The Four Freshman

Wednesday February 12th, 2020

Level 1: $15  Level 2: $10
Student: $5  Member: $0

Since their inception in 1948, The Four Freshmen have continued to tour worldwide,entertaining audiences year round! Have a look around our site, listen to some cd samples, come to a concert and say hi! We love our fans as much as we love continuing on this unparalleled musical legacy that is known as The Four Freshmen!

Four young men created a sound that forever changed the way vocal jazz harmony was heard and performed. Known as The Four Freshmen, the group started with two brothers, Don and Ross Barbour, their cousin Bob Flanigan, and friend Hal Kratzsch. With a soaring, true tenor in Bob Flanigan, the group created a sound that has endured for over 6 decades. Hal Kratzsch sang the bass part and played trumpet. He sang the bass part with a big sound, laying the foundation for the Barbour brothers to add their beautiful inner part stylings. Ross sang the 3rd part and played drums. Don sang the 2nd part and played guitar. Thus, the original Four Freshmen was born and began touring playing bowling alleys and small clubs across the country. 

Since their founding, there have been more than 25 different members of the Four Freshmen, but the same vocal harmony style that started on the campus of Butler University still continues today.