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Introduction
Rockport’s Gospel Music Festival
By
Gary Howard
Music Festival Coordinator

Welcome to the 2020 Rockport Gospel Music Festival!! Our festival began back in 1994 as a gospel music concert, sponsored by “Rockport’s Gospel Force” police quartet. The Gospel Music Festival has continued to grow throughout the years because of your continued support and through your attendance, your prayers and your contributions. Without your consistent support the festival would not be able to continue in the future.

Leading off this year’s festival will be the Singing Men of South Texas which is comprised of Ministers of Music, Ministers and church musicians from Baptist Churches in South Texas. The South Texas chapter is under the direction of Larry Danks.  The Singing Men of Texas were created in 1975 and serve as part of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

We are once again so blessed to have our very dear and special friends the Crimson River Quartet from California back with us in Rockport again for their 21st year of celebrating this weekend with us.  It is also great to have back with us for their 19th year The Goldens (Cheryl and Dale) here from Tyler, Texas who are such dear friends and have played such an impact in our lives. Please also welcome Johnny Hall who is with us from California and a special friend of the Crimson River Quartet.

I also want to thank The McNeill family for returning to Rockport for another year at our festival. They were from Bailey, Texas but have just recently made a move to Emory, Texas but I will let them tell you their story as they sing during the weekend. The McNeills are very dear to Patty and I and we appreciate them for allowing us since our retirement to “follow” them around the United States as we have heard them sing at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tn. as well as at Dollywood and the Singing in the Sun in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and several other venues and churches.

We have one completely new group this year known as The Kinsmen except that many of you will recognize the bass singer (Gerald Williams) who was last here singing bass with his group The Melody Boys Quartet.  Gerald tried the retirement bit but it appears it was just not for him so thus, The Kinsmen.  Please make them feel welcome. 

With us this year as well are Megan and Logan Pettis. Miles Pike, and the DeLawder family from Branson, Missouri, and you will certainly be able to see a sighting of Barney Fife as well with his humor as well as the incredible talent of this whole family!!

Of course, we want to welcome our master of ceremony back – Brian Arnold of Branson, Missouri. We are also excited to welcome the First Baptist Church of Rockport choir under the direction of Marcie Peterson, the Song of Glory and Rockport’s Gospel Force will also be here and we all pray that you have a worship experience that you’ll not soon forget!

Now for one major exciting surprise for everyone.  For those of you that have followed our festival for many years we are so honored to have Patti and Patrick McLead here with us to present our opening song on Friday night.  We love them both so much, and are so glad that they have come back home to Rockport. [ I have been having to keep this quiet for far too long and am so excited that I can now put it out here and let everyone know of their being with us.].

Please pray for the continued success of this festival and make plans to be with us for the next Rockport Gospel Music Festival in January, 2021 for our 25th Annual Rockport Gospel Music Festival. Mark your calendars for Friday, January 8th, 2021 and Saturday, January 9th, 2021!

God Bless You and Happy New Year!!
Gary Howard

Friday, January 10, 2020 6 pm First Baptist Church
Saturday, January 11, 2020 11 am First Baptist Church

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For more information on the Rockport Gospel Music Festival, or the Gospel Force Quartet, please contact Gary Howard at R.G.M.F. @ P. O. Box 2643, Rockport, Texas, 78381, or call 361.205.2789. Email address is grhoward76@gmail.com.