Local band celebrates release of first single


Christian rock group Thirty-Three celebrated the release of their first single, “Jesus Loves You and I Love You Too”

Special to The Star
Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 08:15 AM.

What started as a six-week project to get kids performing together in a band and learning three cover songs turned into a 10-month project that birthed the local music sensation known as Thirty-Three.

After playing only spiritual cover songs, the Christian rock band celebrated the release of its first original single, “Jesus Loves You and I Love You Too” last Tuesday.

The group is made up of 11- and 12-year-olds with a passion for music and a strong belief in their faith.

Vocalist Brianna Butler, guitarist Zack McFarland, bassist Cole Haddock and drummer Joel Bogaert were thrilled to release their first original song.

“I’m very excited,” said Bogaert, who has played the drums for three years.

The St. Joe Music and Performance Program, founded in August 2012, was developed by Tom McEniry, operator of St. Joe Music and RSR Recording Studios, and area musician and choir director, Phil Densmore.

“Tom was looking for a vocal and bass coach,” said Densmore. “It was a great opportunity that I’ve really enjoyed.”

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