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Chris Nimmer Bio
| GQ4 | Brian | Chris | Kelly | Scott |

Birthday: March 9
Sign: Pisces Pisces
Birth place: Oshkosh, WI
Residence: Appleton, WI
Family: wife Mary; two sons Kyle and Andy
Eye Color: blue
Favorite Color: orange
Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite Beverage: Corona w/wedge of lime
Education: Marquette University, Business Administration
Occupation: IT Analyst: Integrity Mutual, Appleton
E-mail: chris@gq4.org


Chris Nimmer Chris Nimmer became interested in singing barbershop when he graduated college, but didn't actively begin looking for a chorus until he moved to Green Bay. He had a dickens of a time finding anyone who knew anything about a barbershop group in the area. Then while working with Brian O'Neil (GQ4 tenor) at American Medical Security (AMS) in the early 1990s, the topic of barbershopping happened to come up in conversation. Chris told Brian that he was interested in finding a chorus and Brian replied "I sing with the Baylander Chorus, here in Green Bay, would you like to join me as a guest at our next rehearsal?". Chris said "Absolutely!" and the rest is history.

Chris has been singing barbershop since 1994 and has really enjoyed it. Once he got some chorus time under his belt, three fellow members asked him if he wanted to join them in a "pick-up" quartet to entertain the tour groups who travel to the chapter's spring show on coach buses. Chris said "Absolutely!" once again and his quarteting career took off with the Generation Gap. "The Gap" entertained crowds from 1995-2000. In 2000, Chris was very happy to participate in the creation of GQ4.

Quarteting has been a truly rewarding experience for Chris. It's definitely the icing on the barbershop cake for him. Singing in the community for groups as large as 38,000 and as small as 1, in shows and on very special occasions for the listeners (anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine's day, work parties, wedding receptions, recognition dinners, sporting events,... the list goes on) has shown him that barbershop is very much alive and can touch the hearts of many, as it has for so many years.

Chris currently sings with the Fox Valleyaires barbershop chorus in Appleton, Wisconsin. He previously sang with the Baylander Chorus in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is thankful for the friendships and camaraderie he shared with so many members of the chorus that gave him his start in barbershop.

When asked what he enjoys most about GQ4, Chris says "It gives me a chance to show the younger generations that singing four-part harmony can be fun, quite inexpensive (only voices are needed), and that you don't have to be 'old' to sing barbershop. At a recent sing-out a group of teenage boys came up to us after hearing our version of 'In the Still of the Night' and said "You guys are the coldest!". I couldn't help but think what an awesome compliment that was. Barbershop harmony is the coldest!".

Keep a smile on your face, and a song in your heart!

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