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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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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.


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:

 


Be a sponsor of TUNE UP

We are looking for churches and other organizations to help make the TUNE UP worship band gathering a success by donating toward the event. Your support of this event will help keep registration costs affordable for everyone.

For a $500 sponsorship, your church/organization would be listed as a sponsor on the promotional material as well as the event website. Additionally, you can send as many members from your worship team and congregation to the event at no further registration cost. We know that many churches see the fruits of offering a quality worship music experience and would like to invest in making this possible for other churches. We would greatly appreciate your help in providing financial support to further equip and enhance worship band ministry throughout our synod and beyond.

For further questions or to join as a sponsor, please use our Contact form.