Lead: Tony De Rosa
Bass: Jeff Oxley
Bari: Gary Lewis
Max Q were finally crowned 2007 International Quartet Champs. They won the championship with the second highest score and by the second highest margin of victory ever.
Max Q began in 2002 and after toying with the idea of a quartet. At their first official meeting the sound was special and exciting. It’s no wonder. All four were experienced singers.
Greg Clancy (tenor) started as a 12 year old kid on the front row of the young Vocal Majority with his dad up front directing. He has been a part of all eleven VM championships. He sang with several quartets through the years like Class of the 80’s (Dan Bell, Jason January,Todd Wilson). Gatsby (Bill Thornton, Jason January, Gary Parker) and a re-united Dealer’s Choice. Greg is said to now have the most gold medals of anyone in the Society (12).
Tony De Rosa (lead) is also a second generation Barbershopper, starting at the age of seven with his dad, Papa Joe. An active quartetter, he first appeared on the International stage with Cypress Chord Club at the age of 12 in 1985. He sang with One Shot Deal, became the youngest gold medalist as bari of Keepsake (1992) and won his second gold medal with Platinum (2000).
Gary Lewis (bari) studied at Bowling Green State University where he formed his first quartet, Which Wayz Up? He was the tenor of The Real Deal and winners of the Society’s MBNA Collegiate Quartet Contest in 1994. Gary moved to Orlando FL in 1996 and sang as a replacement bass singer for the 1992 Champion Keepsake. In 1998, Gary switched voice parts again, and moved to tenor to sing with Platinum. With Joe Connelly singing lead, Tony De Rosa on baritone, and Kevin Miles singing bass, Platinum captured the gold in Kansas City in 2000. Gary was the first person to win a collegiate gold medal and go on to win SPEBSQSA International gold. He is also the only tenor/baritone double gold medalist.
Jeff Oxley (bass) is a product of Bowling Green State University in Ohio where barbershop music was very popular. That inspired the formation of The Rapscallions(Dave Smotzer – tenor, Dave Wallace – lead, and Tim Frye- bari) and their entry into the 1982 International contest and a surprising 9th place finish. They began working harder and moved up to 6th place in 1983 and won it all in 1984. In 1986 he moved to Dallas and later joined Class of the 80s who placed 14th at International in 1989. After a new lead and a name change, Acoustix won the gold in 1990, his second. As an active coach, section leader and featured soloist with the Vocal Majority, Jeff has won seven chorus gold medals. In late 1997 he took on the challenge of Music Director in California with the International chorus champion Masters Of Harmony. He led them to their 1999 win and has become the only man in BHS history to have won 3 quartet golds and directed a chorus to the championship.
Although Max Q were hindered by distances (two in Dallas, one in Florida and one back in Ohio) they managed to learn their music via weekends together and learning CDs, and rehearsed as often as possible. Max Q’s first appearance was as a cameo on a Vocal Majority chorus show.
Their work in the studio has produced two outstanding CDs with one being a ground breaking collection of children’s songs – For the Children.
By their fourth year of competition and being second three years in a row (a major accomplishment for ANY quartet) they introduced a new song, Here’s To The Losers with special lyrics developed and arranged by quartet coach Clay Hine (FRED bari).
Some of the lyrics include:
Here’s to those who go for high notes even when they’ve past their prime. (bass solo) Here’s to every bass who has an ego half as big as mine.
Here’s to the Nighthawks and the Pacificaires we love that Sundowners sound To the Vagabonds and all of the greats that never won the crown
Here’s to the Losers – bless us all
Their Losers set received the largest audience reaction of the week and perhaps their career. It was a highlight for the boys. After being the first to congratulate Gotcha! , Realtime & Vocal Spectrum before they ran up the stairs to proudly accept their silver they finally got to hear their name announced as the champs in Denver 2007.