Musical Island Boys

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Musical Island Boys
OriginWellington, New Zealand
MembersJeff Hunkin – tenor
Marcellus Washburn – lead
Will Hunkin – baritone
Matt Gifford – bass

Musical Island Boys is the barbershop quartet that won the International Quartet Championship for 2014 at the Barbershop Harmony Society's annual international convention, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] From Wellington, New Zealand, the quartet began in 2002 at Tawa College,[2] and competed in its first international barbershop contest in 2004.[3] They won the international collegiate contest in 2006 at Indianapolis,[4] and won second-place silver medals in the 2011,[5] 2012,[6] and 2013 international contests.[7] Other awards include the New Zealand and Pan-Pacific Open Gold Medals at the 4th Pan Pacific Barbershop Convention in 2004,[3] and second place in the International Open Barbershop Championships in 2011.[8]

Bass singer Matt Gifford is self-described as "half Cook Island and half New Zealand Māori", lead singer Marcellus (Lusa) Washburn is from Samoa, and Jeff and Will Hunkin (tenor and baritone, respectively) are both half-Samoan and half-Niuean.[8][9]


  • Musical Island Boys (CD; 2006)
  • Once Upon a Time (CD; 2009)
  • Dream (CD; 2013)
  • Four (CD; 2015)


  1. ^ "Official Scoring Summary, BHS, International, Quartet Finals, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 5, 2014" (PDF). Barbershop Harmony Society. 5 July 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Musical Island Boys claim barbershop gold". Newstalk ZB. 7 July 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Musical Island Boys". Primarily A Cappella. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Official Scoring Summary, BHS, MBNA America Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest International, Quartet Finals, Indianapolis, Indiana" (PDF). Barbershop Harmony Society. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Official Scoring Summary, BHS, International Quartet and Chorus Convention, International, Quartet Finals, Kansas City, Missouri, July 9, 2011" (PDF). Barbershop Harmony Society. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Official Scoring Summary, BHS, International Convention, International, Quartet Finals, Portland, Oregon, July 7, 2012" (PDF). Barbershop Harmony Society. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Official Scoring Summary, BHS, International, Quartet Finals, Toronto, Ontario, July 6, 2013" (PDF). Barbershop Harmony Society. 6 July 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Musical Island Boys Featured in New Zealand Press". 19 July 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2014 – via
  9. ^ "Musical Island Boys". wickED. Ministry of Education. Retrieved 8 July 2014.

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Preceded by
SPEBSQSA International Quartet Champions
Succeeded by
Instant Classic