The Harlan Boys Choir honors its co-founder on his 57th birthday

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) — While almost every community has a school choir, the tradition of the Harlan Boys Choir is unique.

“The Boys Choir has traveled a lot. They went to Graz, Austria. They went to California. They went to Canada. They went to New York. They’ve just been everywhere,” said director Marilyn Schraeder.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Harlan students have participated in the choir since its inception in 1965.

“You’ve played basketball, football, baseball, the Boys Choir,” said Terry Harris, president of the Harlan Boys Choir Alumni Association.

The choir is more than just a group of students singing, it’s a family, starting with co-founder David Davies.

“Mr. Davies is just one of those guys. I mean, he just, his love for music. He started the choir in 1965, and there are several of the alumni who started with him who are here,” said Marilyn Schraeder.

Davies’ impact goes beyond music. He has a passion for positively impacting the lives of students.

“Mr. Davies is a teacher, a good Christian, a good example,” said Terry Harris. “He taught me a lot.”

With the impact of David Davies and other teachers, music is part of the culture at Harlan.

“The hills will be alive with the sound of music, that’s for sure,” said Marilyn Schraeder.

To celebrate his success, Harlan County Executive Judge Dan Mosley named October 22 “David Davies Day.”

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