Hut Four

Quartet Biography

Hut Four

Year Won: 1958 in Wausau, WI

Songs Sung:
Contest Songs: Side by Side;I Wish I had My Old Gal Back Again.

The Hut Four Quartet was organized at Fort Riley, Kansas, in early 1953. We spent almost two years at Fort Riley where our basic role was that of army recruiters. As such we sang many shows and made a number of appearances on national television including spots on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts, the Ed Sullivan Show, and Arlene Francis' Soldier Parade. We also represented the army at the 1954 international SPEBSQSA convention in Washington, D.C.
Upon being discharged from the service the Hut Four reorganized in Minneapolis during the summer of 1955. We won the LOL quartet crown in 1958 and earned the right to sing in ten international contests, in seven of which we sang our way into the semi-final round. Our best finish was eleventh place in 1959. We also made two USO trips to the Far East in 1968 and 1970 on behalf of SPEBSQSA before retiring in 1972.
John Hansen and Bob Dykstra sang bass and lead, respectively, throughout the quartet's existence. Bob Moksnes and Herb Fane sang bari and lead in the original Fort Riley version of the Hut Four. Don Sundt joined the quartet as bari in 1955 and was replaced by Dan Howard in 1963. Johnnie Wheeler sang tenor for the first year of the quartet's re-emergence in the LOL district in 1955 and was replaced by Bob Spong in 1956 who sang tenor until the quartet's retirement.


Member Biographies

Tenor
Spong, Bob

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Baritone
Sundt, Don (Deceased)

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Lead
Dykstra, Bob

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I joined the society in early 1953 while at Fort Riley, Kansas, as a member of the Hut Four Quartet. The Hut Four sang from 1953 until 1972 except for a nine-month hiatus following our discharge from service. I have spent most of my fifty-four-year tenure as a barbershopper in the Minneapolis chapter although I also held membership in the Junction City, Kansas, and Bloomington, Minnesota, chapters. The Hut Four competed ten times in international competition and earned seven semi-finalist ratings. Our best finish was eleventh in Chicago in 1959. I also sang with the Minneapolis Commodores in numerous international contests. In 1984 I helped to organize the Salty Dogs, certainly not a competition quartet. We sang many shows for the next fifteen years, officially retiring in 1999. I've served on many chapter and district committees. I've been a member of the LOL Hall of Fame Committee since its inception and have been chair of the committee for many years. I also served a term as district historian.

Bass
Hansen, John

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Contact Information

Dykstra, Bob
1998 NW 16th Street
New Brighton, MN 55112 USA
651.633.6951
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