Australian Seniors Gold Medalists Barbershop Quartet
Benchmark formed in 2008 and in 2011 brought Barbershop Harmonies to Australia when they appeared in Australia's Got Talent, making it all the way to the final 10 contestants. Tom Percy rejoined the quartet on a permanent basis in February 2015 after a lengthy illness and Benchmark wish to thank Mark Penman for his contribution to the quartet in Tom's absence.
In November 2016 Tom decided to retire from Benchmark. We would like to acknowledge the great contribution Tom has made to the quartet since it was formed in 2008. We also acknowledge the courage shown through his health issues during Australia's Got Talent in 2011 and in more recent times. We wish Tom well in his retirement.
This has caused a lineup change within Benchmark with Ray moving to bass and John Gairns joining the quartet as our new baritone. We welcome John to the quartet and look forward to singing together in the new formation.