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2017 – Flightline

Oscar Sotelo, Daniel Huitt, Marcus Kang, Kyle Williamson

Flightline first came together as members of the BoomTown youth chorus in 2013, and has since become one of the top quartets in Southern California. Through their time singing together, they’ve had the privilege to sing in both the Westminster Chorus and the Masters of Harmony, with one member (Marcus) even singing in Vocal Majority in Dallas. Since 2014 they have earned three medals in the Youth Barbershop Quartet Contest, finally winning gold in Las Vegas in 2017. In 2015, they took home the Dealers Choice Award and the 1st place trophy in the FWD making them District Champs. The quartet loves singing, performing, leading youth workshops, and sharing their music with the world.

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2016 – Pratt Street Power

Originating from Baltimore, MD, Pratt Street Power wowed a full house at the world-class Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN to become the 2016 International Youth Barbershop Quartet Champion. PSP is Tenor Vincent Sandroni, Lead Ed Schubel, Baritone Ben Hawker, and Bass Darren Schmidt.

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2015 - Trocadero


For the fourth time in eight years, a Swedish affiliate collegiate quartet from SNOBS (Society of Nordic Barbershoppers) brought the collegiate trophy home to Stockholm. On June 3, 2015 at the beautiful Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA, Trocadero won the gold medal as the best collegiate quartet of 2015 and demonstrated once again the ever-growing reputation for vocal excellence our SNOBS affiliate is instilling and delivering to audiences around the world.

Trocadero is tenor David Holst, lead Jakob Berggren, baritone Sam Andren, and bass Filip Sibien.

 


 

2014 - The Academy


On July 1, 2014 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, The Academy won the gold medal as the best collegiate quartet of 2014. In this installment of our "Championship Performance" YouTube series, The Academy sings a David Wright arrangement of the 19th century ballad "Beautiful Dreamer."

The Academy is tenor Andrew Lujan, lead Peter Cunningham, baritone Kevin Mendez III, and bass Michael Skutt.

 


 

2013 - The Newfangled Four


The Newfangled Four, a quartet hailing from the Los Angeles area, beat out 25 other young quartets from around the world to capture the collegechampionship Tuesday evening in Toronto.

Singing old standards "Mistakes" and "Georgia Mae," the quartet posted A-level scores comparable to those in the open division contest.

The Newfangled Four quartet consists of Joey Buss, tenor, from Huntington Beach; Jackson Niebrugge, lead, of Los Angeles; Ryan Wisniewski, baritone, of Las Vegas; and Jake Tickner, bass, of Discovery Bay.

The foundation of their barbershop success has been as members of the Westminster Chorus, a two-time barbershop champ that sought its third gold medal, but was edged by Toronto's Northern Lights Chorus. "We haven't spent a lot of time with coaches," said tenor Joey Buss. "Because singing with the chorus every week is like a clinic in barbershop excellence."

As champion, the quartet earns bragging rights, notoriety, and a springboard to the big contest, which has increasingly been dominated by past college champions, and offshore quartets such as 2013 champs Ringmasters, natives of Stockholm, Sweden.

 


 

2012 - Lemon Squeezy


Travelling all the way from Stockholm, Sweden, Lemon Squeezy captured the gold medal, making them the third collegiate quartet from the Society of Nordic Barbershop Singers (SNOBS) Affiliate in the past 5 years to come away with the top prize.

The members of Lemon Squeezy are tenor Alexander Löfstedt, lead Victor Nilsson, baritone Jonathan von Döbeln, and bass Martin Jangö. They are also active members of the SNOBS chorus zero8 who placed 4th in the 2012 International Chorus Contest, making them the first Affiliate chorus to earn a medal.

 


 

2011 - Prestige


Prestige won the coveted gold medal in the 2011 International Barbershop Collegiate Quartet Competition at The Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. The quartet dazzled the audience with their renditions of "Sewanee" and "Deed I Do".

Tenor Gordie Howe, lead Drew Ochoa, baritone Nick Gordon, and bass Dave Parrett have been competing in the collegiate contest together since 2009 where they won 4th place, and in 2010 where they won second place.

 


 

2010 - Swedish Match


In a competition full of youthful excitement and talent, Swedish Match has won the coveted gold medal in the 2010 International Barbershop Collegiate Quartet Competition at The Pennsylvania Convention Center. Their renditions of "Love Walked In" and "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey" won the hearts of the audience, and the highest scores from the judges.

Tenor Rasmus Krigström, lead Jakob Stenberg, baritone Mattias Larsson, and bass Mathias Roth are students the Stockholm Royal College of Music in Sweden and have been singing together since 2007. The group previously won the silver medal in the 2009 international competition in Anaheim.

 


 

2009 - the Vagrants


Hailing from Southern California, The Vagrants collegiate quartet comprised of four hip young men, charmed the judges and an enthusiastic audience to win the 2009 Bank of America Collegiate Quartet Contest.

The quartet, whose members include Colin Plain (baritone), Joey Buss (tenor), David Meye (bass), Jonny Tillery (lead), wowed the appreciative audience with their inspired renditions of Carolina Mammy and You're The Girl I Love. Although new to the Collegiate Quartet Competition, all four are seasoned competitors having won gold medals with both the Masters of Harmony chorus and the Westminster Chorus. Known for their chord crushing enthusiasm, which excites judges and audiences alike, this quartet is very excited about the path they have ahead of them.


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