Lead: Michael Slamka
Bass: Jim Henry
Bari: Brandon Guyton
Our 2009 champs are men who have won the gold medals once before. They won in convincing fashion in Anaheim, California July 4th week during the 71st International Convention and Contests of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Their total score was 93.7% and 213 points above the second place quartet.
Fred Farrell (tenor) sang with Second Edition during their gold medal win in 1989. This win makes Fred one of the 18 multiple champs with the longest span between wins (20 years). Mike Slamka (lead) won his first gold with Power Play in 2003. Baritone Brandon Guyton won his first with Four Voices in 2002. Dr. Jim Henry (bass) won his first championship with Gas House Gang in 1993. He also holds a historic distinction by also directing his chorus, The Ambassadors of Harmony, to a Chorus Championship in the same year as they also won in Anaheim.
Crossroads considers their family to be an important part of the quartet. They boast 15 kids and one grandkid between them. Following the win they ALL spent the next day at Disneyland (all 24 of ’em).
You can hear their first studio recording project via their website. Its a true representation of this foursome’s talent and love of singing together.
They plan to spend the next year performing and continuing their quest for vocal musical perfection.