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The Buffalo Bills were a barbershop quartet formed in Buffalo, New York. In 1950, they won the SPEBSQSA International Quartet Contest, earning them the title of International Quartet Champions.

The group is especially famous for its involvement in Meredith Willson's The Music Man. In the musical Vern Reed sang tenor, Al Shea lead, Wayne Ward baritone and Bill Spangenberg as bass. The quartet changed performers a few times, which is common in barbershop quartets. They were the first quartet in the role of the school board when the musical opened in 1957, logging more than 1,500 performances on Broadway. They also appeared as the quartet in the 1962 feature film adaptation. Their final performance in 1967 capped a career of more than 4,500 performances.

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