All Northwest Barbershop Ballad Contest returns Friday and Saturday

by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - The Tualatones will be one of dozens of a-cappella quartets competing this weekend in the annual barbershop ballad contest in Forest Grove. The group is comprised of (from left) David Osborn of Cedar Mill, Truman Wright of Yamhill, Dave Muralt of Gaston and Bill Vaughn of Hillsboro. Scores of music lovers will be living in harmony this weekend as the 67th annual All Northwest Barbershop Ballad Contest returns to Washington County.

The annual celebration of the uniquely American barbershop quartet takes place at a two-day event in Forest Grove pitting a-capella quartets from throughout the region against one another for bragging rights and a cash prize. This year’s event, hosted by the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters, features special guest Katie Harmon, a classically trained vocalist from Gresham who won the 2002 Miss America pageant.

One of the local groups performing is the Tualatones, whose members include tenor David Osborn of Cedar Mill, a 75-year-old retiree who has been singing barbershop for 26 years. He’s joined by Truman Wright, of Yamhill, singing lead, baritone Bill Vaughan, of Hillsboro, and Dave Muralt, of Gaston, singing bass.

The competition begins Friday night with a series of judged performances that narrows the field down to eight groups. On Saturday, the elite eight go head-to-head during two concerts.

The All Northwest Barbershop Ballad Contest takes place March 22-23 at Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane. Shows take place at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $16 to $22. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event visit

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