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2000 – Platinum

//2000 – Platinum

Tenor: Gary Lewis
Lead: Joe Connelly
Bass: Kevin Miles
Bari: Tony De Rosa

Platinum first organized in 1998 and soon won the 2000 SPEBSQSA International Quartet Championship in Kansas City.

Lead Joe Connelly became the first THREE TIME Gold Medalist with this win having won in 1987 (Interstate Rivals) and 1992 (Keepsake). He learned from many outstanding quarteters including his dad Mike who sang baritone with theRoaring 20s.

Baritone Tony De Rosa was also a member of the 1992 champs Keepsake making this is second gold medal. Tony would go on to win his third in 2007 with Max Q singing lead. He first appeared on the International Contest stage at the young and talented age of 12 with his dad Joe as chorus director of the Tampa Heralds of Harmony. Tony would later go on to direct them as well.

Tenor Gary Lewis first earned gold with The Real Deal, 1994 Collegiate Quartet Champs. With PLATINUM, he became the first collegiate champion to win an international gold medal. He would go on to win his second international gold medal in 2007 with Max Q, singing baritone. Gary came fromBowling Green State University, home of an outstanding music program and several gold medal champions.

Bass Kevin Miles has been a longtime member of The Dapper Dans of Disney World (4 years), the popular “Americana” 8-part a cappella group, Voices of Liberty (21 years) and is almost as well known as “the voice” of Walt Disney World greeting the public and reminding you to “watch your step”.

Platinum is famous for their “lock and ring” as well as long posts. A good example is adaptation of the songs Be Our Guest and Auld Lang Syne, which are the titles of their two popular CDs.

They were helped by some outstanding arrangers such asEd Waesche, Greg Volk, Walter Latzko and Clay Hine and coaches including Jim Casey, Randy Loos, and Gary Wulf.

They are now officially retired but do accept shows on very rare occasions.

Joe is working on becoming the first to win four times with his new quartet, Old School, having placed 5th at International in 2008 on their first attempt.

Tony and Gary are still actively singing, touring and recording with Max Q.

Kevin, successfully recovering from “carrying” Joe and being the quartet’s chick magnet for all those years, is still active with the Dans and occasionally singing with the VOL. He and his wife are involved in a company that offers singing opportunities for people who desire to perform in a chorus in large and exciting venues (www.singliveusa.com).


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