Don Smith started singing barbershop over 40 years ago as a hobby in Columbus, Ohio where he was invited by a fellow choir member to attend a meeting of the Grove City, OH chapter ‘s Heart of Ohio Chorus. Bitten by the “bug”, he spent the next three decades ringing tones with three different cetral Ohio chapters, and was given the opportunity to serve as Assistant / Associate Director to several talented musical leaders. Eight of these mentors were named the Johnny Appleseed District Director / Coach / Barbershopper of the Year.
In addition to the Heart of Ohio Chorus, Don was active with the Singing Buckeys making numerous trips to International Conventions & Contests. He also spent time singing with the Alliance of Greater Central Ohio including five more trips to the “big dance” scoring two top five medals as a chorus member.
After a career in Ohio Government, Don retired in 2011 to the warmth of coastal Southeast North Carolina where he soon found the Wilmington chapter’s Cape Fear Chordsmen. Upon joining the chapter, his talents were put to work as the baritone section leader which soon developed into being asked to serve as Associate Director.
Don was selected as Director in July of 2013 when the previous Director, Larry Reinhart, resigned due to a promotion at work that would restrict his time available for chorus activities. That makes Don’s journey a 35 year apprentiship!