Unlike most other churches who have many musicians to rotate, FUMC is blessed to have these people serving the Lord week after week. Having such people to provide their talent and equipment makes the music sound as good as (or better) than the original artist. If you haven't heard or met the band, come up to the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 and say hello and give them a listen. You might discover yet another way to worship the Lord.
Chris Baker plays the keyboards for the band and handles all the arranging and charting of the songs for the group. Chris is the Chairman/CEO of an automotive/defense/military support company. He and his wife are members of Evangel Heights UMC in South Bend where they started a Roadside Prayer Station ministry that provides prayer for people who are driving by and stop for some no-strings support. They are also active with the Sunshine Friends disability ministry. Becky recently graduated Bethel College and is preparing to go into ministry. They have 3 daughters and 8 grandkids. Chris has been playing music in public since he was 13 years old and is grateful for the opportunity to use his gift of music to serve God.
Beth Davis also gives voice to the band and does her best to keep the rest of the band in line (with little success). Beth is an Analyst in the Insurance industry. She and her family are members of FUMC where she also sings in the choir. Beth has four kids and is married to Brent Davis. Every once in a while, you can catch her singing with friends in other bands. Adding her voice add so great dimension and versatility to the band.
Damon Frick is the youngster in the group. He is a young person with an old soul love for God. Damon is our lead guitarist and also sings. He is also our Beth Davis' oldest child. Raised in Mishawaka, Damon currently lives in Lansing, Michigan and commutes to perform with his regional band, ZERO and the 11:00 service. He is also in the band, "Left Side of the Dial" with 11:00 bandmates, Chris, and KJ.
KJ Hammerstein plays the bass normally and also fills in on keys when Chris is out and on drums when Mike is gone. To say that KJ (Kris) is multi-talented in an understatement. He plays many different instruments including guitar and saxophone! Kris performs with several are bands, including "Top Secret" with Mike, and Left Side with Chris and Damon. KJ also performs with many nationally-known artists. As a truly professional full-time musician his knowledge of music, equipment and production technique helps the band sound as great as it does.
Mel Williams gives voice to the band and plays the acoustic guitar. He has been playing music for many years and he and Chris were in the popular band "MEDIA" back in the 80's. Mel loves to perform and he loves to share his voice on Sunday mornings in worship. Mel has three daughters and his wife, Jenny sings with the band occasionally. Mel is an executive in the RV industry and performs regularly in several other bands and when he's not doing that, he enjoys being an usher for the University of Notre Dame.
Mike Bruneau is our drummer and also one of our lead vocalists. Mike has a great faith that comes through in his energy. He and his wife, Ruth have two boys who also attend FUMC. Mike studied Communications Arts and is the Traffic Manager for LeSea Broadcasting. As mentioned, he performs with KJ in Top Secret.