Gene Davis, a member of the Chordlighters barbershop chorus, and his wife, Karen, sang ‘Danny Boy’ for The Southsider Voice staff on St. Patrick’s Day.
“I start out playing my trombone, and then Karen and I sing,” said Gene, who has been with the group for two years. “Karen, who’s active with the South Group Women’s Committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, doesn’t belong to the chorus, but she performs with me on special occasions, and this is one of those events (there’s also Valentine’s Day, birthdays and Christmas). We also performed on St. Patrick’s Day at my bank (the Chase branch at Keystone and Carson avenues), and the manager, Robin Williams, sang along with us. She has a great voice.”
Gene, 82, began playing the trombone as a 12-year-old in Mitchell, Ind., and played about five years before shelving it for nearly 60 years. He resumed playing about six years ago and practices every day. “I’m no professional, but I enjoy playing. I play with some other guys about once a month at the Salvation Army on Shelby Street.”
The Davises formerly owned Midwest Tank & Manufacturing, which built asphalt plants. They sold the business in 1990 and have been buying, renovating and selling houses since then.
“I sell the houses on contract until the buyers can get a conventional mortgage,” said Gene. “We normally just work on one home at a time.”
Gene said he certainly enjoys performing with the chorus and is looking forward to the ensemble’s spring concert April 16 at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. Tickets, $15 per person, $35 per family, are available at the door.