Appalachian Express Chorus

To serve our community by entertaining audiences with the sound of four part men's harmony; to provide an environment of fun, fellowship and growth for men who enjoy a cappella singing; and to promote the appreciation and growth of the Barbershop style in future generations.

Since 1968, the Appalachian Express Chorus has been entertaining audiences with the sounds of four part Barbershop harmony.  The men who comprise the Appalachian Express come from all areas of the greater Tri-Cities, and their talents have allowed the Chorus to become one of the most respected singing organizations in the region.  The Appalachian Express is part of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  The Chorus entertains through annual shows, participation in FUNFEST (a week long celebration in Kingsport), and performances for other civic groups and churches. We have also performed at the Paramount in Bristol, TN; Heritage Hall in Mountain City, TN; Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, TN; Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at Northeast State; and the Lincoln Theater in Marion, VA.  Men of all ages are welcome to visit the Appalachian Express Chorus at its rehearsal location. For information about performances or membership, call the Harmony Hotline at 423-384-9992 or send an email to


       Mark Kettner



        • Tenor - Larry Taylor
        • Lead - Jim Snodgrass
        • Bass - Bill Boggs
        • Baritone - John Snodgrass

Board of Directors

        • President - Tom McPherson
        • Secretary - Ed Bush
        • Treasurer - Nathan Goodwin
        • VP Membership - Ward Hilemon
        • VP Music & Performance - Tony Bowman
        • VP PR/Marketing - Dan Kleven
        • VP Scheduling & Events - Jim Snodgrass
        • At-Large Member -  John Durham
        • At-Large Member - Dave Greenham
        • At-Large Member - Jess Helton
        • At-Large Member - Dean Renfro
        • Immediate Past President - David Guy

Dixie District Contest

Each year the Appalachian Express Chorus competes in the Dixie District Chorus contest.  The Dixie District is one of 16 regions of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  There are over 20 choruses from four Dixie District states - Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.  In 2013, the Appalachian Express Chorus competed in Gadsden, Alabama and finished 4th, its highest ever.