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Local band uses talent to bring hope to the community

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A group of local musicians are using their passion and skills to bring music to the ears of our community while helping those in need in a unique way.

The First Methodist Ukulele Band is a full band ranging from 12-14 players of whom all vary in experience and skill with one mission in common –  to share their faith and love with the community.

Greg Clark started the group two years ago with only three people in the band having ever played a string instrument and the group now averages 12-14 people in total.

“We started from scratch teaching people how to hold the instrument, how to tune it and so on,” said Clark. “We play at church, around our community and have played at events like the downtown tree lighting, wine tasting and even Load Trail’s Christmas party.”

Besides being a full band of only Ukulele’s the group is also set apart from others as it donates 100% of money they make to the Downtown Food Pantry.

“We were able to give $200 from a recent gig to the food pantry,” said Clark. “It’s pretty cool because just that small amount actually converts to about 800 meals for our local community.”

Clark said anyone is welcome to join the group and no experience is required. Clark offers one on one help to learn the instrument and when the player feels ready they are welcome to jump in and start playing.
“It’s really a ministry,” said Clark. “Of course, we have a great time and enjoy playing but we really want it to be used to share God’s love and mercy in a fun way and we trust he will use it how he wants to.”
The best way to get in touch with the First Methodist Ukulele Band is to contact Greg Clark through the bands Facebook page, click here, or by phone, 903-249-9459.

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