‘Jingles for James’ Result

The benefit concert for local musician James “Bull” Canty this past Sunday was  a fantastic success.  A few statistics from the afternoon’s proceedings:

Size of Audience: 300 (at least!)
Total Musical Numbers Performed: 23
Singers: 13
Instrumentalists: 8
Pianists/Organists: 6
Jazz Bands: 1
Chamber Choirs: 1
Brass Quartets: 1
Total Number of Musicians: 27

Total notes played by James Canty: 835,298 (estimate)

Dollars Raised: $7,594.41

James is very close to his goal of $9000, and the money raised from this event virtually guartantees that Bull will be able to get the surgical procedure that he needs.  If you missed the concert but would still like to make a contribution, you can send a check made out to First United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach (put ‘James Canty’ in the memo line), 901 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.  The church will write a check for the total of all the money collected made out jointly to James Canty and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Thanks to all for supporting this effort; I am proud to have been a part of it.  In the words concert coordinator Tim Koch, “The arts at work!  What a triumph!  Congratulations and thanks to all!”


Lift up your hearts!

What is the purpose of a choir?

It’s not to perform difficult music before a silent and intimidated (or irritated) congregation. It’s not there to impress the faithful–it’s there to encourage the faithful to find their voices to praise God in his holiness.  It is what we call a ministry…

So said Father John Andrew, Rector emeritus of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, in a fantastic (ten-minute) sermon given a week ago Sunday on the purpose and importance of music in worship.

Read or listen to the sermon here;
check out the entire St. Thomas archive of webcasts here

Benefit Concert This Sunday

“Jingles for James:
A Benefit Recital for Eyesight”

Sunday, August 12 – 3:00 PM

First United Methodist Church
(901 N. Kings Hwy)

James “Bull” Canty, a local trumpet player and CCU alum, has a deteriorating retina disorder associated with diabetes that has threatened his sight in both eyes.  Last year he was able to raise the $8k or $9k dollars he needed to fix the more critical eye, and now he needs to have the same procedure for the other eye.  Time is of the essence as there is a foreseeable point of no return and permanent blindness in the remaining eye.
Bull has played with us at Trinity a number of times; he was in the brass quintet that played at Sebron Hood‘s funeral.
Featuring Professional Musicians from The Long Bay Symphony, The Carolina Master Chorale, Coastal Carolina University, Grand Strand bands, U-N-I and Soul Function, and Churches from across the Grand Strand.