The Hot Air Buffoons first weighed in back in 1996. Their goal was to sing well and make their audience laugh. The Hot Air Buffoons surprised themselves and others by not only making people laugh, but by progressing in the competition realm as well. At the 2001 Buckeye Invitational Comedy Quartet Competition in Columbus, Ohio, they took home the gold medal and large trophy (which signifies first place). Theye have continued in the competition realm and are the 2005 Johnny Appleseed District Champions. They have also competed internationally and have been ranked in the top 50 quartets in the world for 7 years running. Two of those years they ranked as high as 16th.
Despite their success in the competition venue, their true love is to entertain. The buffoons have performed on a number of chapter shows (pick any number between 1 and 1,000,000) and if you ask anyone that they have performed for, they will confirm that they are never serious (nor do they want to be). If you have seen them before, the Buffoons hope that you have enjoyed their performance and have fully recovered from the injuries suffered from "sidesplitting" laughter and impacts from errant rubber chickens. But, if you haven't had the chance to hear the unique style of the Hot Air Buffoons, you are encouraged you to lock yourself in your storm cellar now, because before long, they'll be everywhere and you'll find yourself sucked into their stupid humor and crazy antics. They just ask one thing. Don't make fun of the fat guy!
Randy was born in Dover, Ohio at the delicate size of 4lbs, 8ozs. He has since put on weight and moved to Bowling Green, Ohio where he resides with his wife, Janine. They have one son, William, who sings with some stupid quartet. In real life, Beef teaches music at Whitmer High School in Toledo. His first a capella singing group was “Melvin and the Nuclear Turnips” while in high school. In college, R.D. Mathey and the Bowling Green University Men’s Chorus introduced Beef to Barbershop music. He also performed two summers in a Barbershop quartet at Cedar Point Amusement Park.
Competition soon beckoned, and Beef’s first quartet, “The Varsity Lettermen”, placed in the top ten of the District Contest their first time out! They would place no higher. His second quartet, “The Varsity Lettermen” (it was easier to get three new guys than a new name), placed third in the District in their first competition! They would place no higher. Realizing that competition just wasn’t working out, Beef joined a group called “Yesteryear” in 1985 just to have fun. They won the District competition in 1993 and went on to win the International Competition in 1997. They would place no higher. Since “Yesteryear” retired in 2000, Beef joined up with the “Hot Air Buffoons”, just to have fun.
HariBari resides in Mentor, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland) with his wife Cheryll. HariBari is a second-generation Barbershopper and has been a member of the Society since 1983. HariBari is a Singing Judge in the Barbershop Harmony Society and stays busy as a vocal and ensemble coach. He is also the co-founder of the quotations website QuoteMuseum.com.Harry Haflett harbors hopes of happily hopping on horses hooves, however; however, hardly has it happened.
Mark is the least experienced musician in the group. He is also, the shortest, has the lowest golf handicap, is the handsomest, eats the most, has the most kids, has the least amount of mental illness, and is the most humble. He has a beautiful wife, Pam, of just over 15 years (that’s 15 years of marriage, NOT 15 years of age), and 2 children, Alyssa and Jonathan, who both love to sing (Barbershop none-the-less). Ol’ Leather Lungs lives in Cortland, Ohio where he works as a Nurse Anesthetist. He says this is where he gets his “sick” sense of humor. His hobbies include anything his wife tells him to do. Aside from these “hobbies” (*cough* chores *cough*), he is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Don’t hold that against him, however – he can still admit that in public (humiliation enough).
Will resides in Bowling Green, Ohio where he attends Bowling Green State University and wears Bowling shoes, carries Bowling balls, and eats in Bowling alleys. He is studying Music Education just like both of his parents (I know, weird, right?). Veal loves sports and plays volleyball, basketball, football, golf, and table tennis. Veal is a second generation Barbershopper. His father sings with some stupid quartet.