A big thank you to CSD historian Tom schulein & past historian jim nugent for all of their hard work

1938 The Kansas City Missouri Chapter was organized in June; the second chapter in the Society.

1940 Dr. Norman Rathert of St. Louis. MO. became the 2nd International President.

1946 A joint meeting of delegates from nearly all of the chapters in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska met in Joplin. MO on February 5 to form a “Central States Association of Chapters” and adopt a constitution. As originally organized, the Association included all or part of the states of Oklahoma, Missouri. Kansas, and Nebraska. A formal meeting was held on September 16 and the Society granted the District a charter on October 6. The largest chapter in the District at the time was Clayton, MO with 160 members.

1947 Iowa, Colorado and Texas were included in the District on January 18. The KEYNOTES of Newton, Kansas, became the first District Quartet Champions.

1948 The third annual meeting was held in Lincoln, NE May 1 and New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming, were added to the District. On August 14 and 15, at the Holiday House, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, the Central States district pioneered a school of Instruction, the first of its kind in barbershopping. It might be called the forerunner of what is now COTS.

1948 A new Central States charter was adopted in June. It included Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Effective July 1, the chapters in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas were officially moved from the Central States district into a newly organized Southwestern District.

1952 The Four Teens of St. Louis, MO became International Quartet Champions. The members were John Steinmetz, Tenor; Jim Chinnock, Lead; Don Lamont, Baritone; and Don Cahill, Bass.

1953 The Laramie, WY, Chorus became the first District Champion Chorus at the Regional Contest at Longmont, CO.

1954 The first Serenade was published in tabloid form at Spencer, IA on January 1. THE Orphans from Wichita, KS, became International Quartet Champions in Washington, DC. The members were O.H. “Burt” Bigham, Tenor; Robert P. Groom, Lead; Pete Tyree, Baritone; and Warren Bond, Bass.

1954 Berney Simner of St. Louis, MO was the 13th International President.

1959 The name “SERENADE” was first used on a newsletter published by Ken Way and mailed to every chapter member in the district. The name was suggested by Dan Jacobson of Kansas City, MO. 1959. The Four Pitchhikers from Springfield, MO became the International Quartet Champions. Members were Larry Hedgpeth, Tenor; Keith Keitner, Lead; Keith Young, Baritone; Joe Delzell, Bass.

1965 The first Chapter Officers’ Training School (COTS) was held at Lincoln, NE on January 16 in the Nebraska Center for Continuing Ed.

1967 The Eastern Iowa division was formed. The balance of Iowa was combined with Nebraska and South Dakota to form the “WINSOD” Division. 1970 Robert D. “Bob” Gall from the Kansas City Chapter MO became the 26th International President.

1972 The “WINSOD” division was divided to form the WESTERN IOWA and NEBSOD (Nebraska-South Dakota) Divisions.

1978 Nineteen Central States District Chapters from Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, joined with Chapters from the Evergreen, Far West, and Southwest District on January 1 to form the Rocky Mountain District, the Society’s 16th district.

1982 The NEBSOD division was split into the NEBRASKA and SOUTH DAKOTA divisions.

1986 The first Small Chorus Contest was held at the Sioux City Spring Prelims. Gil Lefholz of Kansas City. MO, was elected the 42nd International President and The Rural Route 4 of Kansas City, MO, became the international Quartet Champions. Members were Calvin Yoder, Lead; Willard Yoder, Bass; Don Kahl, Tenor; Jim Bagby, Baritone.

1990 Elective offices of Music Vice President and an Administrative Vice President were added to the District Board. The three-plateau system was first used for chorus competition. Plateau A, for 1-39 members; Plateau AA, 40 to 75 members; Plateau AAA, over 75 members. Membership is determined as of December 31 of the preceding year.ORY

1991 The Sam Cohen Award (’60-’78), Hall of Fame Award (’79-’84), Barbershopper of the Year (’68-’83), Award of Merit and Mr. Music Award (’85-’90) were combined into one award called the “Central States District Hall of Fame Award”. A new series of awards for “Barbershopper of the Year” was started. The position of Administrative Vice President was eliminated.

1992 The Central States District was chosen by the International Society to test “LIFEBLOOD,” a new membership recruitment concept. If successful, the concept would be implemented in all districts of the Society. Water Street Junction from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. became the first International Collegiate Quartet Champions. Members were Brady Swenson, Tenor; Jon Kohnen, Lead; Eric Monson, Baritone; and Travis Shaw, Bass.

1993 The Gas House Gang from St. Charles, MO. became the International Quartet Champions from Central States District. Members were Kipp Buckner, Tenor; Rick Knight, Lead; Rob Henry, Baritone; and Jim Henry, Bass. The District was represented by two choruses; Heart of America from Kansas City, MO. and Ambassadors of Harmony from St. Charles, MO.

1994 The Ambassadors of Harmony from St. Charles, MO placed fourth in the International Contest in Pittsburgh, PA.

1995 The Ambassadors of Harmony placed third in the International Contest in Miami, FL.

1996 The Ambassadors of Harmony placed third in the International Contest in Salt Lake City, UT.

1997 The Ambassadors of Harmony placed third in the International Contest in Indianapolis, IN.

1998 Jurassic Larks from Des Moines, IA won the Gold Medal in the International Seniors Quartet Contest in Tampa, FL. Members were: Vic Neilson, tenor; Vince Yinger, lead; G.W. Lewallen, bass; Barney Alleman, Bari. The Ambassadors of Harmony from St. Charles, MO, represented the Central States District in Atlanta, GA. American Barber Boys from St. Joseph, MO and the Heart of America Chorus from Kansas City, MO qualified and were invited to compete in the contest. This marked the first time that three choruses from one state competed at International Contest. The Ambassadors of Harmony placed third in the contest. The Statesmen Quartet, representing Ottawa University, Kansas University and Oklahoma Baptist University, took fourth place in the MBNA America College Quartet Contest.

1999 Two appointed committee positions, VP SERVICE PROJECTS and VP YOUNG MEN IN HARMONY, were elevated to VP District Officer status. The Ambassadors of Harmony placed fourth in International contest at Anaheim, CA.

2000 The Kansas City, MO Chapter and Heart of America Chorus hosted its fifth International Convention. Millenium, from North West Missouri State University won the MBNA Collegiate Quartet contest in Kansas City. Jim Bagby Kansas City, MO Chapter, received the first CSD Master Director certificate. CSD established a website on the Internet.

2001 The Ambassadors of Harmony represented the Central States District and took home the fourth place medal at the International Convention in Nashville, TN

2002 The Ambassadors of Harmony represented the Central States District and took home the fourth place medal at the International Convention in Portland, OR

2003 The Ambassadors of Harmony represented the Central States District and took home the fourth place medal at the International Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

2004 The Ambassadors of Harmony represented the Central States District and took home the first place gold medal at the International Convention in Salt Lake City, UT. Vocal Spectrum became International Collegiate Champions.

2006 Vocal Spectrum, from the Ambassadors of Harmony became International Champions. Members were Tim Waurick, tenor; Eric Dalbey, lead; Jonny Moroni, baritone; and Chris Hallam, bass.

2007 The Ambassadors of Harmony represented the Central States District and took home the silver, second place medal at the International Convention in Denver, CO. They actually tied for first place!

2008 The Ambassadors of Harmony represented the Central States District and took home the silver, second place medal at the International Convention in Nashville, TN. Heart of America also represented the district at the international contest. The Gas House Gang and David Wright are inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame.

2009 The Ambassadors of Harmony represented the Central States District and became International champions with the highest chorus score ever recorded. Crossroads represented the Central States District and became International Champions. Members were Fred Ferrell, tenor; Mike Slamka, lead; Brandon Guyton, baritone; and Jim Henry, bass.

2010 Heart of America, Central Standard, and the Pathfinders represented the Central States District at the international contest. Don Fuson is elected to the Barbershop Harmony Society board of directors.

2011 Heart of America, Central Standard, and the Pathfinders represented the Central States District at the international contest.

2012 The Ambassadors of Harmony represented the Central States District and became International Champions. Heart of America and Central Standard also represented at the international contest.

2013 The Pathfinders represented the Central States District at the international contest.

2014 Central Standard represented the Central States District at the international contest. John Donehower and Ed Bittle are elected to the Barbershop Harmony Society board of directors.

2015 Don Fuson becomes International President. The Ambassadors of Harmony, Central Standard, and the Pathfinders represented the Central States District at the international contest. The Ambassadors of Harmony took home the silver, second place medal, and Central Standard took home the bronze, third place medal.

2016 The Ambassadors of Harmony and Central Standard represented the Central States District at the international contest. The Ambassadors of Harmony became International Champions, and Central Standard took home the silver, second place medal. SmorgasChorus mic tested at the international contest.

2017 Central Standard and SmorgasChorus represented the Central States District at the international contest. Central Standard took home the bronze, third place medal, while SmorgasChorus finished 16th in their first international chorus contest. Jeremy Albright is elected to the Barbershop Harmony Society board of directors.