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Collegiate Quartet Champions – The Newfangled Four

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.