IRON RIVER—Grace Covenant Church has announced the lineup for the 2013 Summer Concert Series, which features pianist Huntley Brown with Don Shire on the trumpet, the Sonshine Quartet with pianist Jim Plougher and The Cody Clauson Trio.
The public is invited to three great evenings of invigorating music and fellowship.
Huntley Brown and Don Shire will appear on Sunday, June 30, at 6 p.m. Huntley’s music has been described as inspired, anointed, powerful, and explosive. He has recorded many CDs that cover a wide range of musical styles. People are not only impressed with his incredible technique; they are touched by his deep love for Jesus.
Don Shire offers his unique trumpet styling in concerts and meetings worldwide. He currently is the featured guest in concerts, mission conferences and evangelistic outreach throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Africa and Europe, and his music is heard on radio across the United States. He also co-hosts a weekly radio program aired in Wisconsin and coordinates short-term mission trips to several countries for church groups and individuals.
The Sonship Quartet accompanied by pianist Jim Plougher will perform on Sunday, July 21, at 6 p.m. In 2005, Brad Ankney and his father, Ken Ankney, formed Sonship Quartet with the express intent of creating a young, energetic group with a unique sound. They spent the first few years training young men to fill each position, and in 2009, when everything began to click, they followed God’s call on their lives and hit the road.
A great songwriter and piano player, Jim Plaugher, later joined the group, adding an unprecedented level of quality to each program. He encourages people nightly through his testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness through his physical ailment of Parkinson’s disease. The group also includes Terry Gabbard, a baritone whose high energy and youthfulness is endearing to people of all ages. The bass singer is Taylor Ball of Adrian, Michigan, who earned a music degree in saxophone at Adrian College.
Through complicated harmonies, and utilizing the versatility of two first tenors and five vocalists, the group feels they have accomplished their goal of combining the great elements of 1950s style gospel music with a modern influence.
The Cody Clauson Trio will appear on Sunday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. Through their music, the group seeks to spread happiness and joy to their audience. The trio, based in Wisconsin, features Cody Clauson, 21, on tenor banjo, guitar, piano and vocals; his sister Brittney, 23, on double bass; and his father, Brent, on piano, steel guitar and fiddle.
The group performs regularly with the Clauson Family Music Show at its dinner theatre in Coloma, Wis., and has been a featured act at various venues throughout the United States. Performing a variety of musical styles, the group uses its music to touch the lives of others with gospel songs, hymns and inspirational music.
The Summer Concert Series started at Grace Covenant Church in 1998. All concerts are held in the church’s sanctuary.
“These are three nights of fabulous music!” Pastor James Swanson said. “It is our sincere desire that these concerts are a blessing to you and the surrounding community.”