All Male Chorus of Blacksburg

The All Male Chorus of Blacksburg is recognized as a group with deep roots in African-American a cappella gospel traditions. One day in 1974, Howard Thompson visited Harold Gaffney and they discussed the relative few young men that were attending church in the area. Thompson came up with the idea of forming an all male gospel group to remedy the situation. Gaffney put the word out that the first practice for a new all male chorus was to be held in the basement of his home on a certain Friday night. That evening, February 17, 1974, the All Male Chorus of Blacksburg was organized under the direction of Mr. Howard Thompson. Though only four young men turned out for the first meeting, sixteen showed up for their second practice session.