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The Overtones Quartet to give concert November 9

The Overtones Quartet, a diverse group that sings old time gospel, will give a concert on Saturday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. (Contributed)

The Overtones Quartet, a diverse group made up of a farmer, a concrete contractor, a golf course superintendent and a teacher, all from Roseau, will perform a concert on Saturday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.

There is no charge for the concert; a free will offering will be accepted. The group will also perform at the 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. worship services the following morning.

The Overtones came together in the early 1980s, starting out as a barbershop quartet, and have sung at many different types of gatherings including county fairs, the state fair, churches, banquets, charity fundraising events and other events.

They sing many of the songs made famous by the Statler Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys. They also sing old time gospel music, Southern Gospel music, music from the Gaither Vocal Band and other music groups.

The quartet includes Dale Billberg, bass; Keith Sandland, baritone; Randy Holwell, lead; and Neil Vagle, tenor.

Billberg sang in high school, is one of the organists at his church and has done a lot of singing outside of the Overtones. He is a sheep, beef and grain farmer from Wannaska. He also has a trucking business. He and his wife, Elaine, have four children.

Sandland is the newest member of the Overtones. He has a background in gospel music, having sung with his family for many years. He also has a great interest in Southern Gospel Quartet music and has attended the National Quartet Convention several times. Sandland is a carpenter and has a wood processing business. He is married to Roseanne. 

Holwell carries the melody on most of the songs. He finds much of the new music the group performs. He recently retired from his cement business, so he is looking forward to a little more leisure time to spend traveling and singing. He is married to Luanne, and they have a son and daughter and several grandchildren.

Vagle sings the high notes for the group. Like the rest of the members, he has been involved in music most of his life. He retired from teaching a few years ago after teaching for 43 years. He and his wife, ReNae, have three children.