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The Ritz

The Ritz

1991 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

Lead: Doug Nichol. Tenor: Jim Shisler. Baritone: D.J. Hi. Bass: Ben Ayling.

The Ritz was a unique quartet in that it is comprised of four vocal music teachers, each from a different school district. Tenor Jim Shisler, lead Doug Nichol, bari D.J. Hiner and bass Ben Ayling. When the quartet won the Pioneer District Quartet Championship in 1984, The Ritz decided to enter all future BHS competitions. In Louisville, KY, in July of 1991, they became the international champions while representing the Johnny Appleseed District. During the quartet's active career The Ritz focused on having great concert performances and producing studio recordings. They produced nine exciting and successful releases.

The quartet regularly performed throughout the United States and Canada and were the featured entertainment aboard Caribbean, Alaskan and Hawaiian cruise ships. Their concert tours took them to Great Britain, Russia, New Zealand and Australia. In the fall of 1994 they were featured on the nationally broadcasted PBS special, "Keep America Singing" and again in March of 1996 on the "World's Largest Concert."