Although he’s been the announcer at Jefferson High School sporting events for two decades, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that David Dyrland was first called by the title that suits him so well.
“I was at a Hawkeye basketball game and saw (former Jeff star) Jarrod Uthoff before the game,” recalls Dyrland, 64, a retired Cedar Rapids electrician with 40 years in the trade. “I said, ‘Remember me?’ And he said, ‘You’re The Voice of the J-Hawks.’ And that really pleased me.”
He’s much more than the anonymous guy that reads the starting lineup, though. Before nearly every Jeff home game – basketball, baseball and sometimes football – he also sings the National Anthem.
And while untrained as a singer but with a lifetime of experience, he sings it with such gusto that it’s a crowd-pleaser every time.
“I’ve had other teams’ coaches come up and ask me if I was going to sing that night,” Dyrland says. “And there are refs who will say to me, ‘Are you going to go for the high note tonight?’ I’d say 90 percent of the time I hit the high note at the end, unless I have a cold.”