From Southern California, The Newfangled Four is one of the top barbershop quartets in the world, performing all around the country as well as internationally. Formed in the fall of 2012, this foursome quickly bonded through their involvements with the Westminster Chorus and Masters of Harmony, two well-renowned choruses in the Barbershop Harmony Society. Combining old fashion slapstick humor with their quirky youthful comedy, The Newfangled Four merges their talents as top notch harmony singers and first class entertainers. In 2013, the quartet won the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest and the Far Western District Quartet Contest. They compete every year in the open International Quartet Contest, and most recently finished 6th place in the world in 2019. Over the years they have developed a reputation not only for their fine singing and showmanship, but also for their work and involvement in the youth movement as clinicians and educators, leading countless workshops for young singers in the US. The Newfangled Four has appeared on Buzzfeed, Hallmark’s “Home and Family show”, the new “Gong Show”, and has recorded custom tracks for the Lifetime Movie Network. With millions of views on their YouTube performances, they are proud to introduce the barbershop artform to aspiring young singers and to provide nostalgia for those that fondly remember “the good ol’ days.”
THE NEWFANGLED FOUR
Joey Buss (tenor)-started singing in the seventh grade while taking private voice lessons. At Edison High School in Huntington Beach, he sang in their chamber choir, jazz choir, show choir, and madrigal ensemble. He was put into his first quartet, Short and Sweet, in his freshman year of high school and hasn’t stopped singing barbershop since. Joey is a member of the Westminster Chorus, where he has earned several chorus gold medals (7, actually!). He has also won two International Collegiate Quartet Championships singing tenor with The Vagrants in 2009 and The Newfangled Four in 2013. Outside of his barbershop successes, Joey sings in a 60’s/70’s/80’s style cover band called “Hollywood and Vinyl,” and works part time for California State Parks at Huntington State Beach.
Jackson Niebrugge (lead)– comes from a non-musical family. He was first introduced into music while singing in the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles Children’s Choruses from ages 6 to 10. At 11 years old, he picked up the trumpet and followed that all the way through to college, earning him his bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Cal State Long Beach. Along the way, Jackson met Jake Tickner in the fall of 2010, who invited him to attend a Masters of Harmony rehearsal, and suddenly the urge to sing revived. He went on to win a gold medal with the chorus in 2011 and in 2015 was made the VP of Chapter Development. Jackson became the President of the Masters of Harmony in 2016 and served in that position for two years. In 2010, he became a dual member with the Westminster Chorus, where he is now one of their Lead Section Leaders. Jackson’s hobbies include playing guitar, writing songs, and maybe the occasional video game. He is currently a manager-in-training at 5 Guys Burgers and Fries.
Jake Tickner (bass)– first experienced barbershop in his sophomore year of high school, when he became the bass in his school’s barbershop quartet. Thus began his love and passion for a cappella singing. Now a graduate of Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, he sang with their chamber choir and the award-winning vocal jazz group “Pacific Standard Time.” Jake earned a gold medal with the Masters of Harmony in 2011 and became a dual member with the Westminster Chorus. Since teaming up with the rest of The Newfangled Four in the fall of 2012, he went on to win an International Collegiate Quartet Championship and Far Western District Quartet Championship the very next year. He loves singing with three of his best friends and looks forward to more inspiring fun-time adventures with them. Jake currently lives in Long Beach and works many part time and contract jobs, ranging from soloist/section leader at various churches to recording sessions for the immensely popular children’s song channel on YouTube, “Coco Melon”.
Ryan Wisniewski (baritone)– also comes from a non-musical family. Originally from San Diego county, his family moved out to Las Vegas just in time for him to start middle school. It wasn’t until his sixth grade choir class that he started singing, and until his freshman year of high school that he was introduced to barbershop. At the age of 14, it was this exposure that paved the way to a lifelong obsession. After graduating high school, he joined his two local chapters (the City of Lights Chorus and the Las Vegas Gamble-Aires), and a year later moved back down to California to live his dream of singing with the Westminster Chorus and Masters of Harmony. Through all of it, he starting singing with three guys he had been Facebook stalking for years, and the rest is history! In 2013, this foursome went on to win the International Collegiate Quartet Contest and the Far Western District Quartet Contest in the same year, marking the first time Ryan crossed either stage. He is currently the Baritone Section Leader in the Masters of Harmony and is a member of the MOH Front Row. Outside of his busy schedule singing barbershop, Ryan also works part time giving private vocal lessons.