Music group Quintessentials are fundraising with t-shirts


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VERSAILLES — The Quintessentials, consisting of Brody Hyre, Mitchell Rawlins, Kyle Wuebker, Isaac Buscher and Quincy Baltes, started off about a year and a half ago as a barbershop group singing at a few special events. After taking the top prize at Ohio Has Talent, they received more opportunities to perform.

Someone saw the YouTube video of their winning performance and called them.

“When We got the call from America’s Got Talent, we were shocked!” said Hyre, a senior at Versailles High School.

They started to process what all is involved with something that big. The time necessary to develop a performance for a venue like America’s Got Talent can be difficult to find when each of them is separated. Since they wanted to properly prepare so as not to rush into it, they chose to wait and try out for the next season’s show. The Quintessentials will work hard over the summer to be ready for the audition.

The process will be costly. Travel, hotels and meals. The families got together and came up with a way to help offset some of the expenses. Baltes, a college student, designed shirts that are available for purchase.

He said, “I’m excited to see where this group takes us. Not only is it an anchor for those of us that have moved on to college but I can feel it pushing us to bigger and better things with new and exciting people.”

The Quintessentials will be performing at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert on Saturday, Feb. 18 for Ohio Has Talent.

“You can order tickets at www.npacvw.org.,” said a spokesperson. “They will be available this summer for performances as they prepare for this exciting endeavor. For inquiries, call Isaac Buscher at (cell) 937-467-8350 or (home) 419-336-5471.

Shirt order forms and payments are due Friday, Feb. 3. Order pick up will be Monday, Feb. 13 in the cafetorium at Versailles high school from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. For other pick up options or questions, contact Michele Hyre at h) 526-4710. Monetary gifts are not tax-deductible.

“The Quintessentials thank you in advance for your support and prayers,” the spokesperson said.

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