Lee Band Impacts Philippines

Cleveland, TN (WDEF) – The Lee University Symphonic Band traveled to the nation of the Philippines this summer, where they were hosted by Samaritan’s Place, a ministry of the Church of God.

Samaritan’s Place, founded by Marc and Maria Elena Morris, cares for abandoned children. Marc Morris is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee, and he and his wife have spent the last 30 years in the Philippines helping those in search of a family.

“The everyday visual, auditory, and relational experiences are a major blessing for these children’s eventual placement in homes throughout America and other parts of the world,” said Morris.

While there, the band led children in worship, delivered dramatic Bible lessons, presented an instrumental show and tell, and hosted a band camp.

Lee’s band also performed a special Mother’s Day Emphasis Concert with over 400 in attendance, a flag raising ceremony and concert for the local city officials, and several other concerts throughout the country.

“Music is so important to start at a young age, and getting to see them learn about many different instruments, some of which they had never even seen before, was awesome,” said Raychel Moore, student president of the band.

The Lee University Symphonic Band, directed by music professor Dr. Mark Bailey, has performed at churches across the country and at conferences such as the Christian Instrumentalists and Directors Association National Conference and the Atlanta Instrumental Expo Conference.

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