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YouTube Video - September 15, 2015

A couple of months back The Gospel Trumpet was invited to play a few numbers at a casual backyard gathering in Waynesboro. Little did I know that a video camera was running and the results would be posted on YouTube. You can view it by googling "blessing in the backyard Jack Brown Gospel Trumpet". It was an afternoon filled with good food, friends, and music. Our thanks to Donnie Hall for the invitation. Donna and I hope to be invited back next year.

Upcoming Local Gospel Concerts - August 7, 2013

There are two concerts you won't want to miss.

#1 - The Tribute Quartet will be at Wayne Hills Baptist Church, 877 Ladd Road, Waynesboro, VA on Thursday, August 8th at 7:00pm. They are one of the very best quartets in the Nation and I believe you will be amazed at the accapella portion of their program.

#2 - Michael Wayne Smith will present a concert of Gospel music on Saturday, August 17th at Heaven's Golden Gate Church, 810 Grubert Ave., Staunton, VA. The concert will begin at 6:00pm.

In 2011, Michael was featured in a full page article in the Singing News magazine and was also nominated as the SGM Fan Fair 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year. Most notably, the song “My Home”, recorded by the group Heirline, and penned by Michael was a number one song at many radio stations across the country in 2005 and now has become a standard in many churches today. Seating is limited so come early.

Cd's will be available at both concerts and a free-will offering will be received.

Blessings to you.


FREE GIFT - June 27, 2013

Feedback provided to musicians and singers by their website hosts is nothing short of amazing. The information is extremely valuable as it is allows the owner to determine who is visiting the site and then tailor the information to their specific clientele. This would be true for both Gospel and secular sites. Over the years that I have maintained “The Gospel Trumpet” website, I’ve learned that more than half of the visitors here are from countries outside the USA. Last month, for instance, 46% of visitors to “The Gospel Trumpet” site were from China. To those neighbors and also visitors from the USA, I pray that you are not just curious, but are led here to learn about our beautiful savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus died on a cross more than 2000 years ago so that ALL (Yes, that includes you – no matter where you live or how bad you have been) who receive Him may live FOREVER with Him in a glorious place called Heaven. FOREVER, is nearly inconceivable for us humans. It is Thousands of years, times Thousands of years, times Thousands of years… and on and on. Longer than you can imagine. We also know that after we die we will either go to this wonderful place called Heaven which is filled with love and beauty and free from sickness and pain or to a place of eternal darkness, known as Hell.
How can you get into Heaven? You simply need to ask Jesus to come into your heart and from that point on trust Him to lead your life. You will also want to talk frequently with Him and develop a relationship with Him. We as Christians call that living for Him. With Jesus’ help we can turn from our sins and live the way He would be pleased. It costs no money – It’s FREE!
None of us are worthy of this special treatment. The Holy Bible tells us that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. However, Eternal Life in Heaven is available to you when you call on the name of Jesus.
Fortunately, you don’t need to take my word for it. I’m just a simple messenger. It’s all written for you in the Holy Bible. Even if you don’t have a Bible, you can read it right here on the internet. To start, I would suggest that you turn to the book of Mark. It presents the Gospel Story clearly and is known for its brevity. I pray that as you read, you will receive a touch from The Master and will want to learn more and more about Him. He is standing at your door and knocking. Will you let him in?


2013 Bridgewater VA Concert Schedule - June 26, 2013

Concerts are free and are held in Oakdale Park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

July 7 – Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band - 7:00 p.m

July 14 – Barbershop Harmony - 7:00 p.m

July 21 – The Highlanders String Band – 6:30 p.m

July 28 – Southern Grace – 7:00 p.m

August 4 – The Boogie Kings – 7:00 p.m.

August 11 – Cantore – 6:30 p.m.

August 18 – The Faithful Men – 6:30 p.m.

August 25 – The Good Time Gospel Quartet - 6:30 p.m.

September 1 - Mr. Jefferson’s Bones – 6:30 p.m.

September 2 - LABOR DAY - “Summer’s End Celebration”
3:00 p.m. – Events begin with carnival rides for the children.
Food available for purchase from local non-profit organizations
5:30 p.m. - “Just Jazzin” - 7:30 p.m. - Band TBA - 8:30 p.m. - Fireworks


Jonathan White Concert - June 7, 2013

Jonathan White, who has sung with the Gaithers and on the Grand Ole Opry will present a concert at 6:00pm on Sunday evening at the Parkway Wesleyn Church in Staunton. His testimony which is shared on his website is incredible and demonstrates that Christians sometime walk through the fire even more than non-believers. This promises to be a special evening.

Mark Your Calendars - Community Wide Sing - JUNE 22 - June 2, 2013

Hello Friends,
On Saturday, June 22 at 6:00pm a special community-wide hymn sing will be held at Heaven's Golden Gate Church. The church is located at the corner of Grubert Avenue and Churchville Avenue in Staunton. Anyone and everyone who would like to sing a number or two, play a musical instrument, read a poem, etc. is welcome to come and share your talent. We will glorify the Lord with our presentations and supreme talent is not a requirement - just a willingness to share. If you would like to be a part of the service, please try to arrive by 5:30. A sound system with a CD player will be available. I plan to be a part of this special evening and look forward to fellowshipping with you there.

2013 Praise in the Park - Staunton, VA Schedule - April 15, 2013

Each Tuesday evening in Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, VA, free Gospel concerts are held. These are events where local artists and music groups are given the opportunity to perform for the community. Two Concerts are held each evening throughout the months of July and August. It is a relaxing evening in a magnificent setting and it's our opportunity to show support for the up-and-coming groups who have donated their time and efforts.

July 9
7:00 p.m. Tina Persinger
8:00 p.m. Southern Grace

July 16
7:00 p.m. Sierra Losh & Ashley Repass
8:00 p.m. Crossroads Baptist Church Choir

July 23
7:00 p.m. Spirit Led/The Allred Family/Fidelis
8:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Christian Fellowship Worship Team

July 30
7:00 p.m. Special Olympic Choir/Terry Barrett
8:00 p.m. Calvary Baptist Celebration Choir

August 6 Teen night
Covenant & Exonerated from Moneta, VA

August 13
7:00 p.m. Doyle Moats, Jr.
8:00 p.m. Heaven’s Mountain Band

August 20
7:00 p.m. Nikki Headley
8:00 p.m. Shelley and the Cornerstones

August 27
7:00 p.m. High on the Mountain Boys
8:00 p.m. Faithful Men

More Concerts - March 26, 2013

"Faithful Men" will sing at the Main Street United Methodist Church Evening Easter Service on March 31 at 6:30PM.

"Faithful Praise" a local trio will be in concert on Easter Sunday Morning at the River City Church in Waynesboro - main worship service.

If you have slipped from the regular habit of attending church, Easter (The celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus) is a most wonderful time to begin again and rededicate your heart and life to Him. Please visit the bible-believing church of your choice and make a committment to be a regular in church.

Brother Bruce Stark - March 12, 2013

I'm sad to report that my good friend and Christian brother, Bruce Stark passed away today. Many of you know that Bruce had survived a major stroke several years back. However, through many prayers and lots of determination, he was back to nearly his normal prior self. He was enjoying playing music on a regular basis and will be missed by all of those who knew him. His touch on the lap steel guitar and his unique vocal abilities never failed to lift my spirits. Please join me in praying for his wife, Ella and her family as they navagate this time of separation.
One of my favorite memories of Bruce is when he, Chuck Monroe, and I did an impromptu performance at a local nursing home. Boy did we have fun and all the residents seemed to enjoy it, especially when Bruce would cut loose on his steele. Bruce had an amazing talent on that instrument and was always willing to help anyone who was willing to learn. He will surely be missed.
Bruce was a member of the Goshen Baptist Church where pastors Scott Reese and Tyler Clem preside.

Prayers Needed Quickly for Tracy Stuffle - January 23, 2013

Dear Friends,

I just received word that Tracy Stuffle of The Perrys has suffered a massive stroke. He was driving his car at the time which caused an accident. Please join with the Gospel Trumpet in praying for God’s 100% healing to his body and for comfort for the family. Other singers will be filling in for Tracy and Libbi this weekend so that she can be with her husband during this critical recovery time. If you are near any of their concerts, please support them by attending and donating as freely as God has given you the resources.

In His Service,

A New Beginning - January 22, 2013

Howdy friends - Just wanted to thank each of you for your prayers during my recent health concerns.

For those of you who don’t know, in September of last year I was diagnosed with blood clots in my right lung. It was a pretty scary time, as I was having to take quick shallow breaths just to get enough air to survive. Donna gave me the choice of going with her to the emergency room or going with the rescue squad. She had the phone in her hand, ready to call 911. (HA!) I went with her to Augusta Health…

Fortunately, we got there in time, they quickly discovered the problem, and started treatment. Now, I am feeling great and am back into my normal routines. Praise goes to our Heavenly Father for His healing and to the doctors He placed in our path.

However, during the early recovery process I began to think the worst - that I may never be able to play again; But with God’s help, my wind has returned and I have enjoyed playing out several times recently. God has undoubtedly kept me here for a higher calling, and I’m looking forward to carrying the music of the Gospel Trumpet to everyone who asks me to play.

How about you? Could I play for you? At this time I’m not able to do a full program of music, but am more than willing to come to your church and open the program for a quartet or other singing group. I would also be happy to come and play several numbers during your worship service. I believe that God has allowed me to remain here for that purpose. By calling and asking me to play, you will be helping to fulfil His plan!

I look forward to being with you soon.


Your Friend in Christ…


Food For Thought - January 1, 2013

The following was said to have been written by Mr. Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary. I don't know Mr. Stein; however, I do agree with his thinking here. Please read...

My confession:

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians
like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God
are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the
concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it
in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat...

Or maybe I can put it another way: Where did the idea come from that we should
worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I
guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are
wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little
different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get
you thinking.

In light of recent events... terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc.. I think
it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few
years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then
someone said you better not read the Bible in school... The Bible says thou shalt
not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about.. And we said okay..

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think
it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's
going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what
the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like
wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think
twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar, and obscene articles pass
freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school
and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward a Christian message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

It's funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Excellent commentary, Mr. Stein - Our hats are off to you! Please feel free to share this with all your friends.

In His service... Jack <><

PromisedLand Concert 11-18-2012 - November 18, 2012

Hello -
PromisedLand Quartet will present a concert at Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro, VA on November 18, 2012. The concert begins at 6:00pm and a freewill offering will be received.

New Music Opportunity - July 31, 2012

Howdy - I have a dream which you may be able to help fulfil...
For the past several years, The Gospel Trumpet has been performing as a solo act, playing mostly old hymns using modern Nashville background tracks. In the upcoming season, I hope to grow the experience by assembling a dedicated group of professional musicians and singers interested in recording music and promoting and managing our own opry-style tour shows. We would perform predominately at theaters and churches, retreats, and at large community events. Using a two-set format, our first set would be composed of clean family-style country music. Following an intermission, the show would culminate with our Gospel program.
Just a few of my thoughts are: Everyone must be able to adapt quickly on stage, in order to be able to field requests from the audience. We will wear tuxedo attire and always conduct ourselves professionally. There must also be a common bond where we all work in harmony. Fellow Christians and born-again believers are highly desired, as this will be a ministry outreach.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? You may know of someone who would fit in perfectly. If so, please have them contact me at - It would be kindly appreciated.
Thanks and Blessings to you for a wonderful week.
Jack <><

Passing of Sister Joann Bragg - July 29, 2012

Donna and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Sister Joann Bragg from Waynesboro, VA. Sister Bragg and her husband Pastor Melvin, along with Chuck Monroe, composed the local singing group the Messingers. It was always a blessing to hear them. Sister Joann's voice reminded me a great deal of Vestal Goodman of the Happy Goodmans. She could really sing and always gave the glory to her Lord. We will miss her, but know that she is in a better place. As Christians, (those who have given our hearts and lives to Jesus) we have the promise of seeing our loved ones again and look forward to that day. Meanwhile, I can just picture her sitting up in heaven, serenading all those gathered around her.
Rest in peace, Sister Joann!


Wayne Hills Baptist Church 2012 Concerts - July 26, 2012

The Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro, VA is hosting a series of great Gospel concerts. All concerts are free with a love offering to be received at each concert.
Dates are as follows:
07/08/12 - Soul'd Out Quartet 6PM
08/16/12 - The Inspirations 7PM
09/08/12 - Faithful Praise 7PM
11/18/12 - Promised Land Quartet 6PM

Faithful Men - August 12 Concert - July 24, 2012

Faithful Men will be in Concert on August 12th at 7:00PM at Oakdale Park in Bridgewater, Virginia. Their tight harmonies and amazing voices are guaranteed to bless your soul.
Donna and I will be there and we hope to see you too.
The concert will be held rain or shine and one of the local churches hosts the event during inclement weather.
Admission is Free.

FREE Gospel Concerts July and August - July 23, 2012

Hello Friends -
The Linden Heights Baptist Church is again sponsoring Praise-In-The-Park at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, Virginia. The concerts are held each Tuesday evening starting at 7:00 during the months of July and August. A listing of concert performers and times can be found at the following website:
Food is available and proceeds help to fund these wonderful events.
Hope to see you there.
Jack <><

A Brain Teaser... - July 23, 2012

I just ran acoss this - Hope you will enjoy it.
There are 3 kinds of people in this world; those who are good at math, and those who are not.
Ha Ha! Hope you got that one! Have a Great Day
Jack <><

Revival: June 25-28 - June 18, 2012

Hello Friends,
An old Fashioned Revival will be held beginning June 25th and ending June 28th.
Location: Augusta Expo, 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA. 22939
Pastor Scott Reese of the Goshen Baptist Church will preach each evening.
The schedule for each evening is as follows:
June 25th - Buddy Farris testimony with Harmony Hill providing special music.
June 26th - Remy Martin testimony with Common Ground providing special music.
June 27th - Ruth Graham testimony with the Calvary Praise and Worship Choir.
June 28th - Bill Garvey testimony with Faithful Praise and Union Male Chorus.
Admission is Free
The Time is 7PM - 9PM each night
I hope to see you there.
Jack <><

Jimmy Fortune Concert - June 22nd - June 17, 2012

Hello Friends,
The Staunton Lions Club is sponsoring a Benefit Concert featuring former Statler Brother, Jimmy Fortune. The concert will be held at Stuarts Draft High School on Friday, June 22nd. Doors will open at 6PM with the concert beginning at 7PM. Advance tickets are available at Wright's Dairy Rite Drive-in in Staunton, VA.
The price is $12 advance or $15 at the door.
We hope to see you there.
Have a Blessed Day!
Jack <><

Antique Car Show - June 2, 2012

Howdy Friends -
This is for those who appreciate old cars.
The Antique Automobile Car Club of America will host their "Sentimental History Tour" next week (June 3-8, 2012) and many fine examples of historic cars will be touring around the Staunton, Virginia area. I believe that the best places to see large numbers of the cars will be on Saturday, June 2nd at the Holiday Inn off Rt. 275 in Staunton as they arrive to register. The next best time will be on Friday morning, June 8th as they visit the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton following breakfast. Then the final opportunity will be again on June 8th around mid-day at the Historic Wharf Parking Lot in Staunton as everyone assembles there to have lunch on their own.
Additional Information can be found at the following website address...
If you go, there may be excellent opportunities to subtly share your love for Jesus.
Jack <><

Tribute Quartet In Concert - May 5, 2012

The Tribute Quartet will be in concert at the Wayne Hills Baptist Church just outside of Waynesboro, VA on Sunday evening, May 20th. The concert will start at 6:00PM and a freewill offering will be received. This group is one of the fastest rising stars in the Southern Gospel field and I understand that they also offer their music and merchandise at very reasonable prices. Come on out and help support great Gospel Music.
Jack <><

Upcoming July 4th Concert - April 18, 2012

Hello Friends,
I just learned of a very special July 4th concert to be held at Bissett Park in Radford Virginia. Jimmy Fortune will be the headline act and one of our favorite local groups, Faithful Praise, from Waynesboro will also perform at 2:00 in the afternoon. Numerous other groups (which we are not familiar with) will be on stage throughout the afternoon, but I especially thought that you would enjoy seeing these two. You know about Jimmy's talent, but you may not have heard of "Faithful Praise". Unfortunately, they do not travel with live musicians, but they do have have excellent voices with a special blend of harmonies. Donna and I try to see them as often as possible and we plan to make the trip to Radford on July 4th. You can contact Radford Parks and recreation at (540) 731-3633 for additional information or just visit their website.
Enjoy and have a Blessed Day.
Jack <><

Simply Amazing - April 8, 2012

Hello Friends,
And Happy Easter! He is risen!
Recently, several churches have stated that they would not be interested in having "The Gospel Trumpet" come to provide special music because their pastor or another member of their church plays trumpet. After processing it for a while, I came to the conclusion that this is a bit unusual. After all, each musician has a different style and when playing for the Lord, this certainly is not about competition! Do you not invite different singers because someone in your church body sings? Of course not.
My prayer is that if your church is looking for special music, that you would not hesitate to call on "The Gospel Trumpet"... even if you have a regular trumpet player. I consider it a priviledge to minister with any and all musicians who are committed to serving our Lord.
May you have a Blessed week and I hope to be with you soon.
Jack <><
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