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The Barbershop Harmony Society
A Registered Quartet of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc.

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Bass (Emeritus)  --  Sound Judgment

Jim DeChaine was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He received his B.S. in Social Science/Urban Studies from Portland State University and his M.S. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

He and his fabulous wife Delain now live in Windsor, California. Their five adult offspring are scattered around the Country, with their oldest daughter Lisa living in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with her husband Corey and their two children, Zachary and Savannah; eldest son Jay and his fiancÚ Michelle live in San Jose, California; next comes Jim Jr. who lives in Redwood City, California with his fiancÚ Shannon and his daughter Liana; youngest son Ron also lives in Redwood City; and the youngest, Nichole, lives in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Jim began his musical career as an instrumentalist, first playing the violin at age 6 until his mother couldn't take the screeching sound any longer. He later switched to piano with which he studied classical and popular music for approximately 6 years. In high school he was fascinated with the marching band and had to give up the piano to learn and perfect the French Horn, with which over the next four years he became quite proficient. Therefore, playing the bugle in the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve Drum and Bugle Corps later did not prove to be that big of a challenge.

Jim first started singing in the shower, around the house and in the car. In the mid 1970's he joined the Peninsulares, the Barbershop Society Chapter that meets in Palo Alto, California. He spent a year with that chapter until he realized that the enormous demands of his City Manager position in Belmont, California at the time precluded continued participation with the group. Several years ago Jim joined The Golden Chordsmen Chapter in Burlingame, where he sang bass. Jim now reflects back on his earlier years with the Peninsulares and muses, "singing with other men in four part harmony is so enjoyable and is such a therapeutic, healthy activity, how could I not have made time to continue to participate in this fantastic hobby!" One thing is for sure...If he were still with the Peninsulares, Sound Judgment as we know it today might not be in existence.

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