On Saturday, August 9, 2014, the TUNE UP worship band gathering was held. Over 100 worship musicians, sound techs, and video techs assembled on the campus of Faith Lutheran Church in Bellaire, TX (Houston) for a multi-denominational training event. Hosting over 100 participants for the second 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 20 congregations including Lutheran, Nazarene, Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Non-Denominational churches. Churches that participated were both from the Houston vicinity and rural parts of Texas.
The schedule included times of worship, instrumental/vocal/tech tracks, and conceptual tracks. A team of track leaders with main speaker DeAndre Johnson (Westbury United Methodist Church) led worship. The instrumental tracks were divided by specific area (worship leader, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals, sound tech, and video tech). Each group gathered together for training and instruction specific to that instrument. Conceptual track offerings included sessions on arranging hymns for worship band, multicultural worship, and renewing the arts in worship. Additionally, a “Coaching for Bands” track was offered in which two church bands received feedback and help with their music from a panel of track leaders.
After a second successful gathering, we will likely offer the event again in the future. Watch the event website for details: TuneUpGathering.org.
Photos by Larry Bose.
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Stay tuned to this website for announcements and details about future TUNE UP events.
Here is a list of the music we used in worship on August 9, 2014:
- Build Your Kingdom Here (Rend Collective Experiment, 2011)
- Your Grace Finds Me (Matt Redman, 2013)
- Jesu, tawa pano (ELW 529, Patrick Matsikenyiri, 1990)
- For Everyone Born (Shirley Erena Murray, Brian Mann, 1998/2006)
- Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise/Rain Down (ELW 834, Walter Chalmers Smith, traditional/David Crowder, music from “41” by Dave Matthews Band)
- You Are Holy (ELW 525, Per Harling, 1990)
- All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises (Paul Baloche, 2003)
- Enviado soy de Dios/The Lord Now Sends Us Forth (ELW 538, Anonymous Central American, arr. Richard Birk)
We also showed this video:
TUNE UP Louisiana POSTPONED! We’re sorry, but the event schedule for February 22 in Louisiana has been postponed till a later date.
We want you to know that we have confirmed the date for TUNE UP worship band gathering in Louisiana: Saturday, February 22, 2014.
The event will be hosted by Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kenner (1001 W. Esplanade Ave. • Kenner, La 70065). This event is designed for acoustic guitarists, electric guitarists, bass guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, vocalists, and audio/video techs.
Look for more details and online registration for the event coming soon!