J. Kemp Cook 4th Degree District Choir
The SK J. Kemp Cook 4th Degree District Choir is composed of 18 members from the Archdiocese of Washington District who lend their voices, with a large portfolio of music, to enrich both civic and religious occasions across the Archdiocese of Washington. The choir is most often accompanied by Lady Diane Wood who has helped to expand the scope of the repertoire of music performed by the choir.
Named in honor of Past State Deputy (and the choir's first director) SK J. Kemp Cook, the Choir keeps a busy schedule performing at Knight of Columbus Masses and Conventions, large performances at VA Hospitals and homes, and televised events across the nation.
The Fourth Degree Choir was first assembled in the early 1980's by SK J. Kemp Cook the Past State Deputy for the District of Columbia. At the time, the choir membership was limited to six men (as choir members received a complementary ticket to the exemplification banquet). The originating members of the choir as we know it today performed first at the 1986 Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree at the Ramada Inn off the Beltway. Those members included:
- SK J. Kemp Cook, PSD - Choir Director
- SK Gus Weber, PSD
- SK Norm Sutherland, PSD - Acompanist
- SK Dr. Edward M Sullivan, PSD (Then State Treasurer)
- SK Sal LaCapria
- SK Charles McAllister