Bill Hersman (bass) of Durham, NH, feels so privileged to be entertaining audiences in Tuckermans at 9 with such a talented group of performers. In addition to “bum bum-ing” and “doomp doomp-ing” to imitate bass guitar riffs for Tuckermans’ pop repertoire, Bill also enjoys singing classical music throughout the Seacoast with Amare Cantare. By day he is a physics professor at UNH and operates his own medical technology company.
Betsy Shelley (alto 1) grew up in Hamilton, MA, performing in her church choir and high school chorus as well as the chorus's select group, Harmony. At the University of New Hampshire, from which she graduated with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Music, Betsy performed in various ensembles, from the Concert Choir to the Wildcat Marching Band. She has continued to sing in various groups throughout the MA, NH, and ME seacoast area, including the Newburyport Choral Society, the Rockingham Choral Society, the Portsmouth Women’s Chorus, the Seaglass Chorale, and most recently Portsmouth Pro Musica and The Overtones. Betsy studies voice with Taylor O'Donnell and enjoys singing in adult ensembles at Portsmouth Music and Art Center. Part of the IT department at Liberty Mutual in Dover, NH, Betsy lives in Wells, ME, with her husband, Brad. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend time with family.
Tony Berke (sound) of Exeter, NH, has been mixing sound for a cappella groups for the better part of three decades. From his college years on, he mixed, offered sound reinforcement, and produced recordings for groups as well as local choruses and orchestras. Later, he was the resident sound guy for The Digressions and also sang bass in the group. He is an avid a cappella fan, singer, skier, woodworker, and all-around techie.
Fran Lipe (alto 2) lives in New Durham, NH, and grew up in a musical family and has been singing since childhood, harmonizing with her sister. She also has played various instruments (although her favorite is her voice) and has sung with multiple church, school, and community choruses; as a teenager, she toured England and Wales for a summer with the Methodist Youth Chorale. When not singing with Tuckermans at 9, Fran can be heard singing with her husband in the living room and at open mic nights. She is a physical therapist at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH. In her spare time, Fran enjoys long rides (on paved roads) on her motorcycle and looking for her lost golf balls on the greens.
Tim Bull (vocal percussion) of Hampton, NH, grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, steeped in doo-wop and the lush harmonies of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Realizing a natural propensity for and love of percussion, he taught himself technique on a six-piece drum kit and a number of keyboards/synthesizers. Singing in the Barbershoppers in high school and playing in a couple of garage bands provided an outlet for Tim's passions. His skills at mimicking drums, horns, strings, and voice led to the critical role of vocal percussionist for Tuckermans At 9. Outside of music, Tim holds a position in retail management, and enjoys yard work (yes, really!), any outdoor activities, creating art, and building ideas.
Diane Weir (soprano) grew up listening to all types of music, playing the trumpet, singing, and writing silly songs. She studied music education at Indiana University, and taught high school band and elementary school chorus. These days, she works as a freelance corporate training consultant from her home in Dover, NH. Diane is thrilled to live in an area with so many community-based music groups. She has participated in the Dover Community Band, the Seacoast Community Chorus, and the Community Chorus at South Berwick. In her spare time, Diane is creating a course to help amateur singers learn to read music, get more out of rehearsals, and be more confident performers.
From Sutton, NH, Aaron Carson (tenor 1) enjoys an extensive performing arts background, including piano, ballet and tap, acting, and singing. In 2016, he served as assistant director of the Junior Intern company at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH. Aaron studies theater at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
T9 founder Mark Miller (baritone) of Dover, NH, does not recall a time before singing. He has performed in choruses since the age of 12, including the New Jersey All-State Chorus, the America's Youth in Concert European Tour chorus, "The Jerseyaires" chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, the Ashland University Choir, the Rockingham Choral Society, the Amare Cantare chamber chorus, and the London A Cappella Festival. A former radio broadcaster/production director and senior advertising copywriter, he is a freelance voice-over actor from his studio in Dover.