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Send your sweetheart a song

by: COURTESY PHOTO - (Left to right) Bill Vaughan, baritone, lives in Hillsboro; Gary Gale, lead singer, lives in Banks; Dave Muralt, bass, lives in Gaston; and Dave Osborn, tenor, lives in Cedar Mill. Together they make up the Tualatones.Bill Vaughan always wanted to join a barbershop quartet, so when he was 77 he responded to an ad for the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters (TVHM). That night, he found himself at an audition.

This Valentine’s Day, area sweethearts might find Vaughan at their front doors or in their offices — but only if he got a call from someone’s valentine first.

Folks can order up an visit to a loved one from a barbershop quartet, which will deliver two love songs, a rose, a box of candy and a card for $50.

Four barbershop quartets from TVHM will travel around town Thursday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 15, serenading sweethearts.

The singing valentines are one of the group’s major fundraisers, which helps fund costs of trips and uniforms.

One year, they made 26 stops on Feb. 14 from McMinnville to Vancouver, Wash., Vaughan said.

Now in his 80s, joining a barbershop quartet was on Vaughan’s bucket list, which is what he wanted to name the group before they found out the name was taken.

“My greatest regret is that I didn’t start this years ago,” Vaughan said.

Dave Muralt of Gaston has been singing with the group for decades and has seen his share of reactions. Some people get embarrassed when so much attention finds them, but most are ecstatic, he said.

Muralt always enjoys going into the schools to sing to teachers. “The kids go crazy,” he said.

Once, he sang for a 90-year-old woman, whose husband had never made a grand gesture like that before. “She cried so hard I could barely make it through the songs without crying myself,” Muralt said. “If you’ve never done it, you need to do it at least once. People never forget it.”

To book a song for your love, call 503-357-8264 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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