Local band Thirty-Three adds new member

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

McEniry mentioned that Thirty-Three wanted to add a keyboardist to their lineup and invited Gina and Tracy to attend the band’s next practice.

The remainder of the band is made up of vocalist Brianna Butler, guitarist Zack McFarland, bassist Cole Haddock and drummer Joel Bogaert a group of 11- and 12-year-olds with a passion for music and a strong belief in their faith.

Tracy had seen the other members of the group in passing and knew Haddock from school, but it wasn’t until he attended the band’s rehearsal that everything fell into place and he was invited to join as a member.

“It’s been such a good opportunity for him,” said Gina. “He’s grown musically by playing with a group and gets along well with everyone. We’re very excited!”

Gina has a degree in music and said that Tracy’s younger brother Jacob is also musically inclined. Tracy currently takes piano lessons from Matthew White at Long Avenue Baptist Church.

While Tracy has never performed with a band prior to joining Thirty-Three and will be the first to admit to being nervous, he said he was glad that the keyboard player is usually in the back during the shows.

Thirty-Threeis the result of a six-week project that started with the St. Joe Music and Performance Program, founded in August 2012 by McEniry and area musician and choir director, Phil Densmore.

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