Tifton First United Methodist Church Director of Music Ministries, Dr. Pat Bennett, will represent Tifton First on the national stage as he joins an orchestra at the Kennedy Center next month. Pat, a French horn player, will be a part of the True North Orchestra, which will be backing the Annie Moses Band in Washington Monday evening, November 6.
The special event, “Under the Tree of Life” features actor Jim Caviezel, who will narrate the program. Also joining the lineup is country music performer Clay Walker.
“I heard about a possible project with the Annie Moses Band,” Pat recalled. “I’m good friends with them, I had booked them three times when I lived in Florida. I contacted Annie, the oldest daughter in the group, asked to join the team.
“She said, ‘I’d love to have you play’.”
This is not Pat’s first time on a renowned stage as he a been a part of orchestras that have performed at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall. Last summer he was in an orchestra in the famed New York concert hall. He also played there in 2014.
“This is a like a mission’s trip,” said Pat. “It encourages the church. It is an opportunity to evangelize and share the gospel.”
“This is not a concert tour. It is a mission.”
It was earlier reported that Pat has been involved in music missions for more than 40 years. He has led music teams to Costa Rica, as well as Europe. He has also played in Israel.
While Pat is thrilled to be a part of the True North Orchestra and getting the opportunity to perform in the Kennedy Center, he realizes that he will be busy preparing for the Monday evening event.
“We arrive Saturday and have a free day,” Pat said. “Sunday includes a meet and greet, and rehearsal. On Monday there is another rehearsal before the event Monday evening.”
The thrill of playing on the same stage as some of the world’s greatest performers is not lost on Pat. He admitted to being astonished at his good fortune of being able to perform.
“I still think of myself as a kid from Oklahoma,” Pat said. “I am blessed to be able to do these things.”