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Sons of Jubal in concert at FBC Thursday
Concert begins at 7 p.m. in churchs fellowship hall; admission is free
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The Sons of Jubal will be in concert Thursday in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Statesboro. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free with an offering accepted from all concertgoers. - photo by Special
    Nearly 200 Baptist ministers of music and music educators from across Georgia will descend on First Baptist Church of Statesboro Thursday evening to perform a standing room-only concert.
    The Sons of Jubal is a men's singing and instrumental group made up primarily of Baptist music ministers and college music professors from all over Georgia, including a few from neighboring states.
    First Baptist Minister of Music Bill Coen is an eight-year veteran of the Sons of Jubal who has been singing in similar groups for nearly 40 years. Coen said to make sure and come early since the group's concerts are always well attended.
    “I've been active in the group and we've never sung to anything but a standing room-only crowd,” Coen said. “I don't know how we're going to put them all in here - we're going to have people from all over the Southeast coming to this event.”
    The Sons of Jubal was founded in 1954, making it the oldest group of its kind among state conventions in the Southern Baptist Convention. The group gets its name from Genesis 4:21 where the first musician mentioned in the Bible is named Jubal.
     Sons of Jubal members travel throughout the state giving concerts, typically traveling at least once a month. Each member pays for his own travel expenses.
    Coen said the concert is going to include a wide variety of different musical styles and genres to hold the audience's attention - from traditional and classical, to southern gospel, spirituals and hymns. In addition, because the group is made up of only men's voices that are accompanied by an array of horns, percussion and keyboard, most of the selections are written or arranged just for the group, primarily by members within the group.
        The concert is free and open to the public, but the group will take offerings for their mission projects. Pre-concert music starts around 6:40 p.m. with the brass ensemble, hand bell ensemble and a small vocal ensemble performing selections before the main concert begins. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early.
        Coen said he's trying to reach out to the youth in the community because he said this concert will be unlike anything they have seen.
    “I'm encouraging younger people to come because children and teenagers are never exposed to this kind of stuff,” Coen said. “And when they get a chance to hear it, it blows them away. It's like a language they've never experienced and a picture they've never seen before.”
        Phil Boyum may be reached at (912) 489-9454.
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