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Free Methodist quartet

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.

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from Char Probst

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.”

The Ambassadors

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.

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One Response to Free Methodist quartet

  1. Nancy (Snyder) Ragatz May 15, 2017 at 9:28 PM #

    I never knew your Dad sang in a quartet! What a handsome guy he was. You look a lot like him! Fun memories! I remember Claude and Mark, but not Ron.

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