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Keith Daniel (Keithie D.) has spent his whole life trying to turn teenagers onto the joys of music; he’s currently plying his trade at Concord Academy, where he has been teaching music history and theory and directing the choral program for 23 years. Keith has sung with the Concord Chorus, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Masterworks Chorale. He was suckered into Custom Blend by his “friends” from the local community theatre scene, with whom he recently appeared in “1776” and “Secret Garden.” When he retires – assuming they don’t take him out of Concord feet first – he hopes to do more theatre, as well as the first world tour with Custom Blend. He is the chief arranger for the group.
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Tom Ryder “Custom Blend is the realization of a lifelong dream for me. I have always loved singing, performing the wonderful harmonies of a cappella music.” Custom Blend is as the name implies; a wonderful amalgam of great voices but more importantly its a group of great friends who are tons of fun to be with. Our weekly rehearsal is the highlight of my week. Tom Ryder lives in Acton, Ma with his fabulous wife Sherry. Between them they have five kids and seven wonderful grandchildren. Tom is an award winning television producer/director/writer/editor. Currently he puts his creative skills to work as the Creative Director of the Harvard Business School’s Educational Technology Group. His real passions are singing, performing in community theater, all things creative, but most of all… his wife Sherry.
Bernie Franc: "Bernie comes from a musical family where he began singing and playing piano at age 5. His diverse musical repertoire includes opera, classical, Broadway musicals, religious music ministry, rock, jazz, and pop. He met his wife, Laura, in the same college performance choir (Allegheny) as Tedford and Cal Armistead and so is especially delighted to be reunited with them in Custom Blend. Bernie is currently the Director of Music at Bethany Congregational church in Foxboro, MA where, in his "spare time", he manages his own specialty chemical business. He and Laura are blessed with 4 amazing kids.et.