Some members of the New Spirit Band are coming out of retirement to give a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center in downtown Savanna.
The New Spirit Band was historically an ecumenical, contemporary Christian ensemble that had been active in the northwest Illinois and northeast Iowa area for many years.
“The group joyfully comes out of retirement to give support and to celebrate the Savanna Museum, and the gift it has been to community for the past 10 years,” said Juliene McCormick, a founding member of the New Spirit Band. “All are welcome to join the celebration and enjoy an hour of some great music.”
A suggested donation of $8 per person is requested, and all proceeds from the concert will be given to the museum.
The group will be playing a variety of uplifting, familiar contemporary Christian songs, including “O Happy Day,” “Let It Be,” “Hallelujah,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” and their signature piece, “New Spirit.”
Musicians participating in the concert include:
Kara Conklin, vocalist; Bill Foley, rhythm guitarist; Richard Fortner, vocalist; Missy Hartman, vocalist; Levi Jones, percussionist; Keith Kahlakoa, vocalist; Jason Lehnhardt, lead guitarist; Juliene McCormick, director; Mike Picolotti, vocalist; Kim Riley, keyboardist; Susie Rogers, vocalist; Chris Russen, bass guitarist; Connie Withhart, keyboardist; Larry Woods, vocalist.
“The reason we have dusted off our instruments and cleared our voices is to give support and celebration to the Savanna Museum,” said McCormick. “We see the museum as such an asset to the community and are aware that its existence began 10 years ago because of the dream and commitment of a handful of people.”