Lead: Sean Devine
Bass: Cory Hunt
Bari: Patrick Claypool
Joy, Relief, Pride, Exuberance, Nervousness, Bliss, Apprehension, Release, Elation, Humility, Liberation, Anxiety, Delight, Gratification, Honor
What is it like to win International? The 2008 champion OC Times felt ALL these emotions and more.
Shawn York (Tenor), Sean Devine (Lead), Patrick Claypool (Baritone), and Cory Hunt (Bass) for winning the coveted gold medals in Nashville during the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 70th annual convention and contests.
They performed three consistent contest sets to win by 51 points (2700 / 2690 / 2684 = 8074). After placing 18th, 5th, 3rd, and 2nd the previous four years, OC Times had been inching closer to their goal with each attempt. Their song selections had been unique and contributed to their rapid growth and popularity.
They competed with“Don’t Be a Baby, Baby”, “Oh, Look At Me Now”. “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”, “You’re Sixteen”, “You Belong To Me” and “Drivin’ Me Crazy”. Competing with these songs made popular by the likes of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr, and Patti Page expanded the barbershop realm to the delight of most.
They call Orange County, California home and are active members of the Masters of Harmony chorus, seven time international chorus champion. They are ALSO active members of Westminster, the 2007 international chorus champion. With their win of quartet gold medals they become only the third quartet to win CHORUS gold medals the same year.
OC Times formed in the spring of 2003. Shawn, Sean and Patrick are the original members. Their original bass was Drew Harrah. He won the FWD title with them and placed 18th in Louisville in 2004. In January 2005 Cory joined the group. The rest is, of course, history.