NQC 2016: Monday

NQC 2016: Monday

Random thoughts…
The first full day of the National Quartet Convention kicked off with an announcement that the event has been extended in the current Pigeon Forge venue through 2021. Fans will continue to have access to great choices in dining, plenty of motels, and a refreshing mountain setting in a building that needs to be expanded by 50% in size before it will ever adequately house the event. I’m not anti-Pigeon Forge at all as far as the town is concerned; I’m just realistic about the cramped limitations of the LeConte Center.

I attended the evening concert, catching sets by the Diplomats, Dixie Echoes, Squire Parsons, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Karen Peck & New River, the Mylon Hayes Family, the Second Half Quartet, and The Kingdom Heirs. The highlight of the evening was seeing Ernie Haase, Arthur Rice, & Jeff Chapman spontaneously join Squire Parsons on stage for the last half of “Sweet Beulah Land.” The crowd couldn’t get enough, so Jim Brady and Karen Peck joined Squire for another chorus.

Another highlight was the entire set by the Second Half Quartet. When Mark Trammell becomes the third vocalist in Greater Vision with Pat Barker joining in singing bass and Gerald Wolfe moves to the piano, magic happens. I like hearing this group sing “Cheer The Weary Traveler.”

I only made one trip through the exhibits tonight.  I spoke with a few folks including Josh Garner, Steve Ladd, Tyler Vestal, & Aaron Swain. Smoky Mountain Santa was sitting a couple of rows behind me, and snapped a photo of me that he shared on Facebook, but I didn’t see him. I guess that just proves Santa is always watching you!

Below, I have posted some photos I captured from my seat from Monday evening’s concert. I’ll be sitting closer on Tuesday & Wednesday. The quality of my photos will hopefully improve as the week goes on.

David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. joshvanklomp
    Reply September 27, 08:38 #1 joshvanklomp

    I caught probably 80-85% of Monday night’s festivities. Missed Guardians, Gold City and most of Kingdom Heirs and Squire Parsons’ sets.

    Mylon Hayes Family and Second Half Quartet were probably my two favorites. I really enjoyed that Love of God medley by MHF and the entire SHQ set was top-notch, as expected.

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