The Four Freshmen Return to OCCC, Nov. 13
The Four Freshmen continue to bring their unique brand of vocal harmony to audiences worldwide, and on Tuesday, Nov. 13, guests to the Cultural Arts Series (CAS) can see them live at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC).
Hear the legendary sound that began in 1948 with the original Four Freshmen - Bob, Don, Ross and Hal - in the Bruce Owen Theater at 7 p.m. The Four Freshmen were known as one of the top vocal groups of the 1950s, and formed the bridge between '40s ensembles like Mel-Tones and harmony-based rock and roll bands such as the Beach Boys as well as groups like Spanky & Our Gang and the Manhattan Transfer. The group's roots go back to the end of the 1940s and a barbershop quartet-influenced outfit called Hal's Harmonizers.
The “new four,” Brian, Curtis, Vince and Bob, have been performing together since 2001 and are thrilled to play their newest release, “Love Songs,” ten brand-new arrangements of some of their favorite classic love songs that will tug at even the tightest of heart strings. “Love Songs” also features a 20 piece string orchestra from the Czech Republic.
Meet the Four Freshmen
Brian sings the melody, plays guitar, and is the chief vocal arranger for the Four Freshmen. He joined the group in 1996 at the age of 19 as a bass player / second part singer, later switching to guitar and top vocal as the group evolved. Off the road, Brian works as a songwriter and producer in his home studio in St Paul, MN.
Coming from a background of touring with big bands such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Curtis joined the Freshmen in 2000. He sings second tenor and plays trumpet and flugelhorn. Curtis has been touring with various groups since he was 18 and has found a home with the Freshmen.
Quality, detail, and eloquent versatile coordination are what Vince brings to his music. In a recent Wall Street Journal article penned about the Four Freshmen, William Smith stated that "[Vince] accompanies his bass with some of the best whistling since Bing Crosby."Vince grew up mesmerized by music and received his Bachelor of Music in Performance from Cal State Long Beach, and his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California.
Bob has spent 20 years as bass voice and percussionist for the celebrated vocal group, auditioning for the Four Freshmen in 1992 while a music student at Central Washington University. Bob enjoys being a part of such an iconic musical legacy having performed in fifty states, ten countries, and on nine Freshmen recordings.