The Dixie District was organized in Birmingham, Alabama in February 23, 1948. It was comprised of nine southeastern states, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The District at that time had a total membership of 424 from the 10 chapters.
The first District Quartet Contest was the occasion for the second meeting of the district at the Hotel Bankhead in Birmingham, Alabama on November 28, 1948. The first district champion quartet was The Florida Knights of Tampa, Florida and the runner-up was The Choral Keys of Miami, Florida.
Over the years after its modest entry into the world of barbershop harmony, the Dixie District has made giant steps in membership and chapters despite the loss of Louisiana, which was transferred to the Southwestern District and in later years so was Arkansas. We said goodbye to Florida in 1959 with the creation of the Sunshine District. Despite these losses the Dixie District continued to grow.
In September of 2007, the Barbershop Harmony Society moved its headquarters to 110 7th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37203-3704 and we heartily welcomed them into our district.
In 2009, the Barbershop Harmony Society authorized the creation of a 17th district. On July 1, 2010, North and South Carolina separated from the Dixie District to begin operating as the new Carolinas District.
The Dixie District has been blessed with outstanding and dedicated leadership. The Dixie District has had talented quartets, choruses and skilled directors, arrangers, judges and coaches. Dixie has grown into a district of which the Society can be proud.
The following men have served as Dixie District President:
|2012-13||Larry Deters||Brentwood, TN|
|2010-11||Drayton Justus||Marietta, GA|
|2008-09||Thom Hine||Marietta, GA|
|2005-07||Dwain Chambers||Collierville, TN|
|2004-05||Frank Cristina||Nashville, TN|
|2003-04||Don Lang||Millers Creek, NC|
|2001-02||Jim Sams||Memphis, TN|
|1999-2000||Thom Hine||Marietta, GA|
|1997-98||Noah Funderburg||Tuscaloosa, AL|
|1995-96||Jack Frobose||Stone Mountain, GA|
|1993-94||Jeff James||Charlotte, NC|
|1991-92||Charlie Rose||Rocky Mount, NC|
|1989-90||Dick Belote||Nashville, TN|
|1987-88||Art Wourms||Columbia, SC|
|1985-86||Bobby Wooldridge||Tuscaloosa, AL|
|1983-84||Randy Miller||Columbia, SC|
|1981-82||James C. Warner||Memphis, TN|
|1979-80||Charles McCann||Nashville, TN|
|1977-78||Ralph Delano||Benson, NC|
|1975-76||H. Steve Keiss||Memphis, TN|
|1973-74||Neil R. Bruce||Birmingham, AL|
|1971-72||Robert E. Roark||Knoxville, TN|
|1969-70||Warren T. Bowen||Spartanburg, SC|
|1967-68||Richard H. DeMontmollin||Columbia, SC|
|1966||Robert L. Sears||Mobile, AL|
|1964-65||Melvin J. Harris||Charlotte, NC|
|1962-63||Dr. Tom C. Prince, Jr.||Knoxville, TN|
|1960-61||Sam H. Haney||Birmingham, AL|
|1959||Randolph Peets, Jr.||Jackson, MS|
|1958-59||Joe Griffith||St. Petersburg, FL|
|1956-57||Paul D. Amsbary||Asheville, NC|
|1955-56||Wallace E. Singleton||Memphis, TN|
|1954-55||William H. Hall||Tampa, FL|
|1953-54||Merton H. Barrett||St. Petersburg, FL|
|1952-53||John T. Dawson||Winston-Salem, NC|
|1951-52||Harley S. Miller||Plant City, FL|
|1950-51||Elford A. Lumpkin||Memphis, TN|
|1949-50||Sam T. Breedon||Tampa, FL|
|1948-49||Warren W. Zinsmaster||Miami, FL|