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Dr. Raymond R. Danley

Dr. Raymond R. Danley, Director

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Ray Danley as our chorus leader and vocal coach. Ray holds an Associate Degree in vocal performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He is well respected in the Barbershop Harmony Society and in 2018 was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Ray has 5 medals in International Chorus Competition including 2 gold medals. Ray helped create the Society’s first Chorus Directors Manual in 1973 and was on the faculty of Harmony University, teaching chorus directors, from 1976-1982. He is legendary in the Ontario District as a top-quality director who generously gives of his time to develop singers, directors and teachers. In the winter he and his wife, Vicki, live in Port Charlotte and in the summer they reside in Simco, Ontario, Canada. 

Resume of Barbershop Activities and Awards at the International Level

  • Joined the Society, then SPEBSQSA, in 1957
  • Worked with a select team organized by the Director of Musical Activities, Bob Johnson, to write the Society’s first Chorus Director’s Manual in 1973
  • Semifinalist in the International Quartet Competition for 7 consecutive years (1973-1979) singing baritone in “The Canadian Heritage”
  • Faculty of Harmony College teaching chorus directors 1976-1982
  • Helped develop, plan and teach at Director’s College 1983-1985
  • Key Note Address at the Director’s College 1984
  • Directed the “Dukes of Harmony” to 5 medals in international chorus competition including 2 gold medals - 1977 in Philadelphia, 1980 in Salt Lake City
  • Certified CDWI (Chorus Director Workshop Intensive) facilitator in 2010
  • Joe Liles Lifetime Achievement Award presented live at the International Convention in Kansas City in 2011
  • Selected as one of the top chorus directors across the society to contribute to “Visions of Excellence: A Dialog with the Finest Directors from the Barbershop Harmony Society” compiled by Joe Cerutti
  • Cruise Chorus Director for “Harmony at Sea 2015” organized by Cindy Hansen, with The Musical Island Boys and Tim Waurick  


Welcome to the Suncoast Statesmen, the male chorus of Punta  Gorda, Florida’s chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. You are embarking on a journey that may be one of the greatest experiences in your life. You will experience sounds and emotions you never knew existed; and have the chance to touch other people’s lives in profound ways through choral music. We all have one thing in common...we love to sing! We also love to have fun, something that we try to do as much as possible. Take time to meet and get to know the guys. You will learn to sing with a chorus director that is highly respected within the Barbershop Harmony Society and a member of their Hall of Fame. Believe me; he will bring out the best singing capabilities you have. On behalf of the members of the Suncoast Statesmen chapter and the Board of Directors, we look forward to getting to know you, 
developing your musical skills and challenging you to fully utilize  your talents in a hobby that we all love.
Welcome again,
John Williams, President 

2019 Officers

John Williams, President

Gary (Twig) Branch, Immediate Past President, Show Chairman

Additional Board Members/Responsibilities

Richard Burns, Assistant TreasurerErnest (Ernie) Chappell, Secretary
Jack Cronkwright, Executive VPRay Danley, Director, VP Development
Paul Rothschild, TreasurerStuart Pease, VP Music
George Bingley, Member at LargeJohn Walton, Member at Large

Richard Cunningham, Librarian, Scholarship Chair, Webmaster


Border X Sing

Border X Sing

tenor - Don Connor
lead - Ernie Chappell
baritone - Jack Cronkwright
bass - "Curly" Wilson

Seems Like Old Times

Seems Like Old Times

tenor - Stuart Pease
lead - Frank Gracie
baritone - Bernie Poelman
bass - Jack Fournier

Just for Now

Just For Now

tenor - Bruce Patterson
lead - Ernie Chappell
Baritone - Ray Danley
Bass - Brial Boag

Due North

Due North

tenor - Dave Alway
lead - Ken Sheppard
baritone - Jack Cronkwright
bass - Brian Boag

Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM
Burnt Store Presbyterian Church                     
11330 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, FL 33955                   

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