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Monthly Archives: June 2011

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2010 – Storm Front

Storm Front brings down the house in Philly Tenor: Jeff Selano Lead: Jim Clark Bass: Syd Libsack Bari: Darin Drown The comedy quartet Storm Front created plenty of thunderous applause and light-hearted laughter as they won the coveted Gold Medal at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2010 International quartet contest Saturday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention [...]

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2009 – Crossroads

Tenor: Fred Farrell Lead: Michael Slamka Bass: Jim Henry Bari: Brandon Guyton Our 2009 champs are men who have won the gold medals once before. They won in convincing fashion in Anaheim, California July 4th week during the 71st International Convention and Contests of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Their total score was 93.7% and 213 [...]

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2008 – OC Times

Tenor: Shawn York Lead: Sean Devine Bass: Cory Hunt Bari: Patrick Claypool Joy, Relief, Pride, Exuberance, Nervousness, Bliss, Apprehension, Release, Elation, Humility, Liberation, Anxiety, Delight, Gratification, Honor What is it like to win International? The 2008 champion OC Times felt ALL these emotions and more. Shawn York (Tenor), Sean Devine (Lead), Patrick Claypool (Baritone), and [...]

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2007 – MaxQ

Tenor: Greg Clancy 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 [...]

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2006 – Vocal Spectrum

Tenor: Tim Waurick Lead: Eric Dalbey Bass: Chris Hallam Bari: Jonny MoroniIn the closest win in the Society’s 68 year competition history Vocal Spectrum took home the big trophy by singing flawlessly and earning the best score on two of the three sets. Still it was only SIX little itty-bitty points that separated them from [...]

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2005 – Realtime

Tenor: Tim Broersma Lead: John Newell Bass: Tom Metzger Bari: Mark MetzgerThe Realtime quartet story is an ordinary one. Four guys who love to sing being drawn together by fate. But this story has an extraordinary ending. It all began in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as two brothers Mark (bari) & Tom Metzger (bass) grew [...]

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2004 – Gotcha!

Tenor: Garry Texeira Lead: Chris Vaughn Bass: Jim Kline Bari: Alan Gordon At an afterglow in September of 1996, four members of the Masters of Harmony chorus decided to sing a song. Three hours later, Garry Texeira, Chris Vaughn, Alan Gordon, and Scott Wilson exhausted the entire repertoire from three choruses and a few international [...]

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2003 – Power Play

Tenor: Don Slamka Lead: Michael Slamka Bass: Jack Slamka Bari: Mark Slamka Nothing can compare with the Power of family. Power Play consists of a father, his two sons, and his nephew. Jack Slamka, the father, sings bass and is a 30-year member of the Society. Michael, his son, sings lead and is a 20-year [...]

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2002 – Four Voices

Tenor: Lester Rector Lead: Chad Guyton Bass: Jayson VanHook Bari: Brandon Guyton When Chad (lead) and Brandon Guyton (bari) attended a Harmony Explosion presentation in 1993, they had no idea what lay ahead. A few years later, they recruited two fellow Lee Universitymusicians, Lester Rector (tenor) and Jayson Van Hook(bass), to form Four Voices. Contrary [...]

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2001 – Michigan Jake

Tenor: Drew Kirkman Lead: Mark Hale Bass: Greg Hollander Bari: Joel Wilson In 1983 Mark Hale and Greg Hollander joined the Barbershop Harmony Society. They quickly became friends and started singing in a quartet together. This quartet, theSound System, started with Mark on tenor and Greg on baritone, but soon Greg moved to bass and [...]

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2000 – Platinum

Tenor: Gary Lewis Lead: Joe Connelly Bass: Kevin Miles Bari: Tony De Rosa Platinum first organized in 1998 and soon won the 2000 SPEBSQSA International Quartet Championship in Kansas City. Lead Joe Connelly became the first THREE TIME Gold Medalist with this win having won in 1987 (Interstate Rivals) and 1992 (Keepsake). He learned from [...]

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1999 – FRED

Tenor: Fred Carlson Lead: Fred LaRosa Bass: Fred Clay Bari: Fred Hine FRED is anything but your typical barbershop quartet. In fact, from their distinctive sound and unique sense of humor to the speed in which they have risen to the top of the craft, very little about FRED is normal. FRED (Jared "Pookie" Carlson, [...]

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1998 – Revival

Tenor: Royce Ferguson Lead: Mike Spencer Bass: Bill Myers Bari: Mike Lawton The men of Revival represent over 85 years of harmonizing experience. They earned the title of 1997-98 Far Western District Quartet Champions and were crowned the 1998 BHS Champs at the competition held in Atlanta, Georgia on the 4th of July. This was [...]

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1997 – Yesteryear

Tenor: Dan Trakas Lead: Mark Blake Bass: Randy Baughman Bari: Rod Nixon Representing the Maumee Valley (Toledo) and Elyria (near Cleveland), Ohio chapters and the Johnny Appleseed DistrictYesteryear is well known as a talented and entertaining show quartet. The original version of the quartet was formed in February of 1984. Over the years there were [...]

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1996 – Nightlife

Tenor: Rob Menaker Lead: John Sasine Bass: Brett Littlefield Bari: Jeff Baker Nightlife, from Southern California, is only the second quartet in barbershop singing history to win gold medals as both international quartet champions and as members of the winning barbershop chorus on the same day! This is truly a fitting achievement for four individuals [...]

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1995 – Marquis

Tenor: Dale Fetick Lead: Randy Chisholm Bass: Jay Hawkins Bari: Paul Gilman Marquis won the 1995 International Quartet Championship at Miami Beach representing the gold medal rich Johnny Appleseed District. They credit their win to having the right attitude. Each member had sung in successful quartets before and brought that experience with them to the [...]

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1994 – Joker’s Wild

Tenor: Steve Iannacchione Lead: Mark Green Bass: Dave Kindinger Bari: Steve Legters Marquis won the 1995 International Quartet Championship at Miami Beach representing the gold medal rich Johnny Appleseed District. They creJoker's Wild was formed in August of 1990 when the original four members met informally at the Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio and harmonized [...]

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1993 – The Gas House Gang

Tenor: Kipp Buckner Lead: Rich Knight Bass: Jim Henry Bari: Rob Henry In the 1930's The St. Louis Cardinals baseball team was nicknamed "The Gas House Gang" to describe the players' fiery attitude toward the game and their fun-loving style of play. In 1987 a barbershop quartet from the St. Louis area chose the name [...]

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1992 – Keepsake

Tenor: Roger Ross Lead: Joe Connelly Bass: Don Barnick Bari: Tony DeRosa Keepsake of Polk County, Orlando and Winter Park, Florida won the gold in 1992 in New Orleans. Keepsake was a quartet with the ability to reach across the footlights and grabs the hearts of the audience with their music. Their expressive song selection [...]

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1991 – The Ritz

Tenor: Jim Shisler Lead: Doug Nichol Bass: Ben Ayling Bari: D.J. Hi The Ritz is a unique quartet in that it is comprised of four vocal music teachers, each from a different school district. Tenor Jim Shisler, lead Doug Nichol, bari D.J. Hiner and bass Ben Ayling. When the quartet won the Pioneer District Quartet [...]

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1990 – Acoustix

Tenor: Todd Wilson Lead: Rick Middaugh Bass: Jeff Oxley Bari: Jason January Acoustix formed in January of 1990, and in a very short time realized that the blending of their vocal talents produced a sound that has eluded many performers. The Texas foursome skyrocketed straight up the competition ladder. In a record-setting six months, Todd [...]

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1989 – Second Edition

Tenor: Fred Farrell Lead: David Harrington Bass: Jamie Meyer Bari: Doug Harrington Second Edition, from Louisville Kentucky, won the 1989 International Competition held in Kansas City. They had been singing together since 1986 and one of the youngest quartets to win with the oldest only 25. Some consider The Second Edition to actually be one [...]

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1988 – Chiefs of Staff

Tenor: Tim McShane Lead: Chuck Sisson Bass: Don Bagley Bari: Dick Kingdon The Chiefs of Staff won the championship on July 4th of 1988 in San Antonio during the Society's 50th anniversary convention. They were the last recipients of the original International Quartet (Landino) Trophy. It began during a picnic in the fall of 1983. [...]

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1987 – Interstate Rivals

Tenor: Kipp Buckner Lead: Joe Connelly Bass: Jay Hawkins Bari: Paul Gilman The original four members of Interstate Rivals - Kipp Buckner, Joe Connelly, Geoff Mucha, and Jay Hawkins - were all second-generation barbershoppers. Paul Gilman, who replaced Geoff as baritone in 1986, had been introduced to barbershopping by his uncle in 1980. Geoff and [...]

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1986 – Rural Route 4

Tenor: Don Kahl Lead: Calvin Yoder Bass: Willard Yoder Bari: Jim Bagby When the Rural Route 4 won the international quartet championship in 1986, they did not exactly qualify as an overnight sensation. Organized in 1971 by four residents of Cass County, Missouri, the quartet would not win the gold until 15 years and two [...]

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1985 – The New Tradition

Tenor: John Sherburn Lead: Dan Jordan Bass: John Miller Bari: Bob Gray, Jr. The New Tradition - perhaps better known to thousands of barbershoppers as the Marx Brothers' clones - won the gold in 1985. All are experienced international competitors and medalists: tenor John Sherburn (Zeppo in their famous impersonation), lead Dan Jordan (Chico), bari [...]

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1984 – The Rapscallions

Tenor: Dave Smotzer Lead: David Wallace Bass: Jeff Oxley Bari: Tim Frye The Rapscallions, formed just four years earlier by four Bowling Green State University students, amazed the barbershop world when they won the 1984 international quartet championship in St. Louis. The quartet, in fact, placed in the top ten internationally each of the three [...]

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1983 – Side Street Ramblers

Tenor: Keith Houts Lead: Brian Beck Bass: Earl Hagn Bari: Dennis Malone When the Side Street Ramblers of Dallas captured the 1983 international championship in Seattle, lead Brian Beck collected his second gold quartet medal. Bass Earl Hagn, however, was singing in his first quartet. Discrepancies in experience and height (Earl was 6'5 while Brian [...]

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1982 – Classic Collection

Tenor: Curt Hutchison Lead: Larry Wilson Bass: Terry Heltne Bari: George Davidson The story of the 1982 International Quartet Champion Classic Collection is pretty unique in many respects. It all began in Hastings Nebraska in 1968. Original baritone, and long-time barbershop enthusiast, "Papa Joe" Heltne, and his son Terry invited two aspiring singers, one a [...]

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1981 – Chicago News

Tenor: Ray Henders Lead: Butch Koth Bass: Tom Felgen Bari: Greg Wright Chicago News, when they won the international championship in 1981, seemed to have come almost "out of the blue." True, they had placed second in 1980 and 8th in their first competition the year before, but compared to foursomes that struggled a dozen [...]

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1980 – The Boston Common

Tenor: Kent Martin Lead: Rich Knapp Bass: Terry Clarke Bari: Larry Tully Formed, quite literally by chance, at a mutual friend's home in 1971, The Boston Common (Kent Martin, tenor; Rich Knapp, lead; Larry Tully, bari and Terry Clarke, bass) remained active through the mid 1990s, performing in 46 states and five foreign countries, on [...]

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1979 – Grandma’s Boys

Tenor: Don Barnick Lead: Hank Brandt Bass: John Miller Bari: Jay Giallombardo In the summer of 1968 a high school quartet from Wilmette and Glencoe, IL rode a Greyhound bus to Cincinnati, checked into the "Y," sat in the back row at the international contest and listened in awe as quartets like the Western Continentals, [...]

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1978 – Bluegrass Student Union

Tenor: Allen Hatton Lead: Ken Hatton Bass: Rick Staab Bari: Dan Burgess As teenagers, Allen Hatton, Ken Hatton, Dan Burgess and Rick Stabb began singing together as The Bluegrass Student Union quartet in December of 1973, They were active members of the International Champion Chorus, The Louisville Thoroughbreds. Their first year together resulted in a [...]

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1977 – Most Happy Fellows

Tenor: Bob Hodge Lead: Larry Hassler Bass: Ken Hawkinson Bari: Jack Lyon Seven has to be the lucky number of the Most Happy Fellows, who were crowned international quartet champions in Philadelphia in 1977, one of only 18 quartets who won the gold the first time they medaled in international competition. This edition of the [...]

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1976 – The Innsiders

Tenor: Mike Cox Lead: John Devine Bass: Tom Pearson Bari: Guy McShan The Innsiders of Houston, 1976 international quartet champions, may have more alumni than the University of Texas. In the Southwestern District they're an institution older than the Vocal Majority Chorus. Only four, of course, won the gold medals in San Francisco, but they [...]

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