Four Statesmen

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Four Statesmen
The Four Statesmen is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1967 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Frank Lanza
  • Lead: Dick Chacos
  • Bari: Richard Sause
  • Bass: Don Beinema


Contest Placement

Internationals

1964 1965 1966 1967
14th 5th 3rd 1st

District

Represented the Northeastern District.

  • 1964 1st

Recordings

  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue[1]
  • Barbershop New England Style[2]

Extended History

Four Statesmen

It's not unusual, with today's modern highways and plane connections, for members of a quartet to live some distance apart. But in the mid-1960s, when the Four Statesmen were working their way toward the 1967 International championship, it was almost unbelievable that a quartet could live in four different states.

Yet such was the case for tenor Frank Lanza, Providence, Rhode Island; lead Dick Chacos, Nashua, New Hampshire; bari Richard "Doc" Sause, Meriden, Connecticut; and bass Don Beinema, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Twice weekly they drove a total of 800 miles to rehearse. What's more, they continued the long distance harmonizing from the time the quartet was organized in 1963 until it disbanded at the end of 1978 - a total of more than 15 years.

The Statesmen were all "old pros" in the barbershopping world when they first got together. Frank had been a member for 17 years and had sung in four quartets from three chapters. Dick Chacos, a 14 year veteran, had made the International finals five straight years, 1959 through 1963 with his quartet, the Merry Notes. Doc Sause had been a member for 22 years and had sung in both chorus and quartet competition on the International stage - in the latter case with the Connecticut Yankees. And Don had been a member of three different quartets in his 12 years with the Society before joining the Statesmen.


External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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  1. http://www.discogs.com/4-Statesmen-The-Something-Old-Something-New-Something-Borrowed-Something-Blue/release/6723417
  2. http://www.discogs.com/4-Statesmen-The-Barbershop-New-England-Style/release/6723405