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Based in: Falls Church, United States.

Although Platinum has only been in existence since 1998, they bring to the stage a wealth of musical knowledge and performing experience.

Tenor - Gary Lewis has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for eight years. In 1994, he sang tenor with "The Real Deal," which captured the MBNA Collegiate Quartet Championship in their very first attempt. Gary has a degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The BGSU Men's Chorus is considered by many to be one of the best programs in the country. Gary Lewis is a choral music educator at Defiance High School and shares his Northwest Ohio home with wife Jody, and their new son Adam.

Lead - Joe Connelley has been singing barbershop harmony for twenty-two years. Joe is a full-time barbershopper. He travels throughout the United States and Canada coaching many men's and women's quartets and choruses. He is a certified Presentation Judge in the Barbershop Harmony Society's Contest and Judging Program. He sang lead in two International Champion Gold Medallist Quartets (1987 "Interstate Rivals," and 1992 "Keepsake"). Joe's wife Debbie sings lead in the Sweet Adelines International Championship Quartet "Showtime."

Baritone - Tony DeRosa has been barbershopping for nineteen years and comes from a family with musical experience. His parents Joe and Lois are long-time barbershoppers and music educators. Tony is the youngest man ever to win the coveted International Champion Quartet Gold Medal (1992 with "Keepsake"). Besides being the musical director of the International award-winning Tampa, Florida chapter, Tony also coaches many quartets and choruses across the country. He works full-time with the "Voices of Liberty" of Walt Disney World as a first and second tenor.

Bass - Kevin Miles has always enjoyed listening to barbershop music, but now is compelled to join in on all the fun. He brings to "Platinum" over a quarter of a century of professional singing experience. He traveled with Derric Johnson's "Re'Generation" and is currently travelling with the vocal duo "Miles and Webb." For the past sixteen years, Kevin has been a bass / director of the "Voices of Liberty." Making announcements throughout all four theme parks, he is known as the "Voice of Walt Disney World." He lives in Orlando with wife Jeri and children: Molly and Matthew.

2000 - Barbershop Quartet Champions

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