04/06/02 Sat Eau Claire Sweet Adelines chapter show
04/20/02 Sat Woodcarvers' show, Thunderbird Mall in Menomonie (12:30 - 1:30)
04/20/02 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show (Colfax High School, 8:00 p.m.)
04/23/02 Tue Credit Union in Spooner, WI
05/18/02 Sat Black River Falls, WI chapter show
05/25/02 Sat Eau Claire Cavaliers game (Minor League Baseball)
05/26/02 Sun Knez wedding in Eau Claire
06/15/02 Sat Gratzi's in Menomonie (private party)
02/01/03 Sat Dinner Theater, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie
02/08/03 Sat LOL District Quartet School, Stillwater, MN
02/14/03 Fri Singing Valentines! (All day, all over Chippewa Falls & Eau Claire)
04/12/03 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show (Colfax High School, 8:00 p.m.)
04/22/03 Tue Credit Union Annual Meeting in Spooner, WI
05/02/03 Fri LOL/10,000 Lakes Division Quartet Contest, Plymouth, MN
06/26/03 Thu Lions Club Officers' Installation, Trego, WI
09/23/03 Tue Chippewa Falls Optimist Club Annual Awards Meeting, Arizona's (7:30 p.m.)
09/30/03 Tue Oakwood Hills Retirement Facility, Ice Cream Social (12:30-1:30)
02/13/04 Fri Singing Valentines! (All day, all over Chippewa Falls & Eau Claire)
04/03/04 Sat Annual Shareholders Meeting, West Wisconsin Telcom, 10:30am Eau Galle, WI
04/24/04 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show (Colfax, WI High School, 8:00 p.m.)
05/12/04 Wed National Anthem (and other singing) for the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome! (Along with other barbershop harmony singers.)
08/15/04 Sun Leinie's Lodge, Chippewa Falls, WI (1-4pm)
09/01/04 Wed Heyde Center for the Arts fundraiser, Chippewa Falls, WI, 7pm, $3 admission
09/18/04 Sat Milk Haulers State Convention, Stevens Point, WI
          (Had to take a couple years off due to Rod's health...) :-(
08/13/06 Sun Leinie's Lodge, Chippewa Falls, WI (12-4pm) (Free admission, free beer!)
08/31/06 Thurs Minnesota State Fair Talent Contest! (Leinie's Bandshell)
08/31/06 Thurs Joe Soucheray's Garage Logic radio show
09/06/06 Wed Heyde Center for the Arts fundraiser, Chippewa Falls, WI, 7pm, $3 admission
02/25/07 Sun Vaudeville Show at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls (2pm)
04/21/07 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show (Colfax, WI High School, 8:00 p.m.)
08/20/07 Mon Tainter Woods neighborhood picnic (Menomonie)
12/02/07 Sun Hospital fundraiser in Menomonie
12/12/07 Wed Luther Hospital, Bloomer nursing homes
02/14/08 Thu Singing Valentines! (Chippewa Falls and Menomonie)
03/09/08 Sun Vaudeville Show at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls (2pm) (article)
03/10/08 Mon Choir Concert at North High School (7pm)
03/29/08 Sat Banquet at Connell's Supper Club
04/11/08 Fri Sing live on WEAU TV-13 news (5:00 p.m.)
04/12/08 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show, Colfax, Wisc.
10/27/08 Mon Chi-Hi high school choir concert in Chippewa Falls
11/01/08 Sat Winona, Minn. chapter shows (afternoon, evening)
11/15/08 Sat Red Cedar Sounds (SAI) chapter show, Colfax, Wisc. (2pm/6pm)
11/18/08 Tue Heyde Center for the Arts (Chippewa Falls), Annual Volunteer Banquet
11/24/08 Mon UWEC Women's Choir concert, Gantner Hall (7:30 p.m.)
12/07/08 Sun Medford, WI: Time Federal Savings Bank Christmas Party
01/14/09 Wed Menomonie condo owners board meeting
02/13/09 Fri Singing Valentines! (Chippewa Falls and Menomonie)
02/22/09 Sun Vaudeville Show at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls (1pm)
04/18/09 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show, Colfax, Wisc.
05/09/09 Sat Pine Tones Chorus Show, Black River Falls, Wisc.
07/29/09 Wed Concert in the Park ("Ashley for the Arts"), Arcadia, Wisc.
08/11/09 Tue "Jack Link's Beef Jerky Golf Tournament", Spooner, Wisc.
08/11/09 Tue "Harmony Under the Stars" , La Crosse, Wisc.
09/16/09 Wed Assisted Living Week -- "Our House" in Menomonie (6:00 p.m.)
12/22/09 Tue Chippewa Falls Rotary Club Christmas lunch
02/03/10 Wed Menomonie Chamber of Commerce annual banquet
02/14/10 Sun "Hearts in Harmony" -- all-barbershop benefit show at Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls (2pm)
03/17/10 Wed "Singing Shamrocks"
03/21/10 Sun Vaudeville Show at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls (1pm)
04/17/10 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show, Colfax, Wisc.
10/25/10 Mon "Americana" choir concert at Chi-Hi (Chippewa Fals, Wisc.) 7pm
01/08/11 Fri-Sun "Harmony Brigade" (River Falls, WI) (There's now a public show!)
02/06/11 Sun "Hearts in Harmony" -- all-barbershop benefit show at Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls
02/14/11 Mon Singing Valentines! (Chippewa Falls and Menomonie)
02/15/11 Tues Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Sisters in Chippewa Falls
03/17/11 Thurs "Singing Shamrocks" (?)
04/16/11 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show, Colfax, Wisc.
07/17/11 Sun Northern Wisconsin State Fair (Gordy's free stage)
02/12/12 Sun "Hearts in Harmony 3" -- all-barbershop benefit show at Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls
02/12/12 Sun Cub Scout Banquet (5:00 p.m., Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Chippewa Falls)
02/14/12 Tues Singing Valentines! (Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire)
02/29/12 Wed League of Municipalities Dinner, Old Towne in Menomonie
04/14/12 Sat Dunn County Chapter Show, Colfax, Wisc.
07/15/12 Sun Northern Wisconsin State Fair (Gordy's Front Porch, 1 & 3pm)
07/27/12 Sun Grand Opening at Bluffview Memory Care (Holmen, WI) (11am-1pm)
12/17/12 Mon St. Joseph's Hospital Staff Christmas Party
02/10/13 Sun "Hearts in Harmony 4" -- all-barbershop benefit show at Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls
02/14/13 Thurs Singing Valentines! (Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire)
04/09/13 Tues Oakwood Villa, Altoona
04/25/13 Thurs Foster Grandparents Recognition Banquet, Avalon Chippewa Falls
05/03/13 Fri 10,000 Lakes Division Contest (Roseville, Minn.)
07/13/13 Sat Northern Wisconsin State Fair (Gordy's Front Porch, 3:00 pm)
07/14/13 Sun Northern Wisconsin State Fair (Gordy's Front Porch, 1:00 pm)

(P.S. -- If you want to explore more about barbershop harmony, and other groups that perform it, check out the Barbershop FAQs page.)
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