Bluegrass Student Union is known around the world as one of the greatest barbershop quartets in history. The foursome began singing together in late 1973 as high school students in the Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus, under the direction of the great Jim Miller. They quickly won the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet Competition in 1978 with guidance from "The Coacher," Don Clause and choreographers Ron Riegler and Gene Stickler, singing original charts written by prolific arranger Ed Waesche.
The quartet is best known for its tendency to improve after winning the contest, for innovating with theme albums and for affecting the barbershop style with innovative arrangements written by Waesche and the legendary Walter Latzko. Inspired by hero quartets like the "Citations," "Suntones" and "Buffalo Bills," BSU's electric performances of songs from Meredeth Willson's "The Music Man" and the quartet's adaptations of swing tunes from the 1940s (and the songs of George Gershwin) set the group apart from other show quartets throughout its 33-year career. Bluegrass Student Union recordings set a similar standard of excellence that is yet to be equaled in the hearts and minds of barbershop quartet aficionados.
The quartet retired in December of 2006.