Town and Country Four

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Town and Country Four
The Town and Country Four is the Barbershop Harmony Society's 1963 International Quartet Champion.


Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Leo Sisk
  • Lead: Larry Autenreith
  • Bari: Jack Elder
  • Bass: Ralph Anderson


Contest Placement

Internationals

1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963
27th 8th 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st

District

Represented the Johnny Appleseed District.

1956 1957 1958
2nd 2nd 1st

Recordings

Extended History

The Town and Country Four

Many - in fact, most - championship quartets go through several changes in personnel before they finally reach the top. Not so the Town and Country Four, 1963 International champions.

The "T and C" first got together for some woodshedding at a picnic in August 1955. From that time on, like the school board of The Music Man fame, you seldom saw one without the others. They were Leo Sisk, Larry Autenreith, Jack Elder and Ralph Anderson.

The only change they made along the way was when Larry and Jack switched parts, with Larry winding up on lead and Jack on bari. Leo remained at tenor and Ralph on bass (frequently as a soloist). All had been members of the Pittsburgh Chapter since joining the Society.

From the beginning they set their sights on winning the International gold, and they were never deflected from that course. Even they, however, might have wondered at times if they were destined always to be bridesmaids. In their first contest (for novice quartets) they came in second. Seeking the Johnny Appleseed District crown, they placed second twice before reaching their goal. And in six consecutive appearances at International, beginning in 1957, they placed 27th, 8th, 3rd, and 2nd , 2nd , 2nd . But at Toronto in 1963 they became the Society's 25th International champions.

External Links


Barbershop Harmony Society - International Quartet Champions
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