Bluegrass Student Union

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Bluegrass Student Union
Years active 1973–2007
Website Official site
Members Allen Hatton – tenor
Ken Hatton – lead
Dan Burgess – baritone
Richard Staab – bass

Bluegrass Student Union is the Louisville, Kentucky barbershop quartet who won the 1978 SPEBSQSA International competition. They distinguished themselves by performing at a high level of proficiency on stage and in the recording studio throughout their 33-year career, by becoming the second youngest quartet to win the SPEBSQSA championship, and by continually improving their art, even after winning their gold medals. They credit much of their success to their coaches, Mary Jo Hatton Thompson, Don Clause, Ron Riegler, Gene Stickler and Ed Weber, to their chorus Director, Jim Miller, and to their long-time arrangers, Ed Waesche and Walter Latzko.

Allen Hatton (tenor) Ken Hatton (lead) Dan Burgess (baritone) Rick Staab (bass). Allen Hatton later sang tenor with the original version of the Second Edition quartet to win the Cardinal District Quartet Championship for his second time. Ken Hatton later sang lead with the 2000 Cardinal District Champion SENSATIONS quartet, who earned semi-finalist status (20th place) in the 2001 International Quartet Competition. Ken also sang lead with The Exchange, semi-finalist (20th place) in the 2003 International Quartet Competition of SPEBSQSA, Inc.

The Bluegrass Student Union quartet was inducted into the Cardinal District Hall of Fame in 2005. The quartet was inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame in 2012.


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Preceded by
Most Happy Fellows
Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Champions
Succeeded by
Grandma's Boys