Here is a great link sharing our Dennis Jale, TCB Band, Imperials concert tour in Europe for January 2016
As of this writing, the winter blast continues to cover the USA and is hitting places that rarely see this kind of weather. There is record snow in many places, particularly the south. But, that is not the only place. I heard a report that just a bit more snow here in N.E. Ohio could establish a new record snowfall for the area.
This weekend had its’ own issues with weather as the group had scheduled concerts in Dayton and Mansfield, Ohio. A typical southern gospel music audience is going to have a portion of senior citizens, this is just a fact. The first church knows this and slated the program for a matinee. However, the weather had swept in with gusto and could discourage many from venturing out for an afternoon concert. Everyone, including the pastor, was concerned about the weather affecting attendance. Much to our delight, many chose to brave the elements and come to the church and share the time with us.
Sunday morning greeted us with not only a new overnight accumulation of several inches but abundant snow falling as we made our way from the hotel to the morning church. The Pastor greeted us and we began our set up. Of course, there was concern that many might opt to stay in on this cold snowy morning. To our delight, the worshippers began to arrive and the staff had prepared its’ usual fare of coffee, juice, and donuts for those coming to fellowship before the service. Another spirit filled worship service followed as the quartet sang.
Then it's off to Mansfield, Ohio for the evening concert. But here is where the weather took a back seat to the something far more serious. Can you feel the suspense? Something more serious that weather? Did someone eat a bad piece of Popeye’s Chicken? Did someone eat a bad personal pizza? Although there was Popeye’s Chicken and a personal pizza along the way, those were not the problem.
Someone (who will remain a nameless tenor) was the last to leave the morning sanctuary with equipment. However, upon arrival at the church in Mansfield it was discovered that the computer and related items for music track playback was not among the equipment. HORROR!!! Was it still in Dayton? The answer is likely, Yes! Was I responsible? Me and 3 other guys.
With time quickly ticking away and the service bearing down with each moment, a plan to have music to sing was being formulated. Is there a backup system in place? Where are tracks that we can access and a way to play them? In a matter of minutes we began to formulate an option and begin to assemble a “go cart” to replace the Cadillac that normally propels the music for the concerts. With the aid of my personal laptop and a track CD we assembled a playlist and a hand written song list, Jim Copenhaver made a fast trip to radio shack to buy plugs and we patched this frankenstein system into the board. When introduced, the first track began and so did the anointing of the Holy Spirit to take over and turn what could have been a very tense and robotic program into a wonderful move of God and blessing to all in attendance.
Lesson learned. After all was done, it was also apparent that a genuine back up plan and system will be assembled to put into place should a system failure or any other possible problem arise. I plan to assemble something myself for those times I’m touring alone.
I encourage you to consider booking GloryWay Quartet for a service at your church or group. I am pleased to work with these guys and equally pleased to recommend them to you.