“Praise Be” is a Sunday show of TVNZ that started in 1986 and ranks among New Zealand’s longest running television shows.
Filmed at the Sacred Heart Basilica, the Timaru 2015 episode has, among others, a contemporary praise and worship band accompanying the choir.
The music director, Rosie Staite really wanted some lively praise music played by an electric band. She requested Brent Duncan to form his band.
Brent is one of the praise and worship leaders at Wilson Street Baptist Church. He invited me to play the bass. He played the keyboards. The other band members are Tony Zweis (drums), Lauren Foster (sax) and Katie Vincent (flute).
This was the second time they recorded at Timaru, the first was ten years ago at the same venue. Some of the choir members were part of Praise Be Timaru 2005 edition.
Playing the bass was quite challenging because 4 of the six songs weren’t familiar to me and I can’t read sheet music. I only play by ear.
The four practice sessions and listening to the music through the internet helped me learn the songs.
I believe that my musical talent is God-given and I find happiness in sharing it whenever there’s opportunity.
Such great joy joining the Praise Be Timaru episode and be part of history. To God be the glory!