Tuning up for Valentine’s Day the Fourmost Barbershop Quartet made a stop Thursday morning at Dan’s Barber Shop on Maple Avenue singing a ballad to owner Gloria Aguilar in front of a surprised customer sitting in the chair.
Marc Jantzen of Manteca brought the barbershop group to Manteca making several vocal stops in the community. On the days before Valentine’s Day they are scheduled to deliver the gift of roses, cards and song to special recipients in Manteca.
The quartet is made up of Jan Roston, lead; Tom Dosh, baritone; John Eilers, tenor; and Marc Jantzen, bass.
The group has been working with a novice group of singers at Manteca High School that will be performing Saturday, Feb. 27, in the NorCal Quartet Contest to be held at Calvary Reformed Church in Ripon. The 4 p.m. event is open to the public with the admission set at $5.
Named the “Buffalo Skins” the MHS students include Dan Rohovit, Jordan Canyon, Ian Floirendo and Patrick Ho. The quartet members meet with the high school students each week and mentor them on their barbershop renditions.
The Fourmost group is part of the Stockton Portsmen Barbershop Chorus with its some 35 members. The chorus rehearses each Tuesday in Stockton.
Jantzen said his group is available to deliver singing telegrams on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Valentine’s Day, by calling 472-7060.
The price is $45 for a two-hour window of delivery and $10 additional if the time frame is dropped down to two hours for their presentation of song, a card and a red rose.
The Stockton Portsmen have been singing Barbershop-style music in the area for 60 years and they use the proceeds to provide for their expenses throughout the year.