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Raise the Roof wins Seniors Quartet Championship

Raise the Roof wins Seniors Quartet Championship

Pure, classic harmony carried the day for Raise the Roof in the 2024 International Seniors Quartet Championship in New York City at the Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention.

Singing "If There'd Never Been An Ireland" and "Once Upon A Time," the champs edged past Vintage Blend by a scant 4 points in a high-quality contest of near A-level singing.

Baritone Tom Rouse notched his third seniors championship, having previously won with Rusty Pipes (2012) and Hearsay (2020.)

The top finishers were in order:

  1. Raise the Roof 1426 / 79.2%

  2. Vintage Blend 1422 / 79.0%

  3. cityScape 1385 / 76.9%

  4. Sophisticated Gentlemen 1376 / 76.4%

  5. Up All Night 1362 / 75.7.6%

Oldest quartet

Port City Sound, 322 cumulative years

Oldest singer
Walt Dowling, age 84, Port City Sound

The members of Raise the Roof are:
  • Steve Shiveley, tenor
  • Marco Crager, lead
  • Tom Rouse, bari
  • Nat Comisar, bass