My father sang with this Free Methodist quartet.
They traveled to churches in many parts of the nation and — if I remember correctly — with B.H. Pearson in Mexico.
They taught him the melody
Dad sang second tenor. He told me that since he couldn’t read notes, when the quartet wanted to learn a new song, his buddies would teach him the melody by singing it to him. He spoke of these men with great respect: Virgil Bess, Ira Lowe, and Lloyd Vanderhoofven.
Thank you, Dave and Char!
Dave and Char Probst, my classmates in Spring Arbor, were so thoughtful and kind to send me this picture.
Son, try out for a quartet
When I got to Spring Arbor High School, Dad told me, “Son, try out for a quartet. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.”
I followed his advice and carry fond memories of travelling and singing with the guys in the Spring Arbor Ambassadors Quartet: Claude Painter, bass; Mark Mason, second tenor; and Ron Fletcher, first tenor.