1979 was a pivotal year for bass Joe D’Amore. That was the year a friend told him about a barbershop show to be
held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and asked if he would like to attend. Not wanting to be a passive
spectator, Joe said no, that what he wanted was to sing on that show. Joe then called the ticket chairman,
joined the chorus, and performed on that show six weeks later!
The last 32 years have been filled with a lot of music for Joe. He has been a member of three different
choruses and eight quartets. The Pasadena Crown City Chorus was Joe’s first chorus with the next being the
Masters of Harmony in 1985. Joe was one of the founding fathers of the Masters of Harmony, along with MOHers
Bill Roth, Rich Stanford, Jim Holder, Marlin Niesley, Rich Hasty, Gregg Bernhard, and others. Joe and Jeff
Ebner were the first music co-directors for the MOH until Dr. Greg Lyne was hired in 1987. Joe won a
fourth-place bronze medal with the Masters in 1989 and three gold medals in 1990, 2002 and 2011. The third
chorus Joe sang with was Phoenix’s The Phoenicians, winning two bronze medals in 1994 and 1995.
Joe has been in the following quartets: The Crowning Attraction, Sound Horizon, Margerry Shardon’s Favorite
Barbershop Quartet, Standing Room Only (four International bronze medals 1994-1997), Vintage Blend, Finale,
VocalEase, American Pastime and now Soundwave. SRO, Finale, VocalEase and American Pastime were all
Far Western District quartet champs. Wow! How does Joe find time to work?
Joe’s best memory from barbershop is without a doubt meeting the woman (Marcia) who would eventually become
his wife and life partner! Naturally, he met her at an afterglow following the “Go For The Gold” show on
June 16, 1993. The result – married for 18+ years, blended family of three kids (Heather, Matthew, and
Michael), and getting to travel with Marcia!
Formerly in law enforcement, Then a project manager for Pearson Learning Solutions, Now he is retired.
Joe Lives in Glendora.