Gibbons Council #2521
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HISTORY OF THE SINGING KNIGHTS:
Over Fifty Years and Counting
Way back in 1960, or was it 1961 or 1962, the current members
of the Singing Knights aren't absolutely sure, several members
of Notre Dame Council #2901 began to sing popular songs after
meetings. Some of those original singers were, "Buzz"
Stallings, Bill Clayton, Leo Stallings, Bill Becker, George
Berkey, and Gordon Polhler.
Don Straw was hired to arrange the music and with brother Bill
Clayton as the first musical director the Singing Knights
presented elaborate productions including scenery and
costumes. During the early years, The Singing Knights hired a
piano player, Vince Stevens. Vince enjoyed the music, the men
and the money so he was surprised when after joining the
Knight of Columbus, The Singing Knights stopped paying him.
But Vince continued to play and was active until his death in
2010. Although the musical shows at the Council were
important, these Knights extended the scope of their
activities outside the Council walls and performed for the
Veterans Administration Hospital and many assisted living
facilities in the area. Especially gratifying was being
privileged to be able to visit and sing for the religious
sisters at The Villa and at Villa Assumpta. They also
participated during the installation of officers.
In 1985 the Singing Knights were able to perform at the 103rd
Supreme Convention in Washington D.C. Again, in 1989 they
performed at the Supreme Convention when it was held in
In 2009 The Singing Knights were looking for singers to swell
their ranks. One of the Councils they asked to help was
Cardinal Gibbons Council #2521. They were welcomed, and that
same year began practicing at Cardinal Gibbons Council Home.
They have continued their participation in masses,
installations, and other activities in the Council. They
regularly entertain at the assisted living and retirement
facilities. They were honored to be asked to entertain
approximately 400 Daughters of Charity and other clergy from
around the world at the 2011 consolidation of the provinces.
This was an historic event.
Now, along with the new members from Cardinal Gibbons Council
#2521, the Singing Knights expect to continue singing for
another 50 or is it 51 or 52 years.