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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:59 pm | Updated: 11:20 pm, Sat Nov 9, 2019.

A highly educated barbershop group took stage at CoffeeTree Books.

TrueTones is an a cappella group of current and former Morehead State University professors that have been singing as group for around two years. The original group formed 25 years ago in part by Dr. Bob Landahl and Bob Franzini.

“In the fall of 1993, a group formed called the TrueTones,” said Bob Franzini, a retired professor of art and design. “And did its first gig in the fall of ’93, and let me tell you, that was several months after a musical put on by community theater called The Music Man where there is an a cappella group.”

Franzini and Dr. Landahl sang in that a cappella group and cited the musical as a catalyst to starting their group.

Dr. Landahl, a retired MSU professor of mathematics, described himself the oldest in terms of singing barbershop, and helped organize a barbershop chapter in Morehead in the 1970s. He stated that he considered the TrueTones as they are today as brand new.

“We enjoy being together,” said Dr. Landahl. “That counts pretty heavily. We’re very compatible in other words, and we all enjoy barbershop music and singing in general.”

The TrueTones also includes Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Kent Price, Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Michael Dobranski and retired professor of Art Joe Sartor.

The TrueTones said that they will most likely be singing at Johnny’s Barber Shop on Main Street during Hometown Holidays on December 7, an event they have sang in since 2010.