The Church and the Arts Concert Series
Will be back for the 2023 season with a full lineup.
Join us for the 31st season of Gulf Beach Presbyterian Church's Church and the Arts Concert Series. The annual Concert Series is popular throughout the area. Beginning in January through February, a wide variety of musical entertainment is offered for the enjoyment of the community and our visitors.
See our new line up below
Sunday, January 8th 7:00pm
Todd is first off and most importantly, a born again Christian. He is a Triple Platinum Records Recording artist with his #1 Hit Song "My Name is America," along with many other great songs he has recorded and written. He owns his own dinner Theatre here in the World's Most Beautiful Beaches, Panama City Beach. Todd, along with his beautiful wife Angel and his Follow That Dream Band, have toured the country singing and entertaining audiences of all ages. They also have a 501 c3 Ministry- Tent Revival of America, with which they try to keep God and Country united! Thank you! We look forward to being with you!
In Faith, Gospel Bluegrass Band
Sunday, January 15th 7:00pm
IN FAITH is an all acoustic instrument group, playing and singing an array of Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and Ol’-Time Country Gospel songs.
The group is made up by longtime Southern Gospel singer and soloist Jeff Schroeder, from Panama City Beach, playing guitar and providing strong vocals.
Jeff has joined with seasoned Bluegrass performer, Rodney Outlaw. Outlaw plays Bass Fiddle, guitar, harmonica and mandolin. His wife, Kay Outlaw, provides the band’s solid rhythm on the acoustic bass fiddle. The Outlaw’s residence is in Dale County Alabama, but they primarily live in PCB, Florida.
In addition, seasoned Bluegrass banjo, guitar and bass player, Greg Youngblood, from Southport, Florida provides those hard-driving banjo licks for this group’s sound.
Long time and well known Bluegrass artist, Scott Perry, holds down the band’s lead guitar duties. Scott, who plays multiple instruments, is also an accomplished Bagpipe performer. He has played the pipes for numerous events, many of which were in the PCB Florida area.
The resulting sound produced by this all acoustic band is a lineup of happy, joyful, and inspirational Gospel songs.
IN FAITH has as its main goal to bring back those Ol’-Time instrumental songs accompanied by solid Gospel lyrics with hopes that the listening audience will be encouraged to live
Sunday, January 22rd 7:00pm
Janelle Frost is a published singer/songwriter, bassist, rhythm, lead, keyboards, harmony, and lead vocalist. A Rock n Roll Blues sensation, Janelle is one of the Southeast’s most prolific and sought after artists.
Sunday, January 29th 7:00pm
Frank Fletcher is an American, Independent country music singer/songwriter. Born in south Alabama, he grew up in a small town where neighbors were friends, there is a church on every corner, dirt roads meant freedom, tractors were sexy, and grandpa’s old truck meant everything.
As far back as four years old, he aspired to entertain: to play music. He began guitar lessons at 12years old and played his first venue at just fourteen years old. Music was extremely significant in his life and eventually became his escape. Growing up, his musical interests expanded far beyond his southern roots developing a collection of musical influences in different genres including the Blues, 90’s Alt Rock, Southern Rock, and 90’s Country. The eclectic group of artists such as Johnny Lang, Allman Brothers, Sublime, & Travis Tritt to today’s artists such as Cody Jinks, inspired the direction of his music career, shaping his raspy, distinctive sound.
As a songwriter, he genuinely believes being “real and present in the moment makes for a great song. Sometimes it is diverse & gritty, sometimes it is raw & uncomplicated, but it is always written with authenticity. The melody is decided by the mood and firsthand experiences write the words. It is a moment in time, I write what I feel in that moment.” Frank Fletcher
The Norrissong Productions recording artist, with an EP release under his belt in 2021, Country Chrome, has been touring relentlessly over the last several years. 2022 is shaping up with over 200 shows booked, another album release, and a new vision. His drive and determination are fierce and notable. Over the span of his career, he has opened for multiple national acts including Confederate Railroad, Tyler Farr, Daryl Worley, 1000 horses, Sister Hazel & Frank Ray to name a few. Frank Fletcher delivers a high-energy performance and unique sound that is unforgettable.
“This is my life; it is what I am. There is no back-up plan. I just want a sustainable living playing my music and doing what I love to do” Frank Fletcher
Sunday, February 5th, 7:00 PM
Robert van Deusen,
a Philadelphia native, began his musical training at age 7. Precocious from a very early age, he started picking out tunes by mimicking the family player piano. Classically trained, he attended Whetstone School of the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio, graduating with distinction. Further studies at Capital University, Ohio State, Eastman, and Curtis helped develop the dazzling technique that became a trademark of his playing style.
After turning pro in 1976, Bobby toured the Midwest, playing clubs, piano bars and providing concerts. Moving South in 1985 led him to the Rosie O’ Gradys Dixieland Band, and gigs in New Orleans with Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, and The Dukes. He performed with the Delta Queen Steamboat Company for 5 years, perfecting his stride and ragtime styles.
Bobby has played all over the country with Hilton Hotels, including the Hilton Sandestin, where he was featured entertainer for 5 years. He has also been the ‘House Band’ for RadioLive, a production of WUWF Public Radio, for 18 years. Bobby has toured the country playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with civic orchestras.
received a Diploma in Performance in clarinet from the Juilliard School, a B.A. in saxophone performance and an M.A. in jazz pedagogue from the University of West Florida. His principal clarinet teachers were Naomi Lewis Drucker, Augustin Duques (principal clarinet, Toscanini’s NBC Symphony) and Leon Russianoff. He also studied saxophone, clarinet and flute with the renowned Joe Allard at Juilliard. Bob completed a career as a performer, bandleader and clinician in the U.S. Air Force, performing throughout the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada and Europe. He retired as an adjunct at PSC, UWF and private instructor at his home studio and now freelances on saxophone, clarinet and flute throughout the Gulf Coast. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme, the Temptations, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Les Elgart Orchestra, the Les Brown Orchestra and countless other headliners.
Sunday, February 19th, 7:00 PM
Based in Panama City, FL, The Wabi Sabis are an all-female Americana pop band. Performing songs from as early as the 1920s to those you hear on the radio today, they bring their own unique style to everything they do. What started as a quickly put together band for a local fundraiser in 2017 has turned into a performing group that is like The Wailin' Jennys, The Bangles, and The Avett Brothers all rolled into one.
With Julie Bullock on bass, Denise Denaro on percussion, Jennifer Rollins on guitar, and Valerie Woods on mandolin and ukulele, these women blend their voices in harmonies that weave their way into your heart. When The Wabi Sabis are in the house, you are guaranteed to tap your toes, clap your hands, and smile until your cheeks hurt!
Arnold Jazz Band
February 26th at 7:00pm
The Arnold High School Jazz Ensemble made its debut in February of 2010. Since then the Ensemble has received numerous awards and has performed at many venues including the SeaBreeze Jazz Festival. Proceeds from this concert benefit AHS Jazz Ensemble and the Community Food Pantry at Gulf Beach Presbyterian
Tickets are $10 at the door, season tickets available.
Concert proceeds benefit Beach Care Services.