The Ritz

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The Ritz
The Ritz is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1991 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Jim Shisler
  • Lead: Doug Nichol
  • Bari: D.J. Hiner
  • Bass: Ben Ayling

Former Members:

  • Bari: Clay Shumard (84-87)

Contest Placement

International

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
15th 13th 6th 9th 7th 4th 1st

District (PIO)

Represented the Johnny Appleseed District at International.

Recordings

  • Puttin' On The Ritz (2002)
  • Rare Times (1997)
  • The Ritz Anthology (year) - includes:
    • On Moonlight Bay (year)
    • Swingin' on a Star (1994)
    • Old Songs Are Just Like Old Friends (1992)
    • I'm Beginning to See the Light (1991)
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • The Ritz (Cassette)

Also appear on

Extended History

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.

Since winning the Pioneer District Quartet Championship in 1984, The Ritz decided to compete and in Louisville, KY, in July of 1991, they became the international champions while representing the Johnny Appleseed District.

The Ritz has focused on making performance tours and studio recordings producing six successful releases.

The quartet had regularly performed throughout the United States and Canada and has been the featured entertainment aboard Caribbean, Alaskan and Hawaiian cruise ships. Their concert tours have taken them to Great Britain, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.

In the fall of 1994 they were featured on the nationally broadcasted PBS special, "Keep America Singing" and again in March of 1996 on the " World's Largest Concert."


External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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