News about the Dominion 4 quartet
Bluemont United Methodist Church - October 6, 2019
Dominion 4 had the honor of singing for a full-house of worshipers at the Bluemont UMC's "Fall Hymn Sing" event.The mood was welcoming and the audience enthusiastic in the intimate and historic chapel. The quartet started the evening with 3 gospel numbers, followed by a variety of musical performances done by other musicians (soloists, bands and choirs) performing in a variety of worship styles. Dominion 4 looks forward to future opportunities to sing for the Bluemont UMC.
Waterford Fair - October 5, 2019
Dominion 4 once more enjoyed singing and entertaining for a large crowd of attendees and the annual Waterford Fair. The Autumn weather was perfect for harmonizing and clowning around "on stage" at their favorite place: Waterford's General Store. As is customary, the 3-hour mid-day gig was shared with other entertainment, thus giving the quartet time to roam and sing on the street for onlookers, admirers and photographers.
While on stage, the quartet gave a attendees the opportunity to sing with them, or of being the recipient of a barbershop love song.
Antioch Baptist Church Annual Homecoming - September 22, 2019
The quartet gladly returned to sing once more at the Antioch BC's annual Homecoming service and potluck. The quartet introduced two new gospel songs at the Sunday morning service along with a standard gospel tune. As always, the quartet also enjoyed roaming and singing for the church goers at the potluck which followed the service. It goes without saying that they also enjoyed the home cooking!!
Loudoun County Fire & Rescue graduation ceremony - September 17, 2019
Dominion 4 had the distinct honor of opening the LCFR graduation ceremony for their new trainees at the Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg.
The quartet sang the National Anthem followed by an enthusiastic round of applause. D4 is always willing and eager to support Loudoun County's finest by singing patriotic songs for their events.
Leesburg UMC "Bless the Backpacks" event - August 18, 2019
A combined chorus - and quartet - prayer and song event was held on the County Courthouse lawn on Sunday evening, August 18, 2019..
Dominion 4 was the featured quartet, singing 3 gospel numbers including the Fairfield Four's famous There Must Be a City.
It was hot that evening, but the gospel music was even hotter! Our thanks to UMC's reverend Jim Wishmyer for inviting us to sing.
Middleburg United Methodist Church fundraiser - May 18, 2019
Dominion 4 was asked to help entertain at the MUMC's fundraiser, along with other entertainment, by singing 4 songs. The quartet gladly complied and had a good time supporting their efforts. The audience, as were the other entertainers, enthusiastic and supportive upon hearing our 4-part a cappella harmony
Purcellville Baptist Church's Oaks of Righteousness Luncheon - April 27, 11:30
Dominion 4 once again had the pleasure of providing gospel songs for the annual recognition and celebration of a noteworthy couple who have contributed greatly to the church's programs and outreach. These kinds of gigs are always Spirit filled and it's always a real joy to sing (at eat) at these kinds of events. .
Loudoun County Fine Arts dinner - Leesburg, VA April 14, 2019
The quartet was asked to sing for a special event in downtown Leesburg at Di and Jack's long-existing ranch and residence.The hospitality,dining and entertainment all went well on the main house veranda despite the impending rain,
We look forward to future such events for the LCFAA this coming Christmas.
Poplar Springs Baptist Church - Richmond, VA March 6, 2019
Paster Steven Crane and his wife Martha made a special request for us to come to Richmond for their annual dinner celebration event at their church. D4 literally went out of their way (despite a flat tire en route) to provide the kind of entertainment folks love: gospel, doo wop and barbershop. The quartet even dressed as from the '50s for good measure. And the southern-style cooking they ate made the trip even more worthwhile!
Singing Valentines 2019 another big success
With Kevin not available, Dominion 4's former member Frank Shipp substituted on lead and bari to help us deliver 9 singing valentines to the young (CASA kids'class) and the elderly (at Morningside assisted living), and to restaurant patrons and florist shop workers.It's always fun and rewarding to provide music and cheer to others, and this year's Singing Valentines were no exception.
Chorus of the Old Dominion's 2018 Holiday Show
Dominion 4 kicked off the show by outdoing themselves over last year's performance (see our YouTube linked on our Media page) with all four members of the quartet dressed as Santa and three elves for a repeat performance of White Christmas - Drifters' style - and Let it Snow. They added a new and humorous rendition of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer to round out their portion of the show. If you missed their portion of the show, watch for a YouTube of it to be available soon.
Anthony's Restaurant Wine Tasting Dinner and Valentine's Day celebration
The quartet performed another stroll 'n' Sing event, this time for patrons at Anthony's Restaurant in Purcellville. The patrons were "feeling their oats" and cheered us on as we stopped by each table to sing for the ladies.
Mount Zion Baptist Church revival meeting
D4 was invited back for another revival meeting at Mount Zion. As always, the welcome was loving and church attendees were vocally supportive as the quartet sang gospel tunes from their repertoire and spirituals from church hymnals. We love the members of Mount Zion and wish we could bring them with us to all of our gigs
Waterford Fair 2018
The weather was perfect for this year's event. As always, D4 sang on the front porch of the General Store and entertained many of the visitors to the fair. Many visitors stopped by and some seated on hay bales to take in the entertainment. Some even stood patriotically when we sang Gog Bless the USA. It was a perfect day for a perfect audience.
Chorus of the Old Dominion 2017 Holiday Show
The quartet, with Dave dressed as Santa and Kevin as an elf, performed three Christmas songs including The Drifters' rendition of White Christmas during the COD's annual show at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville VA. They also sang Let It Snow as sung by the d
Watch the actual performance entitled Dominion 4 at Franklin Park, linked to YouTube on our Media page.
The Carver Center Thanksgiving Luncheon
Dominion 4 had the distinct pleasure of singing for the seniors at the Carver Center's Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday Nov 16, 2017.
The main hall was filled to capacity as the quartet provided the audience with a mix of barbershop, humor and patriotic songs. They closed with a spirited rendition of God Bless The USA at which virtually the entire audience stood and applauded during the final verse. The heartbeat of patriotism beats strong among the seniors. We were humbled and pleased to entertain once more at Purcellville VA's Carver Center.
Honey Baked Ham
Dominion 4 sang once more for host Larry King and patrons at Reston's Honey Baked Ham on the 2nd of November. A lively crowd awaited our revival and we didn't disappoint them. One attendee even requested the perennial My Wild Irish Rose in honor of her deceased grandfather who was also a barbershopper. A late arriving gentlemen asked us for a singing demo in the parking lot, so we sang Nursery Rhymes for a mom and her two small kids seated in a stroller. See his reaction to us doing so on our Friends of D4 (Accolades) web page.
Waterford Fair 2017
Dominion 4 had a great time once more singing and entertaining for folks who came to Waterford [arts and crafts] Fair on Saturday October 7th.
The weather was perfect for performing 3 half-hour sets at the familiar Corner Store (see picture on our media page/photos). As always, folks returned from previous years to once more see Dominion 4's brand of good humor and enjoy their harmony. Passers by stopped to listen and seated themselves on hay bales to partake of D4's brand of barbershop classics,'50's Doo-Wops, spirituals, patriotic songs and more.
Little kids (and their moms) were invited up "on stage" to be serenaded, and when the quartet sang God Bless The USA, folks broke into applause at the phrase "I'm proud to be an American". What a welcomed spirit of patriotism!
Between sets, fair goers would stop to ask the quartet (wearing their straw hats and striped vests) where the quartet could be seen performing their next set. While grabbing a quick bite to eat, the quartet was enthusiastically approached by the Loudoun County Board Chairwoman asking if they could sing Lida Rose for her. Never ones to turn down a request, they gladly did between bites of lamb dogs and burgers.
What a day it was.. The Waterford Fair is always a great venue for spreading sunshine and harmony, and this year's event was no exception.
Model A Restorers Club (MARC) annual "Meet"
Dominion 4 had the extreme pleasure of entertaining for hundreds of MARC attendees at their annual "Meet" (convention) in Gettysburg PA on August 2nd, 2017 at the Wyndham Gettysburg hotel. The national event was hosted by the 3-state Hub City Model A Club (for whom D4 has previously sung). MARC members displayed some 500 antique autos from around the country for this year's event and Dominion 4 was chosen to provide Stroll 'n' Sing entertainment for MARC's Ice Cream Social. D4 sported their new vests and boaters for pictures taken with those who came to the event dressed in 1930's style clothing (see our home page photo). The quartet didn't miss the opportunity to sing "Ice Cream" (from The Music Man) for people waiting in line for their share of the delectable dessert. In fact, the entire evening was delectable. D4 looks forward to another opportunity to entertain for members of the Model A Restorers Club.
Oaks of Righteousness Luncheon
Dominion 4 was invited to sing at a pot-luck luncheon with some 150 attendees at a May 20th 2017 celebration dedicated to Chuck and Rachel Hazlet. The event was held at the Purcellville Baptist Church. Right after lunch, Dominion 4 sang a few of their favorite doo-wop songs from their repertoire. Following remarks from a number of speakers, Dominion 4 again took front and center to surprise the guests of honor by singing the couple's favorite gospel tune The Old Rugged Cross. The quartet then wrapped things up with a spirited rendition of When I Lift Up My Head. Following the program, many attendees thanked the quartet for their excellent singing and for helping to bring a Spirit-filled feeling to the luncheon (see our Friends of D4 page with accolades from the guests of honor).
WW-2 Army V.veteran's
Dominion 4 had the distinct pleasure of performing at a dinner held for the U.S Army's Counter Intelligence veterans's group on March 29th.
The event opened with D4 singing the National Anthem and ended with a rousing rendition of God Bless The U.S.A. In between a mixture of barbershop, doo-wop and gospel music, along with D4's usual humor, impressed the audience and garnered much praise. A good time was had by all.
Private birthday Party
Once again, Dominion 4 was selected to entertain at a private party on April 15th, 2017; this time at the Tuscarora Mill restaurant in Leesburg. The guest of honor was a young woman celebrating her 90th birthday! Dominion 4 selected up-tunes, doo-wop and barbershop songs, and of course Happy Birthday for the very special honoree.
The 2016 Christmas season saw Dominion 4 perform many of their usual gigs in and around Leesburg, including First Friday Leesburg, Caroling around Olde Town and at the newer Village at Leesburg for the tree lighting, and the Old Dominion Chorus' Christmas concert at Franklin Park in Purcellville. They also performed at private parties and for corporate events, including singing for breakfast at Leesburg's Chik-Fil-A. It was another fun-filled Christmas season with Dominion 4 ringing the Spirit of Christmas and warming the hearts of listeners all around. :-)
12th Armored Division Association Reunion
On July 22nd, 2016, Dominion 4 had the distinct pleasure of singing for World War 2 veterans of the 12th Armored Division, their families & friends at their reunion held at the Sheraton Pentagon City hotel in Crystal City VA. About 200 attendees attended their kick-off banquet and all stood and sang with the quartet's starting the event with the National Anthem. During dinner, the quartet sang up-front, and then strolled amidst the dining tables delivering patriotic, barbershop and even gospel songs. Several of the veterans joined the quartet to joyfully sing both songs and tags to the delight of their family and friends. It was a joyous evening, and a great opportunity for D4 to pay something back for the sacrifice these WW2 veterans made for their country.
Round Hill Hometown Festival
On May 30, 2016, Dominion 4 had the distinct pleasure of singing for Round Hill's annual festival, both on the downtown gazebo stage, and as a sing 'n' stroll quartet. Due to an AM commitment (singing at the BHS' Mid-Atlantic So. Division competition) their appearance was scheduled immediately following the pie-eating contest in Round Hill; a tough act to follow!. None-the-less, the weather was perfect and the opportunity to sing for the townsfolk was a contribution both Bob and Ray especially appreciated since they both live in Round Hill.
Amalgamated Transit Union
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 found Dominion 4 traveling to Maryland to sing for a breakfast hosted by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) at their Headquarters building in Silver Spring MD. The quartet sang a variety of traditional, doo-wop and patriotic songs to the enjoyment of early-morning conference attendees still recovering from the previous evening's wine & dine reception. A hearty breakfast and song from Dominion 4 started their day with a smile. The quartet even sang a song just for Valerie (the event's most gracious hostess), and for her family via cell phone.
Christmas in Leesburg
On December 4th, 2015, Dominion 4 took the opportunity to Sing 'n' Stroll for Leesburg's First Friday by visiting stores and restaurants all around Leesburg's Historic District. Delighted diners, shoppers and even those on the street stopped to listen and applaud the quartet when they heard live 4-part harmony being sung. The quartet shared their renditions of Christmas carols and seasonal favorites, bringing the Christmas Spirit to all. (Be sure to visit our media page for pictures and sound bites)
Dominion 4 "sings-in" the 2015 Christmas Season
Dominion 4 had fun performing a two-hour "Sing and Stroll" event for the modern Village at Leesburg shopping mall on November 21st, 2015. They stopped by shops, restaurants (and even the lobby of the multiplex theater) to sing traditional carols, seasonal songs and even a doo-wop or two for patrons. At the conclusion of their "stroll", they convened at the center of the mall for pictures (see photo gallery) just before the Christmas tree lighting. They even persuaded the DJ providing music to give up his wireless mics and sang Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas for the estimated crowd of 300+ attendees gathered for the tree lighting to usher in the Christmas shopping season.
The quartet then proceeded to Purcellville's new Chik-Fil-A to "after-glow" by singing carols for the patrons, and enjoying a well-earned supper!
Dominion 4 sings for Veteran's Day Memorial Service
Dominion 4 (with our chorus president Tim Peterson singing Lead) sang at a November 11th, 2015 Veteran's Day celebration held at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) service in Martinsburg WV. The quartet opened the event singing the National Anthem, followed by singing additional patriotic and gospel songs. They then visited the medical center's in-patient wards and rooms to sing well-known "doo-wop", gospel and barbershop songs for infirmed veterans. One special recipient was A 99-year old veteran and his visiting wife, for whom they sang "Let Me Call You Sweetheart". As always, Dominion 4 appreciates the opportunity to sing for our nation's veterans and their loved ones.
Dominion 4 featured on chorus show
Dominion 4 was one of the featured quartets on the Chorus of the Old Dominion's 2nd Annual Show held at the Loudoun County High School on October 3rd, 2015.
With a Moonlight & Mayhem theme from the '50's, the guest quartet was the BHS Mid-Atlantic District's 's 2014 championship quartet Mayhem. But D4 created some mayhem of their own during their 3-song set when they appeared dressed as two 50's teen couples on a date. The quartet sang the popular 50's songs Under The Boardwalk and
Sha-Boom, along with Pennies from Heaven. But D4's baritone Ray Sitter stole the show as the chorus sang Kiss The Girl (from The Little Mermaid) when he paraded around the stage as Muriel the Mermaid. (Be sure to see our hilarious pictures on our Media/Photos page.)
Antioch Baptist Church Service
Dominion 4 was invited back to sing during the Antioch Baptist Church's annual celebration service the morning of September 27th. The quartet sang gospel favorites like The Old Rugged Cross and I Asked the Lord, along with other favorite gospel selections. After the Sunday morning service, the quartet treated church members to additional songs from their repertoire at the members' potluck brunch... We love that southern fried chicken and baked apple pie!
Sing for The Music Man?
Well, not exactly! But Dominion 4 did sing in the lobby (see photo on Media page) on Friday August 7th for the show playing at Potomac Falls High School. The quartet was invited to entertain show goers by entertaining them in the lobby, both before show started, and during the show's intermission. D4 wore traditional candy stripe vests and "straw" hats (see Media / Photos), and chose lively traditional barbershop and doo-wop selections (they purposely resisted the temptation to sing Lida Rose) for patrons to enjoy. Dominion 4 delighted production staff and patrons alike, and had a blast promoting through song both the barbershop style, and the Loudoun County Chorus. The play was a huge success, and by all accounts, so was Dominion 4.
St. Louis VA Church Service
Dominion 4 was invited to provide quartet gospel music for the 130th Anniversary and Revival meeting at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in St. Louis, VA on Friday July 31, 2015.
as the quartet sang their first gospel selection for the service, the African American congregation did not hold back their enthusiasm, raising a "joyful noise". It was a first-time experience for Bob of D4; the warm and enthusiastic welcome and response was almost overwhelming. Even more excitement was raised throughout the service as D4 sang 5 more songs for the congregation. The quartet would accept, at any time, another opportunity to Praise the Lord through song at Mt. Olive Baptist Church... "Can we get a witness?"
Father's Day Church Services
On June 21, 2015, Dominion 4 had the pleasure of singing at two consecutive Father's Day church services held at the Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville VA. D4's gospel favorites included The Old Rugged Cross, Ain't That a Good News and others. The 2 services were streamed via the Internet. To see them, go to: http://livestream.com/PurcellvilleBaptistChurch/events/4130445/videos/90937908 (drag cursor to 48:38 for Old Rugged Cross) and http://livestream.com/PurcellvilleBaptistChurch/events/4144668/videos/90946261 (Drag to about 14:00 and 1:13:00 for D4's songs)
Dominion 4 sings the National Anthem
On June 6th, 2015, Dominion 4 (with Arthur Louis singing on bass) sang the National Anthem for the Upper Loudoun Little League's final baseball game for the season at Fireman's Field in Purcellville. They then sang a humorous rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, wherein the quartet "forgets" how to sing the well-known song. The officiating baseball officials seemed quite amused at the way the quartet chose to recover from their gaff. (See photo on the Media page / Photos)
D4 Sings for our Veterans
Dominion 4 had the distinct pleasure of singing at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Community Living Center in Martinsburg WV for a Memorial Day Observance held on May 30th, 2015. Singing for both visiting veterans (including the oldest living veteran from WW2) and patients, they opened the event with the National Anthem.. Following a few announcements, they continued with God Bless America, God Bless the USA, and other patriotic and upbeat favorites. . After the observance event, the quartet visited hospital wards where they entertained patients and staff members, singing both patriotic and gospel favorites. The quartet welcomes opportunities such as this to recognize those who have served in our nation's military service.
Purcellville Music and Arts Festival
Dominion 4 sang as a "step-forward" quartet (with our good friend Arthur Louis singing bass) along with the COD at the annual Purcellville Music and Arts Festival held at Fireman's Field on May 6th. Patrons of the festival were treated to the quartet's rendition of doo-wop, gospel and traditional barbershop favorites. The weather was perfect and the audience was delighted.
Dominion 4 sings at Mother's Day Show
On May 7th, Dominion 4 stepped forward to entertain during the Chorus of the Old Dominion's Mother's Day show held on stage at Leisure World in Landsdowne. The quartet geared their portion of the evening's entertainment towards mothers in the audience, peforming such tender songs as Love At Home and a sensitive arrangement of In My Room. They also included a close-harmony (non-barbershop) rendition of Pennies From Heaven, and a humorous rendition of Take Me Out To The Ball Game during which the quartet seemingly "forgets" the lyrics. Attendees expressed delight and joy over the quartet's performance, and invited the quartet to return as soon as possible.
Dominion 4 performs at Nationals Park in Washington DC
On April 25th, the quartet was delighted to sing at a private reception sponsored by the Maryland Live! Casino and held at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
Patrons arriving at the dinner reception were treated to a variety of musical selections by the quartet while relaxing in one of the park's well-appointed lounge and entertainment settings. An evening rain arrived to spoil some of the Casino's oplanned outdoor events (including a fireworks display and a dixieland band performance), but the quartet was happy to be indoors singing for the pre-dinner guests.
Dominion 4 Delivers Singinig Valentines... again
Friday Feb. 13th 2015 found Dominion 4 delivering Singing Valentines all around Loudoun County schools; at schools, churches, offices and at people's homes. As in past years, delivering Singing Valentines consistsof a presenting to unsuspecting patrons a love song (or two), a rose, a card, and taking a digital picture. And when the quartet stopped for lunch at Chik-Fil-A in Leesburg, they decided to sing for some of the patrons as well. Someone took a picture of them and posted it on Facebook (see Media / Photos), and when Chik-Fil-A's management heard the quartet, D4 was invited back to sing the next morning for CF's annual Valentines Day Breakfast on the 14th (and breakfast was provided!). The place was jammed with customers and kids. Dominion 4 had a blast, and they were a huge hit.
Dominion 4 Sings and Rings with the 2014 Christmas Spirit
Once again, Dominion 4 booked a number of gigs, singing for corporate and civic organization Christmas parties, as well as singing with the Chorus of the Old Dominion at Leisure World and at various retirement and assisted living locations in Loudoun County. The quartet counts its blessings again this year as they bring cheer to others using the vocal talents and a blend of voices people enjoy hearing. Audiences likewise love the humor and personalty the quartet brings to performances. (See The Restroom Door picture in the quartet's media photo section).
Dominion 4 members help in Chorus Competition.
With Bob and Ray of Dominion 4 singing with the Chorus of the Old Dominion in the Mid-Atlantic's Southern Division competition, the chorus placed second, qualifying them for M-AD's District level contest in Wildwood NJ. On October 24 and 25, 2014 under the direction of Sally Galloway, the chorus applied their improved vocal production and presentation skills allowing them to place 17th out of 28 among the District's top ranking choruses. The competition was fierce, but the skills learned singing with the Chorus benefited Dominion 4 as well. The quartet also took advantage of Sally's coaching of Dominion 4 (in her fun-loving yet professional manner) to help Dominion 4's blend with their new lead Kevin.
Dominion 4 performs at the 2014 Waterford Fair
Saturday October 4th, 2014 was a perfect day both weather-wise and attendance-wise for the quartet to stand on the porch
of Waterford's General Store and entertain young and old alike. The quartet rang chords to barbershop, gospel, doo-wop,
kids tunes and even tags.. Several fellow barbershopper attendees took up the quartet's invitation to come up and sing a
"BBS polecat" tune with them, and one family requested the quartet sing a birthday greeting as they video recorded the event for their 16 year old daughter'. The only mishap of the day was Dave getting "scalped" by the wooden Indian on the porch.
Dominion 4 sings for a 177th Homecoming celebration
Dominion 4 would like to thank the congregation of the Antioch Baptist Church in Haymarket VA for the opportunity to sing at their 177 annual Homecoming celebration on Sept. 28, 2014. The quartet sang 3 gospel numbers during the 11 am Sunday service, which was followed by an outdoor potluck lunch. The weather was perfect as the quartet added additional harmony in support of the occasion by singing barbershop favorites for the adults, and their favorite nursery rhymes (4 different ones at the same time!) for the smaller kids. After being treated with such gracious "southern style" hospitality, the quartet eagerly looks forward to additional opportunities to sing for the wonderful folks at the Antioch Baptist Church.
Dominion 4 takes a break
During much of 2013 Dominion 4 took time off, partly so that Ray could undergo treatments to his "voice box". Then, Frank decided to move on to other opportunities with the Chorus. Once healed, Ray chose to move back to singing baritone, his most beloved barbershopping part. With Kevin Rudy joining the group to take over as lead, the quartet has been focusing on rebuilding its repertoire, focusing first on singing gospel songs at various church activities around the area. As Kevin gets up to speed, Dominion 4 is once again singing at community events like the annual Waterford Fair, at barbershop events like "Dog Days", and chorus shows and singouts.
Dominion 4 sings once more at the General Store in Waterford
Friday October 5th 2012 found the Dominion 4 once more singing for lots of attendees at the 2012 annual Waterford Fair. As always, crowds gathered around and seated themselves on hay bales to enjoy D4's three sets of songs and humor. When Dave rang out with Coney Island Baby's "Drop that gun, I'll marry your daughter!", Bob opened up with a Super Soaker, firing a hefty stream of water over the crowd's heads. And when Ray belittled Bob for his diminutive drinking water bottle, Dave put Ray to shame by drinking from his water cooler jug. One appreciative attendee commented: "I liked the variety of songs: classic, more modern, gospel, etc.", and "I loved hearing you at the fair yesterday in Loudoun County. You are GREAT!. Please let me know other public events where you sing, so I could come... If you ever do a CD, let me know too. Thank you."
If you missed this year's Waterford Fair, don't miss the next one with Dominion 4 singing classical barbershop, and much more, at the good ole' General Store.
Dominion 4 sings for a 50th Wedding Anniversary couple and guests
Dominion 4 mixed it up song-wise at a surprise 50th wedding anniversary performance on September 29th, 2012. Held at the renowned Lightfoot Restaurant in Leesburg VA, the hostess requested nothing less than good ole' fashioned barbershop songs, patriotic, gospel, humor and even a sing- along number for the celebrated couple, and Dominion 4 obliged. The room was packed full with people seated at round tables, so the quartet had the fun of singing to "half the attendees"! Not to be daunted, D4 sang with gusto to all and were rewarded with applause and handshakes. What mattered most, however, was that the prized couple of 50 years was treated to a barbershop performance in their honor.
2012 Singing Valentines Bring Joy to Recipients
Tuesday February 14 found Dominion 4 once again embarked on a Valentines Day journey destined to bring joy to the hearts of others. As part of Loudoun County's Chorus of the Old Dominion, Dominion 4 volunteered their time and talent to the chorus by soliciting and delivering Singing Valentines. Recipients included elderly persons at home, a church youth group, business and restaurant owners, and even a volunteer at the Purcellville Fire and Rescue station. It was eight years ago to the day that Dominion 4 first sang in public delivering Singing Valentines for the COD. Based on this year's enthusiastic responses, there are sure to be many future opportunities for Dominion 4 to deliver Singing Valentines. For more information about Loudoun County's barbershop Chorus of the Old Dominion and Singing Valentines, visit < www.ODChoorus.org >.
The 2011 Festival of Lights Event Brings Over 700 People To Hear Dominion 4
Thursday December 29th found Dominion 4 back once more celebrating the Christmas season at the Temple Visitor's Center in Kensington MD. The center was jammed with people who came to see the lights, the displays, and to hear the Dominion 4 sing. The quartet's two performances included traditional carols and holiday melodies to reflect on the Christmas just passed. And to help usher in the new year, the quartet selected positive up-tempo songs offering cheer and hope for the future. With well over 700 people attending Dominion 4's two performances, all reports confirm that a good time was had by all!
Dominion 4 a Real Splash at a Private Event
Friday evening, October 7, 2011 found The Dominion 4 quartet - Bob Rodriguez (T), Ray Sitter (L), Dave Updegrove (B) and Frank Shipp (Bari) of the Chorus of the Old Dominion, Loudoun County VA – ready to sing for a surprise marriage proposal. In the words of the groom-to-be (Paul), "It was a special and unforgettable night”. The loving couple sat on a bench near the end of a dock while Dominion 4 waited in the shadows to witness the proposal and presentation of the ring. On cue and dressed in tuxedo shirts, vests and bow ties, the quartet “magically appeared” to sing three love songs to the newly betrothed.
With the final chords rung, everyone was pleased. The fiancée (Lisa) was overwhelmed and teary eyed and heartfelt hugs and congratulations were shared. Someone suggested taking pictures of the couple and quartet with the lake’s lit fountain in the background, so everyone positioned themselves on the dock for snapshots.
If there was any doubt the night would soon be forgotten, D4's baritone Frank made sure to eradicate any such concern, for it was then that he backed up and tumbled off the dock. With a sploosh, Frank fell into the lake; tuxedo vest & bow tie, wrist watch, cell phone, eye glasses and all!
For a moment, all were in shock, followed by howls of laughter. With some effort, Dave, Bob and Ray managed to haul Frank out of the lake, and the pictures were taken.
Some say that barbershoppers are well known for "love, laughter and a barbershop song".
Without a doubt, Dominion 4 set out to prove it. The 3 love songs and the laughter warmed our hearts - and will for years to come. The pictures memorialize one unforgettable night a beautiful couple shared with Dominion 4. Congratulations and best wishes to Lisa and Paul!
2011 Waterford Fair Another Success
Friday October 7th, 2011 found Dominion 4 singing once again at the General Store's front porch to entertain fair goers from several states around. Waterford Fair is one of Loudoun County's premier events, and D4 is delighted to be a part of the celebration. As usual, regulars stopped by to hear the quartet, as did newcomers. D4 sang a variety of songs ranging from their popular 4-songs in one Nursery Rhymes for the young, to revered traditional barbershop favorites cherished by oldsters. One fellow even stepped forward to sing a song with the quartet. Everyone had a good time as they found a spot to sit on the hay bales and listened to Dominion 4. D4 looks forward to the next annual Waterford Fair and all the fun.
Dominion 4 Sings Once Again At The Seniors Expo
Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Dominion 4 was once again selected to sing for the mostly senior aged show-goers at the "Senior Expo" held at the Community Church in Ashburn, VA . Visitors and vendors alike enjoyed the singing of Dominion 4 as the quartet strolled the halls and meeting rooms to entertain attendees. D4 offered a variety of song selections from barbershop, do-wop, pop and spirituals as they canvassed the show. The Seniors Expo is a fun venue for the quartet because they are free to come and go. They even paid a surprise visit to the Inova trailer to entertain the Inova staff (and while there, get their BP checked). The nurses appreciated the quartet's visit and rewarded them with good reports of health! Apparently the D4 brand of singing and humor is good for body as well as soul!
Dominion 4 Opens Loudoun's Little League Season
Dominion 4 had the greatest honor (and pleasure) to sing the National Anthem at the opening of the 2011 baseball season for the Lower Loudoun Little League on April 30, 2011. Hundreds of people came to Round Hill to celebrate the event on a beautiful and bright Spring Saturday morning. D4 sang several other songs as well, including a humorous rendition of Take Me Out To The Ball Game, in which the quartet pretends to forget the lyrics and ends up making 3 attempts to get it right before inventing a new ending. Baseball players, coaches and fans all enjoyed Dominion 4's humor; and for Dominion 4 it was a real treat to contribute to the success of home town American baseball at its finest. (Note: Be sure to see the picture in the photo gallery.)
Singing Valentines 2011 Once Again Takes Dominion 4 Around The County
Dominion 4 first met and sang together to deliver Singing Valentines 7 years ago on behalf of the Chorus of the Old Doiminion (www.odchorus.org). Once again, this day was filled with song as they traveled east and west around Loudoun County delivering flowers, cards and songs to housewives, professionals, and the elderly. What a treat it was to bring sunshine to even those who otherwise are not able to get around. The quartet delivered their first Valentine of the day at Mercer School for a dedicated fan/customer from the start and ended the day by stopping by Savoir Fare in Round Hill and surprising the patrons with some love songs. But the biggest surprise was when the restaurant's owner and chef, Joan Wolford, came from the kitchen to join the quartert in song, singing "Will I Ever Tell Him" (aka "Dream of Now") from The Music Man, with D4 backing her performance by singing Lida Rose. Upon completion of the combined performance, restaurant patrons rose to give both Joan and the quartet a standing ovation. Valentines Day doesn't get much better than that.
Dominion 4 Entertains 3 Audiences At First Night Leesburg
Dominion 4 did it again! Fans and newcomers alike came to hear Dominion 4's lively brand of close harmony at the old Presbyterian Church in Leesburg on New Years Eve 2010. . : The quartet sang 3 sets of music, taking the audience(s) down musical memory lane. Selections included songs from the 40's through the 80's, and even a guest vocalist added charm and beauty to the evening of unforgetable fun. Dominion 4 is grateful for all the support of loyal fans who continue to come to First Night Leesburg and greets all those who came for the first time. May we all have a happy, healthy and properous New Year 2011!.
Dominion 4 Celebrates Autumn 2010 at the Waterford Fair
Once again, Dominion 4 entertained Autumn Fairgoers at the annual Waterfor Fair in Waterford VA on Friday October 1st.
Attendees of all ages enjoyed the quartet's variety of songs, styles and banter at the porch of the General Store at Waterford's central crossroads.
Along with performing "on-stage", the quartet treated fairgoers to additional songs as they visited booths and serenaded vendors, sometimes dueting with them.
The weather was perfect and so was the occasion. The quartet hopes to see all of you next year at Waterford.
Dominion 4 Sings at the 2010 Fauquier County Chorus Cabaret
Saturday, June 5, 2010 - Dominion 4 was honored to be one of the featured quartets at the 2010 Fauquier County Barbershop Chorus's annual show. This year the Blue Ridge chorus chose the cabaret dinner show venue. Attendees were treated to a variety of choruses and quartets as they dined in an informal setting. Dominion 4 entertained the relatively mature audience with a "journey through the decades" repertoire of close harmony songs from the war years through the 70's. During the afterglow, show-goers were treated to some of Dominion 4's favorite "less-than-barbershop" musical selections.
Dominion 4 Entertains Show-Attendees at the Senior Expo
Thursday, May 6, 2010 - In harmony with their style of musical entertainment, Dominion 4 was selected to sing for mostly senior aged show-goes at the "Senior Expo" held at the Community Church in Ashburn VA The event, hosted by Homewell Senior Care, enabled visitors to visit with close to 90 vendors, and also to enjoy music of the Dominion 4 quartet. Attendees of all ages stopped, listened, and enjoyed D4 singing selections of barbershop, pop and spirituals as they canvassed the show rooms and halls. It was a lively venue and fun for the quartet to meet so many new appreciative people and even a few D4 followers.
Dominion 4 Sings Again at the Festival of Lights
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - Dominion 4 was honored once again to be selected from many applicants to entertain at the Festival of Lights hosted by the LDSChurch at the TempleVisitorsCenter in Kensington MD. Two shows were performed in the beautiful theater at the VisitorsCenter for audiences ranging from small children to seniors. Singing secular - and spiritual - songs from their repertoire, along with narrative reflecting the history of the selections and bible scripture, the quartet contributed to the Christmas spirit felt by all. Dominion 4 feels honored to be a part of the Festival of Lights entertainment roster, and looks forward to more opportunities to spread the good news of the birth of Christ.
Dominion 4 Sings Waterford - Again!
October 3, 2009 - Dominion 4 once again entertained hundreds on both Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 at the annual Waterford Fair. The quartet's repertoire consisted of songs ranging from traditional barbershop to gospel, pop and doo-wop. Proving to be one of their most popular selections was their demonstration of singing four songs at once! The weather was perfect for singing, the crowd was enthusiastic, and the songs were uplifting and appropriate for young and old alike. Dominion 4 was once again overjoyed having the opportunity to share their talent with the many fairgoers who returned to hear them and their music.
Dominion 4 Delivers Singing Valentines
February 13, 2009 - On behalf of the Loudoun County (VA) Chorus of the Old Dominion's fund raising efforts, Dominion 4 once again delivered Singing Valentines to people around Loudoun County. In addition, the quartet visited several nursing and special needs facilities to sing (gratis) to infirmed people. Once again, the joy of D4's music rang throughout the local area throughout the day. Dominion 4 originally formed back in 2004 to deliver Singing Valentines, and some patrons have requested the quartet's return every year. For more information about Dominion 4 delivering a singing valentine to your loved one, feel free to contact the quartet by calling 540-592-3740.
Dominion 4 Sings Once More at Waterford
October 3, 2008 - Dominion 4 once again entertained a wide variety of folks at the annual Waterford Fair (VA) festival on Friday, October 3, 2008. In addition, the quartet strolled the grounds and entertained "on demand" to the enjoyment of many young and old who happened by. The quartet has found that the Waterford Fair is the perfect venue for light hearted fun and spreading joy through song.
D4 Guest Quartet at Faquier County Show
April 26, 2008 - Dominion 4 wowed 'em once again as the guest quartet for the Blue Ridge Chorus' annual Fauquier County barbershop show in Warrenton,Virginia. After the intermission, the quartet led the audience on a half-hour musical trip through the decades, starting with an upbeat Glenn Miller era tight-harmony arrangement of "I've Got a Girl from Kalamazoo" featuring D4's bass singer Dave Updegrove on lead. Their set ended with a gospel number to raise audience spirits even further. One barbershopper at the show commented that he especially enjoys Dominion 4 because "They sing sincerely and without shouting!" The ever-popular Afterglow event included even more songs showcasing Dominion 4, along with some mix and match chord ringing and tags.
Happy New Year, From the D4 Quartet
December 31, 2007 - Dominion 4 was once again asked to help ring in the New Year by singing multiple performances as part of First Night Leesburg's New Years celebration. The venue offers a variety of entertainment and music choices for all ages. Dominion 4 sang a cappella barbershop, contemporary pop and gospel songs, all blended with humor. Many came, and stayed to hear the quartet. "These guys do more than just sing; it's clear they have fun, and so do I." quipped one attendee who has followed the quartet from job to job. First Night Leesburg is a light-hearted event that the quartet has enjoyed singing for several times.
Singing In the Christmas Spirit
December 11, 2007 - Dominion 4 was selected from a host of applicants to perform on stage at Washington DC's LDS Temple Visitors Center. Close to 500 attendees enjoyed the quartet's singing of traditional Christmas carols and holiday songs delivered during two performances at the Kensington, MD center. The quartet was honored to sing at the revered location with its lovely auditorium - and a great sound system. But the quartet's highlight was the audience and the mutual sharing of the Christmas spirit.
Fairgoers Entertained by Dominion 4
October 5, 2007 - Dominion 4 was invited once more to entertain visitors at the annual Waterford Fair in historic Waterford, Virginia. The weather cooperated and many passers-by stopped to hear traditional barbershop, gospel and contemporary songs sung by the quartet on the front porch of Waterford's old general store. "Waterford is a great venue for reaching out to young and old alike and share the joy of 4-part a cappella harmony," said tenor Bob Rodriguez of the quartet. Dominion 4 looks forward to the Waterford Fair again next year and carrying forward what's becoming a tradition for them.
Dominion 4 Entertains Hundreds at DC Corporate Gathering
June 4, 2007 - Dominion 4 entertained a gathering of hundreds at Washington DC's prestigious Omni-Shoreham Hotel. Taking advantage of the quartet's versatility, Genworth Financial Services contracted the quartet to provide musical ambiance at an evening expo-reception. Guests spanned three or more generations, and based on feedback from guests and hosts, the quartet was a big hit. D4 looks forward to further opportunities to entertain for these and similar corporate events.
D4 Sings for Martinsburg WV Heritage Days
May 5, 2007 - The Dominion 4 quartet helped celebrate Martinsburg, West Virginia’s Heritage Days weekend by singing at the Belle Boyd House and Museum in downtown Martinsburg. The quartet sang both traditional barbershop and popular songs for an informal audience gathered in the parlor. Passers by, hearing the quartet’s harmony, came in from the street to take part. According to Don Silvius, a local historian at Civil War re-enactor who was present, “Everyone with the society who was there at the end of the day seemed quite pleased with the event." The quartet looks forward to returning to sing there at Christmastime.
D4 Sings for Leesburg’s Long Term Care
May 5, 2007 - Dominion 4 sang for residents of Leesburg, Virginia's Long Term Care facility, following-up an earlier much-enjoyed quartet performance at the center. Some of the residents nodded and sang along with the quartet’s classic barbershop “oldies”, while others smiled and sang along to the more modern tunes from the quartet’s repertoire. “Performing for audiences like these folks is heart warming and a fulfilling type of service,” said tenor Bob Rodriguez of the quartet, "Call on us anytime!"
Quartet Makes Radio Appearance
December 15, 2006 - The Dominion 4 quartet, representing the Chorus of the Old Dominion, sang carols and popular tunes during a 45 minute segment of Chris King's "Live in Loudoun" broadcast on Leesburg VA’s radio station WAGE. The quartet opened the show with a rousing rendition of "Jingle Bells", after which the show's host Chris King proclaimed on the air "You guys make me smile!" "That's what Dominion 4 is all about!" replied quartet tenor Bob Rodriguez.
Dominion 4 Selected as Featured Guest Quartet
April 8, 2006 - Dominion 4 was unanimously selected by the Apple Capital Chorus (Winchester VA) show committee to be the featured guest quartet for the chorus' annual show on April 7th 2006. "From the Apple Capital Chorus, our sincere thanks to Dominion 4 for your participation in our Show Friday night, " stated the show spokesperson. "From our informal poll of the audience I can tell you that everyone enjoyed your performance very much."
Another Round of Singing Valentines
February 14, 2006 - Dominion 4 delivered "Singing Valentines" on Valentine's Day to 13 paying customers, starting with a 6:45 AM delivery to a cashier at the local 7-11. Other recipients included office workers, school teachers and administrators, and those at home. D4 also delivered a number of complimentary singing valentines, including one to an employee at a local McDonald's. They ended the long day by singing to customers at Zeparelli's Restaurant in Leesburg VA.
Dominion 4 Performs for Bluemont Summer Concert Series
August 15, 2005 - The Dominion 4 recently concluded a series of summer performances along with other name performers as part of the summer's Bluemont Concert Series around the Northern Virginia area. Performance dates and locations included July 22 in Culpeper, VA, July 23rd in Middleburg, VA and August 12th in Winchester, VA. Go to the Bluemont Concert Series home page for more information about the concert series.
Quartet Wins Mid-Atlantic District Trophy for Best In Class
August 4, 2005 - Terry Jordan, representing the Barbershop Harmony Society's Mid-Atlantic District, presented the Southern Division trophy to members of the Dominion 4 barbershop quartet, the Division's 2005 Novice Quartet Champions.
The trophy, originated by the Bowie MD "Knights of Harmony" Chorus in 1981, is shared among the District's Southern Division novice quartet champions. Dominion 4 placed 6th overall out of 22 quartets in the division barbershop competition in May, and scored highest among the novice quartets which had not previously competed.
Dominion 4 Takes Trophy for Best In Class
May 28, 2005 - In their first barbershop quartet competition, Dominion 4 showed their stuff by placing 6th out of 22 quartets, many of which had previous competition
experience. Dominion 4 also took home the trophy for being best in the "novice" class, reserved for quartets competing for the first time. The trophy originated with the Bowie MD "Knights of Harmony" Chorus in 1981 and is forwarded annually to Mid-Atlantic District's Southern Division novice quartet champions. According to Dick Smull, president of the Loudoun County barbershop chorus, "It was great to be in the audience and see their performance. When it was all done they had won the novice category, come in 6th, and have a chance to compete in the District competition... Wow!"
Winery Dinner a Hit
March 12, 2005 - The Dominion 4 highlighted an entertaining dinner show at sold-out Tarara Winery in Lucketts, Virginia. The quartet performed their "movie rendition" of "Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell Him (Dream of Now)" from The Music Man. The performance featured femaile soloist Ms. Laura Williams.
Dominion 4 Delivers Singing Valentines
February 14, 2005 - The Dominion 4 barbershop quartet delivered over a dozen "singing valentines" to unsuspecting recipients on Valentine's Day. Traveling throughout Northern Virginia, the quartet entertained school teachers and office to secretaries alike with barbershop greetings from loved ones.
Quartet Sings in the New Year
December 31, 2004 - Performing at Leesburg, Virginia's First Night festivities, the Dominion 4 sang in the New Year with three performances throughout the evening. Onlookers were treated to traditional barbershop songs, as well as a stirring rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight on the courthouse steps.