Ring of Gold

Quartet Biography

Ring of Gold

Year Won: 1979 in Green Bay, WI

Songs Sung:
Imagination, Mr. Bassman, Barbershop Style, Melancholy Baby, Down by the Riverside, Slippery Sal, Ten Feet Off the Ground, What'll I do, From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye, If We Ever Needed the Lord Before, Sentimental Journey, I'm in Love with Someone, Pal of My Dreams, Nothin' But Harmony, Yes Indeed, So Long Dearie, Dear Old Pal, Together, Noah's Wife, Sweet May, Caroline, You Were Only Foolin', Keep Your Sunny Side Up, How Ya' Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm, There's Something I Like About Broadway, Moon Medley, The Lord's Prayer, I'd Like to Be, Carolina Moon, Irish Medley

The Ring of Gold came about in 1978 as three voices from the defunct Saturday Review began looking for a fourth part. Rip Kirby (bass), Barry Clapper (bari) and Ed Wirtz (tenor) ultimately found Rich Treptow to sing lead, even though his experience had singing bari with the Harmony Galore Four, 1975 District Champs. The new combination worked, with the Ring of Gold winning the District Championship in 1979. They also competed at the International level in 1979, '81, and '83 placing as high as 25th. In 1980, Steve Hardy replaced Ed Wirtz as tenor. They had a rich sound and since all were instrumentalists, they kept a very solid beat their uptunes and swing numbers. Three years after they broke up, they reformed as a Dixieland Band named the Band of Gold, with Steve Hardy on trumpet, Rip Kirby on banjo, Bari Clapper on clarinet, and Rich Treptow on bari sax.


Member Biographies

Tenor
Wirtz, Ed

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Baritone
Clapper, Barry

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Lead
Treptow, Richard (Trep)

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Harmony Galore Four, 1975 LOL Quartet Champs
Ring of Gold, 1979 LOL Quartet Champs
Happiness Emporium, (1983-1987), 1975 Int'l Qt. Champs
High Spirits, 1990 Cardinal Dist. Quartet Champs
Imagination, 1993-1996, LOL Quartet Finalists
Downstate Express, (1997-2008), 1982 LOL Qt. Champs
2004 Senior Int'l Qt. Champs
NLGQ (2011-2013), District Novice Champs
Presentation Judge, 1992-2007,
Presentation Category Specialist, 2004-2006
Chapter Memberships:
Klamath Falls, OR 1969-70
Grand Forks, ND 1972
Minnetonka, MN 1972-1985
Mankato, MN 1979-1983 (dual member w/Mtka)
Minneapolis, MN 1985-1987
Indianapolis, IN 1987-1991
Hilltop, MN 1991-2002
Indianapolis, IN 2002-2008
Frank Thorne (LOL) 2008-2010
Fergus Falls/Detroit Lakes, MN 2010-2013
Indianapolis, Indiana (CAR)
2013 - present

Bass
Kirby, Gerald (Rip)

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Contact Information

Treptow, Richard (Trep)
16232 Vintner Dr.
Fishers, IN 46037 USA
317-847-1018
  • RTreptow@aol.com