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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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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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Pictures from 2014 TUNE UP gathering

Photos by Larry Bose.

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TUNE UP 2014 Set List

2014-08-09 10.05.27Thanks to everyone who attended the 2014 TUNE UP worship band gathering! We had a wonderful time making music, learning new things, and sharing our ideas with each other.

If you haven’t taken the online survey, please do so and give us some feedback. For the event this year we implemented several suggestions that were made last year. Click here for the survey.

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:

OPENING WORSHIP:

  • 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 in Louisiana!

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!


Thanks for a great event!


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Thanks to everyone who attended the TUNE UP worship band gathering on Saturday! We had a great event and were glad you all came. I hope you took something new back to your church for worship and music.

If you haven’t taken the online survey, please do so and give us some feedback. This was our first event and we would love to hear your suggestions. Click here for the survey.

Stay tuned to this website for announcements and details about future TUNE UP events.

Here is a list of the songs we used in worship on August 10:

OPENING WORSHIP:

  • Hallelujah, We Sing Your Praises (ELW 535, South African, arr. Richard Birk)
  • Glory to God Forever (Steve Fee and Vicky Beeching)
  • Come, Let Us Worship God (Ray Makeever)
  • 10,000 Reasons (Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman)
  • All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises (Paul Baloche)
  • Somos uno en Cristo/We Are All One in Christ (ELW 643, Anonymous, arr. Richard Birk)

CLOSING WORSHIP:

  • How Great Thou Art/How Great Is Our God (ELW 856 Stuart Hine/Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves)
  • The Only One (Chris Tomlin, Carson, Reeves, Maher, Gilder, Scott, Ingram)
  • Our God (Chris Tomlin, Redman, Myrin, Reeves)
  • There Is a Balm in Gilead (ELW 614, African American spiritual, arr. Richard Birk)

We also showed two videos:


TUNE UP worship band gathering – Saturday, August 10, 2013

Welcome!

This event is for Worship Bands, Youth Bands, Praise Teams, Sound Techs, Vocalists, Keyboardists, Electric Guitarists, Bass Guitarists, Acoustic Guitarists, Drummers, Pastors, and Directors of Music.

If you want to learn and grow as a contemporary worship musician, this is the event for you.

SPONSORED BY:
Messiah Lutheran Church (Cypress, TX)
Faith Lutheran Church (Bellaire, TX)
St. John Lutheran Church (Angleton, TX)
Tree of Life Lutheran Church (Conroe, TX)