District Leadership

The District Leadership team consists of an elected Board of Directors as well as an appointed Operations Team. The Leadership team exists to serve the barbershoppers in the Rocky Mountain District and to fulfill the vision of the District: to enrich lives through the lifelong benefits of singing.

If you have questions, ideas, or concerns, please use the list below to find and connect with the appropriate member of the leadership team. If you’re not sure who to reach out to, please contact the President or Executive Vice President.

Board of Directors

Brett Foster

Brett Foster

President

Brett joined the BHS in 1998 and has been an active member in many capacities both musically and administratively. He has served in many roles at the chapter level including President of the Big Sky Chorus in Billings, MT as well as the Treasure State Sound chapter. He has been proud to serve the RMD as VP CSLT for several years before being EVP and currently President. As President and EVP, he has been especially proud to have worked with the administrative team to develop strategies to help continue the work of his predecessor, Pasco Scarpella, to shore up RMD finances, expand the convention experience and develop team structures to accomplish the goals of the district.  

Being RMD President during the pandemic has had its challenges and is certainly not anything that Brett had anticipated. It has had its challenges but Brett is proud of the work that the RMD BOD has been doing behind the scenes and is excited for the future of the great RMD

Tony Sparks

Tony Sparks

Executive Vice President

Tony serves RMD as both the Executive Vice President (EVP) and VP of Youth Outreach.  The EVP is essentially ‘President-elect’ for the upcoming term, and helps the current President strategize and implement his/her priorities and agenda.  The VP of Youth coordinates and encourages youth outreach events, and makes resources available to anyone looking to expand their youth engagement.

Tony has been singing publicly since third grade, performing in choruses and choirs throughout secondary school and into college.  At the University of Colorado, Boulder, he studied music theory and performance.  Tony has directed three men’s choruses, and currently directs a young women’s chorus in Albuquerque called On Q.

He developed a particular love for a cappella harmony while in junior high school, and sang in his first competitive barbershop quartet in ninth grade.  He eventually went on to sing for nearly twenty years with an internationally-ranked medalist quartet, Bank Street, that performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada and England.

Today, in addition to directing On Q, Tony is a vocal coach, arranger, and Certified Music Judge for barbershop contests.  He is actively involved in promoting a cappella music and arts collaboration throughout the Albuquerque community, and especially enjoys working with young people to help ignite in them a life-long love of music.

Brett Foster

Tony Pranaitis

Secretary

Tony is here to help with any administrative concerns in your chapter.  He’s been a barbershopper for 25 years, and has served on the District Board in various capacities for over 20 of those years. He loves working in youth outreach, enabling others to discover the joy of singing that has enriched his life, which is also why he enjoys helping chapters succeed. Quartet singing is his favorite barbershop experience, and he’s been singing in the UltraSoniX quartet for over 20 years.

Tony is a Doctor of Chiropractic, in solo practice since 1978, and he’s been raising dairy goats for over 40 years. He does most of his listening to learning tracks while milking goats and doing other chores. He and his wife are avid tandem bicycle riders, and they also have a couple tandem kayaks, one of which is at Grand Lake. His wife has a bachelor’s degree in vocal music and without her, he doubts he could have survived learning to sing barbershop. They’ve been singing duets together with his guitar since before they were married, and have also sung in quartets together.  They have 3 kids and 9 grandkids.

Tony Sparks

Bob Plass

Treasurer

The RMD Treasurer keep records and reports updated while providing them to board members and House of Delegates. Bob also makes payments for everything pertaining to the district. He’s available to answer any questions from Chapter Treasurers  to the best of his abilities.

Bob is also the Treasurer of the Longs Peak Chorus for the past 10  years, as well as singing bass in the chorus. He’s been a member of the Longmont Chapter for 15 years and a member of the Society for 36 years. He spent 4  years in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War, where he was an Aviation Electrician Technician ( AE) for fighter jets. He retired from the Postal Service as a letter carrier after 42  years. He has 2 daughters– one is an Optometrist and the other is a Senior Software Engineer Specialist at AMD. He also has 3 grand kids– 1 granddaughter & 2 grandsons.

Brett Foster

Pasco Scarpella

Immediate Past President

Pasco is a Colorado native, and has been in Colorado his whole life except for a five year stint in the U.S. Navy and graduate school. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.  He also holds a real estate license.  Pasco is currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has played clarinet and saxophone semi-professionally. In addition, he plays guitar, bass, violin and piano.
He has held numerous administrative positions in several chapters, in addition to several offices at the District level. He has been a chapter secretary of Denver Mile High, VP of Music and Performance for two chapters and has also been a choral conductor. Pasco has five International Barbershop Chorus medals with “Sound of the Rockies”, and has been in four district quartets over the years. 
Prior to his involvement in Barbershop, he was an actor, singer, director, producer and technical person for over a hundred community theater productions.  He has been in a dozen musicals as an actor, and played woodwinds in pit orchestras for a dozen others. He has participated in various community theaters, and he founded Coal Creek Theater of Louisville in 1990. He has won five best director awards, seven best actor awards and one All-State Best Acting Award through the Colorado Community Theatre Coalition.
He is married to Karen, an accomplished barbershopper in her own right, as well as an actress, singer and choreographer.  He has four grown children and fifteen grandchildren, and currently lives in Greeley.

Operations Team

Jacque Reinig

Ron Black

Chorus Director Development

As the District Director for Chorus Director Development, Ron’s role is to both be available to communicate with Chapter Music Directors, and to offer assistance and even visit chapters to coach the Director and provide improvements in his or her skills.

Ron Black is a 51 year BHS member.  Ron majored in Renaissance vocal and instrumental performance. Instead of pursuing graduate studies in England, he stumbled on to barbershop quartet singing!  He sang bass in both Far Western District Semi-Finalist quartets Great Western Timbre Company and Rhythm and Rhyme. He directed the Fresno Gold Note Chorus to seventh-place international competition in 1984 and 1985, and the Heart of Texas Chorus in six international competitions, placing as high as 9th in the contest in 2008 in Nashville.  In 1985 he became a Sound Category judge, then in 1993 the first Singing Category Specialist, then the Music Category, then chair of Contest and Judging in 1995-1996. He retired from judging after over 30 years in 2017.  Ron has coached many quartets and choruses in the U.S. and abroad.  He continues to be on the Harmony University faculty, now in his 33rd year there.  He is included in the BHS publication “Visions Of Excellence”, as one of 25 finest directors in the Barbershop Harmony Society.  He is thoroughly enjoying directing the Longs Peak Chorus, starting just two years ago.  In his infrequent spare time he eats, sleeps, and writes computer accounting software.

Tyler Wigginton

Tyler Wigginton

Marketing and PR

The Marketing and PR team is responsible for specialized capabilities and services to support internal communications and program promotion, and external publicity and public relations for District activities, as well as to provide guidance to Chapters for their similar needs.

Tyler Wigginton, a Denver native, is an avid music-maker, gamer, and member of the music community in Colorado and across the globe. He graduated in 2017 from Metropolitan State University with a B.A. in Musical Composition, where he also studied voice and piano. During his time at MSU, he was invited to participate in the International Summer Academy of Music in Germany, where he placed 2nd overall in the Joseph Dorfman Composition competition in 2016. His compositions have been performed by professional musicians from around the world, including the Playground Ensemble. Tyler regularly sings Bass in the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and other classical choral ensembles in the Denver metro area. He is also extremely active in the Barbershop Harmony Society, where he directs a mixed chorus (The Timberliners), sings in two quartets, and is a judging candidate. His prior quartets have placed as high as 13th in the world and have allowed him to travel and perform for audiences all across the U.S. When not making music Tyler loves playing tabletop RPGs, rock climbing (both indoor and outdoor), and making video games!

Jacque Reinig

Jacque Reinig

Awards Committe Chair

  The Awards Committee Chair is responsible for the timely acquisition of all certificates, plaques, trophies
and other mementos authorized for presentation in recognition of special achievements. He/she must
ensure that “traveling” trophies are assigned with a person who is accountable to acquire and deliver it from previous recipients for presentation at the appropriate event. He/she shall purchase new plaques and trophies, as necessary, and coordinate with the Treasurer to ensure timely payment to suppliers.

Jacque Reinig joined Sweet Adelines International in 1985 while attending Montana State University. Her father, Bob Saltee, was a Barbershopper for over 50 years and she is proud to be a Barbershop “Brat”. After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design, Jacque moved to Denver and became a member of the High Country Chorus. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and grow with the Chorus and had the privilege of being the Front Line Director from 2002-2014. Since retiring from that role, she enjoys serving as an Assistant Director, Bass Section Leader, Choreographer and Visual Coordinator for the Chorus. Her love of Barbershop music and dancing go hand in hand as she choreographs and trains the Chorus Tap Group – High Country on Tap. She has been a member of several quartets and currently sings Bass with Cabaret Quartet. Jacque has coached Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Quartets throughout her Sweet Adeline career and continues to learn from these experiences. Above all, she is most grateful for the wonderful friendships she has made while singing, dancing and ringing those beautiful Barbershop chords.

rhends@diviestate.com

Adam Reimnitz

Contests & Judging

As the District Representative for Contests and Judging, Adam is responsible for ensuring that District contests are well executed. He works closely with the District Events & Convention teams, as well as the Contest Administrators and the Judging teams for each event. If you have questions about District contests, please reach out to Adam! 

Adam has a long history with music and barbershop beginning in middle school with his first quartet.  He has gone on to become a sought after coach & arranger and was an active Music judge for almost 20 years.  Adam has 3 district quartet championships – MOJO (2006), The Crew (2011), & Jam Session (JAD- 2014). He also has multiple bronze medals and served as tenor section leader and primary arranger for The Sound of the Rockies. In his spare time, Adam enjoys his busy life with his Sweet Ad wife, Heather and (soon to be Sweet Ad) daughter, Emilia. Outside of barbershop, you will probably find him cooking, golfing, playing drums, or watching sports with friends.

Jim Campbell

Events

As VP/Events, Jim is responsible for all the logistics of staging conventions, Harmony College, and other District-wide events.  He searches for a venue, recommends a venue to the Board, and with the Board’s approval, executes any hotel or performance venue contracts required for the event.  Working with other Board members, particularly DCRJ and VP/Music and Performance, he arranges for the right facilities (rooms, furniture, audio/video, etc.) to accommodate whatever activities are planned for the event, coordinates the event schedule with those responsible for leading activities, and plans for the availability of food and beverage as needed across the entire event.  He contracts for lodging for Judges, Faculty, and others who will be guests of the District.  If there is a Host Chapter for the event, Jim is their primary POC for pre-event planning.   

Jim started singing Barbershop in 2009, after his retirement from the US Navy (30 years) and later consulting work, and is currently a member of the Pikes Peak Chapter and the America the Beautiful Chorus, where he sings bass and has served the chapter variously as President, Secretary, Show Chairman, Board Member at Large, and currently as Treasurer.  He also tutors Middle School and High School math students, is a dedicated hobby woodworker, and has served for the last 13 years as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), advocating for children in cases of neglect or abuse in El Paso County and the Fourth Judicial District.

Gene Miner

Membership

Gene Miner was born into the world of Barbershop. His father was a charter member of the Salt Lake City Chapter, Beehive Statesmen Chorus, in 1949. Gene joined the Society in 1972 after completing a tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps. Gene has held multiple offices in the chapter, repeating as president.

He is currently the Membership VP of RMD, taking over the position from Lee Taylor, after he moved up the RMD line to president. Gene is a retired Firefighter Paramedic/Captain and Certified Emergency RN. Gene’s responsibilities as Membership VP include recruitment and retention of members while working with the other members of the leadership team to supply information and direction to the membership of the district.

Scott Anderson

Chapter Support and Leadership Training

The RMD VP of Chapter Support and Leadership Training is responsible for training of chapter officers and leaders and supporting the chapters of our district in any way he can.  This includes overseeing the annual RMD Leadership Academy event.
Scott’s love of barbershop was passed down from his dad, who brought home a Bluegrass Student Union album from the 1980 international convention.  Scott joined the BHS in 2011 with The Kentuckians Chorus in Lexington, Kentucky.  He was fortunate to sing briefly with three other choruses before settling down in Syracuse, Utah where he works as a Business Analyst.  In 2014 he founded North Front Sound, which chartered with BHS as the Golden Spike UT chapter.  He twice served as president of the chapter and currently holds the role of VP of Music.  He produces vocal learning tracks for quartets and choruses and loves to spread the joy of singing.  He loves singing in quartets and dabbles in arranging.
When not singing, Scott plays fantasy basketball, golfs poorly, and tries in vain to keep weeds out of his garden.  He makes a mean spaghetti sauce.  His ambitions include learning to golf well, being 6’3″, and becoming as cool as Tim Waurick.