The Barton Hills Choir is led by Barton Hills Elementary School music teacher and choir director Gavin Tabone. The Choir is comprised of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from the school and accompanied by professional musicians, including guitarist Don “El Cento” Cento, bassist Jason “Mr. Boom Boom” Brint, and drummer Jake “Mr. Bubbles” Perlman.
Their repertoire spans golden oldies from the Beatles, Elvis, David Bowie, Grateful Dead and Beach Boys and numbers from Broadway musicals like “Mary Poppins” to songs from more current bands like Wilco, Muse, The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, and Belle and Sebastian. They performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2009 and 2011 and appeared at the Festival on both weekends in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
They were joined by special guest Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian for their shows at the 2014 ACL Festival to perform his songs, and honored to share the stage with Belle and Sebastian for several songs during their show. In 2016 local singing sensation Nakia performed with the choir on the Austin Kiddie Limits stage. They also accompanied Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters in 2012 when he performed ‘The Wall’ at the Frank Erwin Center, and were proud to share the stage with Charlie Sexton in 2016 for a David Bowie tribute concert at the Scottish Rite theatre.
- Austin Chronicle Best of Austin-Best Elementary School Elective: Barton Hills Choir (November, 2016)
- ACL Fest 2016 review: Nakia joins Barton Hills Choir on a new stage – Austin360 Music Blog (September, 2016)
- Gavin Tabone and the Barton Hills Choir – Choral Director Magazine (September, 2016)
- Texas Monthly features BHC performance with Stuart Murdoch at ACL – (October, 2014)
- Austin360 reviews BHC ACL performance (October, 2014)
- Austin American Statesman features BHC in ACL Story (September, 2014)
- Texas Monthly features Barton Hills Choir (October, 2013)
- BHC ACL performance featured on YNN (October, 2013)
- Barton Hills Choir featured on CNN Headline News (December, 2012)
- ACL’s top 40 bands you should see before dark – Bruce Butler, examiner.com (September, 2009)