Special ExportSpecial Export

Lee Rasch, Lead

Lee joined the Coulee Chordsmen in 1997 and became a founding member of the Special Export Quartet in 1998. In addition to singing in the chorus and quartet, he plays the bass guitar in the Executives—a 60’s rock and roll band.

Lee is former President of Western Technical College, active as a community volunteer, and serves on seven local, state, and national boards. Lee also finds time to walk his two greyhounds.

Gary Buxengard, Tenor

Gary grew up on a farm and went in to the NAVY when he graduated from Spring Grove, MN high school. He served three years in active duty and twenty-three years in the reserves. After twenty-six years of farming in Spring Grove, he decided to rent out the land and become a carpenter.

Gary joined the chorus in May, 1975 and has sung with many quartets. He prides himself in being able to sing all of our four different parts. He also started with Special Export back in 1998.

He likes to read, sing, and go to reunions with his ship buddies each summer. He is Commander of the local Legion Post, and on the board of directors for Wilmington Farm Mutual Ins. He is also known for his recollections of Lena and Ole lifestyles.

Roger Christians, Baritone

Roger has been a Barbershopper for twenty-one years with the LaCrosse chapter and has sang in several quartets through those years. He teamed up with Lee and Gary to form Special Export in 1998. He is recently retired from Dairyland Power Cooperative, where he worked at their Nuclear Station in Genoa for thirty-six years. He also served for six years aboard the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine, George Washington. Roger just celebrated forty years of marriage to his wife, Kenna, and they have two sons and two grandchildren. Other music interests include performing with the 60’s rock band, ‘The Executives’.

Charlie George, Bass

Charlie grew up in Southern Wisconsin and moved to La Crosse area in 1990. He has been married to my wife Cindy for thirty-seven years in April.  He enjoys singing many different styles of music, and has a special liking for the close harmony of Barbershop style. During his fourteen years as a member and he has sung with four different quartets and served on our board of directors for five years.     

He is a retired professional Chef by choice, and have been so for over forty years. He raises Honey Bees and works in flower gardens with his wife. They have three children and four grandchildren.


Sample our music

 Under the Boardwalk 

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