In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
From their inception in August 1993, the members of Marquis were committed to excellence in music and sharing the love of that music with their audience, while enjoying the friendship formed within the quartet and their families. This commitment enabled Randy, Jay, Dale, and Paul to take only twenty three months to win the gold medal at the 1995 International Barbershop Convention in Miami Beach. With their victory, the individual members f Marquis have accumulated twenty four appearances in international barbershop competition resulting in seventeen top five medals. Jay and Paul earned their second gold having previously won in 1987 with the Interstate Rivals.
Marquis' travels have been far and wide with performances in twenty eight states, a benefit performance in Japan, a tour of France, and an appearance at the British barbershoppers national convention. Marquis also was featured in two nationally televised PBS specials. Their second recording, "Diamond Cuts," was voted as Best Barbershop Album in 1998 by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA).
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Review: 1995 International Champions, Marquis begins their recording with the final song from their winning competition, "With A Song In My Heart," arranged by Jim Clancy. And so these winners share with us the Nat King Cole hit, "When I Fall In Love," Walter Latzko's arrangement of "Give Me The Simple Life," Bill Mitchell's arrangement of "Never Never Land," their opening tune from the final round of the gold medal pursuit "I Found A Million Dollar Baby In A Five-And-Ten Cent Store" and Greg Volk's jazz arrangement of "Paper Moon." This reviewer thanks Marquis not only for marvelous singing but their willingness to share the credit with coaches and arrangers in great notes!
Review: Should you enjoy a trivial pursuit type fact with which to awe your friends, try this one out on avid barbershoppers. In the SPEBSQSA International Competitions, who has medalled with the most quartets? Well, one of the five singers to date who share the record is Jay Hawkins, the bass singer of Marquis. He has won medals with three different quartets. So when you listen to the ringing chords of this award winning group on such tunes as "Lazy River," "Every Day Of My Life," "I'll Be Seeing You" or the doo-wopish arrangement of "With Plenty Of Money And You," remember that you're listening to one of the best!