In the summer of 2014, four men came together from the four corners of Winnipeg to see how they sounded as a quartet. Even though they were four individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills, they discovered a natural synergy and were able, from the beginning, to “lock” chords to create a beautiful a capella barbershop sound. That initial excitement spurred them on to build a repertoire of classic and contemporary songs, and now dozens of audiences have found their renderings highly entertaining. Hats Off is: David Peters (tenor), Victor Olafson (lead), James “Doogie” Kautz (baritone), and Ken Broadfoot (bass), David has been a part of the Manitoba music scene for several years and has sung in a variety of vocal groups. Victor started as lead singer for what he calls a machine-shed band and also played piano, guitar, and trumpet. He has been in three previous quartets and is an Assistant Director of the Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen. “Doogie” has been singing in a variety of groups since he could talk, ranging from pairing up with siblings and cousins, to singing bass in a Bible school travelling chorus, to being a music leader in his church. Ken has always loved singing and listening to music (especially the Beatles) and started barbershopping just a few years ago.
Hats Off would love to sing at your anniversary or birthday party, fund-raiser, group or corporate event, or any other situation calling for a bit of fun and vibrant musical entertainment.