The DQ of Amherst College

The 1920s: In the Beginning

The origins of the DQ have never been conclusively determined, but by all accounts, the group began in the 1920s.  It was then that the top eight men from the Amherst College Glee Club began singing independent sets at the Glee Club’s concerts. By 1925, they were a recognized group and had made their way into the Amherst yearbook, the Olio. By the end of the decade, the DQ was an established presence on campus with a fan base and reputation that would carry it through to the Second World War.

From the 1925 Olio, the first mention of the DQ in any Amherst yearbook

“Double Quartet: Paul M. Ashton, Howard H. Bliss, Bailey LeF. Brown, Arthur H. Howe, Fred B. Nugent, Charles T. Plough, Herbert W. Rogers, Thomas R. Shepherd”