OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will perform a concert at First Baptist Church of Buffalo, Okla., on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. There will be an additional performance on Sunday, Feb. 2, during the 11 a.m. morning worship service. The community is invited to attend.
First Baptist Church is located at 308 NE 2nd St., Buffalo, OK, 73834.
The nine-member band, along with director Dr. Casey Gerber, travels during the academic year to lead worship in churches across Oklahoma. David's Creed takes a contemporary approach to leading worship. The band mixes contemporary music with traditional hymns. The repertoire allows the group to minister in churches with different styles of musical preference.
The auditioned praise ensemble was started by the OBU Division of Music in spring 2007. Its primary purpose is to connect OBU with the churches in Oklahoma and the surrounding region by serving those churches in worship through music, testimony and God's Word.
Members of the 2013-14 David's Creed band include Taylor Miller, Sammy Andrews, Justin Hull, Ethan Workman, Michael Juliano, Kristen Lee, Joy Knight, Emily Elkins and Micah Keeney.
Gerber, assistant professor of music education, is coordinator of vocal music education at OBU. He teaches methods courses, supervises student teachers and conducts the Young Singers of Central Oklahoma in the OBU Preparatory Program.
A native of Weatherford, Okla., Gerber earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He has also completed level I training in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and level III training in the Kodály method of music education at the University of Oklahoma. He recently was awarded the Alexander Ringer Award for doctoral research by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).
For more information about David's Creed, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 585-4301.
For information about the worship service or Saturday night concert, contact First Baptist Church at (580) 735-2626.