Paying It Forward

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John and Sharon Miller are long-time donors to HFI, and they are also exemplary advocates for both the organization and barbershop. For the Millers, barbershop is an integral part of their family.

While John is a two-time international champion bass (with Grandma’s Boys in 1979 and The New Tradition in 1985), Sharon celebrates a life as a Barbershopper-by-affiliation. She recently completed a term as chair of the board of trustees for Harmony Foundation and a stint as acting president and CEO.

John’s quartet rehearsals were held mostly at their home, so Sharon and the kids were part of the action. Sharon has been known to celebrate the family’s role in the barbershop lifestyle. “I just love this hobby, and I love my kids’ involvement,” she said.

Although not all are involved in barbershop, the Miller sons—Bobby, Jason, Justin and Jon-Michael—are in entertainment or music careers. Justin is the director for Westminster Chorus and Masters of Harmony and has been immersed in music education his entire career. Both he and Jon-Michael are past medalists with Westminster and Masters of Harmony. The four surprised John with a quartet performance of “My Father, My Friend, My Dad” for his 50th birthday.

John and Sharon believe that their support will bring the joy of singing to families all over the world. It is a personal mission to see others experience the harmonious union between music and family.

“We have given to HFI for years,” Sharon said. “We felt that it gives folks comfort to say, ‘Hey, I know them, and I can help do this.’”

If you would like to follow the Millers’ example, make a gift today.

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