BASIC Christmas concert Wednesday to benefit Ministerial Alliance Benevolent Fund

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
BASIC performs during the Cumberland Presbyterian Church ice cream social in July. The group will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at First Christian Church in a benefit concert to help the Marshall Ministerial Alliance Benevolent Fund. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

BASIC, a local contemporary Christian music band, will hold its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in First Christian Church on the northeast corner of the Marshall square.

The program will also give area residents an opportunity to get into the spirit of giving which so much characterizes the holiday season, according to a news release from the band.

"This year we decided to receive an offering for the Marshall Ministerial Alliance benevolent fund to aid families in Marshall with utility and medical bills," said band member Randy Shannon. "When the members of the band discovered that Nostalgia would not be able to hold their traditional Christmas concert to raise funds for the Alliance, we decided to attempt to fill in some of the gap."

Nostalgia, a singing group featuring local residents and their family members, has raised thousands of dollars in the past for the benevolent fund through their annual concert held at the First Presbyterian Church.

The group hopes to be able to do a concert in February, but in the event they cannot, BASIC wanted to help make up for some of the loss.

The Ministerial Alliance, through the funds raised by the Salvation Army bell-ringing and the benevolent fund helped area families a total of 249 times in 2011.

BASIC, a name which is an acronym for Brothers and Sisters in Christ, has been together for about 6 years. The band consists of 5 musicians and 7 singers.

Jim Seigfreid and Terry Townsend play guitar; Kevin Dryer plays drums; Donna Smith is the keyboardist and Rick Schulenberg lays down the bass notes.

The singers are Kay Wise, Julie Hoffelmeyer, Lori Layton, Shirley Schultz, Tara Vogelsmeier, Tim Clemens and Randy Shannon.

The 2011 edition of the BASIC Christmas program will include selections made popular by Chris Tomlin, 33 Miles, Third Day, Casting Crowns, MercyMe and Barlow Girl.

"Joy to the World as done by 33 Miles," said Shannon, "is one of our new songs that we are really excited about. Not only is it fun to do, but it is exciting because 33 Miles will be in Marshall on Dec. 19 as part of their Magical Christmas tour and we'll get to hear them do it live."

For information about tonight's concert call 660-886-2402.

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