Barbershop Quartet

Noting that this is a Doug Sudduth Photography website, none of the photos are taken by me, since I'm in the quartet (duh).

I began harmonizing with my brother, Bobby, in the early '50's, when he brought home some songs he had been singing in a quartet as a student at Duke University.My first quartet was in high school. I grew up on choral singing in church choirs, in college at Huntingdon College, the Huntingdon Chorale, directed by Richard Rivers, a former member of the famous Robert Shaw Chorale, then in the Duke University Glee Club, including an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957. After several years' hiatus I resumed choral singing with Pro Musica in New Bern, NC, out of which developed the Windjammers barbershop quartet, an excellent barbershop singing experience. Upon moving to Las Vegas, NV, I joined my first barbershop chorus, The Las Vegas Gambleaires, which included some pick-up quartet opportunities. I witnessed and experienced serious barbershop chorus and quartet competition. Also in Las Vegas, I sang with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Chorus based at UNLV. Upon moving back east I joined the Cape Fear Chordsmen barbershop chorus, Wilmington,NC, finally, moving to Mitchell County,NC forming with George, Bryan and Stan, the Local Fourcast barbershop quartet, singing together for 8 years. Having lost our tenor, several years passed until George and I fortunately recruited Will and Danny for the current Local Fourcast quartet. The title came from my wife, Billie Ruth, checking the Weather Channel's Local Forecast during winter to be sure our weekly rehearsal could happen.

Update 07-30-2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stan is our "Mr. Barbershop."  A retired surgeon from Crossnore , he sings in 2 different barbershop choruses, Hickory and Asheville, and has an extensive barbershop singing experience. He has been a medical missionary for Samaritan's Purse in Africa, Afghanistan and New Guinea in recent years.  He was in our first quartet that began in 1995 singing together for most of 8 years,

We re-grouped in 2008 with Danny, as our new tenor, Danny had many years experience both as an instrumentalist and singer in a duo that entertained extensively in the area performing oldies and do-wop..He is a well-known native of Mitchell County. He just retired from Imerys.

Will sang in a top quality barbershop chorus some years ago in Texas. At various times, he has been a choral singer, soloist and a choir director. His skills as a pianist help us learn our parts in rehearsals. He is the President of Fortner Insurance Agency, Inc.

Finally,Doug sang with a quartet in high school and, after a long hiatus, joined a quartet in New Bern in the early 80's.  He later sang with barbershop choruses in Las Vegas, NV and Wilmington, NC.  Upon moving to Mitchell County in 1995, he joined Dr. George Bennett, Dr. Stan Mills and Bryan Justice to form Local Fourcast. He is retired from a career in community mental health.








Local Fourcast at Mitchell HS

Our quartet sang the National Anthem at Mitchell High School on February 2, 2010, before the girls' basketball game.

Photo quality limited by resolution of camera used.

Local Fourcast at Mitchell HS

Local Fourcast at Trinity Episcopal Church

Our quartet sang for the Offertory at Trinity Episcopal Church, Spruce Pine, NC on

January 3.

Three of us, Will, Doug and George are members at Trinity (standing LtoR after

Danny, who is first on the left)

Photo by Rob Johnson

Local Fourcast at DT's

On Wednesday, February 10, our quartet serenaded

customers and staff at DT's Blue Ridge Java Coffee Shop and Cafe in Spruce Pine, NC. We sang with love songs celebrating upcoming Valentines Day.

Local Fourcast at DT's

Local Fourcast sings at Kiwanis Club, Spruce Pine, N.C.

Singing America the Beautiful at the Grand Opening, Mitchell County Historic Courthouse, June, 2010

LtoR: Danny Thomas,tenor; Will Shurley, lead; Doug Sudduth, bass, and Stan Mills, baritone 07-30-2012