AKRON, OH–Mar 15, 2013 – At their annual December business meeting, the Akron Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society presented their highest award – the Barbershopper of the Year, to retired Pastor Bud Couts, for his exemplary character and altruistic attitude of service through the medium of song.
Pastor Couts, a native of Atwater, Ohio, gained his early musical training as a drummer in his family orchestra. After college he spent the next six years as youth/music pastor at two churches in Ohio and then as music/PR director at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Hudson, Ohio. Following over 20 years teaching at a private Christian school in the Bahamas, Reverend Couts has retired (2010) from his most recent charge at the Goss Memorial Church in Kenmore, Ohio, where he pastored for 14 years.
Bud has been an active member of Akron’s Barbershop Chorus since 2000. “He has enriched our chapter with his musical skills as a performer and assistant director, and has at times served us in his role as pastor as well” says chapter librarian Mark Nedel.
The Akron Derbytown Chorus has been a part of the city’s musical community since its founding in 1945. Barbershop harmony is music done in close harmony and is one of the few styles that were truly born in America. Further information about the history of the Akron Chapter, and Barbershop Harmony, can be found on our website: http://www.derbytownchorus.org
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