Regents

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Regents
The Regents is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1974 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Harry Williamson
  • Lead: Joe Mazzone
  • Bari: Ron Knickerbocker
  • Bass: Hal Kauffman

Repacement Members:

  • Bari: Dave Reed


Contest Placement

International

1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
36th 31st 3rd 3rd 1st

District (MAD)

Recordings

  • Sing A Song With The Regents[1]

Extended History

The Regents

When the Regents won the international quartet championship at Kansas City's 1974 contest, it may have seemed to some that they had an easy road to the gold. It was their fifth international contest, and they had placed third on two previous tries, in 1972 and '73.

But collectively tenor Harry Williamson, lead Joe Mazzone, bari Ron Knickerbocker and bass Hal Kauffman had logged 44 years of experience in nearly 25 different quartets. They lived in four different (albeit small and neighboring) states. And they comprised a quartet that had evolved through four editions since it was formed in the mid-1960s.

Harry was the only member who lasted through all four versions. In 1970 he teamed up with Ron (then a lead), Hal and Dave Reed as bari. When Joe left his previous quartet, the Exclusives, in 1971, to take the lead spot, Ron moved to bari.

Interestingly, Hal had been a tenor (and even, at one time, a boy soprano) until a few years before, when Harry persuaded him to switch to bass of a previous quartet so that he, Harry, could sing tenor.

The combination, complete with the various part switches, proved the winning one, as the Regents made their "rapid" climb to the gold.


External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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  1. http://www.discogs.com/Regents-Sing-A-Song-With-The-Regents/release/6700945