- Tenor: Kipp Buckner
- Lead: Joe Connelly
- Bari: Paul Gilman
- Bass: Jay Hawkins
- Bari: Geoff Mucha (83-86)
Represented the Cardinal District.
- 1982 1st
- It's A Brand New Day 1987
- The Bronze Edition 1986
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- The Thoroughbreds Present Solid Gold
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 Joe, members of Cincinnati's Southern Gateway Chorus teamed up with Kipp and Jay, members of the Louisville Thoroughbreds, in 1982. In 1983, the foursome finished in the top ten at their first international contest.
They placed sixth in 1984, third in '85, and moved to second in 1986. That year, Geoff's postal service promotion forced him to move to another city. The remaining three drafted Paul from Cincinnati, and he had the rare thrill of winning a gold medal in his first international contest in 1987 at Hartford, Conn.
Despite their youth (they were the second youngest quartet ever to win the championship at the time), the original Rivals combined 45 years of barbershop experience. Kipp's father had sung in an international finalist quartet, Joe's dad was an international quartet medalist, Geoff's father had directed choruses to two bronze medals, and Jay's father had sung for many years in Dayton, Ohio's chorus.
The Rivals are the only quartet to have all 4 members go on to claim other quartet championship, Joe with Keepsake in 1992, PLATINUM in 2000, and Old School in 2011, Kipp with Gas House Gang in 1993 and Old School in 2011, and Jay and Paul with Marquis in 1995.