Eureka! is a quartet of hip guys in their sixties, who don't look it or act it. We are the 2008 Barbershop Harmony Society Seniors' Quartet Champions. Each of us has been singing (semi)professionally for more than thrity years, a combined total of over 160 years.
We do 50's, doo-wop, swing, straight barbershop, and everything in between. We have a star topless tenor who can do "Only You" and make your eyes pop out! We love close harmony and we love to entertain a crowd. We have a tight, fast-paced show that usually brings 'em to their feet.
We estimate between the four of us, we have probably performed in over 800 performances
Our eldest member, who also has the most Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) longevity at 52 years, is our Bass, Brian Beck, who is affectionately known as “The Master”. Brian has won two International Gold Medals, singing baritone with the 1973 winners, Dealers Choice, and singing lead with the 1983 winners, Side Street Ramblers. He also won a 5th place medal in 2004, singing bass with Saturday Evening Post. To complete the cycle he also has top ten finishes in 1968 & 1970, singing tenor with the Doo-Dads. He remains the only man in the Barbershop Harmony Society ever to finish in the top ten on all four voice parts. Brian is a prolific arranger, voice teacher and vocal coach.
Frank Friedemann, our Tenor, is known affectionately as “Mr. Entertainer”. He has been on a mission to entertain audiences since he joined the society in 1968. He won the Southwestern District Quartet contest in 1989, singing Tenor with the Rockerfellers. Frank also won the 2005 International Senior’s Quartet championship singing with Texoma Sound. Frank spent his early barbershop years singing with the Western Continentals from 1970-1974, doing shows throughout the country. Frank currently directs the Talk of Tulsa Sweet Adelines Chorus.
Our Lead singer, Art Swanson, affectionately known as “Old Smoothie”, has been a fixture of the Southwestern District Quartet scene. He has won many singing awards, but notably he has won four district quartet championships, singing lead in every case: 1978 with Wonderful Daze, 1986 with Basin Street Quartet , 1993 with The Great Stage Robbery, 2000 with Heyday. He has competed in the International Quartet Contest a record 24 times. Art and Brian previously sang together in the Great Stage Robbery.
Rick Haines, our Baritone, unaffectionately known as “The Professor”, is the youngest member, and also has the least barbershop experience at a mere 33 years. He initially sang in Denver with the Mile Hi Chorus and competed in five international contests with Mile-Hi. He sang with the Vocal Majority in Dallas for a year before moving to Tulsa in 1985 where he sang with the Tulsa Founders Chorus for three years. He has been an active menber of the Plano BHS Chapter for 12 years. He has been a member of many quartets, most noteably "The Great Depression", a very funny comedy quartet from Denver.