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Recap from TUNE UP 2017

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Thank you to everyone who attended the TUNE UP gathering on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Thank you to the volunteers and Messiah Lutheran Church for hosting us. Thank you to Larry Bose for capturing our day together with photos. This was our fifth year of TUNE UP and we are so blessed that you came and learned with us.

We had over 70 participants from 19 different churches all around the Houston area join us for this day of training and networking. The gathering began with opening worship and presentations from Brian Hehn, Clayton Faulkner, and Richard Birk. They covered the subject of diversity in church music with each presenting on genre, selecting songs pastorally, and why we should incorporate hymns into band-led worship. Then everyone divided into instrumental/vocal/tech tracks, and conceptual tracks. The instrumental tracks were divided by specific area (worship leader, acoustic/electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals, and sound tech). Conceptual track offerings included sessions on improving your worship band, running an effective rehearsal, increasing congregational singing, and using video technology. During the “Coaching for Bands” session a volunteer church band from Autumn Creek Baptist Church in Houston received feedback and help with their music from a panel of track leaders.

We want you to know about these helpful resources from some of our track leaders:

Thanks for a great event and stay tuned for future event announcements…

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Getting Ready for TUNE UP 2017

We are excited about the 2017 TUNE UP worship band gathering happening this Saturday, August 5. You’re receiving this email because you have been registered as a participant for the event. Here are a few details as you prepare for the event…

Location: TUNE UP is being held at Messiah Lutheran Church (11522 Telge Road, Cypress, TX 77429). The event will begin in the sanctuary; look for the signs when you arrive.

What to bring: If you’re a guitarist, feel free to bring your acoustic, electric, or bass guitar (no amplifiers, please). This is optional though; don’t feel like you have to bring your instrument. You might also like to bring something to take notes with.

Schedule: You can view the schedule for Saturday here. Check-in and registration begins at 9:00 AM, gathering music starts at 9:15 AM, and the event will start at 9:30 AM. The event will conclude by 3:30 PM.

Tracks: When your group registered, you were signed up for an instrumental, vocal, or worship leader track. Please plan to attend the track you were registered for during the “instrumental track” option. After that, you are free to pick from the available options for the “conceptual track.” If you decide you’d like to switch instrumental tracks – no problem. You can view the track options here.

Food: Lunch is provided for this event. We’re sorry, but we don’t have a vegetarian or gluten free option. There will also be coffee and breakfast items available in the morning.

#TUNEUP17: #TUNEUP17 is the hash tag for the event. Share your tweets and instagrams.

Thanks for joining us and we look forward to a great event on Saturday!

Date Set for TUNE UP 2017!

_DSC6417 (800x533)Hello everyone! Thanks for checking out our TUNE UP website. We are excited to announce that we have a date and location set for our gathering this year!

TUNE UP 2017 will take place on Saturday, August 5, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Cypress, TX (11522 Telge Road, Cypress , TX 77429). We are looking forward to being in a new venue a little bit further to the west of Houston. We have many returning leaders, as well as some new faces joining us.

Registration will open on the website sometime after Easter. Please get the word out to your teams and bands.

Recap from TUNE UP 2016

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the TUNE UP worship band gathering was held. Over 60 worship musicians, pastors, sound techs, and video techs assembled on the campus of Faith Lutheran Church in Bellaire, TX for a multi-denominational training event. Continuing in its fourth year, the event was organized by the Worship Excellence Team of the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod (ELCA) to improve the quality of band-led worship in smaller churches.

The assembled musicians and techs represented 14 congregations including Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, and United Methodist churches. Participants traveled from as far as Austin, Texas and DeRidder, Louisiana to attend the training event.

The gathering began with opening worship and a panel discussion about the intersection of worship and culture. Then everyone divided into instrumental/vocal/tech tracks, and conceptual tracks. The instrumental tracks were divided by specific area (worship leader, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals, sound tech, and video tech). Conceptual track offerings included sessions on music theory, collaborative worship design, making worship contextual, live streaming, and a web tool called Planning Center Online. During the “Coaching for Bands” session a volunteer church band from Messiah Lutheran in Cypress received feedback and help with their music from a panel of track leaders.

One of our special guests for the event was Brian Hehn, Director of The Center for Congregational Song at The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. Brian, who joined the house band on percussion, had this to say: “Great event. Thanks for doing this important work. The overall spirit of the event and people who attended/led was very joyful and kind-spirited.” Watch the website for details on upcoming events: TuneUpGathering.org.

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TUNE UP 2016! Join us for a day of training and worship.

_DSC8140We have a date for this year’s event: Saturday, August, 20, 2016! The event location this year will be back at Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401. We have many returning leaders as well as some new faces to lead and inspire us this year. Registration will be opening after Easter.

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Recap from Tune Up 2015

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, the TUNE UP worship band gathering was held. Over 100 worship musicians, pastors, sound techs, and video techs assembled on the campus of Westbury United Methodist Church in Houston, TX for a multi-denominational training event. Hosting over 100 participants for the third year in a row, the event was organized by the Worship Excellence Team of the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod (ELCA) to improve the quality of band-led worship in smaller churches.

The assembled musicians and techs represented over 20 congregations including Lutheran, Nazarene, Baptist, United Methodist, and Non-Denominational churches. Churches from all over Texas including San Antonio, Austin, and the Houston vicinity were represented.

The gathering began with opening worship and a panel discussion about the issues facing church musicians today. Then everyone divided into instrumental/vocal/tech tracks, and conceptual tracks. The instrumental tracks were divided by specific area (worship leader, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, Latin percussion, vocals, sound tech, and video tech). Conceptual track offerings included sessions on hospitality in worship, multicultural worship, creative worship planning, and loops and multi-tracks in worship. During the “Coaching for Bands” session a volunteer church band received feedback and help with their music from a panel of track leaders. Then an “Instant Band” was formed from volunteer participants that had never played together. They were able to learn and arrange a song on the fly. An optional post-event included a tour of the worship technology at Houston’s First Baptist Church.

One attendee commented, “Great clinic! Thank you very much! My band mates and I returned home fired up for the future of our band!” Watch the website for details on upcoming events: TuneUpGathering.org.

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Getting Ready for TUNE UP 2015!

_DSC6713We are excited about the 2015 TUNE UP worship band gathering happening this Saturday, August 8. You’re receiving this email because you have been registered as a participant for the event. Here are a few details as you prepare for the event…

Location: TUNE UP is being held at Westbury United Methodist Church (5200 Willowbend Blvd, Houston, TX 77096). There are two main entrances into the parking lot, which is located behind the church. Access to the parking lot is off West Bellfort and on Cedarhurst. Once you arrive, look for the sign that says “Main Entrance.”

What to bring: If you’re a guitarist, feel free to bring your acoustic, electric, or bass guitar (no amplifiers, please). This is optional though; don’t feel like you have to bring your instrument. You might also like to bring a Bible and something to take notes with.

Schedule: You can view the schedule for Saturdayhere. Check-in and registration begins at 9:00 AM, gathering music starts at 9:15 AM, and the event will start at 9:30 AM. The event will conclude by3:30 PM. A new feature this year is an optional post event. From 4:30 – 6:30 PM we will tour the campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church (7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024) to learn about their use of audio, video, and lighting in worship.

Tracks: When your group registered, you were signed up for an instrumental or vocal track. Please plan to attend the track you were registered for during the “instrumental track” option. After that, you are free to pick from the available options for the “conceptual track.” If you decide you’d like to switch instrumental tracks – no problem. You can view the track options here.

_DSC6649Instant Band: During the Instant Band session we will put together a band of volunteers and work out an arrangement of “When Peace like a River” (It Is Well with My Soul). The session will demonstrate the use of different voices (lead and harmony), varied instrumental textures, and making style/groove decisions. Our plan is to show how to quickly bring together musicians who have never played/sang together and prepare a song.

Food: Lunch is provided for this event. We’re sorry, but we don’t have a vegetarian or gluten free option. There will also be coffee and breakfast items available in the morning.

#TUNEUP15: If you share an Instagram or tweet from the event, please use the hashtag #TUNEUP15.

Thanks for joining us and we look forward to a great event on Saturday!

Clayton Faulkner & Richard Birk, Event Organizers