What a day it was on February 21 for our Singing Men at Oakland Heights Baptist Church! Seventy-nine men in attendance for a great day of rehearsal and fellowship followed by a wonderful night of praise with a full house and a sound that was just incredible. Thank you, Josh Thomas and Oakland Heights guys for hosting us. Thank you, Charlotte Taylor for your continued work that makes so much of what we do possible. I believe it was the largest number our Singing Men group has ever had for an event - thank you men for your faithfulness!
During our business session on the 21st, our men unanimously elected Andre Simon to be our new director. I cannot tell you what a joy this is for me! After 15 years as your director, I truly believe the time is right for this change. Andre is a friend and a brother who is a skilled musician with a heart of worship. Most of you have already experienced his leadership as Andre has been serving as our associate director this year. We will work together for the remainder of this season and then Andre will begin as director when our new season begins in August. Congratulate him, encourage him and most of all pray for him as he begins this new journey.
Our next stop this spring will be with Harold Smith and our friends at FBC New Boston on TUESDAY, March 12. We usually meet on Thursdays, but this week is spring break for many area schools, and Tuesday worked better. In past years we have had some wonderful times of worship at this church, and I look forward to another such day in March. I'm happy that we will have my friend, Dr. Bret Steed with us for this concert to play trombone. I believe you'll enjoy getting to know Bret and appreciate his wonderful musical gift as he shares the prelude and then sits in with our brass group. You'll find the concert schedule attached to this e-mail.
I'm also sending a tentative schedule for our April 4 joint concert with the Southeast Singing Men at FBC Huntsville. We had such a great time with our Southeast brothers in Madisonville last year. I realize it is a long trip for many of us, but I believe you'll be blessed for the effort if you can attend. We look forward to having our Texas Baptists director of the office of music and worship, Tom Tillman with us that day as well. Music and demos for this concert are available on our website www.smetex.org. It's going to be a great day!