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 The Baptones Quartet... was formed in 1959 to meet the newly organized West Shore Baptist Church's need for special music. Since that beginning, they have sung throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.  Their repertoire includes southern gospel songs, contemporary songs and the old hymns of the church.  They have sung in many churches of different denominations, for service organizations and community functions.  To date, they have made several recordings.

BILL KEET... (tenor) started singing in a church choir as a bass around 1978.  In 1985, he found barbershop singing and was auditioned and placed in the tenor section with the Keystone Capitol Chorus, based in Harrisburg.  Being trained to sing through barbershop schools, he started singing in various quartets.  He then entered the gospel scene in the early 90's, singing with an octet call Shofar.  In 2005, he entered the Jazz world, singing acappella with the Baltimore Vocal Jazz Ensemble.  Singing with the choir at West Shore Evangelical Free Church also helped keep him busy.  When not singing, he is supporting his own plumbing company and spending time with his wife, Deb, since 1974.  They have two children, Megan & Brian.  In his spare time, you can catch him skiing, or volunteering at Mission Central in the computer ministry.

E.J. STEVENS...
(tenor, piano) grew up in Mineral, Virginia (northwest of Richmond, VA) and attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she majored in music.  She joined the group in the mid-sixties as their pianist; she also plays for various soloists at her church.  Her home is in Mechanicsburg, PA. 
Over the years, E.J. has been active in the music program, as well as served on various boards at West Shore Baptist Church.  With the Baptones, she sometimes sings solo, but also sings the "high" notes, when necessary.  E.J. keeps busy with civic and church functions, but also finds time for gardening, golfing, baking and her grandchildren (Cary, Tysyn, Sean and Samantha June).  She and her husband, Cal, have two children: Kim and Scott.

BOB ZOLL... (baritone) grew up locally and lives near Lisburn, which is near Mechanicsburg. He joined the group in 1978.  Prior to that time, he attending East Stroudsburg State College, where he graduated in 1977, earning a teaching degree in Secondary Education.  Bob handles most of the technical and promotional affairs for the group.  Over the years, Bob has been active in the church's music program, as well as served on various boards at West Shore Baptist Church.  He is involved in a family business, where he works in the sales department for Kesslerís Inc., home of the famous Nittany Lions Franks.  Bob's wife's name is Kris.

JAY LEDVINA... (bass) a native of Iowa, Jay joined the group in 2007 and has lived in Mechanicsburg for over 30 years. He and his wife met as participants in a choral group as undergraduates at Iowa State University. An avid pilot and flight instructor, Jay is retired from being a sales executive and investment adviser for StanCorp Equities, Inc., where he was specialized in retirement plans. He and his wife Suellen are active in church leadership, choir and bell choir at the historic Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg.  They raised two children in this area - a daughter, who now teaches elementary music in Dublin, Ohio, and a son, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, currently serving in the Air Force as an A10 fighter pilot. For 30 years, Jay and Suellen were members of The Carolers, a caroling group comprised of 6 married couples, and shared their music at nursing homes and hospitals each Christmas. The group also performed at the White House and Colonial Williamsburg several times, and for each of Pennsylvania's governors' open house celebrations.

BRUCE MONTGOMERY... (lead) joined the group in 1994.  He lived in New Castle (near Pittsburgh, PA) and earned a degree in engineering at Geneva College before coming to Harrisburg to work for PennDOT.  Having retired in 2005, he now dabbles in engineering consulting and specializes in lawn mowing and car washing.  Over the years, Bruce has been active in the music program, as well as served on various boards at West Shore Baptist Church.  In his spare time, he has sung the national anthem for many professional sports events, serving as a regular soloist for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Harrisburg Senators baseball teams, Hershey Bears hockey team and the Harrisburg Heat, Wildcats and City Islanders soccer teams.  Bruce and his wife, Cheryl, have two children: T. Bruce, in Bainbridge and Scott, in Harrisburg.

H. ROD HITE... (bass) joined the group in 2010. Born in Altoona, PA, he grew up in Harrisburg, graduating from John Harris High School. He and his wife, Teddy, met at the Harrisburg Community Theatre during the production of Pirates of Penzance. They became engaged during the production of Music Man, where Teddy had the lead as Marian and Rod sang in the Barbershop Quartet. Both have been active members of the Camp Hill United Methodist Church for 40 years as soloists and members of the Sanctuary Choir. Rod has served as Chair of the Staff-Parish Committee, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee. He is also involved in the community, having served on the board of the American Heart assn., the Central PA Food Bank and currently the United Methodist Home for Children. They have two daughters, one living in Plano, TX and the other in Northern Virginia. Rod and Teddy are also members of the Carolers, having formed the group in 1967. Rodís career has been in the financial service industry and is self employed as a Chartered Financial Consultant. Spare time allows for golf, travel and Penn State football.