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May 12, 2015

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BCF Jazz Band (center) taking their music to the streets to share Christ.

The Jazz Band at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville recently completed their Spring “Missions” Tour by sharing their music and lending a helping-hand in the process. Continuing their ministry to the homeless, which has been their mission focus on tour for the last few years, the band members were able to assist with several homeless ministry activities in Atlanta and Nashville, and also perform in four schools and three churches.

“The Jazz Band has the unique opportunity to play in a variety of venues. We play jazz arrangements of sacred songs appropriate for worship services, as well as perform standard jazz compositions for more secular venues such as school and community performances,” stated BCF Professor Ron Branning, director of the group. According to Branning, the spring tour included a total of ten concerts that took the group through four states: Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

The homeless projects that the Jazz Band was involved included delivering over 300 lunches and care packages to homeless people in the downtown Atlanta area and leading a chapel service for a women’s homeless shelter. While in Nashville, the band performed at the men’s rescue mission downtown to an audience of nearly 500 men. “All of our concerts were extremely well received,” said BCF Music Education Major Matthew Bryan, saxophonist in the band. “The homeless people were very appreciative of us taking the time to serve and pray with them. All in all it was a great tour.”

For more information about the Jazz Band or any of the touring ensembles at The Baptist College of Florida, call 850.263.3261 ext. 427 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.