The Riverbend Church Big Band is a
group that has grown out of the Creative Arts ministry at Riverbend
Church in Austin, Texas. ( The Pastor is Dr. Gerald Mann)
Many of the instrumentalists in the
band are accomplished jazz musicians and arrangers. Carlton Dillard is
the director of Riverbend Church Big Band as well as the entire music
and media ministries at Riverbend Church (including the 200+ voice
Chorale and numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles.
Dillard is known across the country for
his innovative use of all styles of music in the church setting. He is
in much demand as a conference speaker and clinician. He also an
accomplished composer, arranger and producer with many songs and
arrangements currently being used by churches across the US.
Carlton shares that," exposure to all kinds of music has led me to know
that Christian music is my calling. I truly feel God has led me in this
ministry, and continues to do so." Inspiring others to achieve
their best is one of Carlton's special gifts, whether it is a small
ensemble, a choir or a congregation. He can energize, excite and
motivate people, as well as "get the point home." His heartfelt
performances reflect his belief.
The Riverbend Church Big Band recently
appeared and recorded, "live" on Randy Phillips, "The Awakening"
television program. The resulting CD features not only a very sharp Big
Band playing some great " jazzed up" hymns and Jazz/Gospel tunes but
also features guest vocal appearances by Dave Boyer and Randy Phillips.
Look for more future recordings from this outstanding group!
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
You Gave My Heart The Chance
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