Smoky Mountain reflections..


Fond memories of a great weekend tour. Thanks to the band for working hard, playing well, and for the fun and fellowship of 4 days together. Thanks to our hosts Roman Festival Brass (Don Robinson) & Jericho Brass (Frank Hale, Dan Bowles) & to Dwight Wages (Crossville/Fairfield Glade) for all your help. 

A busy few days for the band: Rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon, including sectionals, then off to Rome, GA for further rehearsals at Berry college.  Our repertoire was 100% fresh, so not long to get everything polished for performance.   An enjoyable concert with Roman Festival Brass on Thursday evening, followed by a day in Fairfield Glade, TN - playing back to back packed concerts.   Really enjoyed meeting the folk of Fairfield (sold quite a lot of CD's too...).  Billeted in church members homes that night.

Saturday included an open air in Chattanooga, a visit to the aquarium, and a joint concert with Jericho Brass.  Lots of fun playing massed items with Jericho.  

Sunday at First Baptist Church in Chattanooga - a Cathedral-like sanctuary.  

Playing highlights included: "Praise Him" (Bulla) , "Shepherd Song" (Richards), Jamie Hood's rendition of "Standing on the Promises" (Court), "The Last Amen" (Graham)  , "Lightwalk" (Gott), a swing arrangement of "Down to the River to Pray" (Fernie), the classic "For our transgressions" (Calvert), Dr. Steve Kellner Euphonium solo; "In Christ Alone" (Phillips), and finishing most concerts with "Praise" (Heaton) and then "The Day Thou Gavest" (Wilby). 

We hope and pray that lives were changed and blessed because of our visit to the Smoky Mountains.