Who We Are
We are Under The Radar, a mixed a cappella quartet performing a variety of songs old & new throughout the greater Seattle area for over 15 years. We've performed in schools, at fairs, sporting events, on boats, in grocery stores, and even brought the joy of music into hospitals and nursing homes for those who couldn't come see us on their own. We've performed for people of every shape, size, age, and background you can imagine, but we're especially fond of performing for & with young musicians and singers.
The money we raise by performing is donated towards scholarships for Harmony Explosion NW, a youth singing camp at which all four of our members volunteer every summer. Every July, the camp brings together several hundred young singers aged 12-22 to Pacific Lutheran University for three days of friendship, vocal training from experienced clinicians, and a cappella music, culminating in a live concert. We proudly serve these young singers year round raising funds & awareness for the camp, in the hopes that it will inspire more young people to make singing & music a part of their whole lives.
Bill Hickman, Bass
Bill is a peripatetic singer. The son of a professional musician, he began performing at the age of 5 when his father who owned a roadhouse, would wake him up to sing for the patrons in the middle of the night. Since that auspicious beginning he has never stopped performing. As a 30-year veteran of the US Navy he moved around a lot, singing in 8 quartets and 8 choruses in 6 different districts of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Currently, he sings in three different choruses under the auspices of the Bellevue Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He is only semi-retired, still teaching leadership to business leaders around the country.
Jan Simpson, Tenor
Born in Calgary, Canada, Jan studied piano, guitar, drums and voice. She sang with choruses and ensembles throughout school, moving on to sing with Sweet Adelines, including competing on the International stage with Chinook Winds chorus and a cappella Joy chorus. Professionally, Jan’s been an accountant, senior systems analyst and database administrator. She currently works with husband Jim in the family sports car business on Whidbey Island, keeping books and developing websites. She is also a certified Master Gardener, and loves knitting and crocheting.
Jim Simpson, Lead
Jim grew up in Houston, TX, playing violin, clarinet, flute, and keyboards. He's sung with the Lake Washington Skippers, the Houston Tidelanders, Snohomish County Windjammers and Northwest Sound choruses. He's been in several men's quartets associated with those choruses, including Back To The Future with his son. When he's not singing, Jim owns and operates his own small business designing and building custom sports cars as well as restoring and selling exotic European and Japanese automobiles. Jim lives with his family on Whidbey Island in Clinton, Washington.
Dr. Mike Geier, Baritone
Son of an FAA inspector, Mike grew up all over, from Tucson to Kansas City. As a surgeon, he moved from Kansas City through Ann Arbor, Denver and, finally to Everett where he retired after 30 years. While in Denver, he sang with the Sound of the Rockies chorus, moving to Everett and the Windjammers chorus in 1993. Since, he’s sung in five quartets, competing as a lead in two and tenor in another. Baritone is a new adventure he’s happy to enjoy. Since retirement, he’s been following his wife’s commands, making frames for her paintings and trying to keep their home and boat from descending into ruin.
Book Under The Radar
We perform at many types of events and venues throughout western Washington. If you're interested in booking us to perform, have a music class you'd like us to visit, or have any questions regarding our repertoire or availability, please contact us here. All proceeds from all of our performances are donated towards Harmony Explosion NW camp scholarships for young singers.
You can contact us using the form below or by calling Jim at 425-238-5317.