1996 Champions

Tenor: James Sabina
Lead: Bob Hartley
Bari: Michael McGee
Bass: Brian Philbin


1996 FWD Champions
1998 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions
1996 Masters of Harmony - Quartet of the Year
1998 CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards) Nominee ("Aural Hygiene" for "Best Barbershop Recording" and "Best Barbershop Song")

2002-2006 International Bronze Medallist

International Rankings:

1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
      24     17 12 14 10
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2008 2010
6 5th 3rd 4th 3rd 4th   8    

Contest Scores


CD - "Aural Hygiene"
DVD - Don't Hate Us Because We're Funny"

Associate Members:

Bari: Kelly Shepard - Fall 2004


Metropolis is a barbershop quartet known around the world for their entertaining performances, visual style and choreography, pushing the envelope of the barbershop art form - an approach that has garnered the group five consecutive medals with the Barbershop Harmony Society at their annual International Convention. This quartet is dedicated to having fun and has become renowned as performing the most consistently entertaining barbershop quartet show of any active quartet. Metropolis has performed on over 450 stage shows in the United States and 8 other countries (Finland, Russia, England, Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Japan and Ireland) and has traveled to more than 160 cities in 38 different states in the USA. The quartet has performed an average of 23 shows per year for over 12 years.

Metropolis came to the attention of national television audiences within the last few years, beginning with their appearance on "What's Your Hobby", followed by the pilot episode of the "Fourth Floor Show"on E! Entertainment Television with Vance DeGeneres and the filming of a national Dr Pepper commercial. They have also appeared on Diagnosis Murder in which Dick Van Dyke sang a song with the quartet in the episode entitled "Santa Claude". Metropolis has made several radio appearances and also performed in an independent film entitled "Pacino is Missing".

Each member of the quartet has served as section leader for their respective part as part of Masters of Harmony and were part of the history-making performances in Salt Lake City in 1996 and Anaheim in 1999 which garnered the Masters their third and fourth consecutive International Chorus Championships. The quartet was also named the Masters of Harmony 1996 Quartet of the Year.

In addition to becoming 1996 FWD Champions, on May 9, 1998, Metropolis earned the Harmony Sweepstakes' Grand National A Cappella Championship - the first barbershop quartet to do so in the history of the event - and in 1999, the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (or CARAs) nominated Metropolis' CD "Aural Hygiene" for "Best Barbershop Recording" and "Best Barbershop Song".

In 2002 in Portland, Oregon, Metropolis was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Competition and repeated this achievement in Montreal, Quebec in 2003, Louisville, Kentucky in 2004, Salt Lake City in 2005 and again in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2006.

Sample Songs:

Metropolis - I'm Afraid Of The Beautiful Girls

Other Significant Non-Barbershop Appearances:

TV - "What's Your Hobby" - DIY Network (Do It Yourself), Originally Aired on HGTV (Home & Garden Television)
TV - "Fourth Floor Show" - E! Entertainment Television - Pilot Episode, Hosted by Vance DeGeneris National
TV - "Dr Pepper" Commercial (Singing "Dr Pepper, You're a Part of Me")
TV - "Diagnosis Murder" - "Santa Claude" (Singing "Stay Awake", as well as "Winter Wonderland", with Dick Van Dyke on Bass)

Film - "Pacino is Missing" - Feature Film - Metropolis as "The Slim Guys"

Radio - Meineke Muffler - “Meineke, Meineke, Meineke Quartet” Promo
Radio - WDVR - FM – Applause Show Promo – Princeton, NJ
Radio - KQFB - FM - Call Letters Jingle - Santa Barbara, CA
Radio - KQFB - FM - Kurt and Jane Morning Show Jingle - Santa Barbara, CA