May 22, 2022



Our Mailing Address:

Desert Aires Barbershop Chorus

P.O. Box 6062

Sun City West  AZ 85376

Our Rehearsal Location:

Bellevue Heights Church

9440 W. Hutton Dr.

Sun City, Arizona


Click on below link for map






Marlyn Byrd has been named Barbershopper of the Year for 2020.

Jim Schaeffer was named Barbershopper of the year for 2021.

(The double presentation was a result of the Pandemic). 

See the entire Barbershopper of the Year "BOTY" list.





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 Rainbow 2019

Members are: L to R

  •   Grant Fox, Tenor
  •   Ken Corns, Lead
  •   Bill Shaw, Bass
  •   Aaron Burleson, Bari



Grant Fox - tenor

From Saginaw, MI.,  worked for General Motors for 30 years, has 7 children, 4 girls and 3 boys, and the proud grandfather of 9.  Barbershop singing has been in my family since the turn of the century. My grandfather started singing in a quartet in 1901,  and continued to perform until 1948. Since I was old enough to remember, at every holiday and family get together we always gathered around and sang.  After retirement, moved to the Phoenix where he enjoyed pursuing his hobby of Barbershop singing.  Has belonged to the Phabulous Phoenicians Chorus, Paradise Valley Chorus, Pride of Phoenix Chorus, Spirit of Phoenix Chorus, and various quartets.  What I enjoy most about this hobby is being able to perform by singing and bringing joy and pleasure to our audiences.


Ken Corns - lead

Born and grew up in Ecorse, Michigan .  Now, a twenty year resident of Sun City Grand, and really loves all the activities, especially the music programs.  Performed with a variety of vocal musical groups - High School in Ecorse, Michigan, University of Michigan, and Church Choirs

Sang briefly with the Grandtones, a Doo Wop Group in Sun City Grand, and  sang five years with a Jazz vocal group in Sun City Grand, Jazzmatazz.   Barbershop Chorus' - Beginning in 1984 in Denver with The Denver Mile High Chorus, then Sound of the Rockies Chorus; after moving to Arizona joined the Phabulous Phoenicians; and currently sings with the DesertAires in Sun City.  Barbershop Quartet singing since the 1950's, and a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, formally known as The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc., which was quite a mouthful. The society was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1938.  Singing Lead (melody line) with the following Denver quartets, Technical Difficulties; Senior Discount; Sound Distinction; and Foothills Phonics; currently in the Phoenix West Valley, The Rainbow Quartet.  "We all love the hobby, and enjoy performing. We are grateful that God has blessed each of us with the ability to sing and entertain." 


Bill Shaw - bass

Bill was raised in a  Barbershop Family. My Mother was a Sweet Adeline, and My Father a Barbershopper.  I joined the Minneapolis Commodores chorus in 1964 at 18 years old. Sang in my first International Chorus Competition in 1970 in Atlantic City NJ. I’ve sung in many Quartets over the years.
Won LOL District Novice Quartet Champion with the “Gopher State Good Time music Company”
My wife Marsha and I Sang for 16 years in a Mixed voice Barbershop Group  “FRIENDS” We had 8 married couples, all Barbershop & Sweet Adeline members. We performed Shows throughout the upper Midwest.
Moved to Arizona in 2003 and joined the DesertAires.  Sang Bass in the “Cactus Chordsmen”, “Time Was” and “The Rainbow Quartet”
Currently directing The “Westwind Harmony” Sweet Adeline Chorus in Sun City West. 


 Aaron Burleson - baritone

Aaron Burleson, is the baritone (which is affectionately referred to as the “garbage part”) of the quartet. He is originally from Tupelo,Mississippi. He and his wife Patti have 3 kids and 13 grandchildren. He started singing barbershop in the early 80's with the Sugar Cane Chorus in Baton Rouge, LA. (and no, he doesn’t like crawfish). In 1988 he took a hiatus from barbershop singing and resumed in 2006 when he moved to CA where he sang in 2 separate barbershop choruses in the Los Angeles Area. After buying property in Sun City West in 2015, Aaron joined the Desert Aires and moved full time to Sun City West in 2017.  Aaron is also a member of the Phoenicians Barbershop Chorus. He has sung with 5 different barbershop choruses. Presently Aaron is serving as President of the Desert Aires and board member-at-large with the Phonecians. Not wanting to officially retire, he now finds enjoyment in remodeling houses.  

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