Sponsored by American Legion Post #359 - Milan, MN

Chord-Ayres Male Chorus

Group photograph provided by: Lyle H. Johnson

The Chord-Ayres performed at the Milan, MN school for the Memorial Day service on May 26, 2014. Collin Peterson, US Representative for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District was in attendance and is included in the picture above.

Representative Peterson met with the Chord-Ayres after the performance and stated that he would like to have the group come out to Washington D.C. to perform sometime. The Chord-Ayres are now in the early stages of planning a trip to Washington D.C. and there is a possibility that the group may perform sometime in November 2014, around Veterans Day. This would be a great honor for the group and they are excited to plan a trip of a lifetime.

Group photograph submitted by: Karen Anderson

The Chord-Ayres are known for their dedication to honoring our nations' Veterans and they did just that with a trip to our Nation's Capitol. A trip of a lifetime fell into place very quickly with the help of Collin Peterson, US Representative for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, and they traveled to Washington, D.C. from November 12-16, 2014. They put on many performances in the Washington D.C. area and one of the highlights was performing on the "Millennium Stage" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, pictured above.

Tomb of the "Unknown Soldier"

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
                            - John F. Kennedy

Group photograph provided by: C Edwards Studio, Inc.

The Chord-Ayres are a local group of me, some older, some younger, who close their shops, climb off their tractors, put on their tuxedos and harmonize to some of the most unlikely strains of music this side of Minnesota. Watching their faces, some wind burnt, sly, sincere, carefree, or rascally. Some weathered by life, so clearly the faces of Southwestern Minnesota, its hardships and pleasures, this thought rose up: "no one makes them do this! No one put this group together from the outside, it wasn't required like county government or public education not mandated by religion or morality like tithing in church, not a designated goal of the community like Chamber of Commerce mission related service. These men (and women accompanying on the piano) make and provide this music only because they enjoy it."

         ~SMAHC Review by: Bob Ross

More Pictures of Washington, D.C. below:
Group shot in front of the Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial at night

 "Four On The Floor" performing at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Waiting for the Tram to Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery
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