The Long and the Short of It - a brief history of THREE MEN and a TENOR
KEY MOMENTS AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE PAVED THE ROAD FOR 3MT'S AMAZING 25-YEAR JOURNEY
It was January of 1992, and there was a problem... and an opportunity.
The MSU Men's Glee Club and the MSU Jazz Band were booked to perform together at a concert in Grayling, Michigan.
But only a few weeks before the show, the Jazz Band got a nice offer to play in Chicago on that same date, and they took it, which created the Glee Club opportunity. The director of the choir offered that if anyone wanted to form a group, or sing a solo, or play an instrument, he would be auditioning within days of the announcement to help fill that concert time. He stated that he was nervous that with only 2 weeks to prepare, it would only be a select few that would make it in the show. For 3MT, their formation was going to take a leap of "fate".
GET 3 BIG GUYS AND A LITTLE GUY - 'FOR ONE SONG, WE WOULD AT LEAST LOOK FUNNY'
Paul and Glenn (who at that time were sitting along side of each other in the first tenor section) decided to form the group. In addition to this one song opportunity, they had previously discussed maybe singing around campus at sororities and events. But for now, they had one song in a big show to prepare for. They asked Chuck to be the "front man", and he agreed. Then as time until the concert was running out, they asked another bass singer to be in the group and as fate would have it, he declined. With Paul being 6'4" and Chuck at 6'3", they realized that if they asked another tall guy (regardless of his natural vocal part) that "at least, that would look funny". So they scanned the room and saw that Mark was the next tallest guy in the room (6'5"). When Mark agreed to do it, "THREE MEN and a TENOR" was formed... without ever singing a single musical note together!