If you go
What: The Four Freshmen
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: University of Charleston's Geary Auditorium
Cost: $35 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for youth
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Bob Ferreira joined the Four Freshmen in 1992 when he was a student at Central Washington University majoring in music.
He figured the opportunity to perform with a musical group whose roots extended back to 1948 was too good to pass up. He'd tour with the foursome a year or two and then return to college.
"Two years turned into five and five years turned into 10," Ferreira said. And here he is, still spending about half of his year on the road carrying out the traditions of the group begun by four Butler University freshmen who had the idea to combine harmonizing voices with instrumentation in a self-contained unit.
The current lineup of the Four Freshmen comes to the University of Charleston Sunday afternoon in a concert sponsored by the Charleston Community Music Association.
Until 2012 when founding member Bob Flanigan died, the group always had a mentor. Ferreira said Flanigan owned the rights to the name (they now are owned by his widow), and while he certainly could be available to offer an opinion, he took a hands-off approach.
"He owned the name of the group, but as for the creative aspects, he really trusted us," Ferreira said. If the band was making a change in lineup, current members auditioned and selected the new musician.
"When it comes to a new guy coming in, we all have to kind of agree because we're the ones on the road and we have to know we'll get along," Ferreira said.
The current team includes Ferreira, who sings bass and plays percussion; Curtis Calderon on trumpet, flugelhorn and third voice; Stein Malvey on guitar and second voice; and Brian Eichenberger on bass and lead vocals.