The Maranatha Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Rick Townsend since 1996, is a 48-member, all-student group that performs a broad selection of band literature, including sacred and secular classics.
The band performs at campus events, including the triennial All Campus Bedtime Story, a local children’s concert, and several chapels for the entire Maranatha community, including patriotic Religious Liberty Day chapel, a popular Christmas chapel, and a worshipful and moving Good Friday Chapel in the spring. The band also tours, performing 15-20 concerts in schools and churches across the nation each year.
The Band has three separate recordings available for purchase at the Maranatha Bookstore.
- Tidings of Comfort, Tidings of Joy, a two-disc Christmas CD including works by the symphonic band and the percussion ensemble.
- An American Salute, an inspiring collection of sacred and patriotic band works.
- Resurrection!, a musical reflection on the events of the passion week.
For information about the band, we encourage you to contact MBU Symphonic Band director Dr. Rick D. Townsend. We would love to hear from you.
Maranatha Symphonic Band to Tour in Illinois
WATERTOWN, WI – Maranatha Baptist University’s symphonic band will be touring Illinois Nov. 13-17, bringing to churches a sacred and classical program in the evenings, and some “fun stuff” for Christian school students during the day.
Interim director Dr. David Brown said one of the highlights of the symphonic band’s evening program will be excerpts from Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” including the Shaker song “Simple Gifts.” The program also includes a variety of sacred music from “Come Thou Fount” to spirituals.
Brown said the band was what drew him to teach at Maranatha in the first place. He said the band had come to his church, and he watched the band members. He was impressed with how they conducted themselves, how they were such servants.
“I didn’t even know there was a place like this on the planet,” he said. “I thought, ‘Where is this Maranatha? Someday, somehow, I have to get to this place.’”
Then director Dr. Rick Townsend let Brown conduct a number with the band. When Townsend returned to Maranatha, he told the Music Department administration about Brown, and the rest was just “the Lord’s timing,” according to Brown.
He said that, when the symphonic band goes on tour, the children and teenagers at the churches they visit will never be the same.
“They’ll never forget it,” he said. “It will leave an impact.”
But the impact will not just be felt by young people in the churches and schools; Brown said tour is life-changing for the college students, as well. If there is one take-away he would like band members to bring back with them, it’s that there is joy in ministry.
“I just want them to get excited about the difference they can make,” he said.
For the symphonic band’s complete itinerary, visit https://www.mbu.edu/fine-arts/performing-groups/band/.
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|Sunday, Nov. 13||Sunday School, AM Service, Afternoon Service||9:45 AM Sunday School, 11:15 AM Service, 2:00 PM Afternoon Service||Bay View Baptist Church||Washington, IL|
|Sunday, Nov. 13||Service||6:00 PM||Faith Baptist Church||Pekin, IL|
|Monday, Nov. 14||Chapel||8:15 AM||Faith Baptist Church||Pekin, IL|
|Monday, Nov. 14||Band Workshop||1:00 PM||Coal City Middle School||Coal City, IL|
|Monday, Nov. 14||Concert||6:30 PM||Faith Baptist Church||Morris, IL|
|Tuesday, Nov. 15||Chapel||2:00 PM||Mississippi Valley Christian School||Alton, IL|
|Tuesday, Nov. 15||Concert||7:00 PM||Faith Baptist Church||Alton, IL|
|Wednesday, Nov. 16||Chapel||2:30 PM||East Moline Christian School||East Moline, IL|
|Wednesday, Nov. 16||Concert||7:00 PM||Victory Baptist Church||East Moline, IL|
|Thursday, Nov. 17||Chapel||12:45 PM||Cathedral Baptist School||Rockford, IL|
|Thursday, Nov. 17||Concert||6:30 PM||Windsor Baptist Church||Loves Park, IL|