Start with two music teachers, add one preacher, stir in a financial planner, and you could have the basic ingredients for any great quartet, but 3 Men & A Melody is not your basic quartet. 3M&M first formed in the stairwells of the women's dorm at Northwest Missouri State University. (Can you find better acoustics or a better audience?) These four guys have been around for 15 years competing mostly in the Barbershop Harmony Society. Since their first visit to the international stage in 2001, they have consistently placed in the top twenty, and once in the top ten. These guys are highly sought after clinicians for Young Men in Harmony and Harmony Explosions across the country, bringing their passion for a cappella harmony to young people and educators alike. In-house Tenor, Chris Droegemeuller arranges much of 3 Men & A Melody’s music to give them the unique sound that best highlights their voices. Get your ears ready for a stage full of a harmonic variety of a cappella jazz, doo-wop and barbershop.
Members: Chris Droegemeuller, Eric Derks, Brian Bellof, Brad Stephens
3 Men and a Melody: On The Edge
Ranked among the top Barbershop Quartets in the world, 3 Men have a strong and diverse musical background ranging from classical to contemporary to Doo-Wop, as evidenced by their varied repertoire on "Edge." 12 songs beginning with the Swing tunes "Hit That Jive Jack" and "Crazy Rhythm;" Big Band tunes "Sentimental Reasons" and "I Got You Under My Skin;" Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria," the Rock tune "What I Like About You;" Broadway hit "Someone Like You" from "Jekyll and Hyde;" and Kurt Bestor's touching "Prayer of the Children." There's tight harmonies and top-drawer entertainment from this impressive debut CD by versatile 3 Men & A Melody.
3 Men and a Melody: Strictly Barber Doo Wop
With the 1998 Central States District Championship and some international competition successes under their belts, the 4 young men who are 3 Men & A Melody have decided to bring their powerful, intricate harmonies into the recording studio. 12 songs, some of our favorites: "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy," ""In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Send In the Clowns," "Route 66," "Zombie Jamboree" and Harry Connick, Jr.'s "Recipe For Making Love." "Strictly" is a fun, energetic CD, very much like 3MAAM's live show, we would guess, and we're expecting big things of these guys.