The Smyrna Band has recently had the opportunity to minister on
a tour of the southwest beginning on New Years Eve at Calvary Chapel of Saline County, AR. The festivities started by
lighting a bon-fire under the remains of the Christmas tree, which was propped up on top of a pyramid of wood that any Boy
Scout would be proud of. It was extremely cold outside (for this southern boy) and the kindling wood at the bottom of the
pile took a loooong time catching the rest of the pile. When the tree finally caught, everybody had to jump back to save their
eyebrows and escape the heat blast. Man, that tree went up like it was soaked in gasoline! Can you imagine putting lighted
candles on your tree? Pastor Richard Douglas turned out to be a biker looking dude (or maybe a lumberjack working construction).
He was nice and served up some good food, including the ever popular deep fried turkey! After TSB played, the praise band
from the church rocked (and folked) out with Pastor Rich on keys. The biggest surprise of the evening came at midnite when
Pastor Richard and some of the other guys came out and performed some traditional hymns in punk-rock style. It was cool.
Stay tuned to this page as I continue from concert to concert
along this tour.