The Ritz (quartet)

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The Ritz
Years active 1984–2004
Website Official site
Members Jim Shisler – tenor
Doug 'Nic' Nichol – lead
Donald J. "DJ" Hiner – baritone
Ben Ayling – bass

The Ritz is a barbershop quartet from the Johnny Appleseed District of the Barbershop Harmony Society (comprising Ohio, West Virginia, and the western half of Pennsylvania. Each member of the quartet is a vocal music teacher at the high school and university levels. After coming in fourth at the San Francisco convention in 1990, the quartet won the international championship in 1991. The quartet has traveled internationally and has appeared on two PBS specials, Keep America Singing (in 1994) and World's Largest Concert (in 1996).


  • Puttin' On The Ritz (Interactive CD; 2002)
  • Rare Times (CD; 1997)
  • On Moonlight Bay (CD, cassette; 1995)
  • Swingin' on a Star (CD, cassette; 1994)
  • Old Songs Are Just Like Old Friends (CD; 1992)
  • I'm Beginning to See the Light (CD; 1991)
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (CD, cassette)
  • The Ritz Anthology (CD; includes the previous four)
  • The Ritz (cassette)

They also appear on First Recording (CD, cassette) with the Pride of Toledo Chorus.


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Preceded by
Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Champions
Succeeded by