Thursday, October 2, 2014

National Quartet Convention Part 1 #NQC2014

There's nothing else like it in all the world. You arrive eager and ready, and leave exhausted physically, but spiritually refreshed. It's a time to reconnect with old friends, and make some new ones. It's a week of 18+ hour days, on-the-go from 6:00 in the morning till midnight each day. As I shared on Facebook last week, anyone who says Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year has never attended the National Quartet Convention!!

For us, #NQC2014 started Monday afternoon, when we arrived in Pigeon Forge, TN. This is the NQC's first year in PF, and it was very exciting to see all the local businesses welcoming NQC!

Monday afternoon we attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Leconte Center, the new venue for Quartet Convention. Guest speakers included NQC board members, as well as the Pigeon Forge mayor and other local officials. Just before cutting the ribbon, everyone joined in a couple verses of "Amazing Grace".

Let me tell you, the Leconte Center is absolutely gorgeous! The layout is different than Freedom Hall in Louisville, where NQC has been hosted for the past years, but it has a much more home-y, rustic feel to it. Very nice!

The lineup for Monday evening included some of our favorite groups. Tribute Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, Legacy Five, and Mark Bishop. Anyone who knows Mark Bishop's music is familiar with the family group he started with, The Bishops, which was comprised of himself, his brother Kenny, and their dad, Kenneth. The Bishops retired quite a few years ago, and it was such a thrill to have Mark bring his dad up on stage to sing a few songs with him on this night! We were also able to meet him afterwards, a very exciting moment for us Bishops fans!

Another really exciting part of Monday evening was the appearance of the Army Quartet singing The Star-Spangled Banner. I had no idea there was an Army Quartet, but they did an amazing close out this first part of my NQC features, I'll share the video. Please excuse the quality; I was at the back of the hall for this part, so zooming in caused some shaking.

1 comment:

  1. WOW! What a great convention! I would love to go and hear all of the songs and fun and fellowship! So glad you had fun!