Friday, April 25, 2014

BCF Jazz Band Makes Impact While on Tour

The Jazz Band at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) left Graceville Friday, April 11 for a tour that would not only positively represent the college, but one that would leave a lasting impact in the lives of many.

The Jazz Band made multiple stops along the way, including Marianna, FL; Hendersonville, NC; Greensboro, GA; Gainesville, GA; and Atlanta, GA. At each of these stops, the musically talented group performed in schools and churches, telling others about The Baptist College of Florida and more importantly, reaching others for Christ through their music.

BCF Jazz Band performs in churches and schools while on Tour.

While in Atlanta, the band had the opportunity to invest in the lives of the homeless through Seven Bridges to Recovery, a homeless ministry that regularly visits various homeless areas providing food and supplies, and sharing the gospel message. The Jazz Band arrived in Atlanta on Saturday morning, April 12, where they were given instructions by the ministry staff and encouragement through prayer before going out to several homeless locations in downtown Atlanta. Ron Branning, Associate Professor of Music and director of the Jazz Band stated, “Our students interacted with nearly 350 homeless people as they passed out lunches, hygiene kits, and Bibles. A hug and a prayer were also given to each person.” BCF graduating senior and member of the Jazz Band Corey Blais commented on the common occurrence of the homeless in Atlanta making beds under the bridges, “I’ll never look at the bridges in Atlanta the same way again.”

The Jazz Band then led a worship service for the residents at a shelter called The Garden. “The Spirit of God really moved in a special way, both in the hearts of the homeless residents and the band. It was amazing to see those folks worshiping God with all their hearts,” stated Branning. One musical highlight during this performance was the powerful vocals of BCF student Kari Crummey performing Not Guilty, during which “there was not a dry eye in the house” according to Branning. And as usual, Bob Snyder’s arrangement of Amazing Grace was a big hit among the crowd.

According to Branning, not only were the lives of the homeless changed for the better, so were the lives of the students. “It was truly an eye opening experience for our students,” stated Branning.

The trip also included a video recording session held in North Carolina. The Jazz Band hopes to have a professional DVD as a result of this session to help promote the instrumental music programs offered at The Baptist College of Florida.

To learn more about the music degrees available at The Baptist College of Florida or dates for upcoming Jazz Band performances, call 850.263.3261 ext. 427 or visit the website at

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