Board of Directors
President / Bass Section Lead
Bill Hickman is the barbershop vagabond of Northwest Sound. The son of a professional musician, Bill was raised in Sparks, Nevada and worked his way through the University of Nevada as a musician and then left music altogether and began a 30 year career with the US Navy. It was more than a decade later that his wife decided he needed a hobby and found a local barbershop chorus for him to join in Fairfax, Virginia.
Aaron first encountered Northwest Sound a couple of years ago when he ran into us at the Bellevue Strawberry Festival. For the past few years we’ve performed there and manned a booth where we share information about the chorus. Anyway, Aaron’s wife Queenie actually sang a little with some of our members there, and Don “Fergie” Ferguson chatted them up. But it took a couple of years and our “Sing Sing Sing!” ad in the Bellevue Reporter for all this to bear fruit.
Introducing Christopher Powell, better known as Chris, born in Santa Cruz, CA – on the central coast of California, about 70 miles south of San Francisco and best known to the world as a surfing mecca. An 18-year veteran Microsoftie Chris is now working for the Educational Outreach unit of UW, and has a BA in computer science from UC Berkeley. Not surprisingly then, he likes playing with numbers and looking for trends in data, so being the chapter treasurer sensibly fits his character.
VP Events And Planning, Baritone Section Leader
Barbershop is in Sean Kelly’s blood. When he was nine or ten years old his dad got him started with Northwest Sound. His dad would bring him and he came to rehearsals whenever his mom and dad would let him stay out that late. He sang in a couple of district contests and remembers putting on the stage makeup that we used in those days. If he did that he was really hooked!
Northwest Sound members know Isaac Banner from his great work introducing new members to the chorus. In fact, you may very well be one of those new members! He has been singing lead with the chorus since 2015, he is a member of the aforementioned new member orientation team, and he is the attendance administrator.
VP Music & Performance
Matt Picioccio lives the dream. He has a wonderful wife, a house full of cats, got his dream job working on video games right out of college, but, most importantly, he sings for Northwest Sound! The chorus is truly lucky to have him!
Board Member at Large
Roberto moved up to the Seattle area from his native Mexico in 2013 to work at Microsoft as a software engineer and of course to enjoy the famous PNW rain and clouds. He was born in Mexico City but he grew up in Monterrey in northern Mexico. He went to school for IT and Communications Engineering at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and as of 2018 he's working on his online master's degree program there as well.
Meet Dan Meyer, one of our new Chorus Leads! Dan was born in Michigan and spent his first 9 years of school in Houghton Lake, MI, where he started playing trombone in 5th grade. His mother was a Sweet Adeline back then and he was in her chapter’s show when he was in 6th grade.