Francesco is the youngest member of the quartet, and the newest to join the Barbershop Harmony Society (October 2013). Originally from Long Island, New York, he discovered barbershop in 2012 when a friend of his showed him a YouTube video of the Gas House Gang (1993 International Quartet Champions) singing one of their most famous songs, "Bright Was The Night." The barbershop bug bit him hard, and immediately he dove headfirst—blindly and passionately—into the world of barbershop, learning all sorts of trivia and songs and names (at least, as much as one could without actually knowing any barbershoppers personally, at the time). He joined the Society the following year, upon moving to Boston for college; three months later, he joined Timepiece. Thus, Timepiece is the first quartet that Francesco (or Travis) has ever sung with. Francesco currently lives in Boston where he is a professional freelance early music singer (Renaissance polyphony & sacred choral music). He's also a full-time rideshare driver for Uber and Lyft, at least until automated vehicles push humans out of the transportation industry. He's always down for a game of table tennis, bowling, or watching tennis. Or Mario Kart Double Dash.
Our lead, Seth, is a third-generation barbershopper living in Cambridge, MA, having previously hailed from the great State of Texas. He grew up listening to baritone learning tapes in the car with his mom and grandmother as they drove him to chorus rehearsals, shows and quartet rehearsals. He learned to love the sound of "good close harmony," and he furthered his love when he joined the Vocal Majority at the age of 17, while living in Dallas, Texas. He eventually brought his dad along to join the chorus, and they spent countless hours in the car duetting on the way to shows and rehearsals. Growing in skill and learning much from master director and arranger Jim Clancy, Seth joined the front row of the VM and went on to earn two international chorus silver medals before relocating to Boston, MA in 2011. There, he joined Vocal Revolution and met the other three hooligans in Timepiece. He is currently working as the Manager of Lush Cosmetics in Natick, MA, where he has grown considerably within the company over the last 5 years. Seth is a master cake decorator, as well as the quartet mom. He's also the oldest member of the quartet, meaning that he'll be the first one to become eligible for the Seniors' Quartet contest (in 2044).
Rodrigo was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but could just as easily refer to Farmington, Connecticut as his home town. He first discovered barbershop in 2009, when a high school physics teacher (and local barbershopper!) encouraged him to swing by a Harford Men in Harmony rehearsal. A staple of the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Youth Quartet Contest, Rodrigo has represented the Northeastern District as a member of four different youth quartets. Rodrigo graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Japanese Language and Literature. He currently works for Forrester Research -- a business technology and marketing research company located in Cambridge, MA. Outside of work and barbershop, Rodrigo is an avid baseball fan and a retro video game enthusiast. (Timepiece will waive its show fee if you can beat him at Mario Party.)
A proud lifelong resident of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, Travis was a woodwind instrumentalist for nearly a decade before he began singing. Having grown up around the wind band tradition, he has played flute, piccolo, and alto saxophone in dozens of community, scholastic, and semi-professional groups ranging from chamber ensembles to pit bands. It wasn’t until he entered college as a music major at Brandeis University that Travis took the advice of a classmate and attended his first Barbershop Harmony Society chapter meeting. His exposure to this unique artform and community via the Society served the practical purpose of helping him pass his ear training classes, along the way turning a lifelong avoidance of vocal performance into a passion. Travis loves meeting other true appreciators of music and discussing his eclectic tastes in Western culture. He also considers himself a cheese pizza connoisseur.